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Manila To Koror

ASIA expedition cruise Silver Discoverer

A brand new destination for every day of the itinerary! Incredible landscapes and Zodiac® tours around stunning coastline. Beautiful islands with unique cultures and language. Superlative snorkelling and diving at Apo Reef. Whale sharks. Asian Palm Swif, Colasisi and the Philippine Serpent Eagle. The world truly does await on this journey abundant with experiences.
Voyage 9810

Book by 15 March and enjoy $1,000 onboard credit per suite and one-category suite upgrade on selected voyages

Fares shown are per guest

included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
Cruise itinerary

Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
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Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
Click here to see all photos and videos.

MANILA, the capital city of the Philippines, was founded in, 1571 by Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi. It is one of the oldest cities in the country and was the seat of power for most of the colonial rules of the Philippines. It is situated on the eastern shore of Manila Bay and contains a multitude of landmarks, some of which date back to the 16th century. It is home to the baroque 16th-century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and military prison. In the 19th century Manila became one of the most modern cities in Asia.

An underwater paradise teeming with biodiversity, Apo Reef Natural Park is a tentative UNESCO World Heritage site made up of a reef and three islands. Apo Island is the largest island and harbours mangroves and beach vegetation on its 22 hectares. Apo Reef, the important and main geographical features of the park, lies to the east of Apo Island. Snorkelers will enjoy the crystal blue waters and be looking for some of the 400 varieties of soft and hard corals registered, cushion stars, damsel fishes, butterfly fishes, angel fishes, parrot fishes, cardinal fishes, trigger fishes, and wrasses.
Our stay in San Fernando will present a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in the traditional ways of Sibuyan Island.
Donsol  and Ticao Islands flourished in the 1500s as shipping dockyards. They were known not only for the abundance of hardwoods, but also for the excellent shipbuilding skills of the locals. With the dawn of larger steel vessels and with modernization, these two towns have been left behind.  Donsol became a quiet fishing town while the people of Ticao Island shifted their focus to raising cattle for the Spanish owned haciendas.
San Luis, CAPUL is a living museum, or rather, a place where history is alive. The Island got its name from Acapulco, Mexico when it served an important role in the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade during the Spanish era. The well preserved 15th century church complex of Capul, built during the Spanish Colonial Period, is dedicated to St. Ignatius of Loyola and is surrounded by a square fort with bulwarks of dissimilar designs At the northern tip of the island lies Faro de Capul, the Island’s Lighthouse.
Bohol is an island province consisting of Bohol Island and 75 minor surrounding islands. Its capital is Tagbilaran City. With a land area of 1,589.7 sq mi and a coastline 162 mi, Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines. In the 1600’s, the Jesuits introduced Christianity to the region. They built huge churches, which were declared heritage sites in the early 2000’s. Unfortunately most of these churches were heavily damaged by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake of 2013. Today, some of these churches are being restored.

Balicasag Island is a tiny mass of land located southwest of Panglao Island and Tagbilaran City. The island is surrounded by a beautiful sandy beach on land and fringed by a narrow reef shelf easily seen through the clear aquamarine waters. The island is well-liked by snorkelers on the lookout for colourful schools of reef fish, turtles, wrasses, groupers, and barracuda.
The tenth most populous city in the Philippines, Cagayan de Oro is a highly urbanized city located on Macajalar Bay. Cagayan de Oro means River of Gold, which has been the name of the city since approximately 1622 when the Spanish Augustinian Recollect friars arrived, though the place was first inhabited by island native population in 377 CE. The Cagayan de Oro River is known for its rushing rapids, making it the most popular whitewater rafting location in the Philippines.
All visitors to Camiguin want to “Come Again”! It’s that kind of place like no other – beautiful and peaceful with friendly locals. It’s often referred to as an island paradise. It is the only island in the world with 14 volcanoes (only one is active). These volcanoes have nurtured the fertile rice and other crop fields that are the main livelihood for the people living here. The coastal areas have many marine sanctuaries and natural park, and is considered one the best diving sites in the Philippines. On land, two dominant volcanoes, Mt. Timpoong (meaning ‘High’) and Mt.
Sohoton Bay has many special sites, but the Sohoton Cove National Park just slightly to the east on Bucas Grande’s southwestern side is enchanting. It is almost impossible to find if you come at the wrong time of the day. The half-submerged entrance is the only way in and out and can only be used at low tide. Sohoton Cove National Park is filled with gorgeous, muffin-shaped, forest-covered islets. Most of them are untouched by human hands and the natural arrangement acts like a gigantic, natural maze.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Palau's early history is still largely veiled in mystery. Why, how or when people arrived on this beautiful islands is unknown, but studies indicate that today's Palauans are distant relatives of the Malays of Indonesia, Melanesians of New Guinea and Polynesians. As for the date of their arrivals, carbon dating of artefacts from the oldest known village sites on the Rock Islands and the spectacular terraces on Babeldaob place civilization here as early as 1,000 BC.

