Atlantis Azores - Philippines Liveaboard | Scuba Travel - Far East

  • Guests 16
  • Rooms 8 staterooms
  • Restaurants INdoor dinning area Tokos Resturant
  • Food and Drinks Freshly prepared meals and snacks
  • FacilitiesThe Azores features a partially covered sun deck with chaise lounges, complete wet bar, hot tub, an assortment of sitting areas with tables and a large swim platform with warm freshwater showers.
  • Diving Most dives are done from two zodiac tender boats with a short ride to dives sites.
  • Diving Extras full range of PADI Programs
  • Internet Access Limited free Internet is available while Azores is in port via cell phone coverage

About Atlantis Azores - Philippines

The Azores liveaboard has been lovingly crafted by the one of the Philippines' most successful dive operations, Atlantis. Built in the USA to the highest international standard, Azores feels like your home away from home in the Philippines, making it THE liveaboard to be on. Pouring their unparalleled experience and diving passion into every detail of your liveaboard holiday, Azores has come to define luxury liveaboard diving in the Philippines and she offers no less than 3 distinct seasonal itineraries guaranteed to blow you away. So sit back and let the sublime diving and superior service unfold before your eyes on a holiday with distinction.

The Azores sleeps only 16 guests across the 33m from bow to stern making this an exclusive and spacious liveaboard for sailing the seas around the Philippines. There are 7 deluxe standard cabins. The 7 cabins have been cleverly arranged so as to sleep doubles or twins. Each cabin has air con and en suite as standard. There is also 1 massive stateroom which is found on the upper deck with a double bed plus single bed but with even more space and storage and a window - soak in the azure sea as it passes before you.

The luxury experience continues throughout Azores. The food on board is some of the best you will ever find on a liveaboard and is cooked freshly for each and every meal time or snack. From the homemade bread to fresh sea food, Filipino local dishes and even home made soup, you will never be hungry! All drinks including some alcohol with dinner are included in your package. Between dives you can curl up in the sun or shade on a chaise longue. Or grab your shoes and head out on a land excursion. The jacuzzi is always a hub at the end of the day and the evening presentations given by the guides on local marine life and dive sites just add to your experience. From start to finish, a trip on Azores opens up the thrilling world of Philippines diving, relaxation and in complete comfort.

Owners Cabin

Our Ownerís suite is located on the upper deck with double and single bunk-style berths. The suite is larger and has a desk, large picture windows and extensive storage space.


Azores has seven deluxe staterooms with double and single bunk-style berths. All situated below deck.


Azores has seven deluxe staterooms with double and single bunk-style berths. All situated below deck.


Deluxe staterooms feature an ensuite lavatory, private head and shower, hairdryer and shower gel.

Please note these prices are for the land only section of your holiday and do not include flights.

Lalana Pundisto

2017-04-05 15:58:59

Recently returned from Tubbataha with Atlantis Azores and it was phenomenal! From a liveaboard in this price range I expect two things: great diving support and great dining. Atlantis Azores delivered on both counts. The crew were very efficient and the new ops manager, Ferg, has things running very smoothly. Our dive guides were very skilled and knowledgeable: as well Fred and Long are great spotters, and Andrew has a knack for attracting sharks! The boat itself is well designed with ample storage for gear and hot showers, warm towels, and hot drinks and snacks on the deck (nice perk after a cold dive). As with any dive experience, a lot depends on luck: wind, weather, and underwater conditions, etc. As it happened, we had fantastic luck! We saw tons of sharks, including whale sharks and the rare tiger shark, as well as mantas and lots of rays. Sharks tend to come up to shallower waters (30m) when it is cool, so book earlier in the season if you're hoping to see lots of them but expec

John Bantin

2012-09-06 16:36:20

Is this the world's best liveaboard? I've been on a few very good ones and cannot think I'd rather be on another!

John Bantin

2012-08-13 11:56:39

Is this the world's best liveaboard? I've been on a few very good ones and cannot think I'd rather be on another!

Deanna Peyatt

2012-04-16 11:37:13

I had the most fantastic time. The captain Scott was very informative. The entire crew were very accommodating and helpful. I'm not sure any other dive trip I plan will ever measure up to their quality of service and great menu. I go....I need to plan another trip on the Azores!!!!!!

Suzanne and Rick

2012-03-18 09:11:59

first we want to say the trip to tubbataha was INCREDIBLE!!! we never could have imagined just how amazing it was going to met our expectations...and then blew them out of the water. the people we were with were great...the staff was great...the whole trip was a most memorable experience. anyway....hats off to you and your team for making those memories for us...outstanding : ) thanks

Deanna Peyatt

2012-02-02 09:17:12

I had the most fantastic time. The captain was very informative. The entire crew were very accomodating and helpful. T'm not sure any other dive trip I plan will ever measure up to their quality of service and great menu. So I need to plan another trip on the Azores!!!

