ABW Sept 2017













SEPT 2017 Vol. VI Issue 3









Subic Sailing, has always been at the forefront

of sailing in the Philippines with two recent

events, the Independence Day regatta and the

National Heroes regatta.

Unfortunately, sometimes the

weather gods are unkind but

this does not deter these hardy

sailors to enjoy themselves

with a good race while at the

same time supporting the

growing enthusiasm for sailing

in the Philippines in a sport

close to their hearts.

The Independence Day

regatta was held on the

weekend of June 10-11, with

a lot of good racing enjoyed

by the participants, sometimes

the wind gods were not

kind, but overall some great

racing was enjoyed by all.

The comradeship between the sailing fraternity is

as usual light-hearted and friendly, which is why

sailing is one of the most enjoyable competitive


At 10am the winds

were at 8 knots dying

down to 2 knots by

noon, but picked up

again to come in a

SSW direction at 12

knots by 1pm.

This of course is very evident at the awards dinner,

where amongst jovial celebrations teams can

enjoy the company and friendship while paying

accolades to the winners and

reminiscing, on the whys and

where fore’s of the day and

what they did wrong or could

do better.

After a hearty meal again

proudly supplied by the

Lighthouse Marina, it was

party time till it was time

to rest up for the second

day of racing. At 10am the

winds were at 8 knots dying

down to 2 knots by noon,

but picked up again to come

in a SSW direction at 12

knots by 1pm. After the days

racing was the final awards

with the bottles of Tanduay

going out to Selma Star with

Marcus Avecilla taking first place honours while

Ome Carbonel sailing Bugo-bugo snaffled second

place and coming in third was the man who never

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as credited



Unfortunately on the

first day, the weather

was completely

against all with very

heavy rains thanks to

tropical storm Jolina.

quits Hans Wolding with Red Shift. After the usual

celebrations it was time to say our goodbyes until

the next time we would meet in a sailing event.

This was the National Heroes Regatta on August

twenty-six and seven, unfortunately on the first

day the weather was completely against all with

very heavy rains thanks to Tropical Storm Jolina.

But this did not deter the brave and hearty to

attempt to head out to race with a 6 knot breeze

coming in from the east. The rain was that heavy

it was impossible to head out to photograph the






It is with great pride we start September with a new vision and proudly

announce that your favourite magazine has been recognised for

the achievements it has made and the influence it is having on the

Watersports scene in the Philippines, by being nominated for the

Golden Globes Awards for business excellence and the best magazine in

the Philippines. Something all our readers should be proud of because

it is your support that has helped us achieve this recognition and we

thank you all, now looking forward to bigger and better things to come.

Subic Sailing Regattas 4

Wellcraft 242 Ocean Trials 12

Happenings in Puerto Galera 14

Para World Sailing Championships 20

The 2017 Solar Show 28

event, which ended up with a nil result as the winds

completely died and the contestants had to motor

back into home base. The heavy rains continued

on into the evening with everyone hoping for a

better second day.

It was disappointing from the magazine’s point

of view the following morning as we faced bright

sunshine and not a breeze stirring anywhere, but

again the brave and hearty were determined to

make the best of the lost weekend to make a day

of good racing, braving the elements and foregoing

the big publicized fight of Mayweather and

The heavy rains

continued on into the

evening with everyone

hoping for a better

second day.

In this edition we re-visited Palawan to expose the rapid growth of

this awesome part of the Philippine archipelago. There has been some

tremendous growth in the area giving tourists more to see and do when

holidaying in this tropical paradise. The underground river is bigger and

better along with other new features in Puerto Princesa. A new airport

has been built at San Vicente and Air Juan is running a regular service

there to make it easier to go to this beautiful part of Palawan and also

making easier access to Port Barton. The same can be said for El Nido

with so much more to see and do, and the growth of resorts there

speaks of this out loud to the world.

Once again thank you for helping us to achieve the recognition of the

Golden Globes and we will continue to strive for a bigger and better

magazine for you to enjoy.

The Benefits of Solar Power 30

Fishing for Discarded Nets 32

The Magic of Cruise 40

Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Galera

Destination - PUERTO PRINCESA, 48

San Vicente and El Nido

Aquatic Safety in Zambales 74

Sailing Tips - Tenders 78

The 4th Philmarine Boat Show 82

Barry Dawson Editor

Wellcraft 242

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O’Conner went on to get a respectable result for

the weekend. With Martin Tanco and Centennial

2 taking line honours coming in first overall, while

Jun and Marcus Avecilla were again amongst the

winners with Selma Star in second place. With

the old hand on Red Shift there again taking

third place, while George Hackett Commanded a

respectable fourth on Misty Mountain.

Even though the weather gods had been unkind

a great time along with some great sailing was

enjoyed by all. Everyone leaving with a happy

smile and looking forward to joining in on more of

Subic Sailings events.

The following

morning, we faced

bright sunshine and

not a breeze stirring




Wellcraft 242

Ocean Trials

Key Features

Live bait wells

Removable cooler

Roomy and Comfortable

Gun whale access door

At ease controls

Electric toilet

Fusion sound system

Removable table and back rests

Fibre Glass T-Top with rod holders


Overall Length 26’ 4” / 8.03m

Beam 9’ / 2.7m

Fuel Capacity 158 Gal / 598Lts

Draft Up 20” / 51cm

Draft Down 29” / 74cm

Approx Weight 5550lbs / 2517kg

Deadrise 21°

Bridge Clearance 8’8” / 2.6m

Water Capacity 12 gal/ 45 L

Height on Trailer 11’ 9” / 3.6m


In near perfect conditions I met with Yannick

Littoux of Asiamarine to put the Wellcraft 242

Scarab Offshore through its paces. The Wellcraft

242 Scarab Offshore is a fishing boat through and

through, designed to maximize the enjoyment

of fishing. But it isn’t a spartan vessel without an

interest in comfort or accommodations, the bow

and stern seating arrangements are comfortable

and roomy enough for 10 persons, the absence of

a galley and accommodations does not deter from

this boat being a day outing pleasure craft, and is

an excellent choice for resorts wanting to take their

guests out for a day’s activities or island hopping.

Further, Wellcraft offers options packages that slide

the boat’s identity ever so slightly in the direction of

“entertainment boat,” without surrendering its core

capabilities as a fishing boat. The handling of this

boat is superb; its response is quick and smooth. The

one we trialled was powered by two 150HP Yamaha

Outboards. Yannick gave me a turn at the helm and

I was very impressed by her handling characteristics

and response. I reached planing speed in 4 seconds

flat and accelerated to 16 knots in 6 seconds and

continued on through 21knots in 9 seconds, with

a top speed of 43 knots. It was a calm test day so

we couldn’t verify the capabilities of the Scarab

offshore pedigree, but she did handle the slight

chop with no hull slap whatsoever and had a smooth

transition right through the test. In my turn tests,

she had a remarkably quick response and showed

good authority like she was on rails, and there was

no hint of prop ventilation at any speed.

The 242’s cockpit is, like many centre console boats,

is a single space flowing more cleanly from stern

to helm to bow. There is a boarding door in the

gunwale to port near the stern, leading you onto

the boat right near the fold-out bench seating.

The dash has a spread-out design with a stainless

steel steering wheel is adjustable ease to a standing

captain. The controls rest on a sleek black surface,

designed straight-up-and-down for, again, the

likelihood of a standing captain, giving complete

ease of access to all the controls.

The 242 centre console anchors the T-Top deluxe,

which and has LED lights, spreader lights, rocket

style rod holders and speakers. The windshield has a

simplified windshield design that improves visibility

and minimizes any impact on the console design.

Extending up from the console, the windshield on

the 242 is a single pane of glass, curved around

minimally at the side. This provides cover for the

operator while posing no obstruction to views in any

direction. The legs of the T-Top do come down on

either side and can come minimally into ones view.

The windshield design helps mitigate that and avoid

a bulky design for the windshield.

On the forward side of the centre console is a lift-up

hatch accessed via a metal handle at the bottom.

The 242 we trialled is fitted with the optional extra

electric toilet and holding tank.

The hardware throughout the boat is all made from

360 stainless steel, as well as mechanic non-skid

flooring located inside the boat, on the bow and

aft area. This boat also has a huge storage, including

large coolers, dry storage and fish storage at the

bow area, the live well the top is a cutting board

with a latch for easy access, and has an additional

live and bait well.

Just forward the centre console is the bow seating

area. It is a U-shaped section in the shape of the bow

itself. The middle, co-joining part is an aft-facing

bench seating with backrest, and fill-in cushions

that can convert the space to a larger sunpad-like

lounging area, while the two spaces extending on

each side have forward-facing backrests. Adding a

more social element to the bow seating area, there

is also a removable bow table.

All in all if you are in the market for a very versatile

and capable boat with a budget to match, then The

Wellcraft 242 Scarab Offshore has to be on your

bucket list.


Happenings in Puerto Galera

Brian Richardson hard

at work on the barge

Marvic, Leo and

Brian hard at work

Diver Joemar

Club moorings put under the microscope

Because of typhoons regularly visiting the

bays of the Philippines, the Puerto Galera Yacht

Club do annual inspections and up-grades of the

clubs moorings in Muelle Harbour.

As the safety of all boats and their crews that are

moored in the harbour is the clubs’ primary concern

Mike Tucker and his team ensure all moorings are

up to standard well before the typhoon season sets

in. Most of the moorings have

been there for 26 years, so

regular maintenance is a must.

So, not surprisingly these

last few months seen plenty

of activity in the harbour as

staff and volunteer members

spent hundreds of man-hours

meticulously inspected the

concrete blocks, shackles, swivels

and chains of each mooring,

replacing any damaged or

unusable items, to ensure each

mooring was completely solid

and capable to withstanding

typhoon level winds.

