We're delighted to be representing the Philippine Islands only Cruise Ship company, Discovery Fleet. The Palawan Discovery is a boutique cruise ship that has been completely refurbished, and is now offering a number of fabulous cruises between the months of October and March.
Spaces are limited and fill up fast so be sure to reserve your cruise at the earliest opportunity!
Built in Holland, the ship was a originally three-masted schooner that cruised the Caribbean. In 2006 she was refitted with a more powerful engine, plus modern navigational equipment. She was moved to the Philippines and in 2013, she underwent a USD 1.5 million renovation and was given her new name, "Discovery Palawan".
There are a number of cruises between September and March, and a variety of options available due to the stop-offs made.
N.B. The longest cruise is 8 days, so if your visit to the Philippines is for a longer duration, let us know, and we'll tailor the overall itinerary to suit. Just let us know where else you wish to visit, or let us suggest!
Divers and Non-Divers Catered For!
Northern Route Cruise - 8 Days
Upcoming Cruise Dates:
December 23 - 30, 2017 (guaranteed trip)
February 3 - 10, 2018 (guaranteed trip)
February 17 - 24, 2018 (guaranteed trip)
March 3 - 10, 2018 (guaranteed trip)
PRICES (Cruise Only):
STANDARD ROOM (Lower Cabin): From USD 1,900 per person
With Diving (16 Dives): From USD 2,500 per person
UPPER DECK ROOM: From USD 2,500 per person
With Diving (16 Dives): From USD 3,100 per person
Prices based on double occupancy. Single Occupancy surcharge is 50% on the cruise only price.
*Guests also have the option of booking the Cruise only package and purchasing dives in single dives or package of 6 or 12 dives.
Diving and Non-Diving Itinerary
Day 1 - Depart Batangas Port (South of Manila)
Embarkation time is between 2-4 pm
N.B. If coming from Coco Beach Resort, Puerto Galera, the boat will will arrive at the resort after 2 hrs from Batangas, usually 6-7pm. The boat manager will also coordinate with the resort for the estimated time of arrival
Boat Briefing - Dinner
Day 2 - Apo Reef
Apo Reef is regarded as one of the world's best diving locations. We will make a total of 3 dives today, 2 day dives and a night dive for those qualified. You can look forward to some spectacular dives with visibility of up to 40 m or better. The reef begins at five meters depth, descending to approximately 40 m. The first dive will be a check out dive where you will be asked to demonstrate the 3 basic skills, mask clearing, regulator recovery and buoyancy control.
Non-divers: After Breakfast we will leave the ship for a full day on Apo Mayor - the biggest island in the park. The island is surrounded by a white sand beach, clear blue waters and very rich reefs of both hard and soft coral. There is an inland lagoon to visit as well as a lighthouse to climb. Some of the best snorkeling can be found here. For lunch we have a beautiful area with picnic tables shaded by leafy trees.
Day 3 - Barracuda Lake - Siete Pecados (7 Islands) - Maquinit Hot Spring - Kayangan Lake
Divers will do 2 morning dives in Siete Pecados and Twin Peaks and 1 dive at the Barracuda lake
1) Twin Peaks is named after the two limestone formations that break the surface of the water. We descend along one of the rock walls adorned with large gorgonians. Turtles are frequently seen here. This dive is suitable for Advanced Open Water certified divers or higher.
2) Siete Pecados is home to a great variety of unusual tropical fish and a very rich coral environment. Scientists found 2 new coral species here within the last 5 years . This dive is suitable for Advanced Open Water certified divers or higher.
3) Barracuda Lake - a unique and highly unusual dive site. It is a deep, volcanic in-land lake where the water temperature increases with depth - roughly 1ºC per metre. The water is clear, but aside from some small fish in the shallower parts, the lake is devoid of aquatic life.
Divers come to appreciate the underwater pinnacles. However, an ancient old barracuda reportedly lives in the lake, hence the name. The lake is accessible through a short climb over stairs placed over jagged rocks.
Non-divers will visit award winning Kayangan Lake after breakfast. Snorkel along the edges of the lake to see what the pinnacles look like underwater. Some guests have compared it to the home of Superman.
We return to the ship for lunch and then will have a snorkeling expedition at Siete Pecados. Transfer to the ship to freshen up and then transfer to Maquinit hot springs for dinner and a hot soak.
Day 4 - Sangat & Culion Islands
Divers will be diving 3 wrecks today. Irako will be the destination for their first early morning dive. After a heavy breakfast, divers will depart for 2 dives with a packed lunch. Sangat or Tangat Wreck and the Olympia Maru are their 2nd & 3rd dives. Divers will meet up with the ship in Culion Island after the 3rd dive.
Night Dive at Dynamite Point is available for those qualified.
