Puerto Galera is still nice. Usually ya just pull in and they'll direct you to a mooring
. 4 or 5 usd a day??? They have a shuttle boat that'll pick ya up/drop off at will. Always met helpful, nice folks at the club.
Subic is actually a great place if you need work done. Lots of helpful people there.
Farther south we've been going to Koto Kinabula back and forth few times over the years without drama. Other yachties were going over the n/ne side to Sandakan (spelling??) and loved it. Kudat on the north tip of Borneo has a wide Travel-lift/cat friendly. The authorities in Malaysia/Borneo were absolutely great. No fees
The area got some bad publicity when a group captured tourist in Palawan. I also recall
a Japanese tug being held for ransom. Otherwise, that's all I've heard of.
Palawan has some beautiful spots and Busuanga is a gem. Locals have always been kind, friendly and fun. Water
is nice and clean down that way and you'll see less trash (if any) except around Puerto Princessa.
Let me put a plug
in for Simon though I don't think we've met......Hyde over on Mactan/Cebu has been very helpful with repairs
and also provided a new set of sails
on time at an outstanding price
. I've heard the same report from friends over the years.
If anyone new is coming this way I'd suggest ignoring Manila completely by boat. You can bus it there if needed for next to nothing (air-con/comfy). Roughly 2.5-3 hours from Subic Bay/Clark area. About the same maybe few minutes more from Marivelles, Bataan. You can stop at mayamaya.com and leave your boat safe and bus outta Nasugbu, Bantangas (3 hours average). I heard Punta Fuego has transient berths at times. It's just dirty, dirty water
and I've found the MYC less then friendly. Black crap from the pollution gets on your boat daily too. Sewer runs right into the club. Nothing against them personally, just not the nicest spot to be.
There's enough places to anchor
also between Subic and Puerto Galera if no storms or strong habagat. Hamilo Cove is reasonable is you tuck back in and get caught out with a fast developing typhoon. In Subic I believe most step into the yacht club thought there's a river-ish looking area on the n/nw side of the bay I've heard is good. PG has been good for those on moorings.....ships tend to crowd in and drag though just to the n/ne of the clubs area.
Boracay is fun too, though I heard they've cracked down on dinghies coming ashore. Anyone know the current
scene? Better to anchor
there in the ne season. Good food
, yes crowded at times, but well worth a visit. Interesting cast of ex-pats from around the world have set-up shop there.
The people are amazingly friendly and kind and it's a rare day you meet a jerk. It's affordable and varied enough to satisfy just about anyone for a trip or to stay.
Hope this helps someone....
best - J