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Azalea liveaboard Philippines

Discussion in 'Liveaboards and Charter Boats' started by rockymountaindiva, Mar 3, 2019.

  1. rockymountaindiva

    rockymountaindiva Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Colorado
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    Am looking at a trip to Tubbataha in Philippines on the Azalea and am having a tough time finding reviews. Any information appreciated.
     
  2. Yemana

    Yemana Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Australia
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  3. rockymountaindiva

    rockymountaindiva Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Colorado
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    Thank you for finding this, and no I have not found more information. Because of the lack of reviews on this boat, I just booked a trip to Tubbataha on the Seadoors, which is not the cheapest boat but has some nice beds you can walk around on both sides (where you don't have to climb over your partner to get out) and reviews are generally positive.
     
  4. Marina Nitselska

    Marina Nitselska Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New York
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    I have been on many liveaboards before so I can say with great confidence that diving on Azalea boat was my worst experience so far. We were a group of 5 divers. The owner of the boat Dirk traveled with us. About an hour after our departure from Puerto Princesa the boat's engine broke down but we were told not to worry and that the crew was working on solving the problem. The crossing to Tubbataha reef is long and is supposed to be done overnight. When we woke up the next day we were still in Puerto Princesa. At that point we were told that the problem was serious and that we needed a part for the engine so we had to wait for the mechanic shop to open. The owner arranged a few local dives for us and told us we would depart by 6pm the same date. When we returned from the local dives we were told that now we had to wait some more for the coast guard to inspect the boat and allow us to leave the port. We finally left at midnight instead of 6pm as was promised earlier. The crossing took much longer than expected and we arrived at Tubbataha at 5pm the next day. Since we lost 2 days of diving we had to schedule 5 dives a day to catch up.
    The boat does not have enough rental equipment. They only had 3 flashlights available for 5 divers on board so one of the divers in our group had to do night dives without a light. During our last night dive the dive master did not have a flashlight at all ( I had to give her my own backup light) and the safety diver ran out of batteries ahout 30 minutes into the dive and had to rely on other divers to finish the dive. Such diving practices are extremely unsafe and reckless. The owner had no comment about this situation.
    In addition, we had a big problem with running water on board. We had to ask the crew to turn the water on for us if we wanted to take a shower or flush the toilet or wash hands. They gave us buckets so we can fill them up with water and use it whenever the water was turned off. We were told this was because of some electrical problems on the boat.
    The boat has no real relaxation area where you can lie down or take a nap between your dives. The top deck has no shade, only 2 old broken lounge chairs and a few wooden tables. They turn the AC off during the day so if you do not want to stay in the sun your only option is to stay in the dining area where you can't lie down.
    Food was just average. No variety or local flavor. Same breakfast every day. The only meal we all enjoyed was the last dinner before departure back to Puerto Princesa.

    Overall, Tubbataha reef is amazing, you are better off enjoying it on a good boat!
     

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  5. rockymountaindiva

    rockymountaindiva Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Colorado
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    Thank you so much! I had already booked another boat for which I could read the reviews so now I feel like I did the right thing. So sorry to hear of your trials on board.
     
  6. rockymountaindiva

    rockymountaindiva Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Colorado
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    If you are following this thread you will see that someone has posted their (bad) experience on the Azalea so I am now glad I booked on another boat.
     
  7. shmuggy

    shmuggy Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: virginia
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    Please let us know how it went when you get back.
     
  8. Marina Nitselska

    Marina Nitselska Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New York
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    Glad I can provide some insight.... I never expected this to happen to me. I really do not want others to go thru this, especially for that price.... hope you have better luck than me. Happy diving!
     

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