Non-divers will depart for the beach on Sangat island for some snorkeling and beach fun. After lunch on the ship, they will depart for Culion and there will be a Church and Museum Tour. Culion used to be the home of one of the largest Leper Colonies in the Philippines and the laboratory and hospital equipment are now on display as well as historical photographs of the colony.
Day 5 - Calumbuyan & North Cay Islands
The Akitsushima is the one true warship of the Japanese Fleet that we will be visiting today. A Sea Plane tender, the crane lies in the sand not far from the hull, while an Anti Aircraft gun can be found right next to the deck lying on the sandy sea floor. Around the wreck is one of the few areas where divers can see Sea-whips in the shape of a harp.
The second dive of the day will be at the freighter "Taiei Maru". The ship now rests on the side. It was hit by three torpedoes that all went through the same hole. The gigantic hole is now visible at 14 metres depth. Inside the ship, the two large engine boilers can be seen. The top side of the wreck is completely overgrown with corals, which attract plenty of crocodile fish.
The afternoon dive will be at one of Calumbuyans beautiful reefs. Expect to find Coral bommies with colonies of giant sized grape corals.
At 6 p.m. it is time for a night dive. We will explore North Cay , where we may see octopuses on the hunt and big moray eels leaving their shelters in search off food.
Non-divers: Guided Snorkeling trips are on the menu today for both Calumbuyan & North Cay islands in addition to the usual beach activities. This is the night for the Philippine Style Luau with a Roast Pig and other grilled seafood. Shoes NOT required for beach dancing…
Day 6 - Dibotonai & Talampulan Islands
Upon arriving at Dibotonai, we will cross to Black Island by boat where we will dive at the remains of the 50 m long "Nanshin Maru". It is a civilian tanker converted to carry special fuels in small isolated tanks for replenishment of land-based depots. The wreck rests upright on a sandy bottom at a maximum depth of 32 m. Visibility here is much better than at the other wrecks, 20-25 m or better is common. Near the wreck you can see plenty of scorpion fish, lion fish, groupers, and bat fish.
In the afternoon we will make a dive at the northern reef of Dibotonai. If we are lucky, we may encounter the nearly extinct dugong (sea cow), which sometimes comes to graze on the sea grass in the area. A wide variety of crabs, octopuses, surgeon fish and puffer fish inhabit the reef.
Non-divers: Guided Snorkeling and beach activities in the morning and in the afternoon there will be a visit to the nearby fishermens village. Weather permitting there will be a basketball or volleyball game between the guests and crew and some of the villagers. We will bring pencils and crayons as well as small notebooks for the children of the village.
Day 7 - Club Paradise, Dimakya Island
We will be doing 2 morning dives, the first one shall be at Kyokozan Maru (Dimalanta Wreck). A 45 minute ride by chase boat, but divers will be rewarded with a beautiful WWII wreck that stands upright on a slope not far from Dimalanta Island. And finally the last dive of the trip will be at Club paradise house reef. This is a chance to dive with its resident sea turtle and schooling jacks in the sea grass areas, as well as observe the myriad of macro critters such as frog fishes and nudibranchs on the reef itself.
Non-divers: Snorkeling, kayaking and the other beach activities as well as the chance to set foot and explore an island that’s off the beaten track is this morning’s activity on Tara Island.
N.B: After lunch, guests will have a chance to use the beaches and facilities of the Cruise Line's sister property, Club Paradise. Those who are extending their holiday at this resort will be disembarked by 3pm. The ship will lift anchor for Batangas by 5 pm.
Day 8 - Disembark Batangas Port
Disembark approximately 11am - 12noon
N.B. If staying in Coco Beach Resort, Puerto Galera after the trip, disembarkation is earlier - around 8am after breakfast.
* Subject to weather and sea conditions
Children are defined as anyone under the age of 12 on the start of the date of the trip.
When children are on board, they must be accompanied by at least one parent or legal guardian at all times.
Discovery Fleet Corporation accepts no responsibility for the care of the child and does not provide baby care or nanny facilities.
Children up to 5 years of age are free as long as they share the parents bed/room.
Children 5 years and one day up to one day short of 12 years pay 60% of the trip fee.
*All passengers, regardless of age must pay park fees.
Juice (morning only)
Air-conditioned accommodation with private toilet and shower
Full-board meals (buffet) for the whole cruise, excluding drinks. (Starts with Dinner on the first day; Ends with Breakfast on the last day)
Various activities such as island hopping, snorkeling and other activities mentioned in the itinerary (weather permitting)
Rental of snorkel - and dive gear
All beverages and mineral water
Park Fees which will be collected in advance
Transfers to & from the ship (Philippine Trails will arrange this.)
Start and end your cruise at Coco Beach Resort, Puerto Galera, including return transfers from Manila. The cruise ship actually calls in at Coco Beach to pick you up, and drop you off. The cruise is 8 Days - the number of days you enjoy at Coco Beach is up to you! For both divers and non-divers to enjoy.