Mooring ropes also were checked

to ensure that they were of the

right standard and quality.

The club extended its’ special thanks to Brian

Richardson who spent long hot days on the

inspection barge carefully inspecting and

measuring each piece of tackle and

replacing where necessary.

Most of the moorings

have been there for

26 years, so regular

maintenance is a


Brian was ably assisted by Leo, Marvic and club diver


This regular surveying of the moorings is vital for

the safety of all especially when they can experience

winds of 120 klm per hour howling through the bay.

Juniors set sights on All Souls spectacular

This year’s Al l Soul s Regatta kicks off with a two

day regatta for Lawins and Optimists, featuring

many of our young local sailing

enthusiasts, with perhaps a

few visitors from the Philippine

Sailing Association and further


The venue will be within the

bay, probably based around

Dave Balman’s house andbeach

property in Dalaruan.

It normally provides some

exciting and challenging

sailing. The format is likely to

follow the traditional Novice

and Open classes for both

designs. “Novice” being for

the newer sailors who have

not previously sailed in a

regatta, while “Open” is as it

suggests. The youngsters can sail in either or both

classes over the course of the regatta. The plan is

for five races for each class each day i.e. 20 races,

40 total for two days. This is very hard work for the

Race Officer, support staff and safety boat drivers.

If anyone wouldcare to volunteer to assist in running

the event please contact the PGYC office or Peter

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Para World



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World Sailing

Photographs by

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AUS 41 Matthew BUGG

The title was up for

grabs and the top

performer on the day

would take the title.

Three new Para World Sailing Champions have

been crowned in Kiel, Germany after five days

of exceptional competition.

Home nation favourite Heiko Kröger claimed the title

in the 2.4 Norlin OD, Poland’s Piotr Cichocki clinically

snapped up gold in the Men’s Hansa 303 and Spain’s

Violeta del Reino sailed exceptionally on the final day

to seal a convincing victory.


Violeta del REINO


The final day of the Para Worlds, held alongside Kieler

Woche (Kiel week) sailing festival, saw a variable 12-19

knot westerly breeze that enabled three races in the

Hansa 303 fleets and two in the 2.4 Norlin OD.

Heading into the final 2.4 Norlin OD races, there was

just two points of separation between Kröger, Matt

Bugg (AUS) and Damien Seguin (FRA).


The title was up for grabs and the top performer on the

day would take the title.

As it was so close, observant watchers were expecting

it to go down to the final race of the series but Kröger

asserted his dominance in the ninth race of the series,

taking the race win to put the gold medal within his


Kröger watched Bugg sail through in fifth and Seguin

follow in ninth. As they crossed the finish line, Kröger

counted the numbers and had done just enough to

win gold ahead of the final race as his lowest discard

was a fifth, which was the points difference he had put

between himself and his rivals.



“I was surprised at how

well it worked out in the

first race by winning it

but it was really tough


After racing, Kröger said, “All the week was very tough

and tight. Yesterday I climbed up from fourth to first,

just ahead of Matt and Damien.

“This morning I felt a bit weak and tired but I said to

myself, it’s not the day to save third place overall, it’s

time to win this championship again.

“I was surprised at how well it worked out in the first

race by winning it but it was really tough competition.”

View Kröger’s Facebook Live following racing.

The battle for silver and bronze was still on in the final

race as Bugg led Seguin by three points. Bugg was

discarding a 22nd so knew any slip up could have had

a devastating effect on his overall position.

Bugg stayed ahead of Seguin throughout the whole

race and managed to clinch a key victory to hand him

silver. Seguin, Athens 2004 and Rio 2016 Paralympic

gold medallist, completed the podium.

In the Women’s Hansa 303, Spain’s Violeta del Reino

capped off a fantastic week, posting a 1-3-1 final day

score line to clinch a dominant gold.




Speaking to World Sailing

the day prior, a nervous

del Reino commented,

“I’m panicking. I still

have to fight.”

Speaking to World Sailing the day prior, a nervous del

Reino commented, “I’m panicking. I still have to fight.”

Any signs of nerves were put to bed as soon as the

first starting gun was sounded on the final day and she

sailed superbly all day long to seal the deal.

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Jury Chairman: Douglas Sloan (IJ/IU / USA)

Course Race Officer: Thorsten Paech (IRO / GER - KYC)

Discard rule: Global: 3. Scoring system: Low Point.


Kieler Woche 2017

Hansa 303 W Para World Sailing Championship

Overall Results

As of 25 JUN 2017 At 15:18

Points per Race

Rk. Sail


Total Net


R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Pts. Pts.

1 ESP 2812 Violeta del REINO DIEZ del VALLE (1962) 3 3 1 2 2 (5) 1 3 1 21 16


2 BRA 2619 Ana Paula GONÇALVES MARQUES (1982) 3 (8) 2 4 3 8 3 5 4 40 32

3 PHI 2714 Cherrie PINPIN (1962) () (9) 6 3 9 1 3 2 7 5 45 36

4 PHI 2811 Clytie BERNARDO (1974) 5 4 (11) 5 9 2 7 2 2 47 36


5 ESP 1913 Jana MESTRE (1978) 7 6 (11) 1 6 6 5 4 3 49 38


6 FRA 655 Magali MORAINES (1969) 1 3 7 6 (8) 4 6 6 6 47 39

7 SIN 2381 Qian Yin YAP (1990) 8 1 5 7 5 1 (9) 8 7 51 42

mueli (IRO 8 TUR / ISR) 2074 Miray ULAS (1998) 4 (9) 6 8 4 9 4 1 8 53 44

9 AUS 2481 Genevieve WICKHAM (1973) 7 7 4 3 7 7 8 9 (11)



63 52

Paech (IRO 10 FRA / GER 2642 - KYC) Annie D'HAENE (1958) (62003) (11) 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11


99 88

: Low Point.


Christopher SYMONDS

Kieler Woche 2017

Hansa 303 W Para World Sailing Championship

Overall Results

As of 25 JUN 2017 At 15:18

Points per Race

“This is the biggest event I’ve ever been in,” exclaimed

del Reino after racing. “This week has been quite hard

because most of the time we’ve had a lot of wind. It’s

been a very tough competition and I’m very happy to

have been here, competing with this group of people.

“I feel very proud.”

Watch del Reino speak about her week on Facebook Live.

The fight for silver and bronze went down to the

wire with plenty of possibilities. In the end Ana Paula

Gonçalves (BRA) did enough for silver and Cherrie

Pinpin (PHI) picked up bronze.

World Sailing caught up with Pinpin in Kiel this week.

Poland’s Cichocki dominated the Men’s Hansa 303

and three final day race wins handed him his second

Para World Sailing title in as many years, having won

gold in the SKUD18 at the 2016 Para World Sailing


Australia’s Christopher Symonds fended off a late

charge from Germany’s Jens Kroker to seal silver. The

German settled for bronze.

Total Net

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The 2017

Solar Show

Electricity is vital into today’s environment,

and in the Philippines there are far too

many interruptions to business, production and

everyday living caused by brown-outs, especially

in the provinces. This concern among the business

sector was very evident by

the huge number of people

that attended the Solar

Power Show held at the SMX

Convention Centre at Mall of

Asia this past May 23rd and

24th 2017.

This event showcases

products like the latest in solar

energy systems. The Solar

Show Philippines is a strategic

conference which covers

the market developments

of the solar industry in the

Philippines, and the massive

growth of the Solar Energy


This event

showcases products

like the latest

in solar energy


And with the available

sunlight here in the Philippines more and more

business people are starting to realise that with

today’s advanced technologies they are able to

harness the power of the sun while at the same time

overcoming the never ending problem of brown-out

while at the same time reducing the power costs and

overhead costs of running their business.

Also the Philippines is one of the most dynamic

markets in Asia for the power, energy and utilities

sector. With the promise of strong economic

growth, the government and key stakeholders are

now developing regional energy plans, promoting

investment in the energy sector, and implementing

energy sector reforms.

These changes and exciting

developments present

significant investment,

development and partnership

opportunities for global

investors, utilities, power

companies and service

providers poised to capitalise

on the growth of Philippines’

burgeoning market.

With over five thousand visitors

seeing what was on offer from

over 150 exhibitors, over the

two days in can be said the

show was a huge success, which

included seminars, workshop

demonstrations and many giveaways.

Needless to say the solar power industry can

look forward to substantial growth here in the

Philippines, that can only improve production

and lower costs, which transforms into a better

economy. So for those that missed out this year put

this on your bucket list for next year. At the SMX

Convention Centre, Mall of Asia, on May 23rd and

24th 2018.

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The Benefits of

Solar Power

By investing in Solar Energy you will be

protecting your business from the inevitable

rise in electricity costs. Electricity prices have also

risen significantly over the last three years and

will continue to do so. A Solar Energy system will

provide your business with free energy and result

in lower overall costs for your


Protecting your profit margins

is important, but it is also vital

to protect the planet for your

children and their children

to enjoy. Solar is a quiet and

environmental friendly way

to produce electricity. Solar

power is responsible for only

a fraction of the carbon dioxide produced by other

energy conversion methods, like environmentally

un-friendly power stations. What’s more, it is

renewable, which means that we aren’t depleting a

finite source of power. Think about it, during daylight

hours your power is free, using the batteries at night

The investment in

Solar Power is sound

and will return an

average saving on your

power bill of up to


your power is free. The use of diesel run generators

is not only very noisy it is also very costly, and they

are costs that will continue to increase.

By installing a Solar Energy System you will be setting

yourself apart from your competitors and casting

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There are an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of

plastic debris in our oceans, a staggering

figure. Some 269,000 tons float on the surface with

a further four billion plastic

microfibers littering the deep

sea. The deadly consequences to

seabirds, fish and other marine

animals that these masses of

ocean debris presents is still not

fully understood.

