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Former Japanese fisheries vessel to be converted into 45m explorer motor yacht Cklass Nautique by HYS Yachts

December 18, 2014

Philippines-based refit shipyard, HYS Yachts, is currently working on the transformation of a former Japanese fisheries vessel into a rugged yet opulent go anywhere 45-metre explorer motor yacht Cklass Nautique.

45m explorer superyacht Cklass Nautique

45m explorer superyacht Cklass Nautique being converted by HYS Yachts in November 2014

The boat was previously known as the Sakae Maru and before its retirement in early 2011, it spent many years cruising the length and breadth of Japan as a government fisheries training vessel.

Knowing that this sturdy, immaculately maintained vessel would be perfectly suited for a long-range luxury explorer conversion, HYS purchased it shortly after being released from government service.

After all fit-out and functionality requirements were hammered out with its new owner, the conversion process began in April of 2013.

When the 45m explorer superyacht Cklass Nautique emerges from the HYS facility in mid February 2015, she will include a 45 square meter owner’s penthouse with Jacuzzi (forward) and open air lounge (aft), massive 60 square meter saloon, bar, formal dining and kitchenette area, 30 square meter alfresco dining deck, a 70 square meter helideck and outdoor entertainment platform, gymnasium, cinema, four en-suite guest accommodations and a 80 square meter tender deck which – when clear of tenders and other toys – doubles as a “beach club” lounge area with fold-out water-level side terraces.

YachtAid Global donates $20K to people of Philippines in partnership with Remote Medical International

January 16, 2014

November 8, 2013, saw Typhoon Haiyan devastate the Philippines, claiming thousands of lives and affecting more than ten million people. In response, YachtAid Global (YAG) and Remote Medical International (RMI) partnered to quadruple funds received through each company’s matching donation campaigns. After matching the donations raised through YachtAid Global, the company transferred $6K+ to the RMI Typhoon Relief Fund. Subsequently, Remote Medical International matched their total for a final donation of over $20K to Team Rubicon, a veteran-based disaster relief organization, providing fast action medical response to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.


“Our volunteers bridge the gap between the point at which a disaster strikes and the time it takes larger aid organizations to get fully operational on the ground,” said Team Rubicon’s Kirk Jackson.

By 21 November 2013 Team Rubicon deployed 65 volunteers to conduct assessments, to provide medical assistance, and to support relief distribution operations in the Philippines. From delivering babies in Tanauan to stabilizing a field hospital in Carigara, 100% of the RMI & YAG donations assisted Team Rubicon in providing immediate and effective aid in the Philippines’ most devastated areas.

“RMI specializes in remote medicine for unconventional environments worldwide,” said Kate Earle, RMI Medical Coordination Specialist. “A natural disaster of this magnitude—particularly in an area like the Central Philippines which is geographically remote with limited infrastructure post-typhoon—requires universal support, and we strongly believe in being of service to the global community.”

In addition to a monetary donation, RMI also shipped over $6K of medical supplies including medications for pain control, anesthesia, and antibiotics. “Our hearts and thoughts go out to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan,” said RMI CEO, Brian Vincent, “And, we commend all first responders for their courageous service.”

Mark Drewelow, Founder of YachtAid Global added,
“YachtAid Global is proud to be able to be able to assist quickly and efficiently with aid to the disaster area via the newly created program. When we can’t get yachts to a location fast enough, this is the next best way we can help as a humanitarian organization.”

New Washington Yacht Club Resort to be developed in Aklan, Philippines

July 19, 2013

The New Washington Yacht Club Resort (NWYCR) is likely to become the Philippines’ first fully-integrated yacht club resort and will be developed surrounded by the hills and waters of New Washington, Aklan — unveiling the fabulous Tinagong Dagat.

New Washington Yacht Club Resort

New Washington Yacht Club Resort

As initially envisioned by ADS Group, NWYCR will take off from a 20-hectare interim resort master planned by one of the world’s top architectural firm, Palafox Associates led by the world-renowned, multi-awarded architect, environmental planner, urban planner and development consultant, Arch. Felino “Jun” Palafox, Jr.

The interim resort will house the following state of the art, world-class amenities and facilities:

Luxury Marina

  • Yacht Club Resort
  • Boutique Hotel
  • Ship  Yard/ Super Yacht Yard
  • Water Taxi / Ferry Terminal
  • Floating Restaurant/s
  • Floating Villas
  • Offices/ Shopping Arcade
  • Medical Triage
  • Gas Station
  • Sports Complex
  • Indoor Shooting Range
  • Jetski
  • Kayaking
  • Indoor Tennis and Basketball Courts
  • Parasailing
  • Speed Boating
  • Wake Boarding

    New Washington Yacht Club Resort

    New Washington Yacht Club Resort

  • New Washington Yacht Club Resort boasts of a higher class of leisure living that will cater to the best of the world. It will be a luxury yacht marina and a waterfront community, which will gratify the needs of the growing community of superyacht owners. The favourable position of New Washington in the secluded part of Aklan, together with the proximity of Kalibo International Airport, makes it a favourable location for a yacht club resort.

    NWYCR will be the first comprehensive state-of-the-art marina in the region. It will eventually offer berths of all sizes as part of a full-service community of luxury apartments, shops, restaurants and other sports and entertainment amenities. The marina will have berths for yachts and super yachts, up to 150m long.

    New Washington Yacht Club Resort

    New Washington Yacht Club Resort

    NWYCR is a phased development: starting with a 20-hectare Phase 1 concentrated on the above-itemised amenities and facilities.

    Upcoming projects for Phases 2 and 3 will be the New Washington Golf Resort, Spa Resort, Electrical Power Plant, Desalination Plant, Cable Cars, Sea Planes and Flight School which will all be incorporated into building New Washington’s Aquapolis, Agropolis, and Ecopolis – all patterned for Eco-tourism, Environmental Design and Green Urbanism.

    Palafox Associates was elected to master plan and design the entirely new yacht club resort and residential community of NWYCR. The proposal respected both the local architectural inheritance and the natural habitat while creating something genuinely new and avoiding pastiche. In master planning the resort, the practice took as its guiding influence the seminal work of Filipino urban planner Jun Palafox, who underlines the importance of preserving the environment, recognising social equity and helping better the economy.

    Southeast Asia Yacht Charter for Big Fish, Spirit and Dyna yacht

    July 10, 2013

    Following their busy Mediterranean charter season, superyacht BIG FISH, luxury yacht SPIRIT and the recently launched Benetti charter yacht DYNA will be available for SouthEast Asia yacht charter. All three of these fantastic vessels provide great safety, comfort, luxury and are amongst the best for Asia Pacific yacht charter, so you can truly relax and enjoy your dream holiday.



    SouthEast Asia Superyacht Charter

    Southeast Asia superyacht charter offers a unique and memorable holiday experience. The region boasts astonishing cultural diversity as well as varied landscape, including breathtaking secluded beaches, hill-side villages, busy cities and mountainous rain-forests. Cruising South East Asia charter guests will be welcomed by friendly locals, calm waters and long sandy beaches. Some of the most popular destinations for luxury superyachts include Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and Philippines.

