STELLA MARIS I 2020 I TUBBATAHA I PHILIPPINES

STELLA MARIS I 2020 I TUBBATAHA I PHILIPPINES
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The luxury 36 meters yacht was built to meet divers needs. Free Nitrox, Rebreather and Side mount friendly. Spacious salon with living and dining areas and a large TV. The retro-chic decor incorporates creature comforts guests have come to expect.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 6 Nights, 16 - 19 Dives
  • Languages spoken - English Filipino
  • Tubbataha - Washing Machine, Bird Island, Jessie Beazley Reef, Lighthouse, Shark Airport
  • Marine life and the sheer numbers of species and inhabitants are awe-inspiring
  • Whale sharks, hammerheads and tiger sharks are sighted frequently
  • Breathtaking walls, exhilarating drift dives, caverns, caves, coral gardens, wrecks and muck diving
  • Snorkels, Side Mount and Rebreathers welcome
  • Free Nitrox
  • Jacuzzi
  • There is no additional charge for the use of the large tank.
  • 1:1 Guest:Crew ratio
  • WiFi is offered when within range of a signal

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from tenders
  • Battery Charging Warm-Water Showers Fish Id And Diving Books
  • Tanks With Din Valves Din/Int Adapters Nitrox (free) Rental Equipment ($) Courses ($) Side mount tanks 9L ($) Rebreather ($)
  • Air-Conditioning Lounge/TV Area Library Universal Power Sockets
  • Snorkeling
  • Buffet Fine Cuisine Vegetarian Vegan water tea coffee - included
  • Alcohol  and Soft Drinks available to purchase on board
  • Payments on board Cash only
  • Fire Alarm Fire Extinguisher Life Jackets Life Rafts Emergency Oxygen Kit Vhf Radio Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon GPS Depth Sounder

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€2,131.00
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Dates available
Departure: 02/04/2020
Arrival: 08/04/2020
Duration: 6 nights
Spaces available: 21
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa
Departure: 16/04/2020
Arrival: 22/04/2020
Duration: 6 nights
Spaces available: 10
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa
Departure: 23/04/2020
Arrival: 23/04/2020
Duration: 6 nights
Spaces available: 12
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa
Departure: 21/05/2020
Arrival: 27/05/2020
Duration: 6 nights
Spaces available: 21
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa
Departure: 28/05/2020
Arrival: 03/06/2020
Duration: 6 nights
Spaces available: 21
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa
Departure: 11/06/2020
Arrival: 17/06/2020
Duration: 6 nights
Spaces available: 21
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa
Departure Arrival Duration Spaces available Harbors (Departure - Arrival)
02/04/2020 08/04/2020 6 nights 21 Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa
16/04/2020 22/04/2020 6 nights 10 Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa
23/04/2020 23/04/2020 6 nights 12 Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa
21/05/2020 27/05/2020 6 nights 21 Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa
28/05/2020 03/06/2020 6 nights 21 Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa
11/06/2020 17/06/2020 6 nights 21 Puerto Princesa - Puerto Princesa

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  • 250 char. max
  • 250 char. max
  • 250 char. max

OUR BOAT

This is the newest member of our dive liveaboard fleet. The 118-foot (36 meters) yacht All Star Stella Maris Explorer with a crew to guest ratio of 1:1, the attention to detail and level of customer service shines through. The retro-chic decor incorporates creature comforts guests have come to expect. Relaxation areas inside and out on one of the decks provide ample space to mingle or stretch out after a day of exciting dives or snorkeling.

OUR CABINS 

Its 10 spacious air conditioned cabins with private bathrooms are divided between three decks and can accommodate up to 21 guests, with a choice of deluxe or premium economy cabins there is an option of having a sea view cabin.  The cabins continue with the retro-chic feel of the boat, the layout varies between twin, bunks and queen beds. Each bed has a memory foam mattress for divine restful nights of sleep. The cabins on the main deck have a 40” TV and Nespresso machine.  One cabin on the lower deck has a double bed and 2 twin beds and is available for 3 people to share.

AMENITIES

The top deck – the flying deck – is for lounging and relaxing in or out of the sun and soaking in the jacuzzi. A salon with living and dining areas, where you will find a TV with audio video equipment and a library, along with the dive deck, are situated mid-level on the bridge deck. The lower level – the main deck – houses more accommodations. Wifi connectivity is offered when within range of a signal. Tubbataha is very remote and therefore the only connectivity is while in port. Our Anilao-Puerto Galera itinerary can offer more frequent signal, but is still limited to when in range of a tower. All of the electricity outlets onboard are universal outlets. Items can be recharged in your cabin or in the common areas. Smoking is allowed in designated areas of the boat. The boat is equipped with a satellite phone that is only to be used for emergencies.