We, as fisherman, can put our

hands up for at least being partly

to blame. Experts estimate that

there are 640,000 tonnes of

abandoned fishing nets in our

oceans, accounting for 10 percent

of the total plastic waste in the

Floating nets mosey

around, collecting a

surplus of organisms,

and eventually sink

under the weight.

sea and the Philippines is one of the worst offenders.

These nets can remain in the ocean’s ecosystem for

centuries trapping and killing marine life of all types.

Abandoned fishing nets devour

sea-life with insatiable hunger.

Floating nets mosey around,

collecting a surplus of organisms,

and eventually sink under the

weight. As this biomass breaks

apart in the ocean’s depths, the

nets lose their load and lumber

upwards again, ready to wreak

more havoc. Some nets and

lines wrap themselves on reefs,

shipwrecks, or rocks, ensnaring

marine animals, maiming,

drowning or simply starving

Sea turtle caught

in discarded net







The NetWorks

program in the

Philippines attacks

the problem by

paying fishermen to

haul up old nets

hundreds of thousands of them. Pots intended for crab,

lobster, and shrimp see an extensive range of visitors.

Entire crab or lobster stocks, scavenging bottom

dwellers that venture inside for a hapless predecessor’s

remains, perish in these traps.

Abandoned gear makes no distinctions, capturing

marine mammals, fish,

It’s not a catch of fish

they throw into the

boat. They are loading

up with old and

discarded fishing nets.

turtles, whales, birds, sharks,

rays, and invertebrates.

A group of Filipino fisherman,

along with Georgia based

carpet maker “Interface” are

doing their part to rectify

the problem. Together they

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he fact of the matter is that the intrepid

boater may, more or less, day-hop all the way

from one end of the journey to the other.

It is altogether a memorable and singular yachting

journey from Kota Kinabalu in Malaysian Sabah to

the old Chinese and Spanish port of Puerto Galera

in Mindoro Island, set within the mid-drift of the

Philippines Islands. However, along the route there

are at least four phases within

the overall journey of some 650

nautical miles.

The Balabac Islands

Phase one is the run north

along the coast of Sabah,

passing the islands off the

coast, and moving into the

open waters of the Balabac

Straits. Kota Kinabalu

Mountain, is one of the 5

highest mountains in SE

Asia (4095 metres), and is a

spectacular sight lying inland

along the Sabah coast, seen in

After all, the province

of Palawan holds the

treasure trove of one

quarter of all the

islands (1,780) in this

archipelago of

7000+ islands.

all its glory at dawn or at dusk. The Balabac Islands

are the introduction to the Philippine Islands, and

the sailor has the choice of taking two ways, with a

simple run up the west coast of the scenic mountain

ridged main Palawan Island, or taking on the

challenge of an adventure sail through the complex

currents of the Balabac Islands with some of its coral

reefs acting as gateways and gates into the open

vastness of the Sulu Sea.

East coast of Palawan


The second route is an exciting

challenge for those born to

take on the x-rated coast of

Palawan Island with its mass

of littering by way of coral

reefs and islands. After all, the

province of Palawan holds the

treasure trove of one quarter

of all the islands (1,780) in this

archipelago of 7000+ islands.

It may be a complex area, but

holds many riches of its own,

for those able to tarry.

The capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa is

found about half way along this main island coastline,

built facing the sea and within a large protected

inland bay. The larger Dumaran Island is passed

before a gaggle of smaller islands and coral reefs dot

the seascapes found to the north of Puerto Princesa.

There is also the chance to tarry in the Balabac

islands themselves. There is a snug anchorage in

the cove near the SE tip of Balabac Island itself,

with a steep climb up the path to the over 110 year

old Spanish lighthouse at Cape Melville with its

commanding view over an open ocean. Somewhere

on the coral reef to the west lies the remains of the

SS Melville herself. It is a poignant reminder that you

are entering islands that have many wrecks some

dating back 1000 years ago when Chinese mainland

Asian traders plied these waters in search of natural

products, gold and pearls. They found an abundance

of swift-spittle and sea-slugs that are delicacies built

deep into the folk law of an ancient culture.

West coast of Palawan Island

The west coast is full of whales cruising in the deep

waters of the Palawan Passage which lies some

30 miles offshore for a safe passage all the way

through to a preferred destination. The first 100

miles are perfectly explorable, but are guarded by

semi-charted reefs that lie close and not-so-close

offshore in the shallow waters of the continental shelf.

Ulugan Bay is the first deep indent on the west

coast, with road access to the capital city, Puerto

Princesa, some 1 & 1/2 hours away, which is an

entry port for the Philippines.

The Underground River

A little north of here is one of the Natural Wonders

of the World, The St.Paul’s Underground River. This

runs over 8 kilometres into the mountain, and is a

fascinating and awesome visit. Named originally

by a British sea captain charting the area in the

nineteenth century, because the main stalactite

and stalagmite cavern reminded him of his beloved

home country’s main cathedral in London town. A

paddled local boat takes you into the dank coolness

of the mountain for 3 kilometres.

Port Barton

The sail north passes a coastline with very British

chart names, such as Queen’s head, before the

pleasurable anchorage in Port Barton, where a

‘primitive’ developed resort scene thrives in a snug

area cut off from the open sea by several islands

and reefs. Waterfall swims, scuba dives, forest walks,

and new friendship meetings add to the pleasures

of the water journey that still lies ahead.

Port Barton


Kuala Lumpur

The Magic of Cruise


Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Galera


The Linapacan Strait is

renowned for conjuring

up strong to vicious

winds blowing west

through the Straits.

Apo Island/Apo

Reef Natural Park


White sand

Balabac Island

The Malampaya Sound cuts inland for 30 miles, and

is home to a unique pod of irrawady dolphins that

thrive in the brackish waters of the sound, and have

become so isolated that they are the only recorded

school of this type of dolphin in the whole of the

Philippine Islands. Now guarded by a conservation

project monitored by the local fisherfolk.

El Nido

Then there is the scenic majesty

of the El Nido area, with its wealth

of sheer limestone outcrops

and several majestic anchorage

choices. A thriving coastal town

with a fresh produce market as a

boon for ongoing provisioning.

Exploration possibilities are

endless in this oasis. I am thankful for my 35,000 miles

of cruising over the past 40 years, and El Nido is a top

favourite on the menu of places that need revisiting. Its

magic is legendary.

*** *** ***

Calauit Island

Cape Melvile lighthouse

Weather Patterns

North again lays an attractive coastline with many

anchorages fit for a swim break or a quiet spot for

reading that book that heeds finishing. The season

from about mid-October to late May, brings in

the NE (Amihan) winds, while the SW monsoon

(Habagat) normally dominates the other months,

with lighter winds and often mild weather on the

cusp at the beginning and end of each season. The

months from June through to December, the SW

wind period, are known for their typhoons, with

July and September both recording an average

over 3 annually. Warnings are usually at least 3 to 4

days ahead, since most of them sweep in from the

open Pacific Ocean. The NE winds, the ‘amihan’

winds, are the preferred ones for sailing clear of the

northern tip of the main island of Palawan itself,

and striking out to cross the open water country

across the Linapacan Strait. Islands start to crop up

all over the place either side of this exposed stretch

of water. The Linapacan Strait is renowned for

conjuring up strong to vicious winds blowing west

through the Straits, but either side of this moody

stretch of water lie umpteen anchorages.

*** *** ***

The Calamian Island Group

The next necklace is ‘the Jewel in the Crown’ of

coral island cruising. The 128 islands of the Calamian

group are a cruising ground all of their own, and

some cruising people have been there for years, and

others still keep coming back and exploring the laced

opportunities embedded throughout this paradise.

Sand bars, palmed beaches, and rich turquoise reefs

abound, while dugongs and kingfishers claim the

area as the realm. In the sheltered waters to the

south of the main island in the group, Busuanga,

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Sangat Island

Linapacan Strait

This perfect

typhoon anchorage

is enchanting, and

wrapped lushly in

great tropical beauty.


Uson islands at the head of the list. Coron town

itself, on Busuanga, has fresh market products as well

as simple handicrafts on offer. Don’t expect a night

out on the town, it is normally a very sleepy hollow!

Calauit Island &

The Apo Reef

NW of Busuanga lays the game

park on Calauit Island, with giraffe,

springbok, waterbuck, zebra

and local Calamian deer roaming

free since the 1960s. Caged

cat-bears that meow like their

namesake prowl in their limited

space, and penned Palawan

crocodiles subsist in limbo, reminders that there are

still formidable creatures out there that share our

earth space. Inland, the endemic Palawan-peacock

struts its way through the forests and the cry of the

Palawan-hornbill sprays through the light breeze

of a tropical dusk. This Philippine-African safari is

a surreal trip through another dimension. On the

north side of dominant Busuanga lies the boating

anchorages at Rio y Mar, with a pleasant resort

organised around water sports. A nearby island has

a sister resort Club Paradise that is a place as good

as it gets on this journey deep into paradise. Finally,

an open stretch of water carries cruisers to the

protected reef system of the Apo Reef, splitting the

Mindoro Straits in two. The number of coral species

here rivals the entire number found throughout the

whole of the Caribbean Sea. It is a divers’ haven,

with coral fish and turtles amongst the rich tapestry

in the underwater world.

Mindoro Island

Another stretch of open water ends at Pandan

Island, where a true gem of a resort has spun its yarn

for many years. The beach bar clock ticks timelessly

as many tales are spun between the international

fraternities. Inland lies the open prison of Sablayan,

which is worth a visit if only to buy a criminal built

handicraft, or see how ‘crime pays’ for inmates to

farm in idyllic surroundings.

