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Solitude One

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Solitude One, a 52-meter (171-foot) steel-hulled vessel, was transformed into a stunning diving yacht. She offers 7 & 10 day programs diving the best of the Philippines.

 A word from Dom :  "The transformation of this vessel from her life as the very popular but very basic, Big Blue, to her new incarnation as the luxurious Solitude One, has been an incredible success.  She now spends part of the year in Palau and part in the Philippines.  I haven't been out to visit her since her make-over, but I'm itching to go!  I understand she's a beauty."..... Dominick Macan


ON BOARD SOLIDTUDE ONE


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ACCOMMODATION ... AMENITIES ... DIVING ... WHAT'S INCLUDED


  • CABIN TYPES
    1 main deck DOUBLE stateroom
    king size bed, day bed & picture windows
    1 main deck TWIN stateroom
    2 twin beds (adjacent) & picture windows
    4 lower deck DOUBLE staterooms
    1 with king size bed, day bed & picture windows  ...  3 with queen bed & port windows
    3 lower deck TWIN / DOUBLE staterooms
    double bed or 2 twin beds & port windows
    1 lower deck QUAD cabin
    2 bunk style twin beds, 2 adjacent twin beds & port windows
    All staterooms have a private bathroom, individually controlled air conditioning & ample storage.


  • DIVING

    up to 4 dives per day all from the dive tenders

    12 liter alu tanks (DIN & INT valves)
    15 liter alu tanks
    (at extra cost)
    scuba gear rental (by advance request)
    nitrox & rebreather support (by advance request)
    water temperature: 78 - 82F, 25 - 28C  ... 
    3mm wetsuit recommended

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    WHAT'S INCLUDED
    accommodation & diving

    meals, snacks, water, tea & coffee
    compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
    airport transfers


  • WHAT'S EXTRA

    international & domestic airfare

    alcoholic beverages
    scuba rental gear (by advance request)
    15 liter tanks
    nitrox & rebreather support
    park fees


A NEW LIFE FOR A CLASSIC VESSEL


Rebuilt from a steel-hulled merchant vessel, MV Solitude One underwent a complete makeover to become a luxury diving yacht. She offers 10 cabins which can accommodate 22 divers.  The huge sun deck offers a partially covered area with lounge chairs for your "lazing about" hours.  Just below, on the upper (bridge) deck, you'll find unique & immensely inviting open-air dining & lounge area which is used for most meals (the exceptions being if weather is inclement).  Walk to the forward deck for a soak in the Jacuzzi.

On the main deck, is the cozy & welcoming interior lounge & dining room with reading library and audio-video system, card & board games, plus coffee, tea and water which are available all day.  Forward on this deck are two large staterooms, while at the stern you find the substantial dive deck and boat deck space which can also be easily modified for major exploration expeditions. The huge & exceptionally well-furnished camera room is located mid-ship between the lounge & the staterooms. The remaining cabins are all located on the lower deck.

Meals are plentiful and professionally prepared, special needs are happily accommodated given advance notice, and the bar offers an excellent supply of spirits, wines and beers.

VIEW THE DECK & CABIN LAYOUT, THE YACHT SPECIFICATIONS, EQUIPMENT & SAFETY FEATURES  .... open

DECK PLAN

SUN DECK
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BRIDGE DECK

SOLITUDE SUN DECK

 

MAIN DECK

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LOWER DECK

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 SPECIFICATIONS

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SPECIFICATIONS

Length: 52 meters (171ft)
Beam: 8.6 meter (28ft)
Built: 1979 (overhaul in 2013)
Cruising range: 9,000 nautical miles

PROFESSIONAL CREWS

Dive Guides: Ratio 1 to 6 Divers
Private Guide Service available** 150USD per Diving Day)

MACHINERY

 Water tank: 50,000 liters & a water-maker 

COMMUNICATIONS

VHF/SB Radios
Fleet
Broadband Satellite
Phone & Internet
Inmarsat-C

DIVING FACILITIES

2 x 11.5m (37ft) Skiffs (1 x 200HP & 1 x 150HP outboards)
1 x 8.3m (27ft) Fiberglass Skiff  (60HP outboard)
Surface Marker Buoy 
Compressors: 3 x Bauer HP Compressors IK120
Nitrox Membrane LP450 (redundant LP-Screw compressor)

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Automatic Identification System (AIS)
first aid kits
Oxygen
DAN oxygen kit
SOLAS life rafts & life jackets


ITINERARIES


Solitude One spends part of the year in Palau (October through March) and part of the year in the Philippines (April through September).  In the Philippines, the boat offers diving in the most popular regions including Malapascua, Tubbataha, Verde, Romblon & Ticao,  Trips are 7 or 10 days.

VIEW THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THESE TRIPS AND AN ITINERARY MAP....... open

The final itinerary is, of course, always dependant upon weather, sea conditions and where the best animal sightings are at any particular time of year

7-night sample itinerary - TUBBATAHA REEFS

Day 1 – no diving
embarkation (Puerto Princesa) begins from 1400Hrs  ...  dinner is included. Solitude One will get underway towards Tubbataha Reef National Park at sunset (estimated time of travel is 10 hours)

Day 2, 3 & 4 - 3 or 4 dives daily,
North & South Atoll. As dive sites in Tubbataha Reefs are in close proximity, dive sites will be scheduled based on tides/currents as well as communicating with other liveaboards in the vicinity to avoid overcrowding a particular dive site.

Day 5 & 6 - 3 or 4 dives daily,
North Atoll & Jessie Beazley Reef. As dive sites in Tubbataha Reefs are in close proximity, dive sites will be scheduled based on tides/currents as well as communicating with other liveaboards in the vicinity to avoid overcrowding a particular dive site. Your last dive has to conform to our 18 hours no‐fly/no‐altitude policy.

Solitude One will get underway towards Puerto Princesa (estimated time of travel is 9 hours) after the scheduled final night dive in Jessie Beazley Reef.

Day 7 ‐ No diving,

After a big breakfast, you will disembark at 11:00am in Puerto Princessa

PHILIPPINES MAP

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DIVE SITE MAP

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READ ABOUT PHILIPPINES DIVING

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TRAVEL & CRUISE LOGISTICS


All Philippines departures are from the destination's nearest port, usually Puerto Princessa or Cebu but check with us before booking your domestic flights. The Solitude One crew are happy to pick you up from the airport and take you to the vessel. Transfer times are usually short. Domestic flights are easy in the Philippines with any number of airline choices. Upon trip confirmation we will send you a list of ideal departures from Manila.

Embarkation at the harbor of Puerto Princesa starts from 14:00 (2pm).  Only transfers from Puerto Princesa Domestic Airport are included in the cruise package. Hotel/resort transfers to the embarkation point can be organised by Solitude with a 3rd party transportation company but will be subject to charges.  Upon boarding Solitude One, a welcome from the rest of our crew awaits you. 

At the end of the voyage, after a big breakfast, you will disembark at 11:00am in Puerto Princessa.

 


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