About MV Solitude One
Rebuilt from a 52-metre (171ft) steel-hulled merchant vessel, MV Solitude Onehas undergone a complete makeover from her original form to set new standards in hospitality and professionalism. With our clients in mind, the vessel was purpose-built to incorporate smart design, functionality and comforts close to home without going over the top. Every guest on board will be cared for by well-trained staff who address their guests by name, can anticipate individual needs, and appear only when needed, allowing them the privacy and exclusivity of a “home away from home.”
From the very beginning, safety has always been the most important aspect of Solitude and at the forefront of all decision making. Given the remote areas we operate in, it is vital to us that our crew are well trained and we are equipped to handle any scenario should it occur.
During your stay onboard we provide our guests with a complimentary Nautlius Marine Rescue GPS to provide that peace of mind when out diving in the remote parts of the Philippines and Palau.
Our Features & Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) equipped with:
The Heart & Soul of Solitude
It is no understatement that our crew are the most essential part of the whole of Solitude Liveaboards & Resorts. Our crew onboard Solitude One are typically all from the Philippines, with the exception of our Cruise Directors and some of our Dive Guides.
With some members of our crew have been with us since day one, and with others having once been guests onboard
It’s the crew that are the ones who have learnt to anticipate your needs before it even becomes as such. From the frequently seen to the unseen crew, all of them play an essential role to ensure that everything runs like a well-oiled engine and your trip is an experience you will always treasure. We continuously strive to improve collectively as a team by following our fundamental ethos of Safety, Communication and Comfort.
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 conceptualised 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. For our taller guests, they will be pleased to know that our headroomisadequate in most guests’ areas and the length of all ourmattresses in every cabin category are 199cm (6.5ft).
Our most spacious of cabins onboard. Perfect for travellers who want to experience their cruise in the utmost comfort.
We offer a few different bed conifurations (such as a single bed above the Queen bed) in our deluxe rooms allowing for extended options for double and twin sharing.
The ideal for families, solo travellers or a small group. The quad cabin is equipped with one bunk bed and two individual single beds.
*Mattress Sizes: King Mattresses 183cm (6ft) x 199cm (6.5ft), Queen 153cm (5ft) x 199cm (6.5ft), Twin/Single Mattresses 92cm (3ft) x199cm (6.5ft).
One of the most important aspects of holiday… Food. We do our utmost ensure you never go hungry while onboard with 5 meals per day: Light breakfast, big breakfast, lunch, afternoon cooked snacks and dinner. Not to mention the biscuits and instant noodles available at all times complimentary. Major meals are typically served in a buffet style with under-tray heating so you don’t need to worry about the food going cold. We provide you with multiple options so you can pick and choose what appeals to you most.
Special Dietry Requests or Requirements: We are able to accommodate vegetarian and selective non-meat diets. We kindly ask those with vegan dietry requests to provide advanced notice with a specific list of allowable ingredients for their meal preparation.
Meals onboard are served in our spacious open-walled dining area, located on the Upper Deck. The dining area provides stunning panoramic views pf the scenery around us while staying cool from the soothing sea breeze. If conditions are less then desireable we have side panels we can roll down to protect us from the elements. If need be, meals can also be taken in our air-conditioned saloon on the Main Deck.
On some trips we are able to take our dining experience to the tranquil shores of an island, such as our trip from Anilao to Surigao we are able to stop in the scenic Kalanggaman Island for the evening.
Your Home at Sea..
The Philippines and Palau boast some of the most awe-inspiring topography in the world. There’s nothing quite like spending your surface interval basking in the sunlight taking in the undisturbed views.
With the size of Solitude One, there are plenty of spaces onboard to find your own tranquil ‘solitude.’ Whether is be unwinding up on our large sun-deck, staying cool at our bow-side jacuzzi, in our open air dining area or at the stern where the dive deck is situated.
Alternatively, we have our indoor, air-conditioned saloon with a 55″ TV stocked with a plethora or movies and series. Inside of the saloon we have two large drinks fridges, one stocked with complimentary soft drinks, and the other with alcoholic beverages for after all water activites for that day; additionally, we have our coffee machine and hot & cold water dispenser. Or make some adjustments to you camera rig or catch up on some editing in our camera room attached to the saloon.
Type and Year Built: Steel Mono-Hull 2013 – Rebuilt (Originally Built in 1979)
Port of Registry/Flagged: Cebu, Philippines
Cruising Itinerary Routes: Palau and the Philippines
Engine & Propulsion: Main 2698HP (2013kW) with Auxiliary Propulsion Engine
Length: 52m (171 ft) • Beam: 8.6m (28ft) • Draft :5m (16.4ft)
Cruising Speed: 10 Knots (Top Speed 14 Knots)
Diesel Capacity: 150,000L (39,473US Gal.)