The west coast of Mindoro runs up to the Calavite

Passage. This body of water is often host to serious

winds screaming west down the passage and arching

out like a fan for over 20 miles to seaward, way out

into the Luzon Sea. The NE monsoons bring in the

strong winds, and the sea is often rough.

Puerto Galera

This passage must be braved in order to reach the

heart of paradise that lies around the corner at

Puerto Galera. This perfect typhoon anchorage is

enchanting, and wrapped lushly in great tropical

beauty. It is a definitive home-from-home, and

in one corner nestles the friendliness of the Puerto

Galera Yacht Club. The Bar props up a lot of cruising

experiences, and it is time to stretch out the legs, grab

a glass of some local brew, and churn out the yarns of

the cruising life. The PGYC fits in snugly like a piece

of golden lining into this cloak of island cruising,

reflected in the fact that they bill themselves as ‘The

Cruising Yacht Club of the Philippines’.

*** *** ***

The overall boat trip has played out its four phases.

The run up the Sabah coast is the ‘warm-up’ before

the long stretch meandering through the Palawan

islands, followed by the be-jewelled Calamian

group offering up its magic. The final phase takes

the boater through the soul of nature with the Apo

Reef, Pandan Island, and the oft boisterous final

stretch along the Calavite Passage, before reaching

journey’s end in the tranquillity and awesome space

that is Puerto Galera.

The other point of the matter is that this immaculate

harbour is the perfect place to base, then explore

like an octopus reaching out in every direction to

every nook and cranny, to find fresh delicacies

scattered throughout a magic land.

After all, if you stayed at every island in the

Philippines for just 2 days it would take you 40 years

to see this magical tropical archipelago laced with

intrigue and mystery.


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he City of Puerto Princesa in Palawan,

Philippines is located 306 nautical miles

southwest of Manila.

Legend attributes the

name Puerto Princesa to a

princess-like maiden who

in the early days is said to

have roamed around the

place on certain nights of

the year. On the other hand,

practical people attribute the

name to the geographical

advantages of the place as a

seaport naturally protected

the whole year round and

endowed with a depth that

can accommodate any size of

shipping a royal heaven for

vessels or a virtual princess

of ports as thus indicated by

Spanish Colonizers on the

countries map. Historically, the place was named

after Princess Eulalia of Spain, born in 1864 to

Queen Isabel II and her consort, Dr. Francisco

When the princess

suffered an

untimely death,

the Queen changed

the name to Puerto

de la Princesa.

de Asis. When the princess suffered an untimely

death, the Queen changed the name to Puerto

de la Princesa. Eventually, the name was

reduced to Puerto Princesa

as it is known today.

Today, under the leadership

of Mayor Lucilo “Cecil”

R. Bayron, the City is

distinguished as being a

model city in cleanliness,

environmental protection

and conservation, and local

governance in general.

And so, with a responsible

leader and an inspired

citizenry, the tradition of

Puerto Princesa being a

beautiful and clean city will

live on.

The city is very environmentally conscious as is in the

forefront of eco-tourism, which gives them a distinct

advantage over other places in the Philippines.




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A dance troupe was awaiting ABW’s arrival at

the airport and was given a warm welcome by

the Department of Tourism and Mayor’s office.

Our accommodation was hosted by the Microtel

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The beautiful coastal city of Puerto Princesa

is a base for boat-trips through the massive

limestone caves and Underground River of

the bio diverse Puerto

The area is a major entry

point by water access to

the City of Puerto

Princesa. It offers

first impressions

to the traveler.

A “Clean” city

Princesa Subterranean

River National Park.

There are also many

dive sites dotted around

Puerto Princesa Bay,

the home to long-nosed

dolphins, sea turtles,

manta rays, and other

exotic marine life. These dive sites are located

from 5 to 40 minutes away from the beach by

speedboat inside Puerto Princesa Bay. The

closest dive sites are White Beach and Red Cliff,

both located inside Puerto Princesa Bay. These

are preferred sites for open water training dives

as they offer slopes and walls that begin 20 feet

from the surface. Colorful reef fish are common

and various coral colonies can be observed in

one dive. Turtles and rays are usually sighted

amongst soft corals and sandy portions of the


Manta rays, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks

and other mega fauna have been sighted in

these waters. But because these animals are wild

and free-swimming, the dive organizers cannot

promise you an encounter or set a schedule of

their appearance. Suffice it to say you may be

diving with one of nature’s most fantastic marine

creations in Puerto Princesa!

Puerto Princesa Bay

Is located mid-east of the city, tricycles within

the city proper can take visitors to the port

where you can enjoy a leisurely walk in the glow

of a magnificent sunrise and catch a glorious

view of the sun rising over the waters of the bay,

or when going to other destinations within the

bay area.

The area is a major entry point by water access

to the City of Puerto Princesa. It offers first

impressions to the traveler. The site is ideal

for bay and mangrove cruises. Bayside resorts

provide accommodation and dining facilities

with a panoramic view of the bay. Others also

offer water-based sports activities.

The annual celebration of Layagan, a boat

sailing contest and festival that commences

from San Rafael off Honda Bay culminates at

the bay area. Puerto Princesa bay is a major port

of call for smaller ships and boats going to Sulu

Sea destinations such as the Cuyo islands and







Robinson’s Place

Aerial view of the city

Tubbataha Reef, a divers’ paradise that is located

150km southeast of Puerto Princesa City, at the

heart of the Coral Triangle, the global centre of

marine biodiversity.in the Sulu Sea, Philippines

– at the geographic centre of world marine

biodiversity – lies an underwater nature reserve

that is considered both a mecca for scuba divers

and model for coral reef conservation. The reef

is a marine protected area of some 97,000

hectares. Tubbataha is composed of two huge

coral atolls – the north atoll and the south atoll

– and the Jessie Beazley Reef, a smaller coral

structure about 20 kilometres north of the atolls.

The reefs of Tubbataha and Jessie Beazley

are considered part of Cagayancillo, a remote

island municipality roughly 130 kilometres to

the northeast, inhabited mainly by fisherfolk.

Water sports in Puerto Princesa is a fast growing

industry, so much so that it has attracted

the largest marine dealer in the Philippines

Broadwater Marine to set up a showroom in

Puerto Princesa

Underground River was

provisionally chosen

as one of the New 7

Wonders of Nature.

Puerto Princesa to be able to give first class

service to the industry in Palawan.

Puerto Princesa Underground River

When in Puerto Princesa a must do is, get to see

the amazing Puerto Princesa Underground River

and experience the beauty of nature in Palawan.

The best way to see it is book a guide trip which

can be done from your hotel. An 8-hour guided

trip will take you to the longest navigable

underground river in the world.

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National

Park is a protected area of the Philippines

located about 80 kilometers north of the city

center of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The river is

also called Puerto Princesa Underground River.

The national park is located in the Saint Paul

Mountain Range on the western coast of the

island. It is bordered by St. Paul Bay to the north

and the Babuyan River to the east. The City

Government of Puerto Princesa has managed

the National Park since 1992. The entrance to

the subterranean river is a short hike or boat ride

from the town Sabang.

In 2010, a group of environmentalists and

geologists discovered that the underground

river has a second floor, which means that

there are small waterfalls inside the cave. They

also found a cave dome measuring 300 meters

above the underground river, rock formations,

large bats, a deep water hole in the river, more

river channels, and another deep cave, as well

as marine creatures and more. Deeper areas of

the underground river are almost impossible to

explore due to oxygen deprivation.

On November 11, 2011, Puerto Princesa

Underground River was provisionally chosen

as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. This

selection was officially confirmed on January 28,


The park has a limestone karst mountain

landscape. St. Pauls Underground River Cave

is more than 24 km (15 mi) long and contains

an 8.2 km (5.1 mi) long underground section of

the Cabayugan River. The river winds through

the cave before flowing directly into the West

Philippine Sea and is navigable by boat up to

4.3 km in from the sea. The cave includes major

formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and

several large chambers, including the 360-meterlong

Italian’s Chamber with approximate 2.5

million square meters volume. It is one of the

largest cave rooms in the world. The lower portion

of the river up to 6 km from the sea is subject

Entrance to the

underground river



the Underground

river forest park


Of the 252 bird species

known to occur in

Palawan, a total of 165

species of birds were

recorded in the park.

Mangrove trees

along the riverside


to tidal influences. Until

the 2007 discovery of

an underground river

in Mexico’s Yucatán

Peninsula, the Puerto

Princesa Subterranean

River was reputed to

be the world’s longest

underground river.

The area also represents a habitat for biodiversity

conservation. The site contains a full mountainto-the-sea

ecosystem and has some of the most

important forests in Asia. It was inscribed by UNESCO

as a World Heritage Site on December 4, 1999.

The park has a range of forest formations

representing eight of the thirteen forest types


found in tropical Asia, namely forest over

ultramafic soils, forest over limestone soils,

montane forest, freshwater swamp forest,

lowland evergreen tropical rainforest, riverine

forest, beach forest, and mangrove forest.

Researchers have identified more than 800 plant

species from 300 genera and 100 families. These

include at least 295 trees dominated by the

dipterocarp species. In the lowland forest, large

trees such as the Dao (Dracontomelon dao), Ipil

(Intsia bijuga), Dita (Alstonia scholaris), Amugis

(Koordersiodendron pinnatum), and Apitong

(Dipterocarpus gracilis) are common. Beach

forest species include Bitaog (Calophyllum

inophyllum), Pongamia pinnata, and Erynthia

orientalis. Other notable plant species include

Almaciga (Agathis philippinensis), Kamagong

(Diospyros pulganensis) Pandan (Pandanus sp.)

