THE PHILIPPINES is an island nation located in Southeast Asia, in the western Pacific Ocean east of Vietnam. The country reflects diverse indigenous cultures from its many islands as well as European-American influence from Spain, Latin America and the United States. The Philippines constitutes an archipelago of 7,107 islands with a total land area of approximately 300,000 km2 (116,000 sq miles). It lies between 116° 40’ and 126° 34’ E. longitude, and 4° 40’ and 21° 10’ N. latitude, and borders the Philippine Sea on the east, the South China Sea on the west and the Celebes Sea on the south.
The island of Borneo lies a few hundred kilometres southwest and Taiwan directly north. The Moluccas and Sulawesi are to the south, and Palau is to the east beyond the Philippine Sea. The islands are commonly divided into three island groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The busy port of Manila, on Luzon, is the national capital and second largest city after its suburb Quezon City. The Philippines has excellent diving with magnificent marine sites acclaimed to be among the world’s best.
The reefs come alive with streams of neon-colored fish darting through the brilliant coralline forests. The country has been a popular cruising destination for many years and cruising the archipelagos provides superb scenery and unlimited anchorages. Superyacht Services are limited with the Subic Bay Yacht Club being the primary marina and service provider.