FOOD ON BOARD

The chef will prepare 3 gourmet meals daily served buffet style. Guests can expect a blend of local flare along with French and Italian influence. A choice of at least 2 entrees is offered at lunch and dinner accompanied by fresh vegetables, a salad, pasta and rice. Snacks and exotic fresh fruits are always available. 

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free are pretty easy to work with as well as allergies so let us know upon booking if you require special meals. Please remember that you are participating in an adventure travel vacation that is occurring in a remote part of the world. Many of the modern conveniences, brands and pre-packaged goods we use at home are not available in remote destinations. As such, many special requests that are very specific may be difficult to accommodate.

Finally, if you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other special life event, please let us know. Our crew stands ready to assist you in making your special day something to remember.

DIVING IN THE AREA

Our Philippines diving adventures focus on the outstanding underwater experiences of southwest Philippines including Sulu Sea’s Tubbataha Reef National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with three atolls that rise from the ocean floor to just a few inches above sea level. The nutrient-rich waters carried by warm water ocean currents provide ample supply of food for large pelagic like whale sharks and mantas but also support healthy hard and soft corals and abundant fish and macro life. 

TWIN BUNK CABIN – BRIDGE LEVEL A1 & A2 

Bridge level rooms furnished with twin bunk beds and port hole, table and power points. Private bathroom, towels and complimentary toiletries. Daily housekeeping.

  • Size:  -
  • Beds:  twin (2 single)
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  yes
  • Private bathroom:  yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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TWIN BUNK CABIN WITH SEMI PRIVATE PATIO – BRIDGE LEVEL A3 & A4

Bridge level rooms furnished with twin bunk beds and port hole, hole facing the stern with semi-private patio, table and power points. Private bathroom, towels and complimentary toiletries. Daily housekeeping.

  • Size:  -
  • Beds:  twin (2 single)
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  yes
  • Private bathroom:  yes
  • Air Conditioning: yes

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TWIN BEDS CABIN –MAIN LEVEL B1

Main level room furnished with twin beds (can be configured as a king), port hole, table and power points, 40” inch TV and Nespresso machine. Private bathroom, towels and complimentary toiletries. Daily housekeeping.

  • Size:  -
  • Beds:  twin (2 single) or double (king size bed )
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  yes
  • Private bathroom:  yes
  • Air Conditioning: yes

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TWIN BED CABIN –MAIN LEVEL B2

Main level room furnished with twin bunk beds, port hole, table and power points, 40” inch TV and Nespresso machine. Private bathroom, towels and complimentary toiletries. Daily housekeeping.

  • Size:  -
  • Beds:  twin bunk beds (2 single)
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  yes
  • Private bathroom:  yes
  • Air Conditioning: yes

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QUEEN BED CABIN –MAIN LEVEL B3

Main level room furnished with a queen bed, port hole, table and power points, 40” inch TV and Nespresso machine. Private bathroom, towels and complimentary toiletries. Daily housekeeping.

  • Size:  -
  • Beds:  1 queen 
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  no
  • Private bathroom:  yes
  • Air Conditioning: yes

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TWIN BUNK CABIN – LOWER LEVEL C1 & C2 

Lower level rooms furnished with twin bunk beds, and power points. Private bathroom with seated shower, towels and complimentary toiletries. Daily housekeeping.

  • Size:  -
  • Beds:  twin (2 single)
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  yes
  • Private bathroom:  yes
  • Air Conditioning: yes

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2 TWINS  AND FULL BED – LOWER LEVEL C3

Lower level cabin with a full and twin beds. Largest cabin – can accommodate 3 persons. Power points, private bathroom, towels and complimentary toiletries. Daily housekeeping.

  • Size:  -
  • Beds:  1 double and 2 twins
  • Max occupancy:  3
  • Shareable:  yes
  • Private bathroom:  yes
  • Air Conditioning: yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION 

  • We suggest guests have an Open Water certification and least 30 dives logged
  • Solo diving is not allowed
  • This route operate Mid-March to mid-June only
  • For this route the boat leaves from Port Puerto Princesa and ends at Port Puerto Princesa
  • The closest airport is Puerto Princesa (PPS), Palawan
  • Attention! Port departure/arrival can be changed due to internal boat logistic, bad weather conditions on previous week or bad weather forecast. In case of changes all transfers are provided to the new marina, cannot be issue of refund or compensations

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • Local transfers will be provided in Puerto Princesa to and from the airport or One Manalo Hotel to the boat. 
  • Upon arrival in the Puerto Princesa Airport please look for members of Staff wearing a t-shirt ALL STAR LIVEABOARDS
  • Boarding begins at 12:00pm
  • Guests must be onboard and checked in no later than 6:00pm
  • The boat departs Puerto Princesa 6.00 pm on the same day

