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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing around the Philippines.

11°48.155'N, 123°28.293'E Chart icon.png
Capital Manila
Language English, Filipino
Currency Philippine Peso (PHP)
Time zone UTC+8 (No DST)
Calling code +63

The Philippines comprises over 7,000 islands. A volcanic mountain range runs north - south, 50% forested; largest islands Luzon and Mindanao. Coastal scenery is stunning, most people know some English, one of the cheapest places to cruise in the World. Bonbonon,(see chart below) South Negros is where the largest number of cruisers (about 40) hang out. Other cruiser haunts are Subic Bay, Puerto Galera and Cebu. Generally the Philippines is safe from piracy except for Mindanao and the Sulu Sea which should be avoided due to the activities of Islamic extremist group Abu Sayyaf.

North of Mindoro. Photo by Magalhães, 2003

The Philippines has been a very popular cruising region, for many reasons, for many years.


National Mapping Resource Information Agency
Philippine Charts
Click here for List of Available Nautical Charts
ENC for Southern China Sea (SCS)
East Asia Hydrographic Commission (EAHC) - Free charts


The Philippines experiences two "seasons":

  1. The North East monsoon, from November to April
  2. The South West monsoon from May to October

Tropical storms and Typhoons can strike the Philippines at any time of the year but are most frequently experienced between April to November.

Weather links


List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.


The Philippine islands, 7,641 of them, can be divided among four main groups and those islands/ports of particular interest to cruisers are listed under each group heading:

  • Luzon – the northernmost island group, center of government, history and economy and home to the capital
  • Visayas – the central island group, heart of the country’s antiquity, nature and biodiversity
  • Mindanao – the southernmost island group, which showcases the Philippines’ indigenous and rich cultures
  • Palawan - comprising over 1700 islands, this area contains less than 0.5% of the population of the Philippines.

For details on these islands see Berthing below.


Add here VHF channel for coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The Philippines is an IALA B country (red right returning).



  • Yachts arriving in the Philippines must report to the Coast Guard initially. See their website for locations of Coast Guard Stations
  • Yachts MUST initially proceed to an official Port of Entry to check in - overnight stops en-route to a Port of Entry is tolerated but not encouraged
  • Yachts (especially those with animals aboard - to notify the quarantine officer) must try to give 24 hours advance notice of arrival at the Port of Entry'



Customs and Immigration


  • Firearms and ammunition MUST be declared on arrival. Prohibited items include pornographic material, narcotics and internationally prohibited drugs, unless accompanied by a medical prescription
  • PETS: - Yachts with animals on board are required to contact the Animal Quarantine office in Manila. Ph: (2) 992-836, for clearance documentation and a permit
  • Yachts may remain for 1 year in the Philippines - crew's visa extensions apply


A visa is not required for stays of up to 21 days except for citizens of Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belize, Bosnia & Herzegovina, China, CIS, Croatia, Cuba, East Timor, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tonga, Vanuatu, and Yemen.

For stays longer than 21 days, you must get a visa in advance or request an extension to 59 days (3030PHP) before it expires. Extension after expiry will attract a penalty (1000PHP). Further 30 (4300PHP) or 60 (4800PHP) day extensions may be requested repeatedly for up to 16 months for most nationalities, then the visitor must exit and return. The validity of the visa starts from the date one checks in at the first port of entry. It is advised that anyone planning to cruise in the Philippines should obtain a 60-day visa in advance and an extension of this visa for a further 60 days can be obtained (4800PHP) from the Immigration office in Cebu, Manila, and Olongapo.

When applying for a visa from a Philippines consulate the requirements are;

  • Passport with 6 months validity (several color copies are appreciated)
  • Application form and photograph (signed on the reverse)
  • An itinerary and intended port of entry into the Philippines
  • Full details of the vessel.

For extensions just a passport valid for 6 months (several color copies are appreciated). The 21 day visa obtained upon arrival apparently does not require photographs (experience at Puerto Galera).

This link takes you to The Bureau of Immigration - constantly updated

Fees and Charges

  • Visa Fee = ?
    • Extensions = ?
  • Entry Fee = ?

Due to corruption, fees vary between places and are sometimes not charged at all.

  • Depature Fee (Port Clearance) = ?

Note: A de-ratting certificate is NOT necessary for small recreational vessels.