Anibong, and Rattan (‘Calamus sp.)

Birds comprise the largest group of vertebrates

found in the park. Of the 252 bird species known

to occur in Palawan, a total of 165 species of

birds were recorded in the park. This represents

67% of the total birds and all of the 15 endemic

bird species of Palawan. Notable species seen in

the park are the blue-naped parrot (Tanygnathus

lucionensis), Tabon scrub fowl (Megapodius

cumunigii), hill myna (Gracula religiosa), Palawan

hornbill (Anthracoceros marchei), white breasted

sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster).

There are also some 30 mammal species that

have been recorded. Most often observed in the

forest canopy and along the shoreline feeding

during low tide is the long-tailed macaque



The bearcat

(arctictis binturong)



(Macaca fascicularis), the only primate found

in the area. Other mammal species in the park

are the bearded pig (Sus barbatus), bearcat

(Arctictis binturong), Palawan stink badger

(Mydaus marchei) and

the Palawan porcupine

(Hystrix pumila).

With its rich marine

biodiversity, Honda

Bay is touted as the

Philippines’ Last


The Palawan




19 species of reptiles

have been identified,

eight of which are

endemic. Common

species in the area include

large predators like the

common reticulated

python [Python reticulates], the monitor lizard

(Varanus salvator) and the green crested lizard

(Bronchocoela cristatella). Amphibian fauna

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include ten species. The Philippine woodland

frog (Rana acanthi) is the most dominant and

frequently encountered. One species, Barbourula

busuangensis, endemic to Palawan was also

observed in the area.

Notable are the nine species of bats, two species

of swiftlets and whip spider (Stygophrynus sp.)

found in the cave, and the sea cow (Dugong

dugon) and the hawksbill sea turtle (Chelonia

mydas) that feed in the coastal area of the park.

Puerto Princesa Underground River was entered

as the Philippine entry - and topped the first

round of voting - in the New 7 Wonders of Nature

competition. On July 29, 2011, after the second

round of voting, it was declared 1 of 28 finalists.

On November 11, 2011 it was provisionally

chosen as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

On January 28, 2012, Malacañang expressed

elation on over the official inclusion of the Puerto

Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in the world’s

New Seven Wonders of Nature. Confirmation

that the Puerto Princesa Underground River is

one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature was

welcome news indeed for Puerto Princesa.

Island Hopping

Hit the beach in style with and spend the whole

day with a fun filled island hopping tour of the

islands and reefs of Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa.

With its rich marine biodiversity, Honda Bay is

touted as the Philippines’ Last Frontier. On this

type activity, you’ll get to bask under the tropical

sun, listen to the calming waves of the sea and

get to meet different people in your tour group.


Hidden beach

Snorkeling is part of the fun in these types of

tours, so if you do not have equipment, you can

rent from many of the numerous places at the

pier we recommend making the investment as

you wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun of

snorkeling in these pristine waters. A delicious

buffet lunch is supplied on board as the tours

take all day.

The tour is done at

night as the glow

the fireflies emit

can better be seen

during this time.

Firefly Cruises

Enjoy some of nature’s

most wondrous

creations: Fireflies! Learn

fascinating facts about

them while enjoying the

cruise in one of Puerto

Princesa’s rivers. Since this is a night time

activity, you can also get to see the stars above;

a sight that is often overpowered by the bright

lights of the city.

It is best to join an organized tour as they will

arrange everything. The tour is done at night

as the glow the fireflies emit can better be seen

during this time. A tour coordinator will pick you

up from your hotel at around dusk, be waiting in

the lobby as they usually inform the front desk

of your hotel the time of pick up. Once you arrive

at the jump off point with other guests booked

on the tour. Your tour coordinator will assist you

in registering for the cruise. If boats are readily

available to accommodate your tour group, you

will then proceed to having your cruise on the

river; this lasts about an hour. The boatmen who

will paddle for you during the length of the cruise

are village locals and will also serve as your tour

guide. They will provide you information about

the fireflies and will bring you to their resting

place so you can marvel at them. If you’re lucky,

you might even be able to catch one of them

but, make sure to release them back so they can

still breed and increase their numbers. Once the

cruise is over, your dinner will be waiting for

you in a local restaurant. They serve sumptuous

Filipino meals that you will definitely enjoy.

Palawan Butterfly Ecological

Garden and Tribal Village

A visit to the Puerto Princesa City Palawan

Butterfly Eco-Garden and Tribal Village is a must.

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It is one of the most popular and most frequented

tourist destinations in the city. Formerly known

as the Butterfly Garden, this one of a kind

attraction continuously draws more and more

tourists to visit their place for an environmental

and a cultural experience. This ecological

garden promotes environmental awareness by

means of showcasing a variety of butterflies,

other insects and some other endemic and

endangered species. Inside the garden you can

find a diversity of flora and fauna. In the heart

of the butterfly garden is this wooden stand

which holds and showcases the different stages

of butterfly metamorphosis. Unfortunately

at the present time there are slightly fewer

butterflies in there now as compared to how

many butterflies they used to have there before.

It’s just sad that the butterflies are not that

many anymore and they’re not that big.

Philippine crocodiles, an endangered species

But in spite of that, you can still enjoy the

presence of the butterflies and the other insects

and animals in there. As there is a wide variety

of fauna added to the attractions of the Echo-

Garden are animals and insects like the stag

beetle, giant scorpions, geckos, stick insects,

turtles and baby saltwater crocodiles.

Palawan Wildlife Rescue and

Conservation Center

The Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation

Center is located south of Puerto Princesa city

center. As the park is too far for the tricycles to

go you will have to hire or ride a jeepney or a

multicab and is about 30 minutes to the south

of the city and a few short distance from the

Iwahig Penal Farm.

The Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation

Center was formerly known as the Crocodile

Farm and Nature Park, and is the sanctuary

of the Philippine Crocodile that is endemic to

the country, which is currently included in the

endangered species list and the conservation

center is trying to increase the numbers. As well

as crocodiles, the center also takes care of other

animals like ostriches and animals of Palawan like

the bearcat. Behind the entrance of the park, is

a sign greeting guests to the center. There is a

mini reservoir surrounded by a roadway just in

front of the main building. Situated in the hall

of the main building, you will see a skeleton of

a huge saltwater crocodile encased in a glass

chest, with the skin of this giant hanging on

the wall beside the crocodile skeleton. This

shows how big saltwater crocodiles can grow.

Evidently this particular crocodile was caught

somewhere on the island and was killed after it

devoured a child.

Displayed near the crocodile casing is the

skeleton of a sperm whale, the skeleton was

retrieved from a dead whale found on the shores

of Puerto Princesa. There is also a small museum

about crocodiles and other fossils.

Just a few meters from the main hall, is the

Hatchling House. Here, crocodiles are cared for

by the conservation center and are segregated

into different levels of maturity from egg to a

Evidently this particular

crocodile was caught

somewhere on the island

and was killed after it

devoured a child.

few months old. The hatchling house has a main

passage in the middle where visitors are allowed

to walk through and see the basins on each side

of the path that contain up to 15 to 20 crocodile

hatchlings. Further into the building, you will

see the older crocodile hatchlings. There is a

sign warning on guests to not extend any body

part into the basins as the baby crocs snap and

sometimes leap from the basin.

Outside near the hatchlings is a concrete

enclosure for the more mature crocodiles. There

is a metal path over the top of the enclosures

where visitors may walk across the top to

the other end. The enclosure is divided into

sections where some contain the huge saltwater

crocodiles. Then, there are two larger sections

that contain dozens of smaller adult crocodiles.

After the crocodile enclosures, visitors are also

able to view other animals that the center have

rescued and taking care of. There are also

ostriches, Philippine cockatoos and bearcats

housed at the center. Visitors to the center also

have an opportunity to have pictures taken with

the crocodiles of the center. For a small fee and

the assistance of center staff you may take hold

of a baby crocodile and have your picture taken.

Ugong Rock

Taking its name from the reverbariting echoing

sounds of the rocks and stalactites that is

produced when tapping the rocks is located in

the northern part of Puerto Princesa. Ugong

Kayak Racing in


Skin and bones of

a huge crocodile on

display at the Center


they sell these goods for very affordable prices!

So it is with little wonder so many tourists are

buying boxes of Bakers Hill’s best sellers, Hopia.

There are many varieties of hopia flavors you

can choose from: Hopia Monggo, Hopia Baboy,

Hopia Ube, and a lot lot more! Make your friends

envious of your holiday by bringing them back

some of these mouth watering treats.

San Vicente

Rock is a 75-foot limestone formation in the

midst of farmlands and karst forests or forests

growing on limestone substrate in Barangay

Tagabinet, a community of indigenous people

from Palawan. Many travel tours offer this as

part of the day tour to the undergrounds river.

Where you can climb up through the steep rocks,

passing through narrow chasms of cliff rock and

experience the zip line, which has been stated as

the fastest zip line in the country.

There is a no fishing

policy around the park

and the reefs are also

protected against reef


Bakers Hill

Before leaving Puerto

Princesa City in Palawan,

make sure you stop

by Bakers Hill-a place

where you can buy

yummy baked goods for

pasalubong! Their fare is

absolutely delicious they

really are! Their chocolate crinkles were so moist

and rich in chocolate flavor. Another bonus is that

Commune with nature in San Vicente, Palawan.

