Malaysia – Borneo
NORTH BORNEO & PALAWAN
Palawan, the name was most probably given by the Chinese as far back as the 9th Century. They called it Pa-Lau-Yu, or “land of beautiful safe harbour”. Palawan is made up of 1,768 islands and is the second largest province of the Philippines. Palawan is also one of the Last Unexplored Islands in the Pacific. Renowned underwater explorer Jacques Costeauhas described Palawan as having one of the most Beautiful Seascapes in the world. Sprawled beneath the seas are nearly 11,000 square kilometers of coral reefs. Myriads of fish swim in these underwater gardens. Palawan is the island of the Philippines, which could preserve her naturalness best of all.
Sabah has long been an exiting holiday destination for lovers of nature, culture, diving and adventure. Known as the “Land Below the Wind”, this lush corner of Borneo lies outside of the typhoon belt free from major climatic disturbances, and is bounded by 3 seas: the South China Sea, the Sulu Sea, and the Celebes Sea. Here you will find tropical islands, including coral atolls and oceanic islands, pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, giant rivers, dense tropical jungle, high mountains, and an abundance of nature & wildlife. It is precisely the convergence of these factors that make Sabah one of the most bio-diverse lands in the world and a cruising destination with so much to offer.
14 DAYS CHARTER ITINERARY
Please note the itinerary below are our suggested itinerary, however the choice of where to cruise, and for how long, is always tailored to your specific requirements.
Day 1 : Kota Kinabalu – Marine Park – Tiga Island
Arrive Kota Kinabalu and after embarking the Yacht of your choice we sail to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park for the afternoon on those beautiful beaches. A dinner on board and watch the sunset over the horizon. All five islands are hilly and forested, with a mixture of rocky coastlines and white sand beaches. They are located closely together, well within sight of each other and of the Kota Kinabalu city on the mainland. We stay overnight and move before sunrise to Pulau Tiga.
Day 2 : Tiga Island – Mantanani
Pulau Tiga, known as the original “Survivor Island‟ where the reality TV show was first filmed. The islands were formed on September 21, 1897, when an earthquake on Mindanao caused a volcanic eruption near Borneo. Geothermal activity below the centre of the island has created warm bubbling mud baths which are not only relaxing to sit in but also therapeutic. In the early evening we move to Mantanani.
Day 3 : Mantanani – Balabac
On a clear day, the cruise towards Mantanani will reveal great views of Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Southeast Asia. Keen scuba divers would have an exciting opportunity to dive on a Japanese shipwreck lying in 35m of water, a legacy of the 2nd World War. There is also a chance to encounter the resident dugong or “sea cow‟. The Islands have crystal clear blue waters on white sandy beaches with tall slender coconut palms. From here we move North overnight and the next morning you wake up in the southern Islands of Palawan Philippines.
Day 4-5 : Balabac – Puerto Princesa
Our first stop in Philippines will be the Balabac Islands, covers a sub-archipelago consisting of a cluster of several islands. Balabac is the southernmost island in the Palawan archipelago. Balabac is principally known for its dwarf mouse deer, no taller than one foot, locally called Pilandok and for the mostly unexplored great reefs. Here we will spend two days and explores this cluster of Islands. When we move further north in the night you will wake up in Puerto Princesa.
Day 6-7 : Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa, the city of Palawan . A subterranean river national park, a must-see for first time visitors. The longest navigable underground river and reputedly the most beautiful subterranean river in the world. Honda Bay, just a few miles north of the city. Take your pick from dozens of white sand beaches. Snorkeling and dive sites abound here, as the entire area is studded with powdery white sand beaches and almost all with emerald or blue waters so rarely found anywhere else. In the night we make a night cross to Coron Island in the northern part of Palawan.
Day 8 – 9 : Coron Island
Coron Island, there are only a few places that can amaze like Coron. Lagoons with beautiful reefs on the floor and outstanding white sand beaches partly covered by mangroves. A perfect base for kayaking around the limestone formations where exotic bird species patrol regularly. Coron offers a variety of sporting and leisure activities and is popular for snorkeling and diving on islands with white sandy beaches, fresh water and tropical vegetation and fantastic coral reefs.
Day 10 – 11 : El Nido
El Nido Islands is somewhat similar to the virgin islands of Camiguin and also described as “Phang Nga Bay without the crowds”. It is really an incredibly beautiful place and you will love the serenity. Some Island hopping for two days, totally dedicated to the over 50 beaches in the marine reserve of Bacuit Bay. It’s also famous for it’s scuba diving as there is a wealth of marine life and plenty of reef. Also why not go kayaking in some of the secret lagoons.
Day 12 : Roxas Island
Roxas Island. Here we will stop in a Island where there is a small resort named Coco loco resort. the island itself is surrounded of white sandy beaches and blue crystal water. Another Island perfect for snorkeling and water sports. In the late night we move south to Puerto Princess.
Day 13 : Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa. In the morning we do the check out and return to Honda Bay where we stay the rest of the day on a nice beach. In the night we move south to one of the southern Island name Bugsut which is close to Balabac.
Day 14 : Bugsut
Bugsut Islands. Here we will select a beautiful beach in this group and use the day for more water sport activities and sunbathing, snorkeling and diving. In the early evening we start to head back to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Day 15 : Kota Kinabalu
Arrive Kota Kinabalu in the morning where we will dock in SutheraMarina. Disembarkation and transfer to the airport for your flight back to your home destination.