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Medallion Suite

408 ft² / 38m² including a private balcony

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Veranda Suite

280 ft² / 26m² including a private balcony

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Vista Suite

269 ft² / 25m²

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View Suite

181 ft² / 16.8m²

From US$ 13,100
Explorer Suite

186 ft² / 17.3 m²

From US$ 11,800
Fares shown are per guest

included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
  • *Free transfers available only for guests utilizing Silversea air offer

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Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite
Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite
Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite
Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite
Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 408 ft² / 38m² including a private balcony

A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. The perfect summary of The Medallion Suite offered by the world’s best cruise line.

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9810 - Manila to Koror
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationary
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Balcony with wooden parquet with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa that can accomodate an additional guest
  • Living room with sitting area and convertible sofa to accomodate an additional guest
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Laundry service
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Illy® Espresso machine
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • Bose Sound Touch 30 with Bluetooth connectivity (use Bose APP or direct Bluetooth connection)

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note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
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Silver Discoverer - Veranda Suite
Silver Discoverer - Veranda Suite
Silver Discoverer - Veranda Suite
Silver Discoverer - Veranda Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 280 ft² / 26m² including a private balcony

A Silversea signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony with patio furniture. Veranda Suites lavishly accommodate three guests.

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9810 - Manila to Koror
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content
  • Personalised stationary
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Balcony with wooden parquet with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa that can accommodate an additional guest up to the age of 14 years old. (Veranda Suites 601, 602, 603, 604 only)
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
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Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 269 ft² / 25m²

A quiet sanctuary. The suite’s sitting area has plenty of room to relax while on your cruise. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed.

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9810 - Manila to Koror
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • Personalised stationary
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Two large view windows
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Vista View deck Waitlist request a quote
Silver Discoverer - View Suite
Silver Discoverer - View Suite
Silver Discoverer - View Suite
Silver Discoverer - View Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 181 ft² / 16.8m²

Welcoming and comfortable, the View Suite provides a relaxing haven for even the utmost adventure-seeking guests. Complete a day spent exploring onshore with an evening unwinding in the comfort of your sitting area. Capture passing ocean scenes through your view window. Freshen up in your beautiful marbled bathroom before enjoying an elegant onboard dinner. Or cozy up under fine bed linens to watch an on-demand movie on the flat-screen television. Fall asleep easily, dreaming of the incredible experiences that await you the following day.

Fares from US$ 13,100 (Per guest)

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9810 - Manila to Koror
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Personalised stationary
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • View window
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
View View deck US$ 13,100 request a quote
Silver Discoverer - Explorer Suite
Silver Discoverer - Explorer Suite
Silver Discoverer - Explorer Suite
Silver Discoverer - Explorer Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 186 ft² / 17.3 m²

As spacious as a Explorer Suite, enjoy the passing scenery through two porthole windows. An enchanting retreat, Explorer Suites exude cosy opulence and a cushy seating area perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore.

