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  • Sail around the Philippine archipelago in a traditional ‘banka’ fishing boat that was custom-built for scuba-diving and designed with backpackers in mind
  • For a real adventure, drop your mattress on the netting strung up between the outriggers and get lulled to sleep by the lapping waves, under a sky full of stars
  • Island hop around Cebu, Bohol and Negros, trekking to the Kawasan Waterfalls and diving on Apo Island – one of the world’s best known community-run marine sanctuaries
  • Pancakes, muesli, or bacon and eggs fuel your morning dive, followed by a simple lunch and dinner throughout the day, and you are welcome to bring your own drinks
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  • 60 days before trip start: 100%

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Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 5.0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 67 days prior to arrival
  • 25.0% will be charged if you cancel between 67 and 38 days prior to arrival
  • 55.0% will be charged if you cancel between 38 and 21 days prior to arrival
  • 100.0% will be charged if you cancel less than 21 days prior to arrival



Explore the Philippines on a 6 day dive safari with the Royo Liveaboard, visiting the best dive sites the archipelago has to offer.

The Royo Liveaboard is based on traditional Filipino fishing boats, called bankas.  If you want to see the best dive spots of the region in a short time or just want to enjoy cruising through the Philippine archipelago, a dive safari on the Royo is the way to go.

The boat is custom-built for scuba diving purposes and designed for the typical backpacker with simple accommodation. Every year, the boats are dry-docked and overhauled in the months of June to September. The management of the boat is Swiss. The boat offers cozy bunks, although some divers just drop their mattress on the heavy netting between the outriggers and get lulled to sleep by the lapping waves, sleeping under the sparkling stars, if weather permits....


With a maximum of 8 - 10 divers, the Royo has 4 very basic bunks on board good for 2 divers each. These bunks were built for exploratory dive safaris. The bathroom is shared but with this few people, it shouldn’t be a problem. This is the ideal choice for groups traveling together.

Common areas are quite roomy and include a sun sheltered area on a sunbathing deck. The diving deck has enough space that you will not feel crowded. The boat is excellent value, focussing on safe and enjoyable diving with experienced staff and crew.

The Royo offers delicious and varied meals. Coffee, tea, cookies and biscuits are served before the early morning dive. After the early morning dive, a simple breakfast (like bacon and eggs, pancakes or muesli) is served. After the morning dive, lunch is served (Western or Filipino dishes). After the afternoon dive, snacks like sandwiches or a fruit platter is available. After a night dive, a plated dinner is ready for you. There are no buffets, all meals are served on individual plates. The crew can provide for special dietary needs, but they will need advance notice.  

The Royo provides water and soft drinks, alcohol is available (after your dives have ended for the day), for a small additional charge. You are welcome to bring your own drinks with you. 

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For your safety

  • Fire Alarm
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • Vhf Radio

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Dive Computer ($)

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Russian

Diving Facilities

  • Battery Charging Station

Boat Amenities


  • Land Excursions

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Spacious Diving Platform
  • Separate Zodiac/Dhoni


  • Open-Back Fins Available
  • European (2 Pin) Power Sockets
  • Us Power Sockets


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