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M/Y Gypsy

The Gypsy, a 24,3-meter (80-foot) vessel, accommodates 8 guests in 4 cabins. Her itineraries include Tubbataha, Visayas, Duain, Bohol Malapascua, Southern Leyte & Cagayacillo.

A word from Dom : “The M/Y Gypsy is quite a unique vessel, since Frank van der Linde managed to combine comfort and space on a luxurious yacht. Completely refitted in 2021 specially designed interio decoration it’s just a very good looking and sturdy boat going to the best destinations Philippines has to offer.” Dominick Macan

On Board M/Y Gypsy

1 Master Cabin
double bed or 2 twin beds (adjacent) & picture window
3 Deluxe suites
2 twin beds (adjacent) & picture window

All have private bathrooms, individually controlled air conditioning & plenty of storage.

Dive Compressors Nuvair MCH16 Tropical Plus
Scuba gear rental (by advance request)
Nitrox possbile with surcharge
Usual water temperature: 78 – 82F, 25 – 28C … 3mm wetsuit recommended

Airport pickup (Dumaguete – Dauin)
House reef dive (early arrivals & overnight guests)
Shared cabin accommodation (Deluxe suites)
Full board accommodation
5 Meals per day
Water, Tea, coffee
Fruit juice & soft drinks
Up to 4 dives daily
12 liter cylinder with air fills
Weights, weight belt and SMBs
Deck and bath towels

Flights
Additional transfers (Cebu – Malapascua, Coron & Return transfers)
Equipment hire
Nitrox
Beer, wine & spirits
On board merchandise
Crew and dive guide gratuities
Park Fees

Spacious & Strong

In addition to its opulence and possessing one of the most aesthetically pleasing profiles conceivable for a vessel, M/Y Gypsy distinguishes itself as an exceptionally capacious craft, affording more than 250 square meters across its three decks. The yacht showcases a commodious flybridge, tranquil lounging areas on both the bow and stern, and an expansive salon featuring a refined dining space.

Accommodating up to 8 guests, M/Y Gypsy comprises 4 cabins, including 1 owner’s suite, 1 master bedroom, and 2 smaller cabins with two single beds each. This configuration ensures optimal comfort for occupants, be they family, friends, or members of a dive club/shop.

Furthermore, the vessel incorporates 2 well-appointed cabins to meet the needs of the diligent crew.

Embarking on a progressive approach, M/Y Gypsy places environmental stewardship at the forefront. Outfitted with state-of-the-art technology in its engines and generators, the vessel systematically curtails emissions. Leveraging innovative technology, the yacht harnesses latent energy from its engines and generators, converting it into electricity stored in battery packs. This capability facilitates the shutdown of generators during nocturnal hours, thereby ensuring undisturbed evenings through the judicious use of stored energy.

Travel & Cruise Logistics

You’ll want to schedule international flights to Manila Airport (MNL) then fly on to Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) or Puerto Princessa International Airport (PPS) … each a short flight from Manila.

Routes for Malapascua & Ticao: Arrival and departure airport will be Cebu Mactan Airport.

Route for Cagayancillo: Depending on season the boat leaves from Dauin or Sipalay. In the evening or late at night the Yacht cruises to the island of Cagayncillo.

Layout & Specs

Deck & cabin layout, the yacht specifications, equipment & safety features

Specifications

Year built 2008
Year rebuilt 2021
Length 23.5 m / 77 ft
Beam 5.54 m / 18.1 ft
Draft 1.75 m / 5.7 ft
Gross tonnage 127GT
Max speed 25 knots
Cruising speed 10 knots
Engines 2x Volvo Penta D6 480 hp
Generators 2X30 KW Cummins
Diesel Storage 12000 L / 43 ft^3

MACHINERY

Radar 16 nm
AIS
Epirb
Sart
FLIR thermal night vision camera
VHF/GMDSS
Life raft 2x 10 person
Autopilot
Gyro Stabilizer

Itineraries

Depending on the time of year, Gypsy operates cruises to Tubbataha, Cagayancillo & Malapascua, Ticao & Coron. 8-day trips are generally the norm although longer trips are occasionally offered.

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

Malapascua & Ticao Islands

Day 1: We will leave at Maya port or Malapascua island around 1 pm and dive nearby sites.

Once on board, we will get the boat and mandatory briefing and equipment checks. We will have 1-2 dives before enjoying sunset.

Day 2:  We wake up for sunrise as we cruise to Monad shoal for the thresher sharks. Dive 3 and 4 we dive in Gato Island. In the evening or at night we cruise to Ticao Island.

We schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and a sunset dive, a night dive is possible depending on location

Dive day typically as follows:

Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
Big Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2
Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3
Light snacks followed by briefing & Dive 4

Day 3-5: We explore the islands of Ticao. We start with Manta bowl every morning. Cruise around the island for awesome critters and sharks.

We schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and a sunset dive, a night dive is possible depending on location

Day 6: We make our way to Donsol to see whale sharks.

Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
Big Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2

Depending on weather and time we will do third and fourth coastal dive in Donsol.

Enjoy a afternoon and a sunset cruise with our special M/Y Gypsy cocktail selection as we cruise to Malapascua

Day 7: We arrive early for sunrise dive at Monad shoal for two dives. Dive 3-4 at Chocolate island.

Day 8: Sunrise dive at Monad with the Thresher sharks before heading back to the island and a breakfast.

Cagayancillo

Day 1: We will leave at Pura Vida Dive resort in Dauin around 1 pm.

Once on board, we will get the boat and mandatory briefing and equipment checks. Depending on weather we will have 1-2 dives before enjoying sunset. In the night our captain will start making the passage as we wake up early in the morning arriving in Cagayncillo.

Day 2-4:  We recommend waking up for sunrise as arrive to the island before having light breakfast. Depending on weather we locate our boat to a protected destination so dive sites may vary.

We schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and a sunset dive, a night dive is possible depending on location

Dive day typically as follows:

Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
Big Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2
Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3
Light snacks followed by briefing & Dive 4

Day 5-6: We explore the islands of Calusa and Bonbon

We schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and a sunset dive, a night dive is possible depending on location

Day 7: We make our way back to Cagayncillo and get ready to depart but first we have 2 dives before cruising overnight to Dauin.

Depending on weather and time we will do third and fourth coastal dive in Donsol.

Day 8: After leaving in the night or evening before depending on weather we arrive back in Dauin Pura Vida Resort early in the morning.

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