    Palawan Beach - Image credit Phillippines Tourism Board

    Palawan Beach - Image credit Phillippines Tourism Board

    Thailand Yacht Charter

    Everything you read about Thailand Yacht Charter is true! Pearly white sand beaches, relaxing under coconut palm trees and crystal clear waters are all there to await you. Here you can be sure to find a private bit of paradise completely to yourself. Chartering a superyacht in Thailand means complete freedom of cruising and discovering new destinations.  Thailand, Phuket and the Andaman Sea are becoming increasingly popular as top yacht charter destinations thanks to the array of interesting things do see and do, and yacht charterers truly feel like they are in a very different place from home.

    Thailand yacht charter

    Thailand yacht charter

    Myanmar Superyacht Charter

    Myanmar superyacht charter or Burma yacht charter, is another unique and special experience, providing yacht charterers with holidays that are truly one-of-a-kind. There are over 800 tropical islands to discover, with excitement and thrilling adventures coming in all shapes and sizes. Once you experience Myanmar (Burma) luxury motor yacht or sailing yacht charter, you will keep coming back for more.

    Myanmar - Image credit Myanmar Tourism Board

    Myanmar - Image credit Myanmar Tourism Board

    Indonesia Yacht Charter

    Indonesia is massive, and there is also a massive selection of destinations to visit on your next Indonesia yacht charter vacation. There is the untamed tropical wilderness, the endless amount of islands and the fabulous coastlines to enjoy. Some of the most popular parts of Indonesia to discover include the romantic ports of Ambon, Makassar, Jakarta and Bali. This area has a rich seafaring history dating back to the spice trade and beyond. Bali, a renowned holiday destination, is situated near east Java. If you prefer relaxation and seclusion, however, there is also Flores and Irian Jaya with their thousands of undisturbed remote and tiny virgin islands, which will seem very distant from the busy tourist crowds of Java and Bali.

    Bali Art Festival ke-35- “Taksu” Inspirasi dan Kharisma - Image credit

    Bali Art Festival ke-35- “Taksu” Inspirasi dan Kharisma - Image credit

    Philippines Yacht Charter

    Made up of over 7,000 islands, Philippines yacht charter offers an amazing holiday experience in a place which has long been a crossroads of trade routes, influenced by China, Japan, Malaysia, Spain, and the US overlaying the native cultures. Following decades of political disruption, the country has only recently begun to become a leisure travel destination, meaning that the vast amount of stunning natural sights are practically undeveloped with very little tourists around. Philippines is a country made for exploration by luxury superyacht. Here you will enjoy diving with barracudas and whale sharks, hold the world’s smallest primate, climb volcanoes, drift along an underground river, and perhaps discover something entirely new amongst these exotic, relaxed islands.

    Palawan Philippines

    Palawan Philippines


    Expedition charter yacht BIG FISH

    Big Fish yacht is an explorer type displacement vessel, measuring 45 metres and was designed by Greg Marshall Design. She was launched in New Zealand by McMullen & Wing in 2010, boasting powerful styling and is a modern blue water, stable, functional and comfortable explorer superyacht. She is currently available for charter in the following areas:

    July: Cruising Thailand and Indonesia

    August / September: Unavailable

    October / November / December:  South-East Asia (Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines)

    BIG FISH -  Main

    BIG FISH - Main

    Accommodation about Explorer Big Fish is offered in five double staterooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, sleeping a maximum of 10 guests. The main deck guest cabins are convertible into two VIP suites, with the beds folding back against the wall, providing flexibility. Big Fish has an excellent selection of water toys and amenities, in addition to her 28ft customised McMullen & Wing tender.

    BIG FISH -  Spa Pool

    BIG FISH - Spa Pool

    Luxury yacht SPIRIT

    Luxury yacht SPIRIT is a fabulous AMELS built vessel, from the Amels Limited Editions 177 yacht range, currently cruising the Mediterranean. Following her Med yacht charter season, SPIRIT yacht will head for South East Asia and be available for yacht charter in Maldives during the Russian holiday (1-10 November). She will then cruise further East and be based out of Southeast Asia and head back to Europe for 2014 Mediterranean summer yacht charter.

    Luxury superyacht SPIRIT

    Luxury superyacht SPIRIT

    The 54 m Amels charter yacht SPIRIT features sleek and elegant exterior design by Tim Heywood, combined with light and contemporary interior design by Nuvolari Lenard, offering comfortable accommodation to up to 11 charter guests. Guests will find comfort in one master suite, two VIP cabins, one double and one twin cabin. The sixth cabin has now been converted into a dedicated spa area. Her special features include an amazing massage and beauty therapy room along with a masseuse and a yoga instructor; as well as a gym located on the deck with great views to enjoy while working out.

    Guests will find a spacious sun deck and a top deck, which can entertain up to 100 guests and also features a professional teppanyaki grill. There is also the custom hot tub located on the bow as well as the epicurean style galley. Superyacht Spirit is also equipped with an outstanding selection of Sea Doo’s, mopeds, windsurfers, canoes as well as tenders.

    Benetti Classic 121 DYNA yacht

    The brand new Benetti Classic 121 DYNA yacht is another fabulous charter yacht heading to Southeast Asia, featuring exterior design by Stefano Righini and beautiful interior by Francois Zuretti. Luxury yacht DYNA boasts 5 beautifully appointed suites, which include a full-beam master suite, two double cabin and two twin cabin. She will be available for yacht rent around Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar, from December 2013 to mid April 2014.

    Launch of Benetti motor yacht DYNA

    Launch of Benetti motor yacht DYNA

    DYNA yacht’s Francois Zuretti interior was created in collaboration with her Owners, and boasts a combination of lacquered wood with marble finishes and luxurious soft furnishings. There are large, floor-to-ceiling windows, providing charter guests with excellent views and plenty of natural light penetrating the interior. Her sun deck is very spacious and features an excellent choice of water toys, such as jet skis, sea-bobs, wake-boards and a trampoline. In addition there are towables and snorkelling gear.

    All three of the vessels are amongst the top superyachts available for rent and are an excellent choice for Asia Pacific yacht charter vacation. For more information about chartering these outstanding motor yachts, or any other luxury yacht in South East Asia, please contact our professional charter brokers here.

    Alphaland Marina Club – members-only superyacht marina in Manila due to open in 2015

    May 24, 2013

    Positioned in Paranaque, one of the cities that make up Metro Manila in the Philippines, the Alphaland Marina Club is a members-only superyacht marina, due to open in 2015. Representing the most significant project in the Philippines in more than 20 years, it is about 15 minutes drive from the Makati Central Business District.

    Alphaland Marina Club - side view from the sea

    Alphaland Marina Club - side view from the sea

    The iconic clubhouse, built on pilings in the middle of the water, offers a new and unique nautical lifestyle based on nature. Manila Bay serves as a fabulous setting for the club, offering views and fresh air not available in the inner city. The clubhouse will offer many dining and entertainment options, including five private dining rooms, and is perfect for social and business gatherings.

    The marina will have 300 berths for yachts of all sizes. Boat owners will finally have a clean, secure, and efficient facility for their vessels. Entrance to the marina is strictly regulated to exclude outsiders, but will be convenient for members and crew.

    The club will also maintain a fleet of yachts, which members may use at reasonable cost. In this way, members need not own a boat in order to enjoy boating and the nautical lifestyle.

    According to its developers: ‘The iconic clubhouse, built on pilings in the middle of the water, offers a new and unique nautical lifestyle based on nature. Manila Bay serves as a fabulous setting for the club, offering views and fresh air not available in the inner city. The clubhouse will offer many dining and entertainment options, including five private dining rooms, and is perfect for social and business gatherings.’