The town is located on the northwestern side of

Palawan Island, about 3 hours’ drive from Puerto

Princesa and features one of the longest beach

fronts (14.7 kilometers) on the island. Unlike the

popular beaches of the Philippines, San Vicente

offers a more laid-back and less crowded beach

vacation. Unspoilt beaches and everything the

sea has to offer, awaits you in this laid back

paradise of peace and serenity. This beautiful

Idyllic setting has so much to offer the discerning

holiday maker. ABW had the pleasure of being

hosted by Alex of the Turublien Long Beach Inn,

this unique resort is on the long beach and offers

peace and serenity. Port Barton is one of the

villages in San Vicente town. However, the main

attraction in this part of town is underwater, as

Port Barton is an established marine park that

covers 750 square kilometres that is protected

by law. There is a no fishing policy around the

park and the reefs are also protected against

reef poaching.

The best way to explore Port Barton is to hire

a boat and a guide for the day so that you can

go snorkelling in several pristine sites namely

Ugong Rock zipline

touted to be the

fastest in the






that are most photographed. After the trek, you

will be tempted to take a dip in the lagoon at

the foot of the falls and let the cool mountain

spring water cool you down. Dispose of your

garbage correctly to protect the environment, it

is also recommended you bring your own food

and drink as there are no stores nearby.

Manta Ray Reef

Boayan Island

Boayan Island is close to the centre of San

Vicente, so it’s easy to hire a boat from the

town, proper, to Boayan. When hiring a boat

ask your boatman to dock at the north side of

the island where the beaches are sandier. The

island was part of a project which involved major

rehabilitation of the coral reefs around the area



Swim with manta rays

Aquarium 1, Aquarium 2, Wide Reef, Twin Reef

and Sanctuary. Since these sites are not yet

frequented by many people, snorkelling can be

a totally relaxing experience. In between your

undersea explorations, you can stop at any of

the small islands around the park - German

Island, Paradise Island and Exotic Island are the

more popular ones.

Bigaho Falls

Located in Sitio Bigaho, in Port Barton. The

falls can be reached by taking a 20-minute

boat ride from Port Barton to the white sand

beach of Bigaho. From the beachfront, a 10

to 15-minute hike up the mountains will bring

you to the waterfalls. The waterfalls have a

total of 14 levels, where water cascades down

rock formations. However, only two levels are

accessible to the public and these are the ones

Manta Ray Reef is one of the areas in Port Barton.

However, the reef deserves a separate mention

because it is the largest area of coral reef in San

Vicente, covering an area of 150 hectares. The

nearest island to the reef is Capsalay Island, so

you can either use this as a jump-off point for

the reef or you can arrange for a boat to take

you to the reef from anywhere in Port Barton.

You can spend a good two to three hours just

exploring the reef and taking in this awesome

snorkeling adventure.

Long Beach

Long Beach, is so named because it’s 14 kilometre

(8.7 mile) long beach front, and is one of the

longest white sand beaches in the Philippines.

It is over three times longer than the beach in

Boracay and 1000 times cleaner, it actually

straddles three villages in San Vicente. Here you

can literally have the beach all to yourself. You

can choose to hire a motorcycle and drive from

one end of the beach to the other. Or if you

prefer to take it slow, just walk along the beach.

If you get tired, sit on the fine white sand and if

you get hot, take a quick dip. There are limited

facilities nearby so it is best be prepared with

water and some snacks.

Bigaho Falls –

is a communitybased



a 25-minute

boat ride from

Poblacion and

Port Barton, and

a 10-15 minute

walk from Bigaho


It is over three times longer

than the beach in Boracay

and 1000 times cleaner,

it actually straddles three

villages in San Vicente.

and was closed off to visitors for quite some time

so that the rehabilitation could be done. That

closing off paid off, as Boayan is now one of the

most spectacular island environments in Palawan.

It is actually part of the Boayan Island Daplac

Marine Reserve. Sink beneath the surface and

see first-hand about the conscientious efforts

done to save the beautiful Palawan waters and

personally witness how these beautiful colorful

coral reefs were rehabilitated.

Bato ni Ningning

This giant rock at the top of a mountain in Sto

Niño San Vicente, Palawan, gives a majestic

and unbelievable panoramic view of the entire

area of San Vicente. This area was not always

known, but because it was one of the Kapamilya

Port Barton –

one of the most

frequented tourist

destinations in

Palawan due to

its various beach

resorts. Most island

destinations in the

municipality are

found in the area.

locations ‘Lively’ teleserye in 2015, it became

known as the “Rock of Luster. “” It’s the spot

where they always go shooting especially

Janna Agoncillo. Ever since he became popular

locals called him Ningning’s Stone, “said Lucy

Panagsagan of the San Vicente Municipal

Tourism Office. But it’s not just a huge rock

but it’s a breathtaking overlooking view. At the

top of the hill where the Trees of the Shade are

located, you can see the 360-degree view of

the area, overlooking Sto. Niño Beach, the vast

ocean, Mount Capuas, Imuruan Island and the

other part of the mountains. Sto, Nino Beach.

The air is fresh clean and invigorating will make

you feel alive and refreshed so the effort is well

The view from

Bato ni Ningning

Boayan Island

Long Beach - one of

the longest stretch of

white sand beaches in

the Philippines







worthwhile to take part in it, you can also go

up to the top of Nining’s Stone to get a perfect

selfie spot. It is also good to get 360 views of

the entire area. When in San Vicente this is one

spot not to be missed.

Inandeng River

San Vicente is also endowed with rich

mangroves, which are an important part of the

marine ecosystem. Mangroves are protective

breeding grounds for

fish, enabling them to

propagate and ensuring

better fish supplies for

the community. For

a closer look at the

mangroves, you can take

a mangrove river tour on

the Inandeng River. This

river is found near Long

Beach, so you can include this in your itinerary.

El Nido is currently

ranked #4 in Condé Nast

Traveler’s list of “20

Most Beautiful Beaches

in the World.”

Large lagoon

Go to the village of New Agutaya where you can

take small boats or rent kayaks to go through the

river. Guests are advised to wear long-sleeved

shirts or rash guards to protect themselves from

the sand-flies. As you go through the river,

marvel at the thick mangrove forests and the

sound of wildlife around you.

San Vicente Airport

To further enhance tourism in this beautiful part

of Palawan, a new modern Airport has been

constructed and Air Juan will begin the first

commercial flights there commencing on the 1st

of August 2017 with flights every Tuesday, Friday

and Sunday connecting to Puerto Princesa and


El Nido

El Nido is a Philippine municipality on Palawan

island. It’s known for white-sand beaches,

coral reefs and as the gateway to the Bacuit

archipelago, a group of islands with steep karst

cliffs. Miniloc Island is famed for the clear waters

of its Small and Big lagoons. Nearby Shimizu

Island have fish-filled waters. The area has

many dive sites, including Dilumacad Island’s

long tunnel leading to an underwater cavern...

Situated about 238 kilometers north-east of

Puerto Princesa, this hidden paradise is a must

visit place when in Palawan. Together Pension

House catered for our accommodation needs in

El Nido this is a gem of a pension house with

superb accommodation.

El Nido is currently ranked #4 in Condé Nast

Traveler’s list of “20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the

World.” And has the reputation of the Best Beach

and Island destination in the Philippines for its

extraordinary natural splendor and ecosystem.

The Poblacion, consisting of barangays

Buena Suerte, Corong-corong, Maligaya and

Masagana, sits in a sheltered bay with a pier at

one end along a crescent beach, and is flanked

by the area’s famous limestone cliffs on the

eastern section and hills on the western side.




It is a small town center with tree-lined streets,

and the lifestyle is laidback. Because El Nido was

quite remote from most of the inhabited islands

in the Philippines, its pristine beauty was hidden

to the world until 1979 when a sea accident

happened in Bacuit Bay. As the story goes, “a

tuna line disabled a dive boat’s propeller in the

middle of the night forcing it to drop anchor in

an inlet. The following morning, the divers woke

up to an amazing scenery

of skyscraping dark cliffs,

thick green forest, white

sandbeach, sparkling water

and, rising above it, a series

of magnificently sculpted

jade islands.

In 1983, a dive station was

established in Miniloc Island

by a group of divers who

were on board the diveboat M/V Via Mare. In the

same year, major tourism commenced in El Nido,

when the Ten Knots Development Corporation, a

Filipino-Japanese joint venture company, opened

a divers’ resort on Miniloc Island, and an airstrip

at Villa Libertad on the mainland. In 1992, the

company set up a second resort on Pangulasian

Island, and in 1998, the third and largest Ten

Knots resort on Lagen Island. The opening of

“A tuna line disabled a

dive boat’s propeller in

the middle of the night

forcing it to drop anchor

in an inlet.”

the third resort coincided with the destruction

of the Pangulasian Resort by fire. During this

period several other tourism establishments

were developed, paving the way for tourism to

become a thriving economic sector.

El Nido is a showcase of the Philippines’

geological and biological diversity. In recognition

of the importance of its unique ecosystem, the

Philippine government

made the entire area of

El Nido first to a turtle

sanctuary in 1984, then

to a marine reserve park in

1991,and finally in 1998, to

that of a managed resource

protected area.

Island Hopping

in El Nido

El Nido is amongst the best in the Philippines

for Island hopping, with so many diverse islands,

each unique in its own special way. Islands like

Secret Lagoon where you can swim through

the hole and this island lives up to its name as

an experience to savor. The Large Lagoon in

El Nido is a magical place. The pristine waters

here are one of a kind color surrounded by



tall rock formations. And is nothing short of

breathtaking. A true tropical paradise. Secret

beach is a pristine piece of sand hidden from

sight by large limestone cliffs on all sides. Once

inside it feels like you are the only people on the

planet. Secret beach is one of the best things

to see in El Nido hands down. A trip to hidden

beach is accessible on selected El Nido tours.

Snake Island is another great example of the

beauty of El Nido. What makes snake island so

special isn’t necessarily the island itself, but the

strip of sand leading up to it. When the tides

are right snake island has a thin strip of sand

wiggling its way through the bay, pointing right

at snake island. No matter what Islands you visit,

an Island Hopping tour is a must do when in El

Nido and indulge in the island hopping activities

like snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and

don’t forget the camera to record the magic of

this awesome adventure.

