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Seadoors is a 25-meter (82-foot) well equipped liveaboard accommodating 16 guests in 8 cabins offering exciting itineraries to the Tubbatahas, Visayas & the Sulu Sea.

 

A word from Dom :  “A super option, especially for our French-speaking friends, but excellent value for everyone. Operating between Tubbataha reef & the Visayas, in addition to transition trips across the Sulu Sea, this very sea worthy vessel has wowed us with her all-new decor.  The look is bright, warm, inviting & home-like … but most importantly, her captain and crew know these waters like few others do and you’ll be guaranteed great diving.  Seadoors has my heartiest support.”….. Dominick Macan


ON BOARD SEADOORS

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BUDGET FRIENDLY, SUPERIOR DIVING

This wonderfully beamy vessel has 3 decks plus a sun deck … and plenty of super comfortable living space. The big sun deck, fitted with loungers, has room for everyone who desires serious sun time … while at the bow end of the upper deck you find a huge covered outdoor lounge with deep sofas and tables.  Outdoor dining is offered under a canopy at the stern end of the upper deck where you’ll also find a cocktail bar & a sound system. Soft drinks, fresh fruit shakes, coffee, tea and water are available for free. Four of the large cabins are also located on this deck.  The lower deck houses four more cabins and a good-sized salon with brightly colored & inviting sofas, bean bags, library and full entertainment center.

An expansive dive deck, situated on the lower deck, provides ample space for divers and underwater photographers and videographers will appreciate the equipment supplied for their convenience.

Land tours can be arranged as can a full range of PADI and CMAS courses … plus snorkeling. There is laundry service and nitrox & rebreather support are both available for a fee.

The crew speaks French and English.

LAYOUT & SPECS

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DECK PLAN

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SPECIFICATIONS

Length overall: 27 meters
Beam: 6 meters
Engines: 2 X Marine Yanmar 300 Hp
Cruising speed: 8 knots
Generators: 2 Deutz 80 KVA, 65 KVA
Passengers: 16

PROFESSIONAL CREWS

Crew members: 16 crew
including 2 dive guides & 1 western cruise director/ dive instructor 

MACHINERY

 Compressors: 2 air compressors
2 nitrox blenders
Freshwater tanks: 27 tons
2 x Watermakers: 15020 lts / day
Fuel tanks: 8 tons

DIVING FACILITIES

Dive boats: 2 x 8 M fiberglass
Rebreathers: 2 x ISC Megalodons
1 O2 Booster hazkel
Sofnolime
4 sets CCR tanks

NAVIGATION 

GPS
chart plotter
Depth sounder
Radar

COMMUNICATIONS

Radio VHF
Radio UHF
Satellite phone 

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Smoke detectors
Stern CCTV
2 lift rafts
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ITINERARIES

The Seadoors diving itineraries are divided into three areas: Tubbataha, Visayas and Sulu Sea trips.  Tubbataha Reefs & the Visayas have distinctly different diving seasons, due to weather & seas and transition trips are offered between these two periods across the Sulu Sea.  {slider View the highlights of these trips and an itinerary map..….. open|dest|closed} The final itinerary is, of course, always dependent upon weather, sea conditions and where the best animal sightings are at any particular time of year

Sample itinerary information

TUBBATAHA  March – June

Tubbataha Reefs park is under the strict protection of rangers all year round to ensure that the nations doesn’t lose the spectacular reefs and marine life in this region. You can expect to see sponges nearly as large as the passing whale sharks, giant sea fans and delicate soft corals.  The coral gardens attract schooling sweetlips, bumphead parrotfish. and batfish but you’ll also dive vertiginous walls with hanging gardens filled with critters.  There will be plenty of “the big stuff” as these waters offer ample interactions with manta rays, turtles, jacks, schools of barracuda, hammerheads, tiger shark and, yes, whale sharks.