    The company behind the project is a publicly listed property developer and partly owned by the Ongpin family of Manila. RV Ongpin was former Trades Minister and current Chairman of Alphaland. The project leader is Raphael Ongpin, the Chairman’s nephew, a keen boatie and also spokesman for the project.

    Alphaland Marina Club - view from the sea

    Alphaland Marina Club - view from the sea

    Australian marine industry proponent, Joe Goddard worked with Alphaland as the marina consultant/designer on the project and says that ‘like those in the Middle East, this project will take off’.

    ‘It will attract the local yachting community, visitors and international regattas, and as well as impacting on property prices, with the potential to raise them substantially.’

    Goddard was approached by referral from HOK, Master Plan in Canada, which he worked with on the Dubai Marina and other projects in Bahrain.

    ‘I am passionate about the project, the vision and the people involved. This Marine Club will have broad appeal with the boat owners of the region.’

    As Goddard explains: ‘The marina itself is 300 berth with a weighting to the bigger boats, on the inside, up to 70m and then outside there’s capacity up to 120m, weather permitting. The club will also maintain a fleet of boats, available to members at a cost. That way, members need not own a boat to enjoy boating.’

    Goddard says in his opinion, the Alphaland Marina Club will be ‘a new benchmark of marina excellence in the entire region and far surpass what is available in all of SE Asia, even considering what Singapore and Hong Kong has got to offer’.

    ‘It will revive the city and really place it on the map as far as yachting is concerned.’

    Mega Yacht SHERAKHAN World Tour – 38,000 nautical aboard one of the very best yachts available for charter

    May 10, 2013

    One of the most impressive superyachts available for luxury yacht charter, SHERAKHAN, will embark on a an amazing 38,000-nautical mile tour around the world. Boasting luxurious interior, décor, layout and able to accommodate 22/26 guests on board, mega yacht Sherakhan is the perfect choice for large family holidays or corporate charters with your business partners or valued clients. The additional extras, including the glass bottom Spa Pool and the themed cabins, make this vessel the very best available.

    Sherakhan yacht


    Setting foot on the gangway, you will be astonished by the huge deck areas, remarkable wood work and the large choice of outside furniture Sherakhan yacht has to offer. There is huge 18-people Spa Pool and of course a complete BBQ area to cater for the charter guests.

    The Glass-bottom Spa Pool aboard Sherakhan yacht

    The Glass-bottom Spa Pool aboard Sherakhan yacht

    Moving on to the inside of the yacht Sherakhan, you will be surprised by the beam of the yacht. The main saloon is around 20 metres long and 9 metres wide. The style can be described as warm and homely. This allows all of her guests to immediately relax and feel at ease, doing whatever they enjoy doing.

    Sherakhan dining area

    Sherakhan dining area

    The main saloon on Sherakhan is divided into two areas: dining area and the part where the guests can sit back and unwind. The dining area features a beautiful 22-person table, and impressive stairs leading to the owner’s deck. Looking up from the dining table you will see right through to the roof of the yacht where the Spa Pool with a glass bottom is situated.

    Salon - Mega Yacht SHERAKHAN

    Salon - Mega Yacht SHERAKHAN

    Walking through to the other side of the saloon, you will find yourself in the area for relaxations. There are nice cosy couches, homely armchairs, enormous vases, a fireplace, a flat screen television, a bar where you can sit down to enjoy your drinks as well as a little podium with a white grand piano.

    Spa de la Sirene - Sherakhan yacht

    Spa de la Sirene - Sherakhan yacht

    Some of the important amenities on board Sherakhan include a beauty saloon, fitness-massage centre, sauna and a Spa Pool.

    Al fresco dining - Superyacht Sherakhan

    Al fresco dining - Superyacht Sherakhan


    In addition to the large deck and interior areas, Sherakhan’s accommodation is also offered in beautiful and very large guest suites. All the double beds are king size. All suites are equipped with a television, DVD, stereo, mini bar, safe, air-conditioning/heating, a vanity table/desk, a computer point, relaxing chairs, saloon table, a very spacious walk-in closet, bathroom with toilet, bidet, bath (Spa Pool), double basin and shower. On the art impression you have some idea of the style which will be fitted in these areas. The way the woodwork is done, is astonishing! Nice and with unexpected details…..

    Accommodation aboard Sherakhan yacht

    Accommodation aboard Sherakhan yacht

    The Owner’s Deck

    When you approach the two enormous stairs, your attention will be attracted by the spectacular view down on the dining table. There is a vacant space of 6 meters long and 3 meters wide! In this way, the areas are not completely separated but in a creative way connected with each other. The saloon is further furnished with exclusive and comfortable chairs, a bar with an integrated piano and a dance floor for the people who cannot control their feet! During the day time, this area is very popular! It is great for reading and relaxing when the sun is too hot or having a drink. During the night this saloon is perfect for having swinging cocktails before dinner. In the meantime the crew can set a wonderful decorated table and the guests will be surprised when they walk down the stairs to enjoy their dinner!

    Relax aboard Sherakhan superyacht

    Relax aboard Sherakhan superyacht

    Besides the saloon, this deck contains 2 suites of 31 m2 and 1 Master Cabin of almost 51 m2! This deck is completely outfitted for the owner with a huge study. Situated completely in the front of the yacht, with an amazing view over the sea, the owner’s cabin has even its own terrace! The major Spa Pool is in the middle of the room, apart from the bathroom. The special effect of this cabin must be seen to be believed!

    Sherakhan superyacht outdoor areas

    Sherakhan superyacht outdoor areas

    The outer deck on the owners deck has comfortable chairs, footstools and even table lamps for the people who wish to be outside at night and enjoy a good book or just want to sit in silence and enjoy the stars………

    The stairwell - Sherakhan yacht

    The stairwell - Sherakhan yacht

    The wheelhouse deck boasts the Spa Pool, loads of deck chairs, a bar, a B.B.Q. area, shade for the burnt ones and of course the look-out house! Between the 2 funnels, there is a real look-out house. Once you are up there, you will be taken by surprise! The height of this location is 20 meters above the waterline, so you can easily imagine what sort of view you can have up there! A 360° view for the star watchers; this is the ultimate spot….

    Read more about luxury mega yacht SHERAKHAN here …



    SHERAKHAN World Tour Details


    Netherlands, Amsterdam

    St Maarten

    British Virgin Islands, Road Town

    Puerto Rico, San Juan

    Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata

    Panama, Colon

    Caribbean Area

    Sherakhan’s world tour is scheduled to start in the Netherlands, continuing to sail to the Caribbean’s tropical paradise St Maarten and the classic yacht charter destination, the British Virgin Islands. Continuing through to Puerto Rico, San Juan the yacht will then reach the Dominican Republic, Panama and discover other spectacular destinations while around the Caribbean area. This area is the most popular place to rent a yacht during the European winter months, offering fantastic diversity. The Caribbean can be called a natural wonderland, with an ocean full of wonderful treasures, including coral atolls and substantial mountainous islands.

    British Virgin Islands - Image Courtesy of Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvuos

    British Virgin Islands - Image Courtesy of Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvuos



    Falkland Islands, Port Stanley

    Antarctica, King George Island

    After spending some time around the warm Caribbean Islands, SHERAKHAN will move onto the remarkable charter destination – Patagonia. This truly amazing area is like a world within a world. Ushuaia is the capital of the Province of Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, and while Tierra del Fuego is called the Land of the End of the World, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. After Patagonia, Sherakhan will ‘sail’ to the Falkland Islands; a naturally beautiful, unique and remote destination that is the unspoilt Gateway to the Antarctic.  Intrepid yacht charterers also have a rare opportunity to visit Antarctica aboard a luxury yacht, as there are only a few luxury vessels cruising this breath-taking part of the world.