Jan Korf

2010-05-18 09:15:13

One of my best experinces was my trip with the Azores on may 15th till may 22 this year (2010) I made the trip with the Azores to the Tubattaha reef and I it was the best live aboard I ever made in my diving live, and I made already more as 2000 dives and many liveaboards. Everything was perfect as always when I stayed at Atlantis. Diving on Tubattaha gave me the maledives feeling, blue water with a visability of I think 40 meters or more , water 30 degrees celcius, clear white sand on the top off the reef, beautifull drop offs, and everday sharks, turtels, tuna's , barracuda's and all the reef fisch you wish to see. You are in the middle of nowhere with beautifull sundowns and a relaxing atmosfhere and helpfull hand off all the staff of the Azores. . It was amazing what the staff was doing for everyone to give us the feeling that we were important to them.

Frequently Asked Questions


The Philippines is around 15-20 hours flight from the UK. Although composed of 7,107 islands (7,108 at low tide), with a total coastline longer than that of the USA, most of the population of the Philippines lives on just 11 islands. Most travellers will enter the Philippines through Manila (MNL) or Cebu (CEB) airports. The reefs are spectacular in the Philippines, with plenty of fish list buzzing around. Moalboal, Bohol and Puerto Galera are all super locations for reef divers. Snorkel with whalesharks in Oslob. Thresher sharks have made Malapascua famous whilst Sangat is wreck heaven. Love macro? Make a beeline for Anilao or Dumaguete. The selection of critters rivals anything you could find in Indonesia.

Weather and Climate

The dry season in the Philippines runs from December to April, making it a popular time for divers. May and November are transitional months with air temperatures climbing. June to September is the wet season, as the weather becomes stormier. The Philippines dive resorts are typically well sheltered from the worst, but you can expect to experience rain showers.


Flight options

As standard, our holidays to Philippines are quoted with London departures. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for the Philippines include Cathay Pacific (40kgs hold allowance), Singapore airlines, Qatar, Emirates, Malaysian, KLM and Etiad. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday.† If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to the Philippines, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.


With a huge range of airlines to fly with, you can easily build in a stop over either on your way to or on your way back from the Philippines. Simply talk to your travel consultant about adding a stop over into your itinerary.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK passport holders are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here


Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here


Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly


You will also be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.


An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here


Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in your Philippines destination, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. Some reps are able to meet you airside. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.


If you have a hotel en route please follow any specific instructions in your travel documents. Where possible, you will be met by a representative who will assist in taking you to your hotel. If using a shuttle service, please arrange your return shuttle time back to the airport at the hotel check in. Domestic flights are common in the Philippines and run frequently. Manila airport is a large airport with several terminals. If you have to move between terminals, please allow between 30 and 60mins to allow for local traffic. Please ensure you leave plenty of time for check in or transit between flights (usually 4 hours min). Domestic flights can typically only be booked with a 20kgs hold allowance as standard. Excess baggage costs around $2-$5 per kg per way. Hand baggage limits can be strictly enforced on domestic flights. Due to local traffic and road conditions, land journey times can be difficult to predict. We recommend you take water with you and keep any essentials in your hand baggage to make your journey as comfortable as possible.


At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. On leaving the Philippines there is an airport tax of 750 PHP which must be paid in cash.


Included in your holiday

As standard your trip is based on a deluxe cabin space on a full board basis (soft drinks and social servings of alcohol). An average 7 night itinerary offers between 15-20 dives, with 12lt tanks, weights and guiding.


This holiday does not include any international flights to Puerto Princessa (POP) or Dumaguete (DUM. Excluded are nitrox ($150), local marine park fees (approx $125), excess baggage on the domestic flight, land excursion entry fees, onboard courses, additional kit hire and any souvenirs. Ask for a competitive quote to add international flights and any Philippines extensions.


Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the guides and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.


The local currency is the Philippines Peso (Php). Personal charges are billed in pesos. Payments can be made using either cash or credit cards. All major currencies are accepted (based on the daily exchange rate), but change due will be given in pesos only. We do not offer foreign exchange services onboard Azores

Phone coverage

Phone coverage is generally good in the Phillippines but in remote locations (eg Tubbataha) or sites, you may have no service. Please check with your provider prior to travel

Plugs and electricity

Power on board is 110V. Transformers and a charging station are available. Sockets are flat two pin (American style). We also have a battery charging station for 220V


Hire equipment

The use of dive computers is mandatory on the Azores. Rental equipment is available at Atlantis Dumaguete for the Bohol and Cebu-Malapascua charters and Atlantis Puerto Galera for the Coron-Apo reef charters. We do not have rental equipment on other charters.


Please prebook any PADI courses required - local charges apply


Selected T-shirts, caps and other souvenir items are available from the Boutique


Nitrox 32 is available aboard Azores for an additional fee


Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Atlantis Azores is £1000 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation


Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our loyalty discount is all about! If you have booked directly with Scuba Travel, on your 3rd full price holiday you will automatically be eligible for a loyalty discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction. We are always happy to offer discounts as described below but these are not cumulative and we do not offer further discounts on special offer prices.

5% off for loyalty customers Atlantis resorts offer a military resort credit of $200 that can be applied to your in resort bill at the end of your trip. All active or retired personnel qualify.

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