MV Discovery Palawan Liveaboard Review

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MV Discovery Palawan dive boat review

MV Discovery Palawan is one of the titular vessels of the tremendous Discovery Fleet. Offering what they claim to be a new style of cruising through the picturesque waters of the Philippines, the Discovery Fleet incorporate spectacular diving with snorkeling, kayaking, island visits and beach hopping for non-diving partners and friends.

 

 

The Philippines are in the rich waters of the Indian Ocean. Comprising approximately 7000 tropical islands, almost every type of aquatic life is a potential underwater encounter here. There are vast coral reefs. Intricrate macro life for those who love critters. Beautiful flora and fauna. And always the chance to see larger marine life too such as, potentially, whale sharks and manta rays.

 

If you’re the kind of diver who loves twisted metal and the life it attracts, this may also be the location for you. The Philippines have comprehensive WWII history and the wrecks of areas such of Coron will more than satisfy you!

 

The Discovery Palawan is an immense liveaboard experience. Built in Holland in 1972, she was originally conceived as a 3-masted schooner to cruise the Caribbean. However, in 2013 she underwent a mammoth USD1.5million renovation to serve as one of the ultimate diving vessels in the Philippines.

 

This vast Lloyd’s Registered vessel is a whisker under 50m in length, 539 tonnes (gross) and powers through the water at 10 knots. With a full array of safety equipment and no less than 3 tenders/chase boats, she is impressively capable.

You can check the availability and prices for this Boat here.

 

Cabins and Boat Layout

 

Given her vast size, Discover Palawan is capable of accommodating 32 guest across 20 cabins in style.

 

mv discovery palawan deck plan liveaboard review

 

There are 4 cabin options:

 

  • Standard Twin Cabin – a twin cabin located on the lower deck with ensuite bathroom facilities and air-conditioning.
  • Upper Deck Twin Cabin – on the upper deck with a slightly airier feel. Also with ensuite bathroom, this cabin also has personal climate control.
  • Standard Double Cabin – on the lower deck with a queen-sized double bed, ensuite bathroom and air-conditioning.
  • Upper Deck Double Cabin – the same great facilities plus a lighter feel and personal climate control.

 

The vast size of Discovery Palawan means she never feels crowded. There is a vast salon/dining area indoors. Air-conditioned and with plenty of soft seating. You can relax here and watch a film, listen to music, read a book or simply make use of the space to edit your photos on your laptop.

 

Dining takes place either indoors or outdoors depending on your preference and the dining areas are spacious. The smiling staff are always on hand to assist with any requirements you may have as you enjoy a delicious mixture of local and international dishes.

 

mv discovery palawan standard twin cabin liveaboard review

Double lower deck cabin

mv discovery palawan upper deck twin cabin liveaboard review

Twin upper deck cabin

 

There is a camera room for photographers, lots of charge points, and a sun-deck for the sun worshippers. For those more active, there are kayaking, snorkeling and island hopping options!

 

mv discovery palawan indoor dining salon liveaboard review

Indoor dining/salon

 

There is ample food and drink onboard and, for those interested, alcoholic drinks are available onboard for when the diving is completed.

 

 

Diving onboard Discovery Palawan

 

The diving is amazing and with Nitrox available onboard there is the chance to maximize your bottom time.

 

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Exterior Dining

 

There are 3 chase boats to allow divers to be picked-up or dropped at precisely the right spot to make the most of the dive.

 

Should you be a non-diver or wishing to take the next step in your training, the instructors onboard will be happy to complete your training.

 

 

Itineraries

 

The itineraries depend on the season (see map). And, of course, dive site selection is obviously subject to the prevailing conditions.

 

mv discovery palawan route plan liveaboard review

 

Expect to pay around EUR1,944 for a 7 day/6 night trip. This equates to 277/day, making her competitive for the region. Please note that this does not include some extras such as port/marine park fees, nitrox, alcoholic drinks and equipment rental. Please contact us for further details.

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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Dive spots reviews in Coron, Palawan & Philippines

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The Irako Wreck is one of the best Wreck Dives of Coron Bay in Palawan and in the Philippines. It is a 147m long and 19m...
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The Akitsushima Wreck is a former Seaplane Tender sunk in Coron Bay in Palawan. This former war ship is 118m long and is...
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Yapak is the most famous dive site in Boracay Island and one of the best spots in the whole of the Philippines. Yapak is...
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Angol Point is a very popular dive site of Boracay Island. It is a shallow (10m to 15m deep) easy reef dive used for Pad...
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Crocodile Island is located South of Boracay Island. It is regarded as one of the best dive sites of Boracay. It is also...
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Monad Shoal, also known as Shark Point, has now become a World famous dive site. It is the best place in the world and i...
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With Angol and Coral Garden, LDB is one of the best and most diverse spots to learn or improve your scuba diving skills....
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The Dona Marilyn is a 98m long former ferry that sank near Malapascua Island in October 1988 during a Typhoon while sail...
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The Bat Cave is a rather challenging dive site in Boracay. It is cave system that is connected to Bat Cave that you can ...
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Friday's Rock is a relatively easy dive site of Boracay Island. It is usually used for scuba diving training and for beg...

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