    Breaching Humpback Whale - Patagonia is teeming with wildlife including sea lions, elephant seals, southern right whales, dolphins, Magellanic penguins and even the occasional orca.

    Breaching Humpback Whale - Patagonia is teeming with wildlife including sea lions, elephant seals, southern right whales, dolphins, Magellanic penguins and even the occasional orca.


    South Africa, Cape Town

    South Africa, Durban

    Madagascar, Morombe

    Madagascar, Mahajanga

    Madagascar, Antisiranana

    After a few months spent exploring the southern part of the globe, it is time to head up to the warmer climates. Sherakhan’s plans are to visit South Africa’s Cape Town and Durban and from here move onto the wonderful world of Madagascar, with its remarkable flora and fauna matched by its epic landscapes of an astonishing diversity. Chartering a yacht in Madagascar you will have the opportunity to discover some of its 5000km of spectacular coastline, 450km of barrier reef and 25 islands.




    South East Asia

    Seychelles, Victoria


    Sri Lanka


    Andaman Islands, Port Blair

    Burma (Myanmar)


    Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur


    Following her trips around South Africa and Madagascar, Sherakhan will be ready to take on South East Asia; yacht charter destinations that will take your breath away.  Staring with the ‘Jewel of the Indian Ocean’, Seychelles, charter guests can enjoy the idyllic white sandy beaches, calm waters and sparkling lagoons. Maldives is the next stop for Sherakhan, where, some say, the best beaches in the world can be found. Another destination during Sherakhan superyacht’s world tour is Sri Lanka, known for its numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites and ancient, rich culture. The multidimensional India, that follows after Sri Lanka, will leave you intoxicated by its mesmerising culture and diversity.

    Seychelles in the Indian Ocean

    Seychelles in the Indian Ocean

    A superb yacht charter location in Thailand is the Andaman Sea. The appeal of the Andaman as a yacht charter location is obvious: most of its picturesque islands are only accessible by a boat. This area is still an undiscovered gem for charterers and sailors alike.  Myanmar or Burma offers charter vacations that are truly out there and chartering Sherakhan in this area is a unique opportunity to discover this part of the world. From here the mega yacht will cruise the coast of Thailand, where guests can enjoy the wonderful beaches and the magnificent scenery. The following destination of the World Tour is Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in Malaysia.

    Spectacular Maldives

    Spectacular Maldives




    Philippines, Palawan

    July, August and September 2014 will see Sherakhan yacht cruising Bali, Brunei with its dense rain forests, serenity and religious heritage, as well as the Philippines. Philippines has long been a crossroads of trade routes, with influences from everywhere from China, Japan, Malaysia, Spain, and the US overlaying the native cultures. After decades of political upheaval, the country has only recently started to become a leisure travel destination, meaning that many of its stunning natural sights are practically undeveloped with very little tourists around.




    Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya

    Solomon Islands


    French Polynesia

    The amazing and remote Papua New Guinea is another exciting ‘corner of the world’ to visit on board of the beautiful Sherakhan yacht. Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, over 850 indigenous languages are spoken here and it is also the world’s least explored country, culturally and geographically. An amazing and colourful place to visit for an unforgettable charter holiday.

    Papua New Guinea

    Papua New Guinea

    Next stop: Solomon Islands. Chartering a yacht in the Solomon Islands is like cruising in paradise. There are thousands of islands, numerous beautiful atolls, reefs, lagoons, coconuts, palms, mangroves and orchids. Imagine cruising the pristine emerald and azure waters, experiencing endless beauty. Fiji is the perfect place to watch dolphins swim next to your boat, or enjoy relaxing time game fishing, diving and snorkelling. Fiji is also named as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World” and is rated as one of the top 10 dive destinations in the world.

    Fiji rainforests

    Fiji rain-forests

    French Polynesia is made up of a number of groups of Polynesian Islands, the best known being Tahiti in the Society Islands group. Tahiti is also the most populated island with the seat of the capital of the territory Papeete. Here you will come across an amazing combination of lush tropical atolls and volcanic peaks, rising up from picturesque blue lagoons. Some of the islands that usually get included in charter itineraries around the French Polynesia include Tahiti, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora, Maupiti, Tikehau, Rurutu and Huahine. For a more remote cruising experience there is Tuamoto and the Marquesas.



    DECEMBER 2014 – JANUARY 2015


    Costa Rica

    Panama, Colon

    Caribbean Area

    A Galapagos Islands yacht charter is a divine South American holiday destination.The Galápagos Islands are naturally beautiful and an excellent place to discover while cruising on a luxury charter yacht. The Galapagos’ surrounding waters form an Ecuadorian province, a national park, and a biological marine reserve. From here the following destination is Costa Rica: The beauty of this part of the world is extraordinary as can be seen from the natural jungles and seas on both sides of the isthmus. Panama represents the last charter destination of the Sherakhan World Tour, before the yacht returns to cruise around the Caribbean.

    The Giant Tortoise in the Galapagos Islands

    The Giant Tortoise in the Galapagos Islands

    If you have been captured by any of the fabulous and unique charter destinations SHERAKHAN will visit on her next World Tour, don’t hesitate to contact our team for more information here. Luxury mega yacht SHERAKHAN is available for EUR€350,000.00 per week plus expenses and she is truly one of the very best yachts available for charter.

    The Indian Ocean and Asia region – one of the most spectacular cruising grounds for superyachts

    November 26, 2012

    The fact that the Indian Ocean and Asia region is fast becoming one of the most spectacular cruising grounds for superyachts is well known to those who have cruised this breathtaking yacht charter destination for many years, but it is only now becoming a common knowledge.

    MALDIVES Medhufinolhu Island - Photo credit: Asia Pacific Superyachts

    MALDIVES Medhufinolhu Island - Photo credit: Asia Pacific Superyachts

    “Recent expansions in marina facilities have provided the kind of support today’s demanding professional captains are used to and the pristine ecosystems found throughout these diverse regions are exactly what yacht owners have been missing all these years”, reports Nick Coombes.

    At first sight it may seem daunting… but with the abundance of stunning cruising possibilities and the excellent shore based assistance now available, it really is a joy to cruise throughout Asia’s waterways. Working on an early September departure from the Med, a Suez Canal transit and a passage through the Red Sea will put you out into the Indian Ocean to start your journey into the pristine islands of the Maldives.

    Journeying on to Sri Lanka and Langkawi, Malaysia respectively in October and November, December and January will find you in Phuket, Thailand and at the half-way point in February in Myanmar. Then it’s on to the Andaman Islands in March, Singapore in April, Koh Samui, Thailand in May, Hong Kong in June and a final stop in the Philippines in July, prior to a stunning end in Indonesia in August and option to journey further to Australia and New Zealand. Stunning Asian regions are briefly described below by Asia Pacific Superyachts region experts in planning a cruising itinerary which comprises a Superyacht year-long journey through Asian waters.

    – Captain Nick Coombes

    First Port of call is Malé, the Capital of the Republic of the Maldives. Arrival formalities are simple although you will need a pilot for your first entry (Port Regulations); clearance is done in an hour’s time and then you’re free to leave the Customs anchorage.