Fares from US$ 11,800 (Per guest)

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9810 - Manila to Koror
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Personalised stationary
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth connectivity
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Two portholes
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage draws
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Writing desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Explorer View deck US$ 11,800 request a quote
Fares shown are per guest

Silver Discoverer

Silversea's loyal following of adventure travellers can now explore the remote archipelagos of the vast Pacific aboard the sleek, 116-guest Silver Discoverer cruise ship. She's the perfect platform for viewing these untamed landscapes, with all ocean-view suites and plenty of deck space so that a breaching whale or a pod of dolphins is always within sight. Silver Discoverer’s shallow draft allows her to navigate closer to shore, and with a fleet of 12 Zodiacs, guests can land on isolated shores and explore wetlands and submerged ecosystems, up-close and in-depth.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

2 Hotels

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

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Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Day 1 – Manila, Philippines
Embark the Silver Discoverer for this exciting Silversea Expedition across the Philippines and into the Philippine Sea. This afternoon, you will attend a safety briefing before leaving Manila.
Later, important members of the crew will be introduced, as well as your Expedition Team. We invite you to familiarise yourself with your new home away from home, meet some of your fellow travellers and in the evening enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant. 
At dinnertime Silver Discoverer will head for the Mindoro Strait.

Day 2 – Apo Reef, Philippines     
A reef and three islands make up the Apo Reef Natural Park which is also a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apo Island is the largest island and harbours mangroves and beach vegetation on its 22 hectares. Apo Reef, the important and main geographical features of the park, lies to the east of Apo Island. Binangaan is a small rocky Iimestone island with relatively little vegetation and Cayos del Bajo a coralline rock formation with no vegetation.
Snorkelers will enjoy the crystal blue waters and be looking for some of the 400 varieties of soft and hard corals registered, cushion stars, damsel fishes, butterfly fishes, angel fishes, parrot fishes, cardinal fishes, trigger fishes, and wrasses.
For those who want to relax on a beach, a visit to Apo Island, which features a shallow lagoon surrounded by a verdant mangrove forest, will be of interest. Close to 50 species of birds have been recorded for the park and there are records of the rare Nicobar Pigeon for Apo Island.

Day 3 – San Fernando, Sibuyan, Philippines                                                                
Your stay in San Fernando will present a unique opportunity to become immersed in the traditional ways of Sibuyan Island.
At the time of our arrival ashore, the local community will be pulling in fishing nets and an Udyak (a celebration for the catch) will take place. We will be welcomed by the Sibuyan Mangyan Tagabukid indigenous community and will partake in a cleansing ritual with scented smoke.  At the market the mayor will officially welcome us, before we will take Jeepneys to reach Taclobo Village to see and partake in a Paguma, or rice planting and harvesting. While we learn and plant, traditional folk singers will entertain us. After this hands-on and feet-in-mud activity we will continue in our Jeepneys to the Cantingas River and a ceremony to honour the unseen spirits. Afterwards the indigenous community members of Taclobo Village will show how they catch freshwater shrimps and will have a cooking demonstration involving the shrimp. You can swim in the Cantingas River, considered the cleanest body of water in the Philippines.
After lunch aboard, we will head back ashore for a Pag-alad Festival, an annual commemoration of the transfer of the town of Azagra to San Fernando. We will see the 17th century Casa del Cuartel, declared an Important Cultural Property, watch street dancing and will taste some local cuisine.
To close the day, each guest is given an ironwood or tiga (an extremely hard and endemic hardwood) seedling for planting.  
                                                                                          
Day 4 – Donsol and Ticao Island, Philippines                  
During the morning we will visit the island of Donsol whose bay is home to schools of whale sharks and reputedly has the world’s largest concentration of these massive fish. During the month of May whale sharks can usually be seen by divers and non-divers, swimmers and non-swimmers. For the chance to swim with the whale sharks we will use official local boats.
During lunch aboard, Silver Discoverer will sail south to reach Ticao Island. Again we will use our Zodiacs for some island hopping, admiring limestone formations and the Catandayagan waterfalls, swimming and snorkelling in crystal clear water, or simply relaxing on white sand beaches.
                                                                                                                                    
