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Adventure Cruise are pleased to present the tour “Adventure Cruise on M/Y Hans Christian Andersen”, which will take you on an unforgettable voyage through the Philippines.

Adventure Cruise have set our sights on memorable experiences, empty beaches, local fishing villages, fantastic diving and snorkeling – the perfect way to explore the picturesque archipelagos of the Philippines. We offer a relaxed unpretentious holiday atmosphere and you won’t have to worry about dresscode.

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The Ship

The Motor Yacht “Hans Christian Andersen” was built in 1972 in Holland. The initial idea was to create a luxurious sailing-ship for taking wealthy clients on cruises around the Caribbean. Subsequently the ship was converted into a modern style motor vessel serving as a training ship for a Danish navigation school.

The ship was rebuilt in 2006 to serve as an adventure cruise ship, fitted with a new and more powerful engine and all modern navigation equipment.

Built in 1972 in Groningen, Holland as a three masted schooner, later rebuilt as a navigation training ship. In 2006 reoutfitted as a purpose built adventure cruise ship under Danish ownership and renamed “Hans Christian Andersen” after the world famous Danish fairytale author and poet.

Maximum number of passengers: 46
Number of crew: 20
Length overall: 49.20 meters
Width overall: 8.5 meters
Draft: 3.2 meters
Tonnage, gross: 539 tons / net: 161 tons
Maximum cruising speed: 12 knot
Electricity: 220 V
Lloyds certificated

Cabins

The ship has 20 comfortable cabins situated on a lower and an upper deck.

Lower deck cabins are all situated above the water line, and each has two portholes. Choose between two, three or four person cabins, all with air-conditioning and en suite toilet and bath.

Upper deck cabins are slightly more spacious. They are all fitted with large panorama windows, double beds, air-conditioning and en suite toilet and bath.

Extra charge for single occupancy in two person cabins.

Decks

The ship has three main passenger decks.

The dining area is located on the main deck. It is the perfect place to relax with a book or to trade stories about the activities of the day.

There are two shaded sundecks – ideal for sunbathing and relaxation. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the spectacular tropical sunset while our skilful bartender creates a refreshing sundowner for you.

Whirlpool bath

If you need to cool down during the hot hours, take a dip in the refreshing open air whirlpool bath located on the forward deck.

The Cruise

A cruise on board the M/Y “Hans Christian Andersen” has all the makings of a fairytale come true.

The Philippine archipelago is one of the most beautiful natural places on Earth. Snow white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, framed by swaying coconut palms and colourful flowers create the perfect setting for an unforgettable holiday.

Whatever you prefer to do, we promise you the holiday experience of a lifetime. The Philippines are an outstanding destination for adventures both above and below water.

Depending on the time of year, our adventure cruise will take you around on one of two different routes – a Northern and a Southern route.

Families and adventurers alike

A cruise on board the M/Y “Hans Christian Andersen” is for holiday makers of all ages. It is an ideal holiday for families with children as we sail from island to island in sheltered waters. For the more adventurous traveller, there are plenty of places to explore and things to do.

We will be visiting secluded beaches and picturesque fishing villages; beautiful untouched places to explore, indulge in, or just plainly enjoy. A relaxed and unpretentious holiday atmosphere where you do not need to worry about dress codes.

Activities

Every day you will have the opportunity to go ashore where you can swim or snorkel or look for hidden places to explore. Our friendly guides will show you the local marketplaces, museums, or other places of interest. If you are looking for some healthy exercise, there is plenty of opportunity for this too.

The ship is fully equipped with modern diving facilities. We have our own on-board diving instructors and plenty of equipment for rent. Certified divers will have the opportunity to explore some of the best diving sites in the world, including the beautiful Apo Reef Natural Reserve and the famous Coron Bay World War II warship cemetery. For the novice, we offer a range of PADI courses at all levels.

Northern Route

Depending on the time of year, our adventure cruise will take you around on different routes.

The Northern Route starts in Batangas, located near 2 hours drive south of Manila.

This cruise takes you south to the North Palawan region and Coron Bay, an area renown for its outstanding natural beauty.

Enroute we will visit a number of idyllic tropical islands, pure Robinson Crusoe stuff where rocky coastlines alternate with pristine sandy beaches framed by swaying coconut palms. Beautiful places where you can relax and enjoy, or be active and explore. Every day new adventures await.

For divers, the highlight of the cruise will be the World War II warship cemetery at Coron Bay and the world famous Apo Reef Natural Reserve.

Mindoro/Palawan (December – August)
The Northern Route Cruise Schedule
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.

Southern Route

Depending on the time of year, our adventure cruise will take you around on different routes.

The Southern Route commences at Cebu, the second largest city of the Philippines. Cebu is the capital of the Visayas Region, located centrally in the Philippine archipelago.