    MALDIVES Rhuiveli Baby Island (Bird Island)

    MALDIVES Rhuiveli Baby Island (Bird Island) - Photo credit: Asia Pacific Superyachts

    Most yachts head north approximately four miles and anchor off the resort island of Bandos. Unlike some of the other exclusive resorts, Bandos gladly welcomes yacht crews and generally several yachts will be at anchor when you arrive.

    As there are no Marina facilities in the Maldives large enough for today’s Superyachts, you must rely 100% on your ship’s tenders or boats provided by the agent. Basic spares are available in Malé and Petrol/Diesel can be supplied at anchor anywhere close to Malé.

    The Maldives are a nature lover’s paradise, with more than a thousand small islands, surrounded by pure white beaches, like ‘Bird Island’ and pristine reef systems, providing an unending opportunity to fish and dive/snorkel to your heart’s content.

    The cruising area will depend on preferred activities and prevailing weather conditions. In all but the heaviest weather there are plenty of places to cruise. The best and busiest time is November to April and Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives’ Mohamed Hameed and his team are very helpful in assisting with cruising plans and can provide excellent dive and fishing guides. As well, Mohamed notes, a little planning will help you avoid having to ship lots of supplies into the Maldives.

    A very short 450NM passage from the Maldives takes you up to Sri Lanka – a good option for a fueling point. The islands eighteen million strong population provides an intoxicating mix of cultures and diverse ethnic groups. There are three main ports in Sri Lanka – namely Colombo, Galle and Trincomalee. Colombo and Galle both are manmade while Trincomalee is one of the world’s largest natural harbors; all have deepwater berths for Superyacht use.

    Captain Nick Coombes of Asia Pacific Superyachts Malaysia, reports: “My first stop east of the Sri Lanka is always Langkawi. This group of 99 Islands is the perfect place to re-supply and relax. As the region’s only ‘Duty Free’ port, you will find cheap, low sulphur diesel, as well as petrol, A1 jet fuel, alcohol (including fine wines) and tobacco products. Two Superyacht marinas provide safe berthing, with a varied supply of support services available in the main town of Kuah.”

    MALAYSIA Superyacht Anna cruising Malaysia waters

    MALAYSIA Superyacht Anna cruising Malaysia waters - Photo credit: Asia Pacific Superyachts

    There is a custom built Superyacht refit center, with a 500 ton travel lift, 2 x 60 meter work sheds and plenty of hard stand. For larger yachts the shipyard offers a 100 meter floating dock for short or extended visits. For the crew there are plenty of beaches, restaurants, bars, 5-star hotels, golf courses, uninhabited islands and an international airport.

    Cruising around Langkawi’s 99 islands will provide guests with plenty to do and allow easy access to the southern Thai islands in the Butang Group. Nick suggests the best time to visit is September through May.

    The southern Thai islands in the Butang Group

    The southern Thai islands in the Butang Group - Photo credit: Asia Pacific Superyachts

    Just a few hours North of Langkawi you will find the very popular Island of Phuket. Dubbed the ‘Monaco’ of South East Asia, Phuket now has two Superyacht marinas and more are being planned.

    The locals are very friendly and there is a substantial ex-pat population on the island. For off duty crew the nightlife in Patong and Phuket City is spectacular with plenty of 5-star restaurants and wine bars along with a great mix of local restaurants. Lots of high end beach clubs are being set up, giving owners a choice of secluded bays or exclusive nightlife.

    Experienced Asia Pacific Superyachts Phuket’s Gordon Fernandes can recommend the best in yacht planning, noting, “Starting out and staying close to Phuket you have Phang Nga Bay with its limestone monoliths rising up out of the sea or further south, the islands of Koh Phi Phi, made famous by the film, The Beach.

    Word class diving is within easy reach and guests can beach, swim, snorkel, look for monkeys and wildlife before heading off to the Similan Islands; 60NM’s North West of Phuket and classed as one of the ‘top ten global dive destinations’ – a paradise for diving and snorkeling and often guests will enjoy 30M+ water visibility.

    For a more private diving experience, head a little further north to the Surin Islands and the Surin Archipelago, a 135 square kilometers area lying in the Andaman Sea some 53 kilometers off mainland Ranong Province (the park’s five islands lie just south of the border with Myanmar). Gordon suggests a brief return to Phuket for refueling/ re-provisioning before heading off for Myanmar.

    Yachts planning to be in Phuket for Christmas can also join the exclusive Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, with principal sponsor, Feadship. It’s an event aimed at both motor and sailing yachts and a great way to start the festive season.

    PHUKET, THAILAND Superyachts moored in Surin Bay

    PHUKET, THAILAND Superyachts moored in Surin Bay - Photo credit: Asia Pacific Superyachts

    Traveling further North is Myanmar and the Mergui Archipelago, partly famed as the home of small groups of ‘Moken’ (sea gypsy) villages. The Archipelago is lightly populated and it’s easy to find perfect places to relax and enjoy the solitude and beauty. The Mergui Archipelago and the Andaman Islands are among the world’s top preferred diving destinations.

    Moving from the Mergui Archipelagoes, you will soon encounter the vast spread of the Andaman Islands in India. The journey offers stunning cruising vistas as well as land attractions and discoveries. Visitors will find deserted islands of pure white sparkling beaches and crystal clear water. Moving inland, lush vegetation and towering cliffs with unusual bird and flora/fauna all wait to be explored and active volcanoes can be viewed during the journey.

    The Andaman Islands of India delivers adventuresome cruising and vessels seek out Asia Pacific Superyachts Andamans’, R. Rathnam, to create an itinerary that opens onto a secret world of tropical jungles and serene beaches scattered throughout much of the Andaman Archipelago.

    Traveling on, some of the most enticing of unexplored waters can be found in the Bay of Bengal, with deep seas and hundreds of hidden bays teaming with marine life.

    Mr. Rathnam notes the best cruising months for the Andaman Islands are between November to April.

    ANDAMAN ISLANDS Havelock Island

    ANDAMAN ISLANDS Havelock Island - Photo credit: Asia Pacific Superyachts

    Heading back south along the Malay Peninsular you will arrive at the island city of Singapore. This is one of the financial shining stars of South East Asia, and offers all the trappings of a modern city, all packaged together on a tropical Island.

    Singapore is one of the busiest ports in the world and as such requires some pre arrival formalities and pilotage services for any vessel over GRT300… comments Asia Pacific Superyachts Singapore head, Captain Scott Walker. Scott and his team can easily handle all requests and will ensure your stay is very enjoyable, noting: “As you can imagine, a port as busy as this also has an extensive choice of shore support facilities and pretty much all major repairs can be completed locally.”

    SINGAPORE Marina Bay Sands

    SINGAPORE Marina Bay Sands - Photo credit: Asia Pacific Superyachts

    Koh Samui is a lovely sand-kissed Island, offering opportunities to enjoy some of Eastern Thailand’s legendary hospitality and some very good diving, reports Captain Charlie Dwyer of the 36m Yanneke Too – heading up Asia Pacific Superyachts Samui.

    Koh Samui is the ‘Jewel of the Gulf of Thailand’ – filled with natural beauty and many options for anchoring along the coast along with many attractions both on Koh Samui and the surrounding Islands. The island offers Elephant Trekking, Snake Shows, Monkey Shows, Temples, Waterfalls Thai Cultural Dancing and a Mountain Safari Trip. The island is also home to some of the finest restaurants and spas in Thailand.

