H.C. Andersen Liveaboard - Northern Route (December - August)
Mindoro & Coron Cruise Schedule
Departure from Batangas
Pandan Island and Sablayan
Coron Bay, the Blue Lagoon and Dicalabuan Island
Culion and Sangat Island
Calambuyan Island and North Kay Island
Dibotonai Island and Talampulan Island
Apo Reef National Park
The following is a day by day run through of the Northern Route:
Day 1 - Departure from Batangas
Departure from Batangas 2 hours drive south of Manila.
After boarding, you will be shown to your cabin. Then we all gather for a welcome drink and a presentation of the ship and its crew. Dinner will be served on the deck while we sail into the tropical night underneath a starry sky.
Day 2 - Pandan Island and Sablayan
Arrival at Pandan, "the Turtle Island", at sunrise. The coral reef and the large sea grass beds at Pandan Island attract giant sea turtles and a huge variety of tropical fish. Snorkelers will be able to see turtles feeding on the sea grass. Being close to these graceful animals is an unforgettable experience.
After lunch the cruise continues along the local "fishing route" to the town of Sablayan. Here you can visit the local museum and the town's covered market. After sunset we lift anchor and head out on a southerly course.
Day 3 - Coron Bay, the Blue Lagoon and Dicalabuan Island
We recommend that you get up early this morning, so as not to miss the spectacular approach to Coron Bay. After breakfast we go ashore and head for Kayangan Lake, also known as the Blue Lagoon. The lagoon is a volcanic crater filled with salty water. The water is crystal clear, and at the bottom of the lagoon you will be able to see some mighty rock columns, remnants of a naturally formed cathedral.
Breakfast will be served on board while we continue the voyage to Dicalabuan Island – a short crossing through a spectacular tropical island paradise. In the evening we will have a barbeque party on the beach underneath the sparkling starry sky.
Day 4 - Culion and Sangat Island
After breakfast you can visit Culion, a lovely little town, famous for its hospital, one of the last places in Asia where they care for leprosy patients. Accompanied by our guide, you can visit the hospital, the leprosy museum and the well-preserved Catholic church.
After lunch on board, we will visit Sangat Island - a cosy holiday island with just one small private resort. Relax on the beach or snorkel at the Coral Garden, one of the best snorkeling spots on the entire cruise. Dinner on board the ship at sunset.
Day 5 - Calambuyan Island and North Kay Island
We depart from Sangat in the morning, passing through a narrow strait with beautiful beaches on both sides. Along the route we pass by several large pearl farms, the main industry of this area.
It is a 1½-hour trip to Calambuyan. The island is surrounded by colourful corals that are home to a wealth of fish - a snorkeler's paradise. There is a lovely beach with plenty of shade for those in need of a break from the tropical sun. Ten minutes from where we anchor, scuba divers can explore two sunken Japanese warships, the "Akitsushima" and the "Okikawa Maru".
Lunch is served on board while we make way for the North Kay Island where more great snorkeling awaits just off the beautiful secluded beach.
Day 6 - Dibotonai Island and Talampulan Island
After breakfast, we set course for the beautiful Dibotonai Island with its lovely white sandy beach where coconut palms and bamboo huts offer plenty of shade. There is excellent snorkeling opportunity just a few meters off the beach.
In the afternoon we invite you on a motorboat trip to nearby Talampulan Island. Here you can visit the local fishing village with colourful bancas (fishing boats) and well-preserved traditional bamboo huts.
After dinner on board, we make way for one of the highlights of the trip: the world-famous Apo Reef.
Day 7 - Apo Reef National Park
The Apo Reef National Park is located west of Mindoro Island. The reef is regarded as one of the very best diving spots in the Philippines. The main island of the Apo atoll, Apo Island, is a cosy little place with a lovely beach. Lunch will be served beneath the shade of lush vegetation.
Snorkelling along the shore is excellent, and divers are in for some exciting dives in the crystal clear water. Visibility of up to 50 metres is not uncommon. There is a good chance of seeing sharks, barracudas, turtles, and the impressive manta rays.
Day 8 - Arrival Coco Beach/Batangas
Expected arrival at Coco Beach early in the morning marks the end of the cruise. Breakfast will be served on board before the crew bid you farewell. 2 Hours after, we will arrive in Batangas.
In case of inclement weather
The ship moves from island to island through sheltered waters. In case of inclement weather, we will anchor in a safe lagoon and await better weather. Safety always comes first on our adventure cruises, but it is extremely rare that we have to skip a day's programme.