The Cebu Yellow Submarine

Hooray for non-swimmers and not so strong swimmers who wish to explore what's underneath the surface of the sea. Thanks to the Cebu Yellow Submarine in Mactan Island, one can now explore the underwater world without getting wet. Koreans run the operations of the Cebu Yellow Submarine.

Cebu Yellow Submarine

The Cebu Yellow Submarine was designed by Germanischer Lloyds and manufactured by Fabrico Antwerp in Belgium. It has a length of 22.2 meters. a width of 3 meters, and a height of 7.2 meters. The main engine is 45 KW while the sub engine is 40 KW. The windows are made of 122 centimeter special fiberglass. 

The vessel is capable of traveling at 7 knots and can dive up to depths of 100 meters. However, maritime authorities in the Philippines only allow the tourist submarine's operations up to 40 meters underwater.

It can carry up to 100 tons of load and is designed to carry 48 passengers with a crew of 2.

Thadz with the skipper of the Cebu Yellow Submarine
Thadz with the captain

Safety Standards

Safety information indicates that the indoor air purification system of the vessel can allow up to 72 hours of breathing for 50 people. The vessel has an automatic fire suppression system for it's battery and engine rooms. Emergency exits are found in the front and rear portions of the ship, while the emergency food and water storage is sufficient for 50 people up to 3 days. 50 life jackets are available onboard. An annual inspection is conducted by the Association of the German GL.


There are 2 schedules for the submarine daily. The first tour will be at 10:30 a.m. A second tour will be at 2:00 p.m. Requests for additional tours may be accommodated if you are part of a larger group.


Pricing for the Cebu Yellow Submarine tour differ for local and foreign tourists. If you are a local, you pay only PHP 1,300 for the experience. Local kids pay PHP 900. Foreign adults pay USD 70 while foreign kids pay USD 50. Foreigners who are married to locals can avail of the local rates when they can show proof of marriage.

The Submarine Tour

The submarine tour starts with a small surface craft fetching the guests at the Hadsan dock. The small boat ferries the guests to the barge where the submarine is berthed. A pictorial ensues before you enter the submarine. This photo will later on be used on your certificates that will be handed out for free at the end of your tour.

As we were ushered in and the vessel leaves the barge, a safety orientation is conducted by the guide on board as the hatch is being closed. The guide then directed our attention into the video monitor as the submarine submerges. As the submarine submerges, we saw several small fish from the windows. We also noticed an underwater mountain from one side. The submarine follows the side of this mountain for the most part of the trip. 

The submarine can dive up to depths of 100 meters. Philippine marine authorities have only allowed tour operations to dive the submarine up to a depth of 40 meters however.

39.53 meters under the sea aboard the Cebu Yellow Submarine
39.53 meters under the sea

The second half of the trip features a show by divers doing various tricks. Some of these tricks are blowing rings of water and holding a puffer fish up close to the submarine windows so guests can take a closer look. Well, to be honest, I do have doubts whether that is a real one they are holding up for the guests to see. And if they are real, I have strong reservations about how they are handling the poor fish.


The Cebu Yellow Submarine office is located at Hadsan Cove in Barangay Agus at Lapulapu City. The vessel is berthed in a barge a few meters into sea from Hadsan Cove. 

Contact Information

Telephone Number: +63 32 514 9306
Mobile Numbers (For Locals):

  • +63 915 720 7000 (Globe)
  • +63 999 714 7000 (Smart)
  • +63 922 930 6053 (Sun)

Mobile Number (For Koreans): +63 917 306 1111 (Globe)
E-mail Addresses: 

Have you been underwater with the Cebu Yellow Submarine in Mactan Island? What is your favorite part of the experience? You may share in the comments below.


Jacinth III Suico said...

Wow ... Cool ^_^

Jace |

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

You should try it!