- Unit A-2 West Tropica Bldg., Malakal, Koror, 96940, Palau,
Our flagship, MV Solitude One, is a 52-metre steel-hulled ‘home away from home’, redefining luxury with its design, creating purposeful and functional spaces for rest and play. Our itineraries include Palau and cruises in the Philippines, particularly the world’s UNESCO Tubbataha Reefs
MV Solitude One has a total of 10 cabins that can accommodate a maximum capacity of 22 Guests. Paying close attention to detail, the cabins were conceptualized from experience, common sense, feedback from guests, incorporating essential elements from the hospitality world and being very aware of what discerning divers need and want, and then designing them with taste and practicality.
Overview – 10 Cabins in Total
2 Staterooms (King-Sharing)
7 Deluxe Cabins (4 x Twin or Double-Sharing, 2 x Double-Sharing and 1 x Twin-Share, Bunk Bed style)
1 Standard Quad/Family Cabin (2 x Twin Beds & 2 Twin Bunk Beds)
Bathroom: All cabins and stateroom have en-suite shower (hot & cold) and WC (Common Water-Flush System)
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October 23, 2019
Philippines Transition Trip aboard MV Solitude One – September/October 2019
After 40 years of diving it’s easy to think you’ve seen and done it all and that it’s ever more difficult to go on a dive adventure to remote areas. Happily this was proven quite untrue during a voyage aboard the MV Solitude One on a rare transition itinerary in the Philippines starting late September 2019.
The MV Solitude One spends summer months in the Philippines – much of the time diving Tubbataha Reef but later in the season shifting to one week trips in the Verde-Island/Romblon/Ticao area. The very last trip before departing for the winter season in Palau is a “transition” trip. The itinerary covering a wider range of dive areas as the boat makes its way from Anilao to Surigao – stepping off point for the boat’s move to Palau. A wonderful aspect of this trip was that we rarely encountered other divers – most of our dives were in isolated locations with no another diver or bangka boat to be seen. And even in the famous locations (Manta Bowl, Malapascua) we were almost always able to schedule our dives before or after all the local dive resort groups. In general the trip felt like we were exploring remote and seldom visited areas – with a stunning array of beautiful reefs, fish, special sightings (dolphins, mantas, thresher sharks, and even a whale shark), and all kinds of critters.
The MV Solitude One is a large steel-hulled boat: 52 m in length and built for long open sea voyages – its cruising range is approximately 9,000 nautical miles. This means it is very stable and there’s plenty of space for passengers & crew (23 crew and maximum 22 passengers). The boat is kept very clean – one of the few boats my wife felt comfortable walking barefoot everywhere. The cabins are spacious and nicely laid out – ours was a master stateroom (B6) with a king bed, a small side-bed/sofa area, writing desk, closet, and plenty of storage space. The bathroom was also more spacious and comfortable than the norm for live-aboards with a separate shower. There are a variety of other cabin configurations which can be viewed on the http://www.solitude-one.com website. Other areas of the boat (main lounge, dining area, dive deck, sun deck, front Jacuzzi deck) were spacious and comfortable as well. Meals were all served buffet style though at breakfast the chef cooked eggs, omelets, fried rice/noodles to order. There was always adequate variety; the quality was very good, with plenty of fresh salads and yummy deserts. We had two vegetarians on our cruise and they were served additional/special dishes beyond what was available in the buffet.
Overall we encountered incredible diversity on this trip in terms of locations, underwater topography, different types of reefs & corals, fishes, creatures, critters, and colors – it was a truly special trip.
Verde Island in the famous Verde Island Passage is part of the Coral Triangle — one of the greatest centers of Earth’s biodiversity. It also has the highest species richness of fish in the world. This place is paradise to all divers.
Romblon is the perfect dive destination for fans of rare macro and super macro critters and we were not disappointed, spotting: Butterfly sea slugs, Ghost nudibranch, different species of Pygmy Seahorse and pipefish and many species of nudibranchs & sea slugs and many more. Romblon offers plenty of wide-angle opportunities as well; sometime it is difficult to choose between macro or wide angle lens. This was our first time for a blackwater dive, a very interesting and fun experience.
Romblon is famous in the Philippines for its marble. Be sure you have enough luggage weight allowance before buying anything big!
Manta Bowl is located offshore in the Ticao Pass (large channel between Ticao and southern-most tip of Luzon Islands) where the reliable currents bring nutrients, food, and mantas! There are manta cleaning stations scattered about the rim of the shoal so the dive plan generally consisted of dropping in up-current, descending quickly down to the bowl, then navigating from cleaning station to cleaning station hoping to see and spend time with the mantas. Reef hooks were distributed for use when needed. While not guaranteed, Manta bowl is well known for almost-certain sightings. When the mantas weren’t around we had fun looking for nudibranch and there are plenty on this dive site.
As an added bonus, Joshua Rambahiniarison, a researcher at Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) based nearby joined us for the day, helped guide the dives, and gave a great evening presentation about mantas and the research performed by LAMAVE.
Monad Shoal is famous for being one of if not the best places in the world for consistent sightings of thresher sharks. The thresher sharks reliably come to the various cleaning stations around the shoal’s perimeter around sunrise – so that’s when everyone goes diving. Being a liveaboard we were able to stay for a second mid-morning dive finding the thresher sharks still there.
Napantao Marine Sancuary off Panoan Island was just plain amazing with so many species of Anthias covering the reef. The dive sites at Limasawa Island just south of Leyte Island’s southern tip was a drop off and slope with plenty of hard coral, seafans, black coral, big barrel sponge. Very pristine reef.
I should also mention some of the crew: our cruise directors (and dive guides) Pernilla (also a Viking!) and Henry (another Brexit escapee), dive guides Fredy (our critter spotter) and dancing Mitch, our wonderful host/server at meals: Kira, and a big thanks to all the other crew members who took such excellent care of us during the trip – Thank You!
I have to say this is one of the best if not the best live-aboard dive trips we’ve been on. GREAT boat, wonderful crew, amazing itinerary, spectacular diving, fortunate weather, and a fantastic group of new diving friends we had the pleasure of meeting and spending our time with. It was of course sad to say goodbye first to the boat & crew, then later to our newfound diving friends, but we had shared a wonderful voyage and had lots of great memories and photos so that we won’t forget.
Thank you so much Solitude One!
July 30, 2014
One of the best vessel that I’d ever been and the diving team is excellent.
July 30, 2014
This diving week on solitude one was just amazing… All was made to give you the best experience in comfort. You will enjoy this liveaboards.
II fully advise you to try it in Palau you wil be not disappointed.
July 30, 2014
Solitude One is definitely one of my best live aboard experiences! Loved everything from the accommodations to the diving to the beaches to the food to the crew, etc., etc.! Totally recommend it! Two thumbs up!
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