Day 5 – San Luis, Capul Island, Philippines
If Donsol and Ticao were meant for relaxation, the visit to Capul today will be busy with participation in a local fiesta. Once ashore, we will be taken by motorcycle (today’s mode of transportation) to a coconut farm and we will be divided into task groups to prepare puso (rice cooked in young coconut leaves), chicken tinola, stuffed squid, grilled blue marlin and coconut-based desserts. If you are not culinary inclined, you can be part of the banquet table decoration team.
While you wait for the food to be cooked, a coconut harvesting, husking, grating, drying, packing and transporting demonstration will take place. Then the food prepared will be displayed at the banquet tables and can be eaten in the traditional Filipino farm style.
Guests will then be divided into groups to see three heritage sites on the island including a Spanish-built lighthouse overlooking the San Bernardino Strait, the 17th century fortress church of St. Ignatius de Loyola and the Banadero, a spring used by the Galleon Trade before heading out to Acapulco.
During the afternoon, Silver Discoverer will head from the Philippine Sea to the Visayan Sea. Our course will eventually go back into the Philippine Sea and the island of Bohol. On board lecturers will present talks or seminars, but you can also relax on the outer decks and watch the landscape and islands go by.
                                                                                                                                                                           
Day 6 – Bohol and Balicasag Island, Philippines
An early morning departure from Tagbilaran means a chance at the best light for photos of the Chocolate Hills found in Central Bohol. There are more than 1,200 of these conical karst hills and in the dry season the grass that covers the hills turns brown, and hence their name. At a viewing station you can choose to climb more than 200 steps for a panorama that is well worth the effort.
To see some of the other unusual features of Bohol, we will partake in a cruise on the Loay River. On local boats watch the lush green landscape go by while being serenaded by local musicians and enjoying light snacks of local delicacies.
A visit to a Tarsier Sanctuary will give us a chance to see one of the smallest primates, the endemic Philippine tarsier, and proceeding to Baclayon, we will see some of the oldest heritage houses and the oldest stone church on the island. While there, you might want to taste broa, a local delicacy -supposedly the BEST lady fingers in the world!
Following lunch aboard and during the afternoon we will relax on Balicasag Island. This tiny island is located southwest of Tagbilaran and surrounded by a beautiful sandy beach. Fringed by a narrow reef shelf the island is well liked by snorkelers on the lookout for colourful schools of reef fish, turtles, wrasses, groupers, and barracuda.

Day 7 — Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
Coming ashore at Macabalan Port, we will have a welcome and cultural reception before transferring to the Bulua pottery and the Vjandep Bakeshop to view pastel baking and hopefully trythis famous Camiguin delicacy. Transferring to Chali Beach we will have a cooking demonstration of the typical Mindanao and Visayas “Sinuglaw.” This refers to grilling food that has been soaked in vinegar. Lunch ashore will include corn cake and local desserts.
In the afternoon there will be more food tasting and a visit to the Museo de Oro at the Xavier University. This museum highlights findings of a nearby excavation, folkloric artefacts and old photographs. The San Agustin Cathedral will be the last stop before returning to the port and Silver Discoverer.
If the food options, aboard and ashore, are overwhelming, you may choose instead to try white water rafting in lower Mambuyan. As it is the only white water rafting destination in the country, Cagayan de Oro is known as the "White Water Rafting Capital of the Philippines."
 
Day 8 — Mambajao, Camiguin Island, Philippines
Silver Discoverer will anchor off Camiguin’s east side and we will go ashore in Benoni. After a welcome ceremony, venture into the foothills of Mt. Hibok-Hibok, an active volcano. Stop at the ruins of the Moro Watchtower and see the processing and preparation of local delicacies. Continuing on the morning tour we will reach a fishing village and witness how the locals catch the fish and process dried squid. We will visit the town plaza of Sagay before returning to the port and lunch aboard Silver Discoverer.
The afternoon is planned to be spent at the Mantigue Island Sanctuary. The island covers a total of 4 hectares and is located 3 kilometres from Camiguin’s shore. This island offers glowing white powdery sand beaches and a small shade-giving forest. A huge diversity of macro creatures, clown fish and turtles is a must-see for our snorkelers.
                                                                                                                                                                                    
Day 9 — Limasawa Island, Philippines                                              
Limasawa will offer not only a welcome by local performers, the community and officials, but will lead you back in time to Magellan’s attempt to circumnavigate the world. This is where the first Christian Mass was held in the Philippines and you will walk to the National Shrine of the First Mass. Later a replica of a Pintado longhouse will be visited, where you can see young men and women in Pintados costumes and will enjoy a performance of a dance-drama relating to the famous ruler Rajah Kulambo. The word “pintados” (painted) goes back to Magellan’s companion Pigafetta and refers to the local custom of tattooing – here you can also get a henna tattoo.
At mid-morning an Anibong Festival will be prepared. This was done to present the young women before they were taken as brides. Local entertainers will liven up the atmosphere while guests will be split into groups and dressed in traditional costumes to partake in the festival and will learn to prepare blue crabs, lobster Thermidor local style, breadfruit, grilled white marlin, assorted deep-fried fowls, squid stew and assorted seaweed.  