This cruise takes you around to some of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world; serene places with white sandy beaches, turquoise water and idyllic fishing villages, that have remained totally unaffected by modern mass tourism. There will be plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy or explore – on your own or together with one of our guides.

For divers the highlight of the cruise will undoubtedly be the Monad Shoal, an underwater island at the edge of a 200 m drop-off. The site is famous as the only place in the world where the magnificent thresher sharkscan be seen every day.

Visayas (October – December)
The Southern Route – Cruise Schedule
The following is a day by day run through of the Southern Route:

Day 1 – Departure from Cebu
Departure from Cebu, the second largest city of the Philippines. 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 head out on a southerly course underneath a starry sky. (D)

Day 2 – Apo Island and Siquijor
We arrive early in the morning at the rocky Apo Island, one of the pearls of the Visayas region (not to be confused with Apo Island of the Apo atoll). Apo Island is home to a small society of fishermen and it offers a relaxed atmosphere and a wonderful beach. Excellent snorkeling and diving around the island. Lunch will be served on board while we make our way eastward to Siquijor Island where we will anchor for the night. (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Balicasag and Pamilacan
We depart early in the morning for our next destination, the island of Balicasag. Balicasag is considered to be the best diving site in the Visayas region. Balicasag is a natural reserve and it offers a huge variety of beautiful corals and colourful fish for snorkelers and divers alike. Lunch will be served on board while we set the course for Pamilacan Island. The people of this island were whalers for generations, but with the ban on whaling in 1992, they took to traditional fishing. A stroll through the village is well worth your time. Here you will get an interesting glimpse of daily life, present and past, on this secluded island. Back on the ship, it is time for a Happy Hour drink with a view of the sunset until dinner is served. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Camiguin Island
We arrive at Camiguin Island early in the morning. The Philippines is the world’s second largest archipelago, consisting of more than 7,000 tropical islands, so it takes something truly extraordinary to stand out from the rest. Camiguin Island does just that. The island is famous or bulahan as they are known for its wonderful, sweet lanzones fruits locally. Camiguin Island is rich with volcanoes, hot springs, blue lagoons, beautiful waterfalls and deep jungles.

The island’s most spectacular feature is the Hibok-Hibok volcano, rising to 1,320 metres’ height. Camiguin actually has a larger number of volcanoes per square kilometre than any other island on Earth. Hibok-Hibok last erupted in 1951.

We will spend the entire day on the island, giving you plenty of time for exploring together with one of our guides, and if you are in good shape you can trek to the top of the volcano. For the less adventurous, Camiguin is also blessed with intriguing black sandy beaches and a healthy coral reef, ideal for both diving and snorkeling. (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Dinagat Island
Very few travellers get to this remote island. primarily due to lack of hotels. On our floating hotel, we have the possibility to visit this fantastic island, where especially the north western coast are spectacular. We reach areach very special coastline in the morning. Tall limestone rocks rises vertically from the sea, and reminds of Halong Bay in Vietnam. After breakfast we go for some of the Islands beautiful white sand beaches, with good opportunities for sunbathing, swimming or snorkeling. We’ll have lunch onboard the ship, while it cruises south between small islands. In the afternoon we anchors in Puerto Princessa, a beautiful bay with a fine white sand beach and excellent corals for snorkeling and diving. There is a small fishing village close to the beach, that can be visited in the afternoon. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Leyte Island, Sogod Bay and Coral Cay Conservation
This day are dedicated to underwater activities. We’ll anchor in the morning in a safe distance to the coralreefs in Sogod Bay. Here the UK based organization Coral Cay Conservation have been doing a project dedicated to protect the corals and developing best practises to preserve the Corals. During the day there will be good opportunities to see some of the activities in the project, and to learn more about the fascinating world of the corals. Read about the project here: www.coralcay.org There will be served lunch on the beach. The reef in Sogod Bay has a big variety of fish, plants and different corals, so expect a wonderful day for snorkeling and diving. After Happy Hour and dinner the ship sets the course for Cuatro Islands. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Cuatro Islands
On Cuatro Islands (4 islands) you can get the ultimate experience of white beaches and excellent snorkeling. And the best, is that no travellers reach the islands, due to lack of public transportation, so you can enjoy and relax undisturbed. We will visit the islands Himokilan and Apid where the locals live closely connected to the sea and the sky. The fishermen build small bancas on the beaches and then go fishing, the boats covering the sea like small colorfull dots. . The local kids are ready to play some basketball. On Apid Island we will visit a small school, where we have a chance to donate clothing, toiletries, toothbrushes, pencils or other usefull things. In the afternoon we will gather on the ship and enjoy the happy hour, while the sun sets. After dinner the ship sets the course for Cebu. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Cebu
After an overnight voyage we arrive at Cebu at breakfast time. After breakfast it is time to say goodbye and leave the ship after a week packed with wonderful experiences and memorable moments. (B)

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 program.