Cruising Range: ± 9000nM (16,668KM)
Electricity: 1x 250kVa, 2 x 125kVa and 1 x 15kVa (Total 4 Units) providing24 Hours 200V to 240V-50Hz
Navigation: Local Navigation Maps with Furuno GPS Chart Plotter, Radar (Long/Short), Weather Plotter and Depth-Sounder
Communication System: VHF/SB Radios, VSAT Satellite Phone & Internet, Inmarsat-C
Ship Safety System: GMDSS with EPIRB, AIS, Life Rafts, Emergency Survival Packs, Semi-Automated Fire SuppressionSprinkler System
Fresh Water Capacity: 50,000L (Storage) with On-board Water-Makercapable of producing 2000USG/7600Lfresh waterper Day
Cameras & Gadgets
Large Camera Rinsing Tank: 2 Very Large Rinse Tanks and Towels just for Cameras
Pressurised Air for Drying: Available
Camera Setup Bench on Dive Deck: Available
Digital/Camera Studio: 2 PC Desktop stations for guest use
Universal PowerSocket with USB (1A)
Charging: Available in guest cabins and in the Digital/Camera Studio
Power Type: 200V-220V/50Hz
Surge Protection and UPS Sockets: Only in Digital Room
Air Compressors: 3 x Bauer HP Compressor IK120 with Bauer B-Kool680-s Air Cooler Filtered by P41 Centralized System
Nitrox Membrane System: LP450 Nitrox Membrane
Enriched Air Nitrox Diving**: EANx28 to 30% Only (This is to provide a more suitable M.O.D for sites in Palau)
Scuba Cylinders: Aluminium 100cuft (19 units), 80cuft (80 units), 63cuft (4units), 40cuft (12 units) & 19cuft (4 units) with DIN Valves (Yoke/A-Clamp Adapters available) – Twin Tanks Not Available.
Solo Diving not allowed (even if certified)
Rebreather Support**: Only on Full Charters with Rebreather Divers. Scrubbers can be organised with advanced notice (preferably 60 days or more) but no guarantee or your can order and send it to us. N.B. Oxygen supply in Palau is limited as well and expensive
Dive Equipment Rental: Available (including Dive Computers but excluding U/W Cameras)
Nautilus Lifeline GPS: Provided complimentary if you do not own one and accept the replacement liability if lost or damaged.
Dive Skiffs: 2 x 11.5m (37ft) Fiberglass Purpose-Built Boats (one with Twin 200HP and the other Twin 150HP) 4-stroke Outboard Engines
Support Skiff: 1 x 8.3m (27ft) Fiberglass Monohull with single 60HP 4-Stroke Engine
Dive Guides: Ratio 1 to 6 Divers (Private Guide Service available**150USD per Diving Day)
Surface Marker Buoy(SMB), Lead Weights & Belt: Complimentary
Available for purchase on-board (Advance Order is recommended): Surface Marker Buoy (OPV,SOLAS Reflector),NautilusLifeline GPS/VHF Radio(with Pouch),Spools, Dive Pointers, Drift Hooks,O-rings, Hoses and other common replaceable spares.
Medical Oxygen and comprehensive First Aid Kits are Available
All guests participating in SCUBA activities MUST be equipped with a Dive Computer as well as an Audible and Visual Signalling Device (e.g. Whistle and SMB)
Reading Library: Loan & Exchange Program
Entertainment: In-Room and lounge play-on-demand Audio-Video system withEntertainment Library,Card and Board Games.
Type of Coffee available: Fully Automatic (self-service) pressed coffee machine, localand instant coffee.
Type of Teaavailable: Ceylon, Chamomile, Green and Chinese
Drinking Water: Free Flow from Reverse Osmosis Water Dispenser
Alcoholic Beverages**: Beer, Red/White/Rose Wine, popular liquors (BYO Policy: nocorkage charge)
Non-Alcohol Beverages: Popular selections including light and zero options (if type is available)
Self-Serve Snacks & Munchies: Available24 hours
Ice Maker: Available
Special Dietary Requests: We can accommodate vegetarian and selective non-meat diets. Vegans will require advanced notice with a specific list of allowable ingredients for their meal preparation.
Solitude Souvenirs & Apparels**: Solitude One apparels are still in progress however,local souvenirs can be purchasedwhen we take you to the local shopping mall.
On-BoardGuests Services**: Satellite Internet and Laundry