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Atlantis Azores

Atlantis Azores

$3595 USD / 7 nights

Built: 1989, refurbished 2015
Construction: Aluminum Monohull
Length: 33 meters / 107 feet
Beam: 5.5 meters / 18 feet
Draft: 2.1 meters / 7 feet
Cruise: 8 knots
Divers: 16
Nitrox $

Atlantis Azores
Atlantis Azores
Atlantis Azores
Atlantis Azores
Atlantis Azores
Atlantis Azores
Atlantis Azores
Atlantis Azores
Atlantis Azores
The Azores has set new standards in liveaboard diving in the Philippines and many of the guests say, Azores is the perfect ship from which to explore some of the best diving in the world. The Azores offers four distinct itineraries showcasing parts of the Philippines, schedules only possible by liveaboard. What guests experience are the creature comforts, great food and welcoming crew. Enjoy a wide selection of movies on our flat screen TV or sit back with a book or magazine from our library; an assortment of board games and cards is also available. Each evening guests are treated to either one of Atlantis's unique marine life presentations, a picture slide show or a presentation on your next destination. Besides diving, you can improve your photography skills, snorkel or take land excursions during your trip. The Azores features a partially covered sun deck with chase lounges, complete wet bar, hot tub, an assortment of sitting areas with tables and large swim platform with warm freshwater showers.
The ship features seven deluxe staterooms with double and single berths, ensuite bathroom, and hairdryer. All deluxe cabins are situated below decks. The suite is located on the upper deck and also has a double and single berth. The suite has a desk, window and extensive storage space. The dive deck is large and allows divers to gear up in comfort. A three-tier camera table is available for photographers along with a charging station. All divers have their own storage area for dive equipment and there are fresh, hot water showers on the back platform. Most dives are done from two zodiac tender boats with a short ride to dives sites. The dive team will ensure you get the best from every dive; charters include five dives a day (including night) although personal preferences or logistical concerns may change this on a day to day basis.
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. Nitrox is available on all charters. Technical diving and rebreather diving are possible with prior arrangements.
The Azores cruises some of the best dive destinations in the Philippines including Tubbataha Reef, Bohol, Malapascua – Cebu, and Malapascua Island. Many of the dive sites are only available on a liveaboard.
Text and photos courtesy of Atlantis Resorts & Atlantis Azores

Dive Conditions

There are three seasons that affect the diving conditions in the Philippines. The northeast monsoon brings strong winds from December to March. The southwest monsoon affects the months of July through November which are wet but the ocean waters are warm. April through June are the dry months with very little winds.
November to May is the dry season in the Philippines, offering little to no rain and a nice hot and humid weather. This period of time is often considered as the best time to dive in the Philippines and is the most popular time to visit the country. Regardless, the diving season in the Philippines runs year-round, keeping in mind that some of the areas and certain marine life sightings are either seasonal or weather dependent, this includes Tubbataha which can only be dived around the months of March to June. During the wet season, typically runs from May to October, most of the dive sites remain great, the waters are warmer, and divers have the advantage of having uncrowded sites. Typhoons may occur during the wet season, particularly around July to September.
Tubbataha Reefs National Park – amazing biodiversity. Tubbataha is home to no less than 600 species of fish, 360 species of corals (about 50% of the coral species in the world), 11 species of sharks (including tiger sharks, whale sharks, and whitetips), 13 species of dolphins and whales, nesting hawksbill and green sea turtles. You can also see manta rays, schools of barracuda and tuna, and smaller marine life like nudibranchs, ornate ghost pipefish, seahorses, and frogfish.
Anilao, Batangas – best muck diving. The long list of small-scale sea life and critters that you can find in Anilao includes nudibranchs, frogfish, seahorses, cuttlefish, and pipefish. But don't leave your wide-angle lens at home. Beautiful coral reefs, turtles, huge schools of jacks, jellyfish, and the occasional reef sharks await in Anilao.
Dauin, Dumaguete – the luxury destination. The variety of marine life that you can find along the Dauin Coast include various types of frogfish, dragonets, pipefish, nudibranchs, blue-ring octopuses, bobtail squids, mandarin fish, seahorses, cardinalfish (with eggs), various shrimps and crabs. The main diving season in Dumaguete is October to early June, but the prolific marine life of Dauin can be found all year round, so there’s no worry of missing out.
Moaboal, Cebu – amazing sardine baitballs. Scuba diving in Moalboal is diverse and very vibrant. Think big schools of fish, beautiful walls, canyons and caves, and fascinating macro life. Pescador Island offers some of the best dives in the Philippines, featuring a dramatic wall with colorful soft corals teeming with anthias. Then there is a large cathedral on the west side of Pescador which makes a nice background for dramatic underwater shots. You can also see schools of barracuda, beautiful caves, reef sharks, and also smaller marine life like nudibranchs and frogfish
Puerto Galera, Mindoro – stunning white sand beaches and diverse dive sites. Canyons provide plenty of action with strong currents. For divers interested in wrecks, the three sunken boats of the Sabang Wrecks offer a fascinating dive trip. Don't forget to include a day trip to dive at Verde Island during your stay in Puerto Galera. Its passage is known to offer some of the highest biodiversity in the Philippines. Nudibranchs, reef octopuses, frogfish, and seahorses can be seen in abundance in Puerto Galera. There are also many stunning soft and hard corals to be found while exploring the reefs of this dream destination. Like most of the Philippines, Puerto Galera can be dived all-year-round.
Anda, Bohol – the hidden gem. There are 17 kilometers of coastline to explore in Anda, with a good mix of walls, slopes and sandy muck dive sites as well as coral gardens. The diverse underwater topography and critter population in Anda are really worth exploring. Divers can see pygmy seahorses, skeleton shrimps, anemone shrimps, dragon sea moths, mantis shrimps, Napoleon snake eels, nudibranchs, and mating mandarin fish. Turtles and beautiful reef fish can also be seen in the area. Anda can also be dived all-year-round.
Malapascua, Cebu – thresher sharks abound. Malapascua is known to be the best place in the world to see thresher sharks. This tiny oasis is the only place in the world where thresher sharks are consistently seen daily. Combine that with its pristine waters and milky-white beaches, and divers have a perfect destination for a dive vacation.
Coron Bay, Palawan – the destination for wreck dives. The historical World War II shipwrecks of Coron are unique. Coron Bay used to be the harbor for World War II Japanese warships. Eleven of these ships were sunk during an air attack in September 1944. Today the wrecks of serve as reef systems, supporting a number of marine critters. Some of the residents of these wrecks include scorpionfish, nudibranchs, cuttlefish, and octopuses. Divers see the occasional reef shark or stingray, hovering near the wrecks.