Philippines Liveaboards With Sidemount Diving

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If you’re looking for Philippines liveaboards with sidemount diving, there aren’t many to choose from. But to save you the time of searching yourself from a long list, below are those Philippines liveaboards that offer sidemount diving.

There are four Philippines liveaboards with sidemount diving, which means that if you prefer to carry your dive tanks at your sides instead of on your back, or use smaller tanks to reduce the weight of your dive equipment, you can do this with these liveaboards.

  1. Atlantis Azores Liveaboard.
  2. Seadoors Liveaboard.
  3. Solitude One Liveaboard.
  4. Stella Maris Explorer Liveaboard.
Atlantis Azores Liveaboard Philippines with sidemount diving

Table of Philippines liveaboards with sidemount diving

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LiveaboardDiscoverCustomer Review Rating Out of 10Flexible BookingMaximum GuestsSDE Lux Rating %Sidemount divingTech diving
MY Atlantis Azores MY Atlantis Azores 9.8 NO 16 87 YES NO
MY Seadoors MY Seadoors 8.7 YES 16 90 YES YES
MY Solitude One MY Solitude One 9.2 YES 22 87 YES NO
MY Stella Maris Explorer MY Stella Maris Explorer 0 YES 20 77 YES NO

If you would like to see the complete list of Philippines liveaboards, you can find these here: Philippines Liveaboards Diving Reviews.

The column headed “SDE Lux Rating %” is my own Liveaboard Luxury Rating which I’ve assigned to all liveaboards. To see how the rating is calculated for your chosen Philippines liveaboard, select that liveaboard by clicking on the link in the “Discover” column above.

To help you to choose the right diving liveaboard for you, the “Scuba Diving Earth Liveaboard Luxury Rating” (SDE Lux Rating) means you can compare each liveaboard with other liveaboards on a like-for-like basis. This makes choosing the right liveaboard much easier.

The maximum rating for any liveaboard is 100%, and this rating is split between the 6 features listed below:

  1. Diver benefits: A higher ‘diver benefits‘ score means there are more features specifically for scuba divers. These include onboard nitrox, dive courses, gear rental etc.
  2. Liveaboard design features: The higher the ‘liveaboard design features‘ score, the more the dive boat has been designed with scuba divers in mind. This includes whether the dive boat was custom built for divers, if it has charging stations, outside showers etc.
  3. Cabin luxury: A high score in ‘cabin luxury‘ means the cabins on the liveaboard offer better features. These might include ensuite cabins, air-conditioning, daily housekeeping, seaviews, TVs etc.
  4. Onboard comfort: A high score in ‘onboard comfort‘ means there are more onboard features to make your dive trip feel more luxurious. These include what towels are provided on the liveaboard (always important for travelling light), complimentary toiletries, crew ratios etc.
  5. Food luxury: If you are a foodie then ‘food luxury‘ will be important to you, as a high score on this rating will mean there’s more on offer. These might include the type of food served onboard, the dietary requirements catered for, vegan food, vegetarian food, buffet style, fine dining etc.
  6. Drink luxury: If you like a drink in the evenings you may look for a higher score in ‘drink luxury‘ score, but this score also includes drinking water and soft drinks too.

The “SDE Luxury Rating Total” is calculated by adding the totals from each of the above features and benefits. The higher the SDE Luxury Rating, the more features and benefits the liveaboard has, which leads on nicely to how to use the SDE Luxury Rating.

How to use the SDE Luxury Rating score

When choosing your Philippines liveaboard with sidemount diving for you, your decision is helped by customer scores, which is how the liveaboards in the above table are chosen and sorted in descending order.

If you are stuck choosing between two or three of these Philippines liveaboards with sidemount diving, where each have high customer scores out of 10 and that have itineraries you like, use the SDE Luxury Rating score to help narrow down your choice.

Think about it like using Booking.com when searching for the best hotel to stay at. Booking.com also use a customer score where each customer rates hotels out of 10. This is similar to the liveaboard customer rating, which is also rated out of 10.

But let’s say you only like to stay in hotels rated 9 and above on Booking.com, but you also want the hotel to have WIFI or parking, or to have a swimming pool etc. The features each hotel has is secondary to the score out of 10.

In the case of liveaboards, the SDE Lux Rating system can also be used as a secondary tool in the same way to help you determine which liveaboard offers the best features to suit you.

Each of the Philippines liveaboards linked-to from the above table will be individually scored. Which means that if cabin luxury is important to you, focus on this score to help you choose your liveaboard, or if diver benefits are your top priority, use this score first, and so on.

Other Philippines liveaboard with sidemount diving considerations

In addition to the luxury rating explained above, there are other factors you may want to consider too. These are, as follows:

  1. Advanced diver benefits: A higher ‘advanced diver benefits‘ score means the liveaboard caters better for advanced divers. These include rebreather support, sidemount diving, and tech diver support.
  2. Underwater photographer benefits: A high score for ‘underwater photographer benefits‘ means the liveaboard caters well for underwater photography enthusiasts. These might include a camera room, a camera station and separate rinse for underwater cameras.
  3. Non-diving activities: If ‘non-diving activities‘ are important to you, a high score in this rating will be important. Non-diving activities include fishing, jacuzzi/hot tubs, kayaks, massage, naturalist activities, stand up paddle boards, jet skis etc.
  4. Onboard entertainment: There will be down-time between dives and in the evenings too, which means you may want to check the ‘onboard entertainment‘ score for each liveaboard too. These include audio and entertainment and a library.
  5. Travel benefits: If you’re looking for transfers from the airport or hotel, or for a budget friendly liveaboard the ‘travel benefits‘ score is the one to check.

When you review your chosen Philippines liveaboard with sidemount diving, scroll to the bottom of the review for these five additional features the dive boat may or may not have.

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Philippines Liveaboards With Sidemount Diving

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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