Fly into Laoag where your adventure in the Philippines begins. While your luggage is whisked away to your waiting yacht, head out of the city and make your way to the coastal desert landscapes of La Paz. These epic, desert-like sand dunes are not what you might expect to find in the tropical islands of the Philippines. However, this expanse of undulating desert covers an area of 85 square kilometres. Undertake a high-octane adventure as you race across the dunes in ATVs or test your balance and take a sand board down some of the carved ridges.
Surf down the final dunes to the glittering coast where you will see your vessel waiting for you. Here, you can try your hand at kite surfing along the coast under the tutelage of an expert Pelorus instructor. After your lesson, your tender will carry you to your vessel where you will meet your crew and get settled in. Return to deck where you can enjoy a welcome cocktail as the sun sets, reflecting off the tiny grains of sand and creating an otherworldly view.
Wake up having cruised south overnight and make your way on to shore. Take to the skies as you climb into a fleet of ultralight aircrafts. These will take you soaring over the iconic Banaue Rice Terraces. This UNESCO world heritage is often referred to as an eighth Wonder of the World. These jaw dropping staircase-like rice paddies were built over two thousand years ago and the best way to view them is undoubtedly from the air. These staggering feats of ancient engineering are sure to take your breath away as you float over them in your ultralights.
Land and enjoy a wild lunch prepared by your yacht crew among the areas expansive rice paddies. Refreshed and restored, embark on your next adventure in the region of Sagada. Here you will head underground through a series of stunning rock formations, tunnels and caves. Test your limits as you hike, crawl, rappel. and swim through subterranean passageways. Complete this challenging undertaking before returning to your waiting vessel for a delicious dinner on board.
Cruise south along the stunning islands and coastlines of the Philippines. Here glittering lakes are surrounded by jungle covered karst landscapes. Swim or paddle in pristine waters that are protected by the indigenous Tagbanua people. Explore an island that is otherwise closed off to members of the public. Pelorus can gain your special permissions and permits to access this otherwise private island paradise.
Whilst on this island you will get the chance to meet and interact with the Tagbanua, one of the oldest ethnic groups in the Philippines. They will showcase their incredible climbing skills as they climb seemingly vertical cliff faces in search of edible birds’ nests built by local swallows. These nests are maintained by individual families and provide them a valuable source of income. Each family guards their limestone cliff and only harvests in a particular season in order to safeguard the tradition’s survival for future generations.
As well as getting access to this secret and sacred land, you will also get the chance to climb these limestone cliffs under the direction of the locals who have been scaling them for generations. Having completed your ascent, spend the afternoon learning more about the Tagbanuan cultural rituals, traditions, and crafts. Get involved in bamboo basket weaving and woodcarving before joining them in the evening for an evening of music and dance. Around the fire you will listen to the music of the nose flute, the boat flute, and special percussive gongs played alongside more modern instruments such as acoustic guitars.