    Of special interest and just 20 NM from Koh Samui, is the Angthong National Marine Park with its spectacular group of 42 uniquely different and exciting islands. A mere 7 NM from Samui is the tropical Island of Koh Phangan, famed for its natural beauty and world-famous ‘Full Moon Party’. To the north is Koh Tao, famed as the ‘Diving Mecca of the Gulf’.

    Koh Samui is used as a base for discovering the many beautiful islands located in the turquoise seas of the gulf with names like Koh Chang and Koh Samet. From Samui it’s possible to sail on to Pattaya and to Bangkok – the cultural capital of Thailand. The best months to visit are May through September.

    SAMUI THAILAND Angthong Marine National Park

    SAMUI, THAILAND Angthong Marine National Park - Photo credit: Asia Pacific Superyachts

    Hong Kong, at the mouth of the Pearl River delta, part of China yet so different. When you think of Hong Kong, a busy commercial port and a high rise skyline pops into your mind of one of the most exciting cities in Asia, where east meets west. Though Hong Kong does ‘urban’ well, surprising to visiting yachts are the beautiful seascapes and the fact that almost 60% of Hong Kong’s landmass is still Country Park.

    Hong Kong’s 236 islands studded with beaches provide unexpected stunning cruising offsetting the fast pace of life in the world’s third financial centre. Business combined with entertaining on board is normal practice in Hong Kong.

    The shear proximity of museums, fine dining, tourist attractions and shopping plus some world famous international sports events make a stop in Hong Kong a unique destination.

    The occasional typhoon may occur between June-September; however, Hong Kong waters are mainly protected. Outside the harbor, you can anchor almost anywhere hassle free or dock at Gold Coast Yacht & Country Club where Asia Pacific Superyachts Hong Kong’s Bart Kimman and his team can arrange typhoon proof berths for Superyachts and any other services required.

    The marine department facilitates guaranteed corruption free port clearance facilities and it’s a free port, making it easy to obtain spare parts. There are excellent shipyard facilities and repair of most brands of marine equipment can be arranged for with an agent contact. The APS Hong Kong team has the ‘can do’ attitude to make life for the visiting yacht easy and exciting and most crews love to stay in Hong Kong.

    HONG KONG Harbour

    HONG KONG Harbour - Photo credit: Asia Pacific Superyachts

    Most yachts stay around the brilliant scenery and prime anchorages of the Puerto Galera and northern Mindoro areas. You can make day trips and overnight stays to the white beaches of Mindoro and Maricaban Islands. There are great bars and restaurants along the commercial side of the island and end the holiday with a sail back to Manila Yacht Club, taking about 15 hours with plenty of beaches to anchor.


    Heading South from the Philippines, you will find the Island of Borneo with the best cruising to be found in the state of Sabah”, explains Alvin Teh, heading up the Asia Pacific Superyachts Borneo team.  Sabah’s cruising waters from Labuan to Sipadan offer spectacular and beautiful waters, islands and mainland attractions.

    Tropical islands and mainland coastal bays offer extraordinarily diverse mainland beauty which includes the highest mountain in South East Asia, Mt. Kinabalu; virgin rainforest conservation areas (including the Maliau Basin, known as the ‘Lost World’); exotic wildlife and flora and fauna and a myriad of adventure and eco-tourism activities – all accessible as a day or overnight excursion from your yacht.

    BORNEO Proboscis Monkeys along the Kinabatangang River

    BORNEO Proboscis Monkeys along the Kinabatangang River - Photo credit: Asia Pacific Superyachts

    A stopover in Kota Kinabalu at the Sutera Harbor Marina which will allow for land excursions to the wild interiors of Borneo, diving at Layang (famed for schooling hammerheads) and the jewel of Sabah, Sipadan. And for true adventure, take a river journey up the famed Kinabatangan River to see rare and endangered species including orangutans, proboscis monkeys and pigmy elephants.

    BORNEO Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

    BORNEO Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park - Photo credit: Asia Pacific Superyachts

    As Indonesia spans the equator, she is unique in her diversity and opportunities for year round cruising.

    “From November to March, the Northern sector is at its best”, explain Richard Lofthouse & Captain Jimmy Blee of Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia, “From Borneo it is only three to five days steaming or sailing to Bitung in North Sulawesi where you can clear in and take good quality fuel.”

    From there you have ready access to Bunaken National Park, the world class muck diving of Lembeh and deserted islands to the north – all within a fifty mile radius. Moving East is the untouched Halmahera to explore and then to the ‘Mecca of Diving’ that is the Raja Ampat. Beyond that is the opportunity to discover new tribes in Indonesian Papua and spend time in a place called Fak Fak!”

    INDONESIA Tribe in Papua New Guinea

    INDONESIA Tribe in Papua New Guinea - Photo credit: Asia Pacific Superyachts

    In November and December a run to the Spice Islands and the beautiful Molluku area is a must – a living history of nutmeg, old forts and unique beauty.

    From April to October, the 8th Parallel is ripe for exploring – whether it is Borobudur in Java, Uluwatu in Bali or the dragons of Komodo and Rinja, the possibilities are endless.

    Richard notes that when factoring in that all the above makes no mention of Sumatra and Sulawesi – (two of the biggest islands in the world), Kalimantan (the Indonesian side of Borneo), Sumba (‘The land that time forgot’) or many other of the 15,000 islands Indonesia has to offer, you will see that the riches available are abundant and the exploration, endless.

    INDONESIA Banda from Spice Island Volcano

    INDONESIA Banda from Spice Island Volcano - Photo credit: Asia Pacific Superyachts

    Richard and Captain Jimmy have over 20 years experience exploring Indonesia and making even the most remote trip possible.

    “A Year in Asia of extraordinary cruising will leave you in the perfect position to explore Northern Australia, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbour for New Year’s Eve and onwards to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands”, reports Captain Nick Coombes. An incredible discovery adventure journey awaits…

    By Captain Nick Coombes & Linda Cartlidge

    APS Contributors:
    Maldives: Mohamed Hameed
    Langkawi, Malaysia & Sri Lanka: Nick Coombes
    Phuket, Thailand & Myanmar: Gordon Fernandes
    Andamans & India: R. Rathnam
    Singapore: Scott Walker
    Koh Samui, Thailand: Charles Dwyer
    Hong Kong: Bart & Sytske Kimman
    Borneo, Malaysia & Philippines: Alvin & Shirley Teh
    Indonesia: Richard Lofthouse & Jimmy Blee

    HYS Yachts, Philippines: Retirement to Rebirth

    March 21, 2012

    HYS Yachts transforms retired commercial vessels into High-Value, World-Class, Luxury Yachts. The desire to own a world-class luxury yacht has become much more affordable thanks to the uncommon efforts as well as experience the HYS Yachts, Philippines provides.

    55m motor yacht Ark Angel (ex Galapagos) before and after her refit by HYS Yachts

    55m motor yacht Ark Angel (ex Tiara II and Galapagos) before and after her refit by HYS Yachts

    Since 2000, HYS has proved to be “the little yard that could”: no multi-million dollar infrastructure; no palatial offices; no Armani suits or on-site espresso machines. However, what these commercial-to-luxury yacht conversion specialists lack in big yard glamour, they more than make up for in high-value, fully-customized yacht conversions completed at a fraction of the cost of US or European new builds.

