There are some spectacular outlying islands too, the most famous of which are Cebu and Mindanao in the south and Palawan in the west – but it is unthinkable to take a Philippine superyacht charter without experiencing the extraordinary capital, Manila.
With its incessant rush-hour intensity, steaming street markets and infectious human clamour, the Philippines is one of the liveliest countries in the world. It also boasts areas of wholesome exclusivity, arranged around luxurious boutiques, elegant restaurants and high-rise commercial buildings. With this as your charter base, the island of Mindoro is within easy reach. On its northern coast, the deep natural harbour of Puerto Galera, once favoured by the Spanish fleet for its proliferation of sheltered deep-water anchorages, is particularly lovely. Its white bays, gorgeous islets and lush forests create a wonderful refuge for a roaming charter superyacht. With White Beach to the west and Sabang to the east, it also offers excellent cave diving and the happy option of tranquillity, sophistication or hedonism.