VISAYAS October to March

Comprised of several thousand islands and surrounded by nutrient-rich waters, the Visayas region is home some superb diving.  Seadoors offers a variety of itineraries.  Below you’ll find a sampling:

Southern-Visayas … Bohol To Apo Island  January –  In Bohol you’ll encounter huge schools of fish and plenty of sharks, particularly hammerheads. Widely known for encounters with pelagic fish and reef sharks, the Bohol region features barracudas, trevallies, tuna, at least one manta site, and if your itinerary includes Pamilacan, you are likely to have whales and dolphins.  At Cabilao Island, there are gigantic schools of hammerhead sharks.  Apo Island is perhaps the best protected marine sanctuary in the Philippines and here you’ll find healthy corals teeming with fish, including red-tooth trigger fish, pyramid butterfly fish, blue lined fusileers and at least 8 species of anemone fish.  Oslob  offers whale sharks.

Special Visayas Sharks … October, November, December – There are very dynamic and colorful coral gardens which produce some super shark interactions as the sharks come here to feed of a variety of life.  You’ll be treated to thresher sharks at Malapascua, the whale shark migration from November in the Surigao strait and the whale sharks at Cebu. In addition, there’s Bull Shark Reef, Kimod Shoal and its hammerheads ….  plus back tip sharks and white tip reef sharks at Sumilon Island. These are sharky, sharky dives !

Visayas-Odyssey from Malapascua to Apo Island  …. 9 nights  November, December – The itinerary of Visayas Odyssey draws a circle from Malapascua to Apo Island, passing by Bohol and Southern Leyte. Pelagics lovers will enjoy the diversity of this cruise with the thresher shark of Malapascua, the white tip reef sharks, black tip sharks and cat sharks.  You’ll explore Cabilao Island which is known for it’s untouched coral reef and it’s large underwater diversity.  Then, in southern Leyte and Cebu you’ll find whale sharks. Macro lovers will be happy hunting for pygmy seahorses, harlequin shrimps, mandarin fish, frog fish, octopus and flamboyant cuttlefish ! Some land excursions are available, also.

Malapascua-Cagayan Islands … 9 nights  November & July

Special trip from Cebu combining the best dive site from Visayas as Malapascua with thresher sharks, whale sharks, Apo Island (with its “hordes of fish” and critters … and the dive sites of Cagayan archipelago located in the Sulu Sea where you’ll find hammerhead sharks, grey reef sharks, manta rays, tiger sharks & whale sharks.

SULU SEA – March & June

The two transition trips (one in March … one in June) are breath taking explorations of Sulu sea with Tubbataha, Cagayans Islands, and Visayas.

TUBBATAHA MAP

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VISAYAS MAP

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TRANSITION TRIP MAP (PALAWAN-CEBU  CEBU-PALAWAN)

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TRAVEL & CRUISE LOGISTICS


International flights are typically booked to Manila.  From there, you’ll take a domestic flight to Cebu or Puerto Princesa.  Transfers to the boat are included.  The crew wil pick you up at the airport at your arrival, or at your hotel.  You will learn the exact schedule when your lfights are set.

Visayas / Malapascua trips leave from and return to Cebu so you will fly into Cebu (Mactan International Airport).  You’ll need to arrive by 2PM the day of departure giving you enough time for check-in on the boat.  The Seadoors mooring is 5 minutes away from Cebu Airport at Cebu Yacht Club. Boarding is between 1 pm and 5 pm.  Disembarking after the cruise is between 8 and 11 am and the crew will get you to the airport or to your hotel.

Tubbataha & Sulu Sea trips leave from Puerto Princessa so your domestic flight should take you there. Seadoors is located 15 minutes from the airport and is moored at the Puerto Princesa Pier : Gabinete Rd, Puerto Princesa and you need to arrive by 2PM the day of departure. You will have enough time for check-in on-board smoothly. Boarding is between 1 pm and 5 pm.  Disembarking after the cruise is between 8 and 11 am and the crew will get you to the airport or to your hotel.

 


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