There’s no denying that charterers are spoilt for choice in South East Asia. From the white sand beaches of Thailand to the exotic cruising grounds of Indonesia, the region truly has it all. It would, however, appear that the time has come to shine the spotlight a little brighter on the Philippines.
Comprised of more than 7,000 islands and shaped by a truly colourful history, the Philippines is an archipelago of some significance. Indeed, whilst it might be named in honor of King Philip II following his expedition in the sixteenth century, the islands bear traces of life which stretch back thousands of years. Still visible today, the relics of the past are sure to capture the imagination of discerning visitors.
Due to its sheer scale, the options on offer to those visiting the Philippines on board a superyacht are as diverse as they are exciting. From quaint fishing villages to the vibrant nightlife scene of Manila, the modern charterer will encounter no difficulty in assembling the perfect itinerary to suit their unique sensibility.
What’s more, the water itself is perfect for getting out and enjoying inflatable toys and tenders in undisturbed isolation. For the more adventurously inclined, the marine life is also sure to make it worth getting to grips with the diving and scuba equipment.
Of course, for those visiting the Philippines on a motor yacht or sailing yacht, a large amount of time has got to be spent exploring its many islands. Fringed by kaleidoscopic coral reefs, Palawan is assuredly one of the greatest spots to hit up when in search of a sequestered white sand beach and a picturesque backdrop.
Likewise, Mindanao, a cluster of islands towards the far south, is home to a number of waterfalls, exotic landscapes, and plenty of trails to keep any hikers happy. Largely mountainous, the surroundings of Mindanao have long been the preserve of leading photographers.
Elsewhere, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River and the Tubbataha Reef National Park are conveniently accessed via superyacht and are sure to have visitors in awe.
A highly diverse destination, the Philippines is unquestionably best explored via superyacht
For those keen to pack in plenty of islands before hitting up the city, the Visayas which form the centre of the Philippines can all be visited in a relatively short period of time. Wholly superyacht-friendly, the coastlines of Cebu and Boracay are ideal for cruising and enjoying the heat.
Naturally, no luxury yacht charter vacation in the Philippines would be complete without a visit to the iconic ‘Chocolate Hills’ of Bohol. A formation made up of grass-covered limestone, these hills earn their name thanks to the shade they turn after being exposed to the sun.
Luzon, the largest island in the archipelago, is located towards the north and is home to the ultra-modern city of Manila.
Greatly accessible to superyachts, the capital city of Manila promises to deliver a truly memorable experience. Unlike many cities across the world, Manila does not have a single ‘centre’ but is instead comprised of a varied collection of small towns.
Bustling with culture and serving up the richest dishes inspired by local cuisine, the towns of Quiapo, Ermita and Binondo are sure to please even the most seasoned traveller. Similarly, the architecture which tells the story of many distinct historical periods makes the city quite unlike any other.
Appealing to shoppers as well culturally intrepid charterers, the city is home to numerous designer boutiques and is often regarded as one of the best places in South East Asia to keep up with current trends.
Ultimately, a private yacht charter vacation in the Philippines is the best way to discover one of the world’s most fascinating destinations in style. Whether it’s island-hopping or getting immersed in the culture, the experience is certain to satisfy the modern charterer.
For further information regarding a superyacht vacation in the Philippines, please feel free to get in touch with your preferred charter broker.
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