Rags II: Liveaboard & Dive Safaris in the Philippines
Rags II – To make it short: This boat was made by divers, for divers! Everything here was build or adjusted with diving in the mind. Rags II is actually based on a traditional Philippine style outrigger boat, called “Banka”, and is 27 m long and 4.5 m wide.
Make no mistake, Rags II is actually much bigger than it appears on the pictures and delivers great value for your money. Moreover, it is fully equipped for tech divers, which is hard to find in the Philippines. The service is very individual; only 8 divers are accommodated on board, perfect for divers who don’t like big crowds.
While the boat owners are British the boat manager is German. Ralph Joerger is an operation manager for live-boards in the Philippines since 2002 and joins every tour. He is an avid tech diver and tech instructor and will most probably join you on every dive on your trip.
Rags II is based in Puerto Galera and offers live-aboard trips to these destinations:
- Apo Reef Nature Park, Mindoro
- Coron Wrecks, Palawan
- El Nido, Palawan
- Mactan Ferry at Maestre de Campo Island.
Rags II is also available for commercial charter, treasure hunting or any other exploration tour to any destination in the Philippines.
Spacious dive deck - with individual baskets below your allocated tank space, a central table to keep things handy before your dive, and wetsuit hangers for when you get back. Well equipped for advanced deep diving as well as for technical wreck & cave penetrations.
- 1 Chase boat
- Two Bauer compressors with continuous Enriched Air and Partial Pressure blending systems
- Full sets of single, double and deco tanks
- Nitrox - for free
- Deco bar for technical divers with oxygen supply at the 6m and 3m stop.
- Typically 4-5 dives conducted on a dive day
4 twin cabins, air-conditioned, with a total of 8 spacious berths. The cabins are snug, simple and spotlessly clean. The aircon is so positioned that it doesn’t blow directly on the bunks. A small light is positioned above each bunk, in case you want to read at night. Each cabin has individual lockable storage space and drawers for your personal belongings. The cabins smell fresh. 2 bathrooms are available with hot showers and toilets.
These courses can be taken on a tour:
- Nitrox Courses
- Advanced Courses
- Technical Dive Courses
Meals are served on plates, there is no buffet. The menu is on display in the open kitchen, if you have any special wishes the cooks will accommodate you. The food is very tasty and plentiful. Additionally, fruit and cookies are always available for snacks in between. Water, soft drinks and even beer is free on board.
Rags II is fully equipped with state of the art navigation equipment. Radar, GPS, Depth finders, VHF Radio, Digital charts, Satellite Phone, Oxygen, First Aid Kits, etc.