The Philippines is quickly becoming one of the most desirable charter destinations in the world, and with over 7000 stunning islands in the archipelago to explore, it is easy to see why. A tropical climate, crystal clear waters and stunning vistas come as standard, but there is so much to this diverse country, with each island group offering something different. Step back in time when visiting the 2000 year old Banaue rice terraces of Luzon Island, and marvel at the power of nature when floating through the underground river found on the Island of Palawan. Venture further north to the Busuanga region for some of the best cruising on earth, with paradise beaches, island hopping, hot springs, waterfalls, safaris, mountain lakes and more. The Visayas also offer plenty with two different charter routes to enjoy. Boracay-Panay boasts the best of beach nightlife on the pulsing island of Boracay, and real exploration on the untouched coastline of the adjacent Panay. The central Visaya charter route incorporates the islands of Cebu with its metropolitan capital and countless offshore islands, Bohol which is home to the famous Chocolate Hills, and Siquijor, an island of sunsets and healing powers.
Ideal for discovery by yacht, the Philippine waters are a diver’s dream with some of the world’s most colourful reefs, healthy coral gardens and innumerable wrecks to explore. The most pristine sites are found in the Sulu Sea, where exciting conservation charters are available for those looking for something a little different.
Highlights of a charter around the Philippines
- Encounter hidden lagoons, lakes and hot pools, nestled between limestone cliffs on the jaw droppingly beautiful island of Coron.
- Brave the 700 steps to the top of Mount Tapyas on the island of Busuanga for extraordinary views of the Palawan region.
- Take a walk inland from the superb beaches of Busuanga Island, where the virgin jungle is home to countless bird, reptiles, deer, cats and more.
- Don your snorkelling gear when at anchor in Busuanga and hope to spot one of the languid dugong that frequent these waters.
- Discover innumerable paradise beaches as you hop between the 116 islands and islets off the coast of central Visaya’s Cebu island.
- Take the short cruise from Cebu to visit the striking Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island. 1,268 of these perfectly symmetrical rock formations rise from the surrounding forest.
- Party until the sun rises on the beaches of Boracay.
- Explore the untouched islands and rugged coastline of Panay, which remains largely unvisited by tourists except during January’s vibrant Ati-Atihan festival, when the city of Kalibo comes to life. So thick is the jungle on the mountainous slopes of Panay that much of it has yet to be mapped.
- Venture into the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in partnership with WWF. This truly extraordinary diving destination is a vast MPA (Marine Protected Area) and acts as a home to 40% of the world’s fish species and 75% of the world’s coral genera. The reefs are in pristine condition thanks to unrelenting conservation efforts.
- Enjoy a sunset dive at Staghorn Point, where clusters of green sea turtles, eagle rays and devil rays feed amongst the staghorn corals.
- Visit the Benaue Rice Terraces of Luzon Island. The 2000 year old terraces are a UNESCO World Heritage site and their total length is estimated to be 12,500 miles, approximately half the earth’s circumference.
- Spot every type of shark, from white tip reef sharks to black tips, whale sharks, hammerheads and bull sharks whilst diving the colourful Jessie Beazley site in Tubbataha.
- Explore the unique underwater reef formations formed by ancient volcanic activity in the isolated Cagayan Islands. A good view is guaranteed, as the pristine waters here give a visibility of up to 40-50 metres.
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