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • The boat arrives into port the in the morning of the last day. 
  • All passengers must be out of their cabins by 10:00am but are welcome to relax in the salon, on the sun deck, or leave their luggage onboard while exploring the town before it is time to transfer to the airport.
  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the afternoon
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • Hotel drop-off time is in the morning
  • Airport drop-off time is in the morning
  • In case of need the boat could give advance notice and of necessity to provide the last night in a 4 * HB hotel, if it was the case, the hotel is paid by the boat and any extra transfer is offered free of charge

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • U.S. and Canadian citizens may enter the Philippines for purposes of tourism without a visa if they present their passport, valid for at least six months after their date of entry into the Philippines, and a return ticket to the United States/Canada or an onward ticket to another country.
  • Check with the Philippines Embassy for visa requirements if you are not a U.S. citizen.
  • Guests who are planning to arrive in Puerto Princesa on the day of embarkation are kindly asked to book flights arriving no later than 12:00.
  • Due to local regulations, and crossing time from Puerto Princesa, it is imperative that all guests embark at the same time to avoid unnecessary delays to departure from Puerto Princesa, and potentially missing dives as a result of such delays

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Night dives are prohibited in Tubbataha due to higher currents
  • There is at least one dive guide per every five divers. 
  • The dives are guided and allow for 50 – 60 minutes of bottom time.
  • To dive with a dive buddy, you must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following your guide. On some dives the recommended depth is below 18m therefore advanced or Deep Diver training is advised.
  • Many of the dives in Philippines are suitable for all levels of divers, however, unpredictable and strong currents are to be expected anytime and anywhere. Inexperienced divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience
  • Number of planned dives depending on the weather conditions and the route are varied but with an average of 4 dives per day
  • Currents in some areas of this route can be strong.

PROGRAM

  • The Tubbataha 6 Night Itinerary (Puerto Princesa to Puerto Princesa) trip departs Puerto Princesa on an overnight transit to Tubbataha, a UNESCO World heritage site. Here you will explore the 2 atolls and Jesse Beazley reef. This is one of the world’s best diving destinations for its lush healthy coral and marine life.
  • DAY 1: Arrival and assistance at the airport. Collecting your luggage. At the indicated time, transfer to the port depending the route. Boarding the boat, welcome drink and presentation briefing of the boat and crew (depending on the schedule of flights will be the first day or the next day early morning). Distribution of cabins. Overnight on board. You can take some time this day to prepare your diving equipment. 
  • DAYS 2nd to Penultimate day: There are up to 19 dives planned in this trip. Diving trip with full board and daily diving plan. You will dive the most important dive sites of this route. Every single trip is tailor-made to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The decision on the itinerary is made by the cruise director based on factors such as weather conditions, dive conditions, requests of guests, schedules of other liveaboards, which we are trying to stay away from
  • Penultimate Day: 2-3 dives during the day. Dinner and accommodation on board. Night transit to Puerto Princesa, early morning arrival at port.
  • Final Day: Disembark in Port. Transfer to the hotel or airports.

Tubbataha

  • Tubbataha (pronounced too-bah-ta-hah) National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and is comprised of just 3 coral atolls that rise from the ocean floor 100 miles east of Palawan and Puerto Princesa. To say the diving here is something that has to be seen to be believed is an understatement. Surrounded by deep cerulean blue seas, the atolls of Tubbataha break the surface of the sea by only a few inches. And it’s what surrounds these atolls that will amaze you. 
  • Accessible only by dive liveaboard, this preserved area of extreme biodiversity is protected and nurtures future generations. 
  • Dive areas:  North Tubbataha, South Tubbataha and Jessie Beazley atolls
  • Sample dive sites:  Shark Airport, Ranger Station, Delsan Wreck, Blackrock, Wall Street, Malayan Wreck 
  • Highlights:  Clear water, pelagics, vibrant marine life, hundreds of corals
  • Reefs: Soft and hard corals, vertical walls, tunnels, caverns

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including drinking water, tea, coffee, juices, all snacks between dives
  • Dive tanks – 9L, 11L and 15L (limited supply) Weight belts
  • Transfer from/to local hotels/ airport  (round-trip, only on boat arrival & departure days)
  • Dive guides
  • Nitrox

NOT INCLUDED

  • Port Fees 270 USD per trip
  • Soft Drinks
  • Alcohol 
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Single supplement is a 80% surcharge over the regular rate
  • Full gear (mask, fins, BC, regulator & wetsuit) $30 per day
  • Full gear with computer $38 per day
  • Courses
  • Private dive guides ($300)

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies: 

  • 30 % non refundable
  • Between 120 days y 90 days before trip = 70 % refundable
  • Less than 90 days before trip = no refund

In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days.

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavor to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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