The cruising grounds of the Philippines are a haven for those looking to escape to lands full of lush rainforests, mountain ranges, ancient caves, underground rivers, untouched marine worlds and countless hectares of white sandy beaches.
Puerto Galera and northern Mindoro are popular yachting areas due to the beautiful scenery and prime anchorages but a cruise further afield amongst the 7,000 islands and 11,000 miles of coastline are becoming increasingly preferred by the more discerning voyagers and serious divers attracted to unspoilt coral gardens and abundant marine life. From chic and luxurious resorts to scenic and tranquil beaches, there is something for everyone in this spectacular chain of islands.
In the north lie the Batanes Islands with jagged cliffs lining the coast of the Pacific Ocean and South China Sea. Take in the breath-taking panoramic views as you ride on horses across the rolling hills and long stretches of deserted beaches. In the south west, the Palawan archipelago is a gateway to a tropical paradise, boasting palm-fringed white-sand beaches, distinctive black cliffs, pristine mangrove swamps, warm turquoise waters and natural lagoons ideal for swimming in the wild, all protected by UNESCO.
Although many of the attractions of the Philippines are water-based, head inland and you will discover spiritually and culturally rich towns and cities, embraced by the warmth and pride of the charming Filipino people. From the 2,000-year-old rice terraces of Banaue and the unique Spanish-influenced colonial architecture of the UNESCO protected 16th century City of Vigan to the bustling multi-cultural capital city Manila that is packed full of churches, forts and colourful markets.
- Dive, swim and explore Palawan’s underground rivers
- Join a beach party on Boracay.
- Get your adrenaline pumping and try white water rafting in Cagayan de Oro.
- Enjoy one of spectacular sunsets from Sumilon Island.
- Snorkel in the clear waters off the remote, uninhabited Kalanggaman Islet.
- Swimming with whale sharks from January to May in the Bicol province, which is home to the still-active volcano, Mount Mayon.