The intention to build a liveaboard

build a Liveaboard
In this article we share our intension why we start to build a liveaboard and we also want to let you participate on our building process of Liveaboard M/Y Azalea.

We stay since 2010 in the Philippines and dove already at most of the amazing dive areas of this country of smile. Again and again, we are happy to immerse ourselves in the intact underwater world and to collect more breathtaking dives.

  • Dumaguete with his protected Apo Island,
  • Bohol with his amazing wall dives,
  • Malapascua famous for his tresher sharks,
  • Puerto Galera muck diving,
  • Apo Reef,
  • Coron Bay wreck diving,
  • and the unforgettable Tubbataha Reef

where only some of the areas we went to. During these daily dive trips with our friends and guest we where often asked: “Why it is not possible to stay for a overnight trip outside for diving?”.
This question has stuck in Dirk’s head and he began to research where the best area for overnight tours is. Quickly crystallized, that Palawan with its access to the Tubbataha reef, the WW II shipwrecks in Coron, Apo Reef and many interesting dive sites more, is the ideal base.

Early 2017 the idea was born, Dirk want to build a Liveaboard on Palawan. The planning started and many questions came up. How long, how wide, how many cabins, which material are just some of the questions that caused some sleepless nights. By mid-2017 these questions were answered and the first plans of a marine architect were drawn.

Boat building plan deck

Boat building plan deck

Boat building plan Profil

Boat building plan Profil

Main parameters of the Yacht:
  • five comfortable air-conditioned cabins with private showers and toilet
  • relaxing and dining room,
  • sun deck,
  • Length of our Yacht is 21 m,
  • two decks,
  • maximum widh 5 m,
  • draft 2,30 m,
  • The Yacht is powered by two inboard engines, 270 HP Hinoy 6 cylinder Diesel engines /li>
  • Diving platform with personal arrangements and brand new compressor,
  • 8m speed boat powered with outboard engine.
Start of Construction: In December 2017 we started to build our little dream. Fare away from Puerto Princesa in the south of Palawan (near to Malaysia) we found experienced boat builder who start to build the hull of our yacht. Hard work on a small island in front of Rio Tuba is in moment our daily bread. The video below is the first documentation for the ongoing building process of M/Y Azalea.

Next Infos will come soon when the hull is transfered to the main island of Palawan and the engines built into the hull.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to know any further details about construction, plans or if you are interested to join one of our tours.