Day 1: Puerto Princesa
Embarkation & Welcome Briefing
Days 2 to 4: North & South Atoll
Days 5 & 6: North Atoll & Jessie Beazley Reef
Day 7: Puerto Princesa
** Route Itinerary subject to change due to inclement weather, sea conditions, and/or restrictions posed by local authorities.
Embarkation at the harbour of Puerto Princesa starts from 1400Hrs. Hotel/resort transfers to the embarkation point can be organised by Solitude with a 3rd party transportation company but will be subject to charges. These charges will vary depending on your location. You are best advised to organise with your resort/hotel to be transferred directly to the embarkation point or to Puerto Princesa Domestic Airport Terminal where our crew can pick you up from.
Upon boarding Solitude One, a welcome from the rest of our crew awaits you. Orientation and registration will begin once you are welcomed.
Solitude One will begin the voyage to Tubbataha at sunset. The approximate travel time is 10 hours.
As dive sites in Tubbataha Reefs are in close proximity, dive sites will be scheduled based on tides/currents as well as communicating with other liveaboards in the vicinity to avoid overcrowding a particular dive site.
During your trip in Tubbataha, we’ll organise a time to visit the iconic sand bar for a picturesque sunset and even some beach volleyball. The highlight of this visit is the Rangers Station where you can take some time to speak to them and find out more about their conservation endeavors at the reefs.
After, all dives are completed on the itinerary we make our long cruise back to Puerto Princesa, where we will carry out our farewell briefing and with disembarkations the next day.
From the very beginning, safety has always been the most important aspect of Solitude and at the forefront of all decision making. Given the remote areas we operate in, it is vital to us that our crew are well trained and we are equipped to handle any scenario should it occur.
During your stay onboard we provide our guests with a complimentary Nautilus Marine Rescue GPS to provide that peace of mind when out diving in the remote parts of Indonesia
Our Features & Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) equipped with:
Emergency Position-Indicating Radiobeacon (EPIRB)
Emergency Survival Packs
Semi-Automated Fire Suppression Sprinkler System
Fleet Broadband Satellite Phone & Internet
Local Navigation Maps with Furuno GPS Chart Plotter
50,000L Water Storage with On-board Water-Maker capable of producing 7,600L of freshwater per day.
We know that time and investment in holidays are valuable and you want to dive as much as you can. We fully understand that, as we take diving holidays too! Be assured that we are committed to providing you with as many dives as we safely can. Besides the obvious reasons why we would not let you go for a dive (stated in your registration form declaration), being well-rested and rehydrated for your first dive is a good first step.
This is why we need to ensure that you have at least 6 hours of proper rest after your arrival before making your first dive. We know you learned about safety during your scuba course(s) but sometimes the excitement and anticipation of a diving holiday can get the better of us and we tend to overlook our own condition for a dive.
Our commitment to safety also includes our crew which is why we limit a maximum of 4 dives (including a night dive) in a day so that they too get ample rest to minimise fatigue, ergo minimise the risk of working on a vessel.
As always, itineraries are subject to weather, logistics, and also, importantly, where sites are better during the week of your cruise. Your cruise directors will constantly be updating you on the schedule/plans on board during your cruise.
Although the standard mix for EAN is 32%, on most dives we have made an educated decision to provide in the proximity of EAN30 instead to allow a safer M.O.D. EAN 30% would provide some degree of depth buffer if you are caught especially in a down current but will still allow ample extended length of bottom time (compared to normal air). EANitrox prices are as follows: US $8 per dive OR US $135 for 8 days/7 nights itinerary, with subsequent additional use US$20 per day.
DIN or International?
We have both.
15L/100cuft Scuba Cylinders?
Yes, we have. It is an additional US $8 per cylinder per diving day.
Additional 12L/80cuft cylinder with air: US $10 per cylinder per diving day.
Additional 12L/80cuft cylinder with EANitrox: US $18 per cylinder per diving day. Whole Trip Use discount applies. Please check with your cruise directors or our sales and reservation staff.
Rebreather Diving? Twins?
Yes, we do support Rebreather Diving but we do not have Twin-Tanks. Our support is only on oxygen filling (US $0.06 per litre) with a booster pump on board. Your dive profile must also follow with the other recreational divers in consideration for other guests’ comfort and safety. Complete support (including Twin Tank configurations) can be accommodated for full charters. For full charters, profiles are of course not limited to our standard recreational limits. Do note that the price of helium, if required, can be costly.