MY Stella Maris Explorer Liveaboard Review

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MY Stella Maris Explorer dive boat review

The Stella Maris Explorer is a 36 meters liveaboard operating in the Philippines. The motor yacht is described as a “pleasure boat” and offers scuba diving cruise on the Tubbataha and Apo-Coron reefs. Built in 1986, the dive vessel has been upgraded any times ever since and upholds great navigation & diving standards.

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Boat Cabins & Layout

The Stella Maris provides enough cabins to welcome 20 divers on every voyage. Indeed, there are 10 air-conditioned cabins on the boat and each is completed by a full en-suite bathroom. Also, cabins have hot water running in the shower and new memory foam mattresses. Plus, every cabin displays enough storage and wardrobe space for your belongings. Moreover, cabins are divided onto 3 decks and some feature twin-beds and other have double/queen beds.

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Stella Maris Explorer On-board Facilities

First, the Stella Maris is fully air-conditioned inside and is fitted with modern furniture and a carpeted flooring. Additionally, the indoor lounge, or salon, is fitted with cozy couches and feature a complete TV/DVD entertainment system. Of course, you will find an extensive DVD, books and games library on-board.

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Furthermore, the partly shaded top sundeck features ample space for loungers but also a table and a bar area. You will surely agree that it’s the best place to enjoy the ever changing view of the Philippines. You can watch the sun go down and the stars shine at night, while you enjoy a drink! The second favorite spot is definitely at the bow as that’s where the jacuzzi tub can be found!

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Vessel Layout

The Stella Maris Explorer is part of the Expedition Fleet Liveaboards which also include the Borneo Explorer, Eco, Crystal and Oceanic Explorer. This dive vessel is considered as one of the pleasure yacht of the fleet as it boasts plenty of cozy outdoor space.

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Scuba Diving with the Stella Maris Explorer

The Stella Maris is equipped with all the latest scuba diving and navigation technologies. Indeed, the radios, telephone service, GPS, depth eco sounder, first aid necessities and much more are kept up to date.

Diving wise, the vessel is equipped with compressors and full sets of scuba gear to be rented on demand. Plus, NITROX is available and there are 2 tenders to assist the mother ship in the diving operation. Finally, the highly skilled and experienced crew is helping divers all along the trip to ensure the best and safest experience!


Please see the Expedition Fleet site to have information on prices and schedules!

Where does this liveaboard dive boat go?

Check out the fabulous places where this dive boat travels to.
Note: some destinations may not be listed below, please enquire for more details.

Subic Bay

Interesting Wreck Diving close to Manila in the Philippines.

Subic Bay Diving Review

Donsol

The best place in the World to swim and dive with Whale Sharks! Also a fantastic spot for spotting Manta Rays.

Donsol Diving Review

Puerto Galera

Great spot for Macro Underwater Photography, to take a diving course and for amazing Drift Diving.

Puerto Galera Diving Review

Anilao, Batangas

The best place in the Philippines for Macro Underwater Photography! A must dive for muck diving and macro photographers. Thriving biodiversity and superb coral.

Anilao, Batangas Diving Review

Boracay Island

Great place to learn Scuba Diving or to take courses. Some interesting and challenging dive sites and good macro photography opportunities.

Boracay Island Diving Review

Bohol Island

Some of the best scuba diving in the Philippines! Great wall dives, Coral, Macro Pictures opportunities and Reef Sharks.

Bohol Island Diving Review

Coron, Palawan

One of the Best places in the World for Wreck Diving!!! Also very interesting lake diving all within a superb tropical scenery setting... ahh bliss!

Coron, Palawan Diving Review

Malapascua Island

The best place on Earth to see the very rare Thresher Shark! Good chances also to spot Manta Rays and world class macro diving. Very Beautiful pristine Island.

Malapascua Island Diving Review

Philippines

Thousands of stunning Islands with unlimited Scuba Diving opportunities! Some of the best Wreck Diving in the World is in Coron Island and great chances to spot the rare and shy Thresher Shark in Malapascua Island... The philippines will amaze every diver!

Philippines Diving Review

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One Liveaboard feedback for “MY Stella Maris Explorer

  1. Hi!
    I have been on the Stella Maris and also on the Borneo Explorer with the same fleet. Honestly they both are great. The Stella is an older vessel but it’s really well maintained on-board. The main suggestion/comment I made at the end of the trip is that I wish seatings options were more cushioned… if I can say that. Otherwise the beds are super cozy so that was great and the food was yummy during the whole trip!

    Otherwise, the Tubbataha reef diving was magical, just like it’s expected. Thanks for reading!

    Ana

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