Day 10 — Sohoton Bay, Philippines                                     
Sohoton Bay has many special sites, but the Sohoton Cove National Park just slightly to the east on Bucas Grande’s southwestern side is enchanting. The half-submerged entrance is the only way in and out and can only be used at low tide. It is almost impossible to find if you come at the wrong time of the day. Sohoton Cove National Park is filled with gorgeous, muffin-shaped, forest-covered islets. Most of them are untouched by human hands and the natural arrangement acts like a gigantic, natural maze. The blue lagoon is also home to several caves and caverns and a fantastic variety of flora and fauna.
Magkukuob cavern is another cave in one of the seven islets inside Sohoton Cove. Its walls have natural colours from yellow to aqua to turquoise which makes it surreal. Climbing an enthralling passage whose adjoining walls offers a stunning display of mineral-encrusted stalactites and stalagmites you will reach a 5-meter jump off point to the clear, blue sea right below your feet. Another attraction in Sohoton Cove is the jellyfish sanctuary at Tojoman Lagoon where one can swim with thousands of non-stinging spotted jellyfishes only found between March and June.
This last day in Sohoton Bay and Sohoton Cove will be an remarkable end to our exploration of the “Emerald Islands” of the Philippines and forges a connection to Palau’s famous Rock Islands.

Days 11-12 — At Sea                                                                      
While Silver Discoverer sails in a south-easterly direction experience the exhilaration of being at sea and out of sight of land. It is awe inspiring to look out in all directions and find the simple beauty of undulating ocean waves, wispy clouds and foaming sea spray. Members of the expedition team are ever-vigilant during sea days watching for seabirds, marine mammals, schools of feeding fish, and any other unexpected wildlife interactions to share with our guests on the outer decks at a moment’s notice.
Take advantage of the fresh air and boundless vistas out on deck, or perhaps join the Executive Chef for a culinary demonstration, or the bar team for a wine tasting. If you would like to have a Spa treatment or do some work-out in the Gym, these two days might be just perfect.
In the afternoon of our last day at sea, do not forget to attend the Videographer’s presentation of our voyage documentary.

Day 13 – Koror, Palau                                        
Silver Discoverer will come alongside in Malakal Harbour before breakfast. Malakal Island is connected to Koror via two bridges. If you prefer a self-exploration of Koror, you can head into town and visit the National Museum of Palau or the private Etpison Museum with its outstanding exhibition on “traditional money.” To have a look at Palau’s underwater creatures you could visit the Aquarium.      
If you are a snorkeler or like special geological features, take the inclusive excursion and head out to see the famous “Rock Islands” — a must, if you have not been to Palau before. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has 445 uninhabited limestone islands of volcanic origin. The beauty of these islands is heightened by a complex reef system featuring over 385 coral species. The area sustains a diversity of plants, birds and marine life including dugong and at least thirteen shark species. The world’s highest concentration of marine lakes (isolated bodies of seawater separated from the ocean by land barriers) is also found here. Although most of them can only be accessed by scientists, the so-called Jellyfish Lake, used to be a snorkel highlight to swim among thousands of harmless jellyfish. Unfortunately, in recent times jellyfish numbers have declined and authorities have closed access to the lake to protect its integrity.
Another option would be to go on an excursion to see some of the cultural and archaeological points of interest on Babeldaob, Palau’s largest island. These include man-made terraces and the famous bai (men’s meeting houses). Whatever you choose to do in Palau, it will be busy and fascinating day.    

Day 14 — Koror, Palau                                                                  
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.

 

Please Note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

 

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