Health and Security


  • Malaria and schistosomiasis are two water-related parasitic diseases affecting millions of people worldwide particularly tropical and subtropical countries. In the Philippines, malaria is found in 72 out of 78 provinces while schistosomiasis is endemic in 24 provinces. The Anopheles mosquito and the Oncomelania snail involved in the transmission of these diseases depend on certain environmental determinants that support mosquito and snail populations, ie. water and nearby human activity and population
    • Malaria Area of Risk:
      Rural only, except no risk in provinces of Bohol, Catanduanes, Cebu, and metropolitan Manila; however, Subic Bay is a risk area
    • Malaria Chloroquine Resistance: Confirmed CDC Yellow Book Region Overview:
      Southeast Asia:- From the tropical rain and monsoon forests of the northwest, the area extends through the savannah and the dry tropical forests of the Indochina peninsula, returning to the tropical rain and monsoon forests of the islands bordering the South China Sea
  • Virus Dengue is an additional water related disease also carried by mosquitoes, represented by 4 different strains
  • Arthropod-borne diseases are an important cause of morbidity throughout the area. Malaria and filariasis are endemic in many parts of the rural areas of all the countries Japanese encephalitis, dengue, and dengue hemorrhagic fever can occur in epidemics in both urban and rural areas. Mite-borne typhus has been reported in deforested areas in most countries
  • Foodborne and waterborne diseases are common. Cholera and other watery diarrheas, amebic and bacillary dysentery, typhoid fever, and hepatitis A and E can occur in all countries in the area. Schistosomiasis is endemic in the southern Philippines. Among helminthic infections, fasciolopsiasis (giant intestinal fluke) can be acquired in most countries in the areas; opisthorchiasis (cat liver fluke) in the Philippines, and paragonimiasis in most countries. Melioidosis can occur sporadically throughout the area
  • Other hazards include snake bites and leeches




Key to symbols: |Island icon – island |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data ||
Luzon Visayas Mindanao Palawan Pampanga
Aparri Aparri /wiki/Aparri Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
Bataan Marina Bataan Marina /wiki/Bataan_Marina Marina icon – marina |Needs data icon – needs data |
Batangas Batangas /wiki/Batangas Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Needs data icon – needs data |
Legaspi Legaspi /wiki/Legaspi Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
Manila Manila /wiki/Manila Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Maya Maya Maya Maya /wiki/Maya_Maya Marina icon – marina |Needs data icon – needs data |
Puerto Galera (Mindoro)Puerto Galera (Mindoro)/wiki/Puerto_Galera Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
San Fernando La Union San Fernando La Union /wiki/San_Fernando_La_Union Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
Subic Bay Subic Bay /wiki/Subic_Bay Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Tabaco Tabaco /wiki/Tabaco Port of entry icon – port of entry |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
Bonbonon (Negros Island)Bonbonon (Negros Island)/wiki/Bonbonon Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
Carmen Carmen /wiki/Carmen Needs data icon – needs data |
Cebu City Cebu City /wiki/Cebu_City Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
Coron Coron /wiki/Coron Island icon – island |Marina icon – marina |Needs data icon – needs data |
Dumaguete (Negros)Dumaguete (Negros)/wiki/Dumaguete Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
Leyte Island Leyte Island /wiki/Leyte_Island Island icon – island |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
Romblon Island Romblon Island /wiki/Romblon_Island Island icon – island |Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
Cagayan de Oro Cagayan de Oro /wiki/Cagayan_de_Oro Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
Davao Davao /wiki/Davao Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Surigao Surigao /wiki/Surigao Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
Zamboanga Zamboanga /wiki/Zamboanga Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
El Nido (Corong Corong)El Nido (Corong Corong)/wiki/El_Nido Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
Port Barton Port Barton/wiki/Port_Barton Needs data icon – needs data |
Puerto Princesa Puerto Princesa /wiki/Puerto_Princesa Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
San FernandoSan Fernando/wiki/San_Fernando,_Philippines Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |


List transportation to other countries, etc.


Submit details/contacts of cruiser's "friends" that can be contacted in advance or on arrival - who can offer information and assistance to our cruising "family".


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


  • Philippines at the Wikipedia
  • Philippines at the Wikivoyage
  • Puerto Galera Yacht Club - On this website you will find up-to-date information on Cruising and Sailing in the Philippines - produced by the members of the Puerto Galera Yacht Club. No doubt that this is one of the very best sources of information on Cruising the Philippines
  • Welcome to Samal Island in the Gulf of Davao - Here you will find cruising guidelines and information regarding life in Samal and Davao


Books, Guides, etc. Use the Reference template or not at your discretion. For example:

{{Reference|Rod Heikel|Greek Waters Pilot Imray||Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire|9780852889718}}, expands to
Rod Heikell, Greek Waters Pilot Imray, Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire, ISBN 9780852889718


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