Imagine walking into a distant land filled with smiles, coconuts, stunning beaches and friendly locals who speak fluent English. You have just imagined yacht charters in the Philippines.

Largely a traveler’s best-kept secret, this up and coming country is quickly gaining a reputation as a destination following Thailand’s tourism boom. 

The next unchartered destination of the Philippines is experiencing charter growth. Be some of the first to enjoy such a diverse and loving yachting destination.

The Spaniards colonized The Philippines in the sixteenth century. They were freed from Japanese occupation by Americans at the end of WW2. The Filipino people have a “mix-mix” culture. This means they have their own unique South Pacific culture and history but have also been greatly influenced by western culture.

How Many Islands Make up the Yachting Destination of the Philippines?

The Philippines is made up of 7,107 individual islands. You can spend a lifetime trying to see only a tenth of the stunning geography which makes up the Philippines.

Located at the South-East edge of Asia, it is definitely virgin and unexplored territory by the masses. That is a good thing!

A non-existent language barrier is one of the best reasons yacht charters in the Philippines is a dream.  

In addition to similar cultures, the Philippines is one of the most affordable countries in the world. You are able to enjoy overwhelming luxury on a reasonable budget.

Drinks on Your Philippine Yacht Charter
Drinks on Your Philippine Yacht Charter

The local people are grateful for visitors as tourism is helping their country to rapidly develop. Every small tip even if it’s 10 Pesos (roughly 20 US cents) is accepted without expectation and with gratitude. In fact, you will try to leave a tip for house keeper’s in a hotel and they won’t take it. Instead, they put it neatly on your welcome brochure.

Filipinos take pride in their work. They go out of their way to ensure visitors are not only happy but are welcomed with open arms. 

Due to being Catholic from the colonization by Spaniards, you will see beautiful cathedrals and an abundance of Christian iconography. No Filipino home is complete without a picture of The Last Supper above the dining table.  

A highly religious population, Filipinos focus on family and community which means poor and unchristian behavior is recognized immediately and shunned. 

The people of the Philippines are gracious, helpful, and so welcoming you will find yourself not wanting to leave.

Crewed Yacht Charters Philippines

Now let’s talk crewed yacht charters or simply boating. 

We are more likely to find Explorer Yachts traversing through the area as opposed to fully developed luxury yachts that are based out of the Philippines. There is also a thriving sailing community and it is growing.

We do have some options for different types of Philippines yachts depending on the time of year.

H2O Luxury Yachts is happy to do a yacht search for you to see which motor yachts or sailboats may be available!

One of the largest yachts in the Philippines offering vacations may be Antonia II, an Azimut for 8 guests. 99 feet of pure luxury! This yacht is ready to take you Jet Skiing, Fishing or Fly Fishing, Snorkeling or maybe you just want to watch the scenery go by while you are sitting in the jacuzzi with a drink in hand.

There is a large Dominican Republic and Caribbean influence in the Philippines. Many drinks are rum-based so expect to see Cuba Libras, Mango Daiquiris, and Mojitos for you served with a large smile.

CNN recently did an article on 18 Philippine inspired drinks take a look and see what catches your taste buds!

If you are really daring you can try a “Weng Weng” which in local dialect means totally intoxicated and when you see that it includes Rum, Gin, Vodka, Tequila, Brandy, and Scotch mixed with orange, pineapple juice with Grenadine you just may know why it is called Weng Weng!

Antonia II- Yacht Charters Philippines
Antonia II- Yacht Charters Philippines

Tourism Infrastructure

This year marks the tenth anniversary since the enactment of the Tourism bill. This means the Philippines has had the economic boom to improve its infrastructure. 

While the land is filled with beautiful resorts, the waterways are where you can see much more of the islands than you can by staying on land.

The locations of marinas are limited to arguably the most stunning and famous island of the Philippines: Palawan.

What are the Top Beach Destinations in the World?

The large island of Palawan is known for its mile-long white sand beaches, bountiful fresh, exotic fruits, towering palm trees, jaw-dropping cliff-sides into the crystal water, and of course some of the best reef and wreck SCUBA diving and snorkeling in the world. Palawan is one of the least populated areas of the Philippines and often referred to as the “Last Frontier”. Numerous publications over the years have stated the archipelago of Palawan is the most beautiful island in the world.

Trivia on Palawan

  • The largest pearl in the world weighing 14 lbs was discovered in Palawan back in 1934. It was about 600 years old and worth millions of dollars.
  • You can find the longest underwater river system accessible by man in this region.
  • There are around 52 different dialects and languages spoken here.
  • Do you like Monkeys, Bear Cats, Zebras, and Squirrels? You can find them here as well as beautiful corals and spectacular SCUBA diving and snorkeling.
  • World Heritage sites: Both Puerto Princessa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha Reef Marine Park are listed.
  • Palawan is the 5th largest island in the Philippines.
  • Palawan and the Philippines have a wet season and dry season. The driest month is February. The wettest month is September.  February to June may be the best time to travel for calm seas, but also the busiest time. 
Explore Palawan, Philippines by any size boat
Explore Palawan, Philippines by any size boat

Look for our next blog on the Philippines where we will discuss what a possible charter might entail and some of the highlights.

Destinations may include El Nido, Coron, Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoon, Busuanga Bay, and Pass island— and that is just for starters!

The Philippine Islands is definitely an up and coming charter destination filled with everything a traveler could possibly want in a tropical vacation.

How do I Get to the Philippines?

The flight is around a 14 and a half hour flight from Los Angeles to Manilla or Cebu with Philippines Airlines. There are several longer flights from the United States that you can take with a direct flight.  You can then take a connecting flight to Palawan easily and daily which is about an hour and 15 minutes.

There are also flights with Philippines airlines from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. From Europe you will have a stop or two to get there.

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