Balay Cuyonon Museum

Balay Cuyonon, or the House of Cuyonon

Culture, Located in barangay Sibaltan, El Nido,

Palawan, the Balay Cuyonon is a place where

curiosity about the past is cultivated in order

to build a better future. The Balay Cuyonon

is traditionally-built bamboo structure with a

thatch roof made of Nipa palm filled with all the

items that one might find in a Cuyonon home

at the turn of 20th Century. Discover East El

Nido, the cultural side of this paradise region

of Palawan. West El Nido with its dramatic karst

islands and stunning beaches in Bacuit Bay

may be the main draw for tourist but there’s

fulfillment in discovering the quiet side of El

Nido East with unspoilt beaches, island and

incomparable marine life than the other side. The

perfect home base in discovering the wonders of

the east is Tapik Beach Park, a rustic, family-run,

beachfront lodging in Sibaltan El Nido offering

traditional native beach huts accommodation

to more sophisticated beach cottages with

elaborate designs. There is also bag weaving

done on the premises and you can purchase

locally made hand crafts at very realistic prices.

Just a short 15 minute walk from the museum is

the Pangko Museum.

Pangko Maritime Museum

Pangko is a Cuyonon term for “sakayan” which

means “to ride or a ship”. It is also what they call

the traditional boat used by Cuyonons to venture





the seas from Cuyo Island to Palawan. With

little agricultural land left on the small island,

Cuyonons decided to explore the mainland of El

Nido Palawan and use it to rice planting. Pangkos

were then used regularly both as a passenger

and merchandise vessel from mainland to Cuyo

island vice versa. Some Cuyonons opted to stay

in Palawan since then. Pangkos were used until

the 1950s but the heavy storms which often

caused the vessels to capsize lead it to evolve to

motorize boats to manage navigating on rough

seas. “Lantsa” modern motorized soon replaced

the pangko and eventually ceased to be used.

Cuyonon Anthropologist, Carlos Fernandez,

asked SHC if there are still existing pangko

in Sibaltan when he visited in 2012. Sadly,

there was none but research yielded detailed

descriptions care of the elders who used them

before. The idea to build a replica of a pangko

materialized when SHC received funding from

the American Alliance of Museums through the

project proposal from Ms Lace Thornberg for

“Ancient Shores, Changing Tides” in July 2013.

It was in April 2014 when five carpenters began

construction of the pangko replica led by Mr.

Pablo Eleazar, the only carpenter currently alive

who have experience building a pangko.

Diving in El Nido

El Nido is rich in marine life. You are likely to see

an array of wildlife including dugong, turtles,

manta rays and the occasional whale shark plus

many corals, walls & tunnels. There are over 30

dive sites to choose from ranging in depth from

six metres to 30 metres plus, giving the avid

diver plenty to see. Some of the dive sites in El

Nido are Tres Marias where you can experience

a rewarding dive and a good snorkeling site

with lots of reef fish and colorful corals. Also of

interest is the endemic Pomacanthus annularis,

an angelifish with an extra stripe, found only

here and at nearby Inambuyod Boulders.

Abdeen’s Reef is known to have a variety of

fishers and good corals. Table, Hard, Staghorn

and Mushroom are abundant in the site, while

Garden eels, butterflies, dumsel, fusiliers,

rabbits, wrasses, unicorns and angels and other

tropical fishes roam around. While Miniloc Island

offers four sites, Tagbao Island, Biet Point, Twin

Rocks and The Wall, all of which are relatively

calm and sheltered year-round. Both sides are

good training grounds for novice divers and can

also be appreciated by experienced snorkelers.

Places to Stay

Puerto Princesa. There are many hotels to

choose from ranging from budget pension

houses to five star. Some of the better places to

stay are the Daluyon Beach

and Mountain Resort, Palo

Alto, Centro, Balay Tuko and

Microtel all offer excellent

accommodation and service.

San Vicente. Has a number

of places that are well worth

the money like Sunset Beach

Resort, Peace and Love

Resort and the native style

Turublien Long Beach Inn. With the long beach

right at your doorstep for that early morning

refreshing dip.

El Nido boasts numerous resorts of varying

standards to suit every type of budget like the

Together Pension House, Doublegem Beach

Resort, El Nido Cove, Casa Kalaw and Stunning

Republic just to name a few. But whatever your

taste and where ever you are in the tropical

paradise of Palawan there are a number of

places for you to choose from.

Places to Eat

A true tropical paradise.

Secret beach is a pristine

piece of sand hidden from

sight by large limestone

cliffs on all sides.

Depending on your taste buds there is so much

to choose from wherever you are. Cafes and grill

bars are in abundance in Puerto Princesa and El

Nido. The crème d la crème


How to Get There

of Puerto Princesa would

have to be Captains Ribs at

Manalao Extension while in

El Nido the top spot would

surely be the Art Café. In

San Vicente although a

smaller township the most

delicious meal can be

savored at Mangos Bar and

Grill opposite the Tourism

From Manila there are regular daily flights to

Puerto Princesa from the major airlines, or if you

prefer to cruise the islands to Puerto Princesa

2GO Travel departs pier 4 at 1:30 pm every

Tuesday and Friday. The trip takes about 32

hours. From Puerto Princesa there are regular

van and bus services to Port Barton, San Vicente,

and El Nido. With some very good news Air Juan

has started this August one regular flight from

Puerto Princesa check their website for updated


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As previously reported in earlier issues,

Zambales Lifesaving Inc. a non-profit

NGO is unrelenting in its mission to make

Zambales as near to drown free as it can be.

This is being done on 2 major fronts, one is

the training of Lifeguards for Coastal and

Beach Resorts as required under RA-9993 and

Philippine Coast Guard

As always, the

Philippine Coast

Guard were invited

to oversee the


Memorandum Circular

03-14, section VII. A.

1. And section IX A. 1

and 2. Regarding the

responsibility of the

resorts to have trained

and qualified lifeguards

on duty.

There are a number of

Resorts in Zambales

supporting this for the

safety of their clients,

one of these is the

Camayan Beach Resort in

the Subic Freeport Zone,

who last January trained

10 Lifeguards to meet

the Philippine Coast

Guard requirements, of which 7 passed all of

the requirements with 3 failing in some areas,

mostly the swimming requirements.

Aquatic Safety

in Zambales


So again in August Camayan requested

Zambales Lifesaving Inc. to train an additional

10 Lifeguards, as they will soon be adding a

Water Park to their attractions, this time all 10

participants passed, with 9 of them passing the

rigorous swim tests for Open Water Lifeguards

and the other qualifying as a Swimming Pool

Lifeguard, which also requires strict swimming

requirements but in a pool environment, rather

than in open water, which is often over long

distances, especially when towing a victim.

As a courtesy Zambales Lifesaving Inc. also

invited Camayan Beach to send along the 3 who

failed in January, so they could be reassessed

to see if they now could pass the qualification


As always, the Philippine Coast Guard were

invited to oversee the training and attend the

awarding at the Graduation Ceremony.


things that they learn is if you are a non or poor

swimmer, always “reach or throw”, something

they can hold to aid flotation, but “never go”

as you will most likely also become a victim.

Not only concerned with safety, Zambales

Lifesaving Inc. is also concerned with the

environment and the

cleanliness of the beaches

in Zambales, thus actively

supporting beach cleanup

programs in the Zambales

Province, having recently

supplied a number of

volunteers to the recent

beach cleanup in Pundaquit

San Antonio and will do so

again for the cleanup in La

Paz San Narciso on August 19th.

On Lifesaving Sports, Zambales Lifesaving

Inc., with the continued support of the

Standard Insurance Co. Inc. and the Provincial

Government of Zambales, through the efforts

of Hon. Governor Atty. Amor Deloso, they will

The program expanded to

assist some 400 children

in basic water safety, with

the major goal to be able

to teach them to “float”.

be sending a 3 man team to the Cebu Lifeguard

Rescue Challenge, this year promoted by Surf

Life Saving Cebu Inc. in conjunction with

DOT Region VII to defend their title of overall

“Champions” which they have held for the last

4 consecutive years, it is envisaged that this

year will see the toughest opposition to date

with several Visayan teams,

trying as hard as possible

to bring the Championship

home to Cebu.

We will have a report on

this event in the December


Lastly recent discussions

between Zambales Lifesaving

President, Mr. Roger Bound, Provincial Governor

Amor Deloso and Provincial Employment Services

Office head Mr. Mor Lim, may see the Provincial

Government of Zambales adding Lifeguards to their

list of available jobs and job trainings, more on this

as it progresses.


Also associated with training and safety at

Resorts, in a recent trip to Australia, Zambales

Lifesaving Inc. President Mr. Roger Bound had

discussions with Mr. Elton Cummings, head of

Surf Life Saving Far North Coast, (Australia)

from this meeting has grown a partnership

that will see Surf Life Saving Far North Coast

supplying used surf lifesaving equipment, such

as Rescue Boards, Rescue tubes Etc. to Zambales

Lifesaving to be distributed to Zambales Resorts

who support the Zambales Lifesaving program

and train their staff to be Lifeguards, the first

shipment of this equipment was received last

week, the first allocation of equipment has

already been made to Crystal Beach Resort

in San Narciso, a long time supporter of the

programs of Zambales Lifesaving Inc. and

the others will be distributed to participating

resorts over the next few weeks, this will aid

resorts without cost and improve their ability

to keep their customers safe.

