LA PAZ & UNESCO BANAUE
Your Philippines adventure begins in Laoag where, after landing, you’ll travel to the coastal desert of La Paz. While your luggage is traveling to your waiting yacht, you’ll explore this immense swathe of sand on ATVs, or take a sandboard and fly down the dunes.
As you surf down your final dunes, you’ll see your vessel anchored in the glittering sea. Before you board, join an expert instructor and attempt kite surfing. Transfer by tender afterward to your ship and a welcome from the crew. After getting settled in, enjoy a sundowner on deck, enjoy the incredible view and the sea breezes.
You’ll awake in a more southerly location, where you’ll make your way to shore and into the cockpit of an ultralight aircraft. Take to the skies over the UNESCO-protected Banaue Rice Terraces. Breathtaking from above, these intricate staircases of rice paddies are over two thousand years old.
Once you’ve landed, you’ll dine amid the rice paddies with an al fresco lunch prepared by the crew. Your next adventure takes place in Sagada, where you’ll journey underground this time to explore the incredible network of tunnels, caves, and rock formations here. After you’ve crawled, hiked, swam, and rappelled your way through this natural labyrinth, you’ll return to your vessel for a well-earned, restorative dinner.
TAGBANUA PRIVATE ISLANDS
Traveling south you’ll enter waters characterized by the abrupt, verdant topography of karst islands with pristine lakes in their jungled interiors. With special permission gained by Pelorus from the indigenous Tagbanua, you can swim or paddle in the lakes before exploring an island paradise closed off to everyone but the Tagbanua.
Welcomed by the Tagbanua, you’ll enjoy a cultural immersion with one of the Philippines’ oldest ethnic groups. They’ll demonstrate their climbing skills as they forage for edible birds’ nests on sheer cliffs. Under their guidance, you’ll have an opportunity to scale these same limestone cliffs. In the afternoon, learn about other aspects of their culture, such as bamboo basket weaving, and woodcarving, before an evening of music and dance around the fire with nose and boat flutes, as well as percussive gongs.