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Discovery Palawan

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Discovery Palawan is a 49-meter (160-foot) liveaboard with outstanding service.  She takes 32 guests.  Her Tubbataha route is for divers while the northern route takes non-divers, too.

"Recently purchased by Discovery Fleet, Discovery Palawan has a rich history & has been given a new life after a remarkable rebuild.  I haven't seen her personally, but I've had rave reviews from clients who have recently sailed on her.  An interesting choice for couples or groups with a combination of divers & non-divers as she caters to both."  ...   Dominick Macan

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Vessel & diving details

  • Discovery Palawan accomodates 32 guests in 20 comfortable cabins:
    • 2 upper deck twin cabins
    • 2 upper deck double cabins
    • 14 lower deck twin cabins
    • 2 lower deck double cabins

    The standard lower deck cabins have double or twin beds.  Upper deck cabins have twin beds, a queen or a double bed.  All cabins are en-suite & air conditioned. Upper deck cabins have individual climate control.
  • Diving amenities include:
    • approximately 15 dives per cruise 
    • tanks, weight belt & weights
    • scuba & snorkeling rental gear (at extra cost)
    • Nitrox (at extra cost)
    • dives from tenders
  • Diving regions include:
    • Coron
    • El Nido
    • Batangas
    • Tubbataha
    • Apo Reef
  • Included on all cruises:
    • full board & accomodation (buffet style meals)
    • tea, coffee, morning juice, filtered water
    • tanks, weights & weight belts
    • transfers to and from the boat (depending on itinerary)
  • Extra costs: 
    • airfares & hotels 
    • beverages & bottled water 
    • marine park & environmental tax 
    • transfers to and from Batangas & Cebu

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Perfect choice for divers & non-divers alike

Built in 1972 in Groningen, Holland as a three-masted schooner that cruised the Caribbean, this large & solid 49-meter vessel was later rebuilt as a navigation training ship, then refitted in 2006 with a new and more powerful engine with all modern navigational equipment.   She was moved to the Philippines to serve as an adventure cruise ship.  In 2013, she was renamed Discovery Palawan and underwent a $1.5 million renovation for a fresh, modern look.

The goal in her new life is to introduce divers ... and non-divers ... to the wonders of the Philippine Islands.  Avid divers can expect a full day of scuba diving the spectacular coral reefs & wrecks while their non-diving companions can have a full day of snorkeling, island visits, kayaking and beach hopping.

Tons of space for onboard enjoyment

Onboard you’ll find a large sundeck, 2 shaded lounge decks, a dining deck and separate bar deck.  Between dives guests can enjoy the roomy comfortable air-conditioned salon complete with audio and video entertainment system.

With a total of 20 rooms, she has 16 standard cabins on the lower deck (with centralized air conditioning) and 4 upper deck cabins with personal climate control. To offer you impeccable service there are 30 crew members on board who speak English and Filipino including 5 dive leaders.

The spacious dive platform offers plenty or room for getting into your dive gear and the experienced guides will ensure your diving cruise is a memorable one. Nitrox is available and full rental gear can be arranged in advance.

Photographers will appreciate the dedicated camera room complete with charging stations and camera table.

Food glorious food

The Discovery Palawan chefs understand that all great cruises include delicious and outstanding food so they design and produce incredibly varied menus to cater to all tastes. Plentiful meals are served buffet style and include local and international cuisine three times a day.

Dining takes place in the main indoor dining area where the large windows offer stunning views of the surrounding islands and beaches. Guests may also choose to dine alfresco on the upper deck, enjoying the sea breezes and panoramic vistas of the Philippine archipelago.

Your cruise will also include a BBQ on one of the island beaches for that real Robinson Crusoe feeling. 


Discovery Palawan has two set routes – one in the Tubbatahas ( mid-March to Mid-June) which is exclusively a dive cruise and takes 32 divers.  The second itinerary (from October to mid-March) is her northern route which takes 16 divers and 24 non-divers to Apo Reef.

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