    Located within the former Subic US Naval Base in the Philippines, HYS Yachts – cited more and more frequently as the world leader in the highly specialized commercial to luxury yacht conversion niche – has seven successful conversions and nearly a dozen major refit projects (including one for venture capital mogul and yachting luminary Tom Perkins) currently under their belt. A few of the more notable HYS conversions include the 49m superyacht Western Isles, the 55m motor yacht Ark Angel (ex Tiara II and Galapagos), and the 50m luxury yacht Northern Sun.

    Well-Tooled Micro-Management
    Headed by British Expats Mark Prangnell (CEO and Lead Project Manager) and Simon Jupe (Naval Architect – BSc CENG MRINA), HYS has assembled an extraordinarily skilled international management team of steel and aluminum fabricators, mechanical and electrical engineers, carpentry and finishing specialists to orchestrate and quality control each step of the uniquely challenging commercial to luxury process.

    Unlike most shipyards, HYS management has developed a seldom seen hands-on approach to every aspect of their projects by working side-by-side their hand-picked, highly-skilled Filipino labor force to ensure the absolute perfection of each step in the conversion process.

    “We’re not a stamp-it-out, tack-it-in production facility with high-ticket welding robots” Pragnell notes. “We’re a fully custom yard with a gifted, human workforce. Since each conversion requires that we work within the original hull dimensions of each donor vessel, almost everything must be done to a special and often unique specification.”

    This, he admits without reservation or apology, entails a significant degree of team level micro-management. “As it turns out, and as our track-record shows, micro-managing each conversion hasn’t been detriment to our efficiently at all” Prangnell adds. “Not only have each of our projects been accomplished on time and on budget, but we’ve found that a hands-on, shoulder-to-shoulder working relationship with each member of our talented labor force has actually become one of the primary keys to the success of each conversion and refit we do.”

    Formula for Success
    In the late 1990’s, Prangnell and Jupe, long-time friends and colleagues in previous yacht-related endeavors, seized upon the game-changing concept of converting recentlyretired commercial vessels into world-class luxury craft.

    As the essential hull structure and propulsion systems of these relatively inexpensive “donor vessels” were already in place, Prangnell and Jupe reasoned that a cosmetic and functional transformation would be efficient to execute as well as attractively cost-effective for anyone in the market for a
    luxury yacht.

    For the investment-minded, they also knew that the comparatively low cost of each completed project – coupled with first-quality materials and workmanship – would afford their clients the unexpected bonus of immediate, and frequently significant, resale value.

    The commercial to luxury conversion model Prangnell and Jupe conceived of – and continue to refine for the benefit of both yard and client alike – is a savvy business strategy which has always lead to satisfied expressions on all sides of the table.

    HYS find’s it’s reward in transforming retired commercial vessels into a sleek, world-class luxury yachts – as well as, of course, an acceptable profit margin provided by internationally-competitive Philippine labor costs.

    The ship owner is rewarded with an unexpectedly affordable, fully customized, visually spectacular motor yacht that can either be held and enjoyed for years to come, or quickly flipped for a handsome profit.

    Other Services
    Over the years, HYS has also answered a growing need for luxury yacht refit services throughout the Southeast Asian region. From the re-planning and construction of new interior/exterior spaces to the installation of nav/com packages, to hull and superstructure repainting to laying new teak decking – and pretty much everything else in between – HYS has successfully served the refit requirements of many notable, regionally operated yachts including the ITASCA, Ark Angel (originally converted by HYS), Dr. No (originally converted by HYS), and many more.

    HYS also offers mothball services (enabling owners to temporarily decommission their luxury investments and cut back on all non-essential crew expenses during inactive cruising schedules and lean economic times), as well as international conversion/refit consulting.

    Next Steps
    Now that word is getting out about the dramatic, cost effective transformations coming out of this inconspicuous Philippine facility, are there any plans for yard expansion?

    “We are constructing a 50-meter over-water boat shed which will keep the conversion wheels cranking no matter what the weather. Other than that, anything is possible” Prangnell offers. “But for now, our yard and location is quiet, secure, and completely adequate for the work we do. Our past projects are confirmation of that.”

    “One thing is pretty sure though…” Prangnell adds with a smile. “We probably won’t be getting an espresso machine anytime soon.”

    Discover Philippines and Whale Sharks aboard a luxury charter yacht

    January 17, 2012

    Philippines, one of the most beautiful places on earth invites you to discover its stunning islands, beautiful beaches and enchanting under water world on board a beautiful charter yacht. Currently there are superb large superyachts available for charter in February and March, which happens to be the Whale Shark season in the Philippines – South East Asia; a perfect opportunity for all those diving aficionados eager to get a glance of the largest fish in the world.


    Made up of 7,107 islands, this archipelago nation and unique luxury yacht charter destination, Philippines has long been a crossroads of trade routes, with influences from everywhere from China, Japan, Malaysia, Spain, and the US overlaying the native cultures. After decades of political upheaval, the country has only recently started to become a leisure travel destination, meaning that many of its stunning natural sights are practically undeveloped with with very little tourists around.

    Discover the Stunning archipelago of the Philippines aboard a charter yacht

    Discover the Stunning archipelago of the Philippines aboard a charter yacht

    From deserted white-sand beaches to one of the world’s most unique and vibrant coral reefs, from the island where Magellan died to World War II shipwrecks, from fresh seafood everywhere you go to a rapidly-evolved gourmet street food scene in Manila, the Philippines is a country made for exploration by luxury yacht. Dive with barracudas and whale sharks, hold the world’s smallest primate, climb volcanoes, drift along an underground river, and perhaps discover something entirely new amongst these exotic, relaxed islands.

    Please, contact our team for more information and a customised itinerary to suite your needs.

    The Philippines - one of the most beautiful luxury yacht charter destinations

    The Philippines - one of the most beautiful luxury yacht charter destinations

    Discover Philippines on board a luxury charter yacht:

    Manila Bay

    Once known as the Pearl of the Orient, the Filipino capital was decimated in World War II, resulting in a somewhat deserved reputation for lawlessness and pollution. Recently, however, the area is on the up-and-up, and the knowledgeable visitor can find things to love in and around this sprawling metropolis. Like in most cosmopolitan cities, popular foods have been refined into art forms — try traditional dishes like balut (fermented duck egg), sisig (twice-cooked and fried pig’s head), and chicken adobo, the national dish. Explore Chinatown in the Binondo area and taste delicious fusion dishes. For a true gourmet Filipino experience, head two hours north to Angeles City to Bale Dutung, where artist-writer-chef Claude Tayag occasionally cooks lunch for those who call in advance. What history does remain includes the Spanish Intramuros fort and the city’s many historic churches, like UNESCO World Heritage Site San Agustin Church. A wide variety of museums encompasses everything from Manila Contemporary to the Ayala Museum to the Mirikina Shoe Museum, which shows off Imelda Marcos’ famous collection.

    Manila Bay

    Manila Bay

    Palawan Island

    Considered the country’s last frontier — a Stone Age tribe was discovered living here as recently as 1978 — this large, western island is paradise for those looking for unique and unspoilt wildlife, vegetation, and natural wonders. Pass through the main town of Puerto Princesa for the delicious local seafood offered on atmospheric Rizal Avenue — try the small, dried dangitt fish that goes with Filipino breakfasts — en route to the more interesting sights inland. Visit the sprawling Tabon Caves, in which some of Southeast Asia’s oldest human remains were found. Head around to the island’s western side to the weird and beautiful St. Paul Subterranean River National Park, a five-mile-long water-filled cave that can only be toured in (strictly limited) outrigger canoes. If you’re in the mood for more traditional island pursuits, spend a day snorkeling and diving amongst Honda Bay’s quiet, coral-fringed islets. At the island’s northern tip, El Nido and the Bacuit Archipelago have long been a destination for in-the-know Filipinos searching out pristine beaches and exotic natural sights like black marble caves and tabletop corals. No superyacht trip to Palawan would be complete, however, without a stint at Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site twelve hours from Puerto Princesa, considered the best diving in the Philippines.