The other area that Zambales Lifesaving Inc.

is continuing to be active is their Drowning

Prevention Program, called “Swim-safe”, this

is now in its second year and expanding, there

was a short article on the program held in Iba

in the last magazine, but since publication

this program has now expanded greatly in

the Olongapo, Subic Freeport area, with the

Subic Bay Hotels, Attractions and Tourism

Stakeholders Visitors Board becoming involved

and expanding it from the first program in 2016

involving only the Lighthouse Marina Resort, to

now involving more Resorts, this year seeing Le

Charmé Suites Subic also participating, along

with the continued support of the Lighthouse

Marina Resort.

This year the program expanded to assist some

400 children in basic water safety, with the

major goal to be able to teach them to “float”,

as if one can float, one can survive, other


Sailing Tips


Rowing a tender

Motor tender

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and much more. This will keep you informed about most things you will need before you begin your own

sailing excursion. Be sure to consult with an experienced sailor and someone knowledgeable about boats.

Tenders, whether

inflatable or rigid, are

inherently unstable,

and you should take

great care when

using them.





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Tender on a boat

Inflatable tender


All cruising boats need to have a tender to ferry the

crew and stores between the boat and the shore.

Ideally, it should be large enough to carry all the crew,

the provisions and any sailing gear, while remaining

easy to handle under both oars and an outboard

motor. It should also have permanent buoyancy and

be tough enough to withstand rough treatment. In

Practice, the problems of stowing a tender on board

a small or medium-sized cruiser limit the choice

of type. While the purpose-designed rigid tender

handles better in water, you can normally only

stow it on davits. The alternative is to tow it, which

reduces your boat speed and cause problems when

coming in and out of the harbor.

Most people in fact, opt for an inflatable tender

which can be partially deflated and easily stowed on

deck or in a large locker. They are not easy to row

in a strong wind, and you may find that you need

an outboard motor for long trips. Inflatables, being

soft, have the advantage that they don’t damage

the boat when coming alongside.

You should be very care when using the tender

– more drowning’s result from misuse than from

people going overboard from a cruiser. Make sure

that crew members wear a lifejacket in the tender,

even on short trips, and even if they can swim. Never

overload the tender – make two trips if necessary.

Towing a Tender

If you have a rigid tender you will probably have to

tow it behind your boat, at least for short trips. Even

if you have an inflatable you may prefer to tow it

occasionally rather than deflate it and stow it. If you

know you are going to use it again shortly. Before

setting off, remove all loose gear from the tender

and stow it aboard the boat. Use a strong warp as

a towing line, making sure that it is long enough

to allow the tender to lie well astern of the boat.

The line should be fixed to a through-bolted eye

on the outside stem of the dinghy. A slack reserve

line should be fastened from the tender to the boat

just in case the towing line breaks. In strong winds

you may find that an inflatable tender becomes

airborne or even blows ahead of the boat. Under

these conditions, shorten the towing line. You may

also need a shorter line when towing a tender in the

harbor. A rigid tender is, in fact, more difficult to

tow than an inflatable. It sometimes tends to surf

down a wave when the boat is sailing off-wind,

and crash into the boat. In this case, you should

lengthen the line even though the tender mat sheer

about as a result.

If you are maneuvering in congested waters, a crew

member should look after the tender to ensure that

the towing line doesn’t foul the propeller or rudder,

and that the tender does not hit any other boats.

Never try to board the tender when under way, for

whatever reason.

Using a Tender

Tenders, whether inflatable or rigid, are inherently

unstable, and you should take great care when using

them. Be particularly careful getting in and out of

the tender to avoid upsetting it. After launching it

in the water, secure the painter to a stanchion base

or deck cleat near the shrouds.

The oarsman should get in first, stepping into the

middle of it, and sitting down immediately on the

central thwart, facing the stern. The oars are passed

to him, followed by any stores being transported.

Make sure the weight is distributed evenly. Any

other passengers should then get in, taking care to

balance the tender, and holding it steady against the

sides of the cruiser. When the oarsman has fitted

the outboard oard into its rowlock, and said he is

ready, the crew member nearest the painter casts

off and pushes the tender clear so that the oarsman

can fit the other rowlock and oar.

To disembark, simply reverse the order of getting in,

taking care to keep the weight balanced. If you are

coming ashore in tidal water, make sure your dinghy

is pulled up above the high water mark if there is

an incoming tide. If coming ashore in an unfamiliar

estuary or river, watch out for deep mud. Use the

slip way is there is one.

Rowing a Tender

Rowing a loaded tender is hard work, and the

oarsman must therefore be competent. If the

waters are tidal, work out your

plan of approach to your boat

or to the shore, depending on

the direction and strength of the

current. Remember that it is always

strongest at the point mid-way

between high and low tide. It is

also worth remembering that the

current is usually weaker in shallow


Foot pump


The Rise of the Inflatable Water Parks

This year’s launch of the Inflatable Island Water Park in Subic,

Olongapo, has paved the way for a new breed of water sporting

activity in the Philippines- the inflatable water parks. These parks

are made from a series of inflatable water slides, runways, jumping

pillows, and bouncers all connected together and floating in a large

area that could be placed on a lake or low wave ocean beach. It

features swings, ramps, jumps, ladders, trampolines, slides, wiggle

bridges, and much more. The Inflatable Island is the biggest of its

kind in the Philippines, and with just a short drive from Manila it has

proven to be a popular, new, and fresh water leisure activity for both

children and (mostly young) adults. The park charges their guests

anywhere from P699, P999, or P1,399 for 2 hours, half day, and

whole day passes, respectively.

Guests could safely run, slide, jump, bounce, dive and expect a

relatively soft landing either on the air filled inflatable PVC fabric

material or the water. These water parks attract those seeking for a

highly physical and fun activity and are popular as a group trip for

groups such as company excursions, as a barkada hangout, or

team building groups.

Different parks have different sizes and can be as small as a few

water toys or as big as several thousand square meters of different

inflatable combinations. Depending on the design, it could have a

higher concentration of obstacle type inflatables such as balance

beams, oval runway, balance ladder, tunnel, and swings. Other

parks have more of the larger inflated structures such as action

tower, giant rope swing, iceberg, water slide, and the ever-popular

Blob. No matter the combinations, guests find endless ways to

have fun and stay active at the park- energy permitting.

Inflatable Island - Subic

Today these water parks can be found in many corners of the

globe and are continually popping up in areas where there is a

relatively calm body of water and high traffic of tourist. Resort

owners find it as an attractive investment as it is a relatively small

capital for a high rate of return with resorts often getting an ROI

after just one season. It also invites more guests by offering more

activities for them and the surrounding area. As the Inflatable

Island water park in Subic has demonstrated, it is a proven

revenue generator and can be seen by their always packed park

and often sold out tickets.



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On the safety perspective all guests must wear an inflatable life

vest to avoid accidental drowning when in the water. They must

also be given a safety briefing and short training before they are

able to use the water park. Most parks have lifeguards and other

trained personnel stationed in different sections of the park to make

sure guests are staying safe and are readily available to help

incase there is an emergency.

The rise of the inflatable water parks has its origins from the

pioneering company Wibit of Germany. The company started in

1996 by two friends who had the passion for innovation in the

inflatable world and developed it to be the industry it is today.

Together they designed fun and interactive inflatable toys, and

eventually parks, that can be easily put together in combinations

according to the preference of their clients.

Resort owners wanting to start their own water park should take a

few things into consideration. Although there are many manufacturers

of the inflatable water parks, many of the manufacturers

quality only lasts a short period of time and could turn out to be a

bad investment fast. Some of the important factors to

consider are the type of materials used (some are easier to clean

than others), hot climate durability, ease of installation, accessories

toughness (d-rings, handles, valves, air pressure gauge, etc.),

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The substantial growth of the boating industry

in the Philippines was again at the fore with

the 4th edition of Philippines Philmarine Boat

show 2017, and is the only

specialized Shipbuilding and

Maritime event in Philippines

that brings together an

international congregation

of shipbuilding companies,

maritime companies and

also its supporting industries

gathered in the capital of

Manila, to showcase the latest

Philmarine show

leans more towards

the other aspects

of the maritime

industry and boat


developments in the shipbuilding and maritime

industry and to improve the current shipbuilding

technology and equipment to help maintain

Philippines current status

as the World’s 4th largest

shipbuilding industry.

Unlike the Sea-ex which

has been promoting the

leisure boating lifestyle in the

Philippines for the past nine

years with great success, The

Philmarine show looks not


The 4th

Philmarine Boat Show


only at the pleasure craft, but leans more towards

the other aspects of the maritime industry and boat

building as well as promoting every type of boating

to further enhance the growth of the industry in the


With an exhibitor profile such as Marine Equipment

Engine, Propulsion Systems (Prime & Auxiliary)

Ship & Boat Operation Equipment

Ship & Boat Fitting & Equipment

Marine Technology

Electronics / Electrical Engineering


Port, Ports Equipment & Port Technology

Cargo Handling Systems

Freight Forwarding Equipment, Accessories &



Maritime Services

Maritime Security

Navigation & Communication Technology, etc.



The emphasis is on the mainstay hub of the

industry with support from every aspect and every

boat business in the Philippines such as Als Marine,

and the largest boat chandlery in the Philippines,

Broadwater Marine, who

The emphasis is on the

mainstay hub of the

industry with support

from every aspect and

every boat business in the


have showrooms in Subic

Bay, Manila, Cebu, Boracay,

Samal Island Davao, and

Puerto Princesa, the growth

of the industry that is still in

its infancy in the Philippines

will certainly surge ahead.

The amount of visitors

attending this year’s event

is testament this substantial industry growth in the



Along with the annual Sea-Ex which is held in

March each year with next year being the tenth

show for them, we can also look forward to a bigger

and better Philmarine show on the 27th to the 29th

of June 2018.



















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