Why choose a diving liveaboard trip in the
As a tourist destination, the Philippines is loaded with the attractions travelers dream of - Tropical islands, great weather, gorgeous beaches, world-class scenery, friendly outgoing locals, fascinating history and still lots of undiscovered places to explore..
The truth is that many people think it's dangerous to come here, what with volcanoes, earthquakes, kidnappings, and an international dispute over the Spratly's…it's no wonder you'd think twice. Well…we live here, and can confirm the Philippines are generally a very safe place to be. English is one of the official languages, and is spoken throughout the islands, and the Philippine people have an amazing zest for life. The cost of living is quite low, and the best way to see more of them, is on a liveaboard diving boat.
The Philippines is a grossly underrated diving destination....
For a country that comprises over 7000 islands and some of the most diverse marine life on planet earth - you'd think that more divers would know about this place….and visit. They are part of the Coral Triangle, comprised of Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea, stretching more than 1,840 kilometers.
The Coral Triangle is the most biologically and economically valuable marine ecosystem on the planet. Covering just three percent of the globe, the region represents more than half of the world's reefs and boasts 76 percent of its known coral species and over 3000 species of fish.
A recent scientific study stated:
"We saw at least 30 new species of barnacles; more than 50 new species of nudibranchs (sea slugs); 45 sea urchins and sand dollars, six of which have never been recorded in the Philippines, one or two probably new; one new species of eel; and one new pipe fish," reported Terrence Gosliner, the CAS dean of Science and Research Collections and leader of the expedition's shallow water team. Click to see what they said for yourself
Due to it's remote location we expect the unexpected will pass by at some time or other – and it sometimes does.
It's actually estimated that ALL the sea water on the earth, at some time - passes through the Batangas channel - as part of global circulating currents.
Most divers go abroad to see their favorite animal, be it Whalesharks, Mantas, Turtles, Sharks or schooling Barracudas…not to mention the rarities such as Dugongs, Rhinopious, mimic Octopus…or even Thresher Sharks. Well, all of these are found in Philippine waters – as well as some species of Whale.
Shipwrecks…we have plenty, from the WWII Japanese fleet in Coron, to Spanish Galleons (yes, we have a local galleon wreck-site) - and thousands more still to be found. There is a tremendous history of seafaring here, and a tremendous amount of wrecks. The Spanish galleon trade between Acapulco and Manila lasted over 250years, from 1658 to 1815….and over 200 Galleons were lost in that time, lots of those on Philippine reefs.
We consider Rags II to be the best value diving liveaboard in the Philippines. That is no small statement, and we back it up with our prices, diving quality, a la carte menu onboard– and overall satisfaction for the price you have paid. We evaluate our services in comparison to what other Philippines liveaboards offer – and the prices they charge.
Yes, you can pay for a high end 5 star boat, but the diving is what you came for, and we offer excellent locations - with equal (if not better) enjoyment, for a lower price.
We cater for a maximum of 8 guests – so why get overwhelmed on a boat carrying 20 people when you can enjoy smaller groups and more remote dive sites.
Liveaboard diving in the Philippines can be one of the best diving trips of your life…especially on Rags II.