Tubbataha Liveaboard

A Tubbataha Liveaboard on M/Y Hans Christian Andersen is the perfect way to explore the wonders of this special place.

Tubbataha is recognized as being the best diving spot in the Philippines and amongst the best in South East Asia. Divers come here for the incredible corals, huge schools of fish and the chance to see lots of sharks and manta rays. Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is both a National Marine Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was nominated recently as one of the 7 wonders of nature.

Liveaboard to Tubbataha (May – June)

World class diving in the Philippines.

Tubbataha is recognized as being the best diving spot in the Philippines and amongst the best in South East Asia. Divers come here for the incredible corals, huge schools of fish and the chance to see lots of sharks and manta rays. Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is both a National Marine Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was nominated recently as one of the 7 wonders of nature.

Coron – El Nido

Depending on the time of year, our adventure cruise will take you around on different routes.
The “Coron – El Nido”-route starts in Coron and takes you to El Nido and back. It is possible to embark and disembark both places as an added flexibility.

This cruise takes you south to the North Palawan region and Coron Bay, an area renown for its outstanding natural beauty.

Enroute we will visit a number of idyllic tropical islands, pure Robinson Crusoe stuff where rocky coastlines alternate with pristine sandy beaches framed by swaying coconut palms. Beautiful places where you can relax and enjoy, or be active and explore. Every day new adventures await.

For divers, the highlight of the cruise will be the World War II warship cemetery at Coron Bay.

Diving

Dive, relax and enjoy
An adventure cruise on board the M/Y “Hans Christian Andersen” is an excellent way to discover some of the most famous and most beautiful diving sites that the Philippines has to offer. In between dives there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the many wonderful locations that we visit on the cruise.

Whether you are an experienced diver or a novice, the dives will be planned to accommodate individual wishes as far as possible. You can bring your own equipment or hire from us, the ship’s dive centre is well equipped with all necessary technical facilities and with plenty of equipment for hire.

What to see
On an adventure cruise on board the M/Y “Hans Christian Andersen”, you have the opportunity to explore some of the best diving sites in the world, including the beautiful Apo Reef Natural Reserve and the famous Coron Bay World War II warship cemetery. You will also be visiting some of the most unspoilt coral reefs in South East Asia, home to shoals of colourful fish and rare maritime creatures. You will have the opportunity to see several species of sharks, including hammer heads and thresher sharks; sea turtles; manta rays and much, much more.

Diving facilities on board
The ship is fully-equipped with all necessary technical diving facilities. Diving equipment is available for hire. We have our own diving instructors, and PADI courses are offered during the cruise.

Booking required
You will need to book your diving prior to departure in order to ensure sufficient space and facilities. Diving will take place in small groups consisting of 3-6 divers per instructor or dive master. You will have the possibility to make up to 12 dives (including 1 night dive) during the cruise.

Safety
For safety reasons we require that all divers fill out a health declaration form and present a valid diving certificate as well as an up-to-date log book or other proof of experience.

If you suffer from diabetes, asthma, hay fever, allergies or other deceases or physical disorders, you must present a doctor’s certificate stating that you are fit for diving.

Our diving is based on PADI’s rules and recommendations. Decompression dives will not be permitted. For your own safety, we recommend that you take out internationally valid insurance that covers diving accidents prior to your departure.

Activities and Excursions

A cruise on the M/Y “Hans Christian Andersen” is an unforgettable experience for all – regardless of age or how adventurous you feel. Whether you are a diver or not, every day of the cruise will be full of exciting experiences, places to explore and sights to see.

Excursions
Every day we will arrange walks or excursions for you on the islands that we visit along the cruise. Our tour guides will do their utmost to fulfill any special wishes you may have. Every evening we will inform you about the following day’s location and which activities are available. We will make visits to local markets, museums and villages. It is entirely up to you, how much you want to participate. All tours and excursions are included in the price.

Sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling
If you prefer just to relax and enjoy the sun, you can do so on board or ashore as you wish. Every day we will be visiting pristine and unspoiled beaches where you can bask in the sun. If you want to swim or snorkel (with or without guide), there will be plenty of opportunity to do so.

Sports
If you are looking for physical challenges besides swimming, we bring a number of sea kayaks on the ship. You are welcome to use them as much as you like, free of charge. On land, the locals are very friendly, and if you are up for it, they will love to challenge you to a game basketball, pool or volleyball.

Diving
A cruise on the M/Y “Hans Christian Andersen” brings you around to some of the very best dive sites in the world. Between the dives you can relax and enjoy the luxury of a spacious and comfortable cruise ship.

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