    Palawan Island

    Palawan Island

    Busuanga Island

    If Palawan Island is an unexplored frontier, then this small island just to the north is practically off the map. Few foreigners make it here, but those who do are rewarded not just with undisturbed natural scenery — ideal for hiking, picnicking, island-hopping, and mountain biking — but also with the Maquinit Hot Springs and some seriously impressive shipwreck diving. During World War II, a number of Japanese ships were sunk by American bombers in the relatively shallow waters around Busuanga — some are even visible to snorkelers. Continue your land exploration on the northern tip of the island at “Calauit Island,” home to the unique Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, a sprawling area of grasslands and low hills that houses indigenous animals and African wildlife like giraffes, zebras, and gazelles.

    Busuanga Island

    Busuanga Island

    Cuyo Islands

    Where most collections of pristine, relatively uninhabited tropical islands have been “discovered” and developed for tourism, the 45-island Cuyo Archipelago has somehow been skipped over, perhaps because of its remote location in the expansive Philippine archipelago. Most of its serene islets are uplifted coral reefs, making it the perfect luxury yacht charter destination for days of uninterrupted island-hopping, diving and snorkeling in the vibrantly blue-green sea, wandering powdery gold- or white-sand beaches, bird-watching, and clambering around hidden caves. One of the few volcanic islands, main Cuyo Island features the archipelago’s only real town — home to an impressive Spanish church fort built in 1680 and still in use today — and is particularly popular destination for windsurfers. Explore the islands yourself to find your favourite beaches (Pandan and Seland Islands are particularly popular), and stop in at Pamalican Island for a luxurious interlude at the world-renowned Amanpulo Resort.

    Cuyo Islands

    Cuyo Islands

    Boracay (The North Side of Panay)

    Touted as the next Southeast Asian hot spot, this rapidly developing, five-miles-by-one-mile slip of an island north of Panay still has another few years before it completely turns into Phuket. For now, that kind of bustling tourism is mostly restricted to the western coast’s soft, stunning, and self-descriptive White Beach, where the restaurants and cafes, resorts and spas, bars and clubs, and water sports shacks are spread along three “stations.” Station One is home to luxury resorts like Discovery Shores and Friday’s, the latter of which offers some of the best dining — complete with beachfront sunset views — on the island. In Station Three, celebrate happy hour over beach pig roasts and karaoke. For a local dining experience, venture into the outdoor D’Mall market in search of Jonah’s (super fresh) Fruit Shakes, fresh fish at family-run Smoke, and Lemon Cafe, which doesn’t look like anything special but is considered one of the best restaurants in the Philippines. Get out of White Beach to go in search of quieter coves, luxurious spa treatments at the new Shangri-La Resort & Spa and the award-winning Mandala Spa & Villas, and kite- and wind-surfing on the island’s eastern shores. Don’t miss the world-class diving on the western side, home to numerous shipwreck sites and colourful reefs.




    Natural wonders often seem to come in sets, and it’s no different on the island of Bohol. Here, the surreal Chocolate Hills, one of the world’s smallest primates, and a spectacular coral shelf all vie for top billing, making for an impressive stay on this laid-back island. And that’s still before highlights like the 16th and 17th-century Jesuit stone churches, and the July-long Sandugo festival celebrating a 1565 blood compact between the Spanish and the Boholanos. Bizarrely named after the candy they resemble under the brown grasses of summer, the Chocolate Hills consist of at least 1,268 individual conical karst hills covering the centre of the island. Spend a day wandering the park and hiking the hills — each takes less than an hour to scale — before venturing to the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can camp and view the tiny, rather adorable tarsier. One of the oldest land species continuously in existence and ostensibly the world’s smallest primate, the tarsier actually inspired the look of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. Dive and snorkel on the aforementioned coral shelf about 45 minutes off of the picturesque and popular Alona Beach, keeping an eye out for clown fish and barracudas as well as the colourful coral. If you’re in the area between March and June, watch for dolphins and whales.




    Once the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines, the city of Cebu is now the country’s second largest, a less-polluted alternative to crowded Manila. Its main attractions, however, are primarily historical, including the first cross Magellan planted in 1521 and the first Spanish fort in the Philippines, Fort San Pedro. Nearby Mactan Island, practically part of the city, with its world-class resorts — like the Shangri-La and Plantation Bay — offers a quieter alternative. Float between the islets and picturesque beaches on banca cruises, and enjoy fresh seafood cooked to order at the fishermen’s stalls in the Mactan Shrine area. Get away from the crowds by heading to the southwestern side of the island, to Moalboal and Badian, where you can hike to and swim in the impressive Kawasan Falls, go diving along the reefs, and search out quiet beaches. If you’re looking for somewhere even more secluded, head just north of Cebu Island to tiny Malapascua Island, a surprisingly sleepy, low-key destination for being so close to all this action. No real transportation exists, locals offer moped rides for free, the mangoes are absolutely delicious, and you could spend your whole day between diving, fishing, and wandering the beachfront villages.



    All of this and more can be discovered aboard of the one of the wonderful charter yachts available in the philippines. Please, contact us for more information about this unique opportunity and a fully customised itinerary to suite every single of your wishes.

    55m motor yacht GALAPAGOS converted by HYS Yachts into ARK ANGEL Superyacht

    January 04, 2012

    It is the third time that the ´Art of Conversion´ company HYS Yachts from Philippines has done a complete make-over for the 55m luxury motor yacht Galapagos, built by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Today known as Ark Angel superyacht, this stunning vessel was previously named Galapagos, Tiara II, and originally Taishu Maru.

    Luxury motor yacht GALAPAGOS converted by HYS Yachts into ARK ANGEL Superyacht

    Luxury motor yacht GALAPAGOS converted by HYS Yachts into ARK ANGEL Superyacht - Image courtesy of HYS

    In 2000 the HYS Yachts initially converted the yacht from a Japanese maritime cadet training vessel, the Taishu Maru into a luxurious go-anywhere aquatic recreational platform, the Tiara II yacht.

    When the luxury yacht Tiara II was sold in 2004 and rechristened the Galapagos, her new owner turned her back to HYS in order achieve a massive upgrade which would bring her into the functional and aesthetic league of other modern expeditionary yachts.

    The super yacht Galapagos was sold once again in 2009, this time to a close friend of her original owner of the Tiara II. As a previous guest aboard the yacht Tiara, the new owner knew full well the care and quality of workmanship HYS brings to their projects. So, when he began toying with the notion of another refit, the Galapagos, now renamed the Ark Angel yacht motored out of European waters on a long trans-Pacific journey “back home” to HYS refit facility.

    When the yacht Ark Angel emerged from HYS yards in mid 2011, she was clad with a fully restyled body kit featuring two heli-decks (one large enough for the owner’s Agusta 109, the other for touch-and-go passenger service), a contemporary yacht stern unit, new side coamings, and an open-air sun deck.

    New interior amenities include a new forward master cabin, a gourmet food preparation galley, new wheelhouse, captain’s office, and more.