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Far East & Australia - Liveaboards


Australia & the Far East is home to some of the world’s most exciting and sought after scuba diving and perfect diving holiday locations. Visit sites that haven’t changed since the dawn of diving to glide along some of the most picturesque and impressive walls and distant coral seas - dive holidays dreams are made of.

Visit one of the seven wonders of the world – The Great Barrier Reef which runs some 2000 miles along the north western coast of Australia.

Manado and Wakatobi off the north and south east of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Manado's Bunaken Marine park is within 30 minutes of the authentic and unassuming accomodation. Wakatobi offers the best of luxury accommodation & liveaboards. Both are world class diving locations. Photographers will enjoy diving in Lembehwhere there are specialist led diving weeks and camera rooms.

Layang, Layang off the coast of Saba is largely unexplored with 50m visibility and famous for hammerheads. This reclaimed 50 acre island offers spectacular wall diving plus giant mantas and morays.

Offering excellent value in the Far East is in the Philippines with some of the best diving in all asia. dive sites. It has the widest choice of dive sites from deep dives, drift dives, wreck sites and many more. Our latest edition to the programme is our choice of liveaboard to Sipadan, Borneo on the north east coast of Malaysia. See 1000s of schooling pelagics, visit world class muck, reef and wall dive sites - some of the best in the world. And finally, Thailand, ideal for leisurely diving, stunning beaches and perfect for non-divers too.


Philippines Liveaboard Azores - Philippines, Far East & Australia

For your diving & liveaboard holiday to Philippines - Far East, Atlantis Azores is a luxury 107ft liveaboard with 8 cabins carrying up to 18 passengers with air conditioning and private facilities off the lower deck.

Accommodation
Seven deluxe staterooms with double and single berths, all with hairdryer, private toilet and shower and situated below decks. The Suite is located on the upper deck with a double and single berth plus desk and window.

Facilities
Air-conditioned salon with entertainment centre, galley,  The boat has a partially covered sun deck, wet bar, hot tub, different seating areas and a large swim platform with warm freshwater showers.The saloon has a flat screen TV and shop for accessories and gifts. The onboard chef provides freshly prepared meals with a snack and drinks bar open all day. Drinks are complimentary including soft drinks, beer, rum and red and white wine. Internet and Cell Phone coverage is possible on some trips. Onboard safety equipment including defibrillator and D.A.N. oxygen system. First Aid Kit, Oxygen System with 100% Demand and defibrillator are fitted as standard.

Diving
Spacious dive deck with personal storage area for dive equipment, fresh, hot waters showers on back platform and a three-tier camera table is available for photographers along with a charging station. Air/Nitrox fills.

Schedule itineraries usually include up to 5 dives a day (including a night dive) from two Zodiac tender boats. The Azores offers a full range of PADI courses; popular specialties such as Nitrox, Underwater Photography & Naturalist can be easily completed around the dive schedule. Technical diving and Rebreather diving is possible if pre-arranged.

Sample Itineraries

Southern Leyte (6 day dive schedule)
Location of General MacArthur's "Return to the Philippines" including Padre Burgos, Sogod Bay North, Liloan Channel, Southern Point of Sogod Bay, Limasawa Island and San Fransciso Bay/Sonok depending on local conditions.See 2.5km of pristine coral gardens on the west side of Tancaan Point. There are spectacluar drop-offs, walls and lots of aquatic life. Whale sharks are common during the season. Land excursions include a visit to the west side at San Bernando, visit the village, shrine and landing site for the Portuguese explorer, Megellan in 1521.

Tubbataha Reef (6 day dive schedule)
Located in the Sulu Sea, at the center of the Coral Triangle between Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. A remote, marine preserve, made up of the North & South reefs each of which enclose a sandy lagoon. One of Asia's best diving spots. Home to 573 species of fish, 373 species of corals, 11 species of sharks, 12 species of dolphins and whales, nestling hawksbill and green sea turtle.

Bohol (6 day dive schedule)
Cruise The Visayas, one of the three island groups in the Philippines; enjoy six fabulous days diving from the Atlantis Azores around one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse regions in Asia. Dive sites include Sumilon, Cabilao, Balicasag Island, Panglao Island, Pamilican Island and Siquijor depending on local londitions. Land Excursions: Mid week explore Bohol most famous sites - The Chocolate Hills, the Tarsiers a small primate and butterfly farm or explore the 1.5km coral white sands of Alona Beach.

Scheduled itineraries vary throughout the year and are subject to change locally dependant on prevailing conditions. 

Fact File

Diving Conditions

House Reef Shore Diving Boat Diving Liveaboard Wreck Diving Tech Diving

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

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Best Time: Year Round (Oct-May)

Average Air temps: 30°C

Average Water temps:  21-24°C Dec-Feb, 25-30°C Mar-Nov.

Visibility: 15-40m.

Top Dive Sites: Puerto Galera - Dive Sites The Canyons, Donsol area, Verde Island, Dugon Wall Sabang Wreck, Shark Cave & Hole in the Wall. Coral Gardens (easy). Giant Clam (muck). Many outstanding wall dives. More >

Philippines Dive Centres:
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Great Reasons to Dive in the Philippines

  • Over 3000 species of fish.
  • 15,000 square miles of reef.
  • Plenty of dives for new divers.
  • Drift dives (some 5 knots+)
  • Numerous critter sites.
  • Whale shark and Giant Pacific mantas (Feb-May) at Donsol & Reef shark
  • Nesting & hatching turtles.
  • Photographers heaven.
  • Wrecks of Coron 'Mini Truk'

 

 

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.