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Address: 92 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines
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Most awesome dive site I have seen! Make sure your dive master is familiar with the place. There are sites with lots of trigger fish so be vigilant. If you see a manta or a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 14, 2014
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

A ticket to see and experience other Kingdom! :) if you are not a swimmer, no worries, the trail to see the reefs have a rope to hold on while doing some snorkeling.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Most awesome dive site I have seen! Make sure your dive master is familiar with the place. There are sites with lots of trigger fish so be vigilant. If you see a manta or a turtle, please do not run after then or even attempt to touch them. When we were there, there was a group of divers in neon... More 

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Las Pinas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

You need to find a good dive boat with live aboard arrangements. It will cost you but worth every penny. Beautiful beyond description.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This place didn't really disappoint although I would have liked to have seen some mantas or whale sharks. Been diving long enough to know that you just have to take your chances and keep getting your head wet for that though! The water was REALLY clear and sharks everywhere. Loads of other medium sized stuff and beautiful corals and sponges... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We booked in hotel and tour guide did the rest. The tour overall was fun and enjoyed all the scenic view

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I went diving in March to Tubbataha Reef aboard the Stellar Mari Explorer, the cabins are very comfortable and the food is excellent. The refurbishment of the boat was very good but it is not a purpose built dive boat so it feels more like being on your own private yacht. That said the diving experience was excellent from the... More 

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Guangzhou
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Stellar Maris I was fortunate enough to get the last trip of the season, June 17th-24th. It was the Transition Trip, we travelled from Puerto Princessa, Palawan to Anilao, Batangas over 7 days. The Stellar Maris is a fine vessel with quality fittings, with plenty of room, quality through and through with a great crew who give a high quality... More 

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Quebec, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My girlfriend and i travelled to Tubbataha on the Stella Maris Explorer in May 2014. We left Puerto Princessa without any expectations regarding Stella Maris. We booked our trip last minute, and did not take sufficient time to review the experiences of previous travelers on the web. The price point of the trip made sense and the comparable boats leaving... More 

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Ao Nang, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

i have been diving Tubbataha Reef in June 2014 being on board of Stella Maris. Would like to say that diving was absolutely superb and exceeded our expectations (we were a group of 5). the boat is really comfy, spacious. What really makes any liveaboard trip remarkable and satisfying is the boat crew. Stella Maris' crew is GREAT! see you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Sakura does not promise to be a luxury dive live-aboard. Dino, the owner, was quite upfront that it is a "budget boat,” but when you consider the relative cost of diving the legendary Tubbataha Reef from Sakura, it was high value all the way: the food was good and plentiful; the staff was well-trained and attentive; and we dove the... More 

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