We are going to see more catamarans in the Philippines as the hobby potentially invades our waters. Used to be, only the privileged class could experience riding a catamaran because of its hefty price. Now, there are various ways everyone could have a go on this luxury water vessel in a budget anyone can afford.
If you’re from Dumaguete, it is now possible to go to Dapitan in just three hours. In a blog by Dutchpickle, it usually takes about four hours to reach Dapitan in a calm weather and five-and-a-half hours in a stormy weather. But with FastCat (or the Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corporation) traveling between Dumaguete and Dapitan is safer and faster through their catamaran trips, Manila Standard reports. FastCat is the owner and operator of Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) vessels.
Aside from the Dumaguete-Dapitan route and vice versa, FastCat also have “Batangas to Clapan, Mindoro; Bulalacao, Mindoro-Caticlan, Aklan; Matnog, Sorsogon-San Isidro, Northern Samar; Bacolod-Iloilo, Leyte-Lipata, Surigao; San Carlos, Negros Occidental-Toledo, Cebu and Dumaguete, Negros Oriental-Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte,” according to Manila Standard.
The same ferry company is going to expand its operations to Malaysia and Indonesia by late 2017. They are also planning to include Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam. In a Manila Standard article, the company has 10 catamaran vessels and some of this is operating in the Philippines. Christopher Pastrana, the company’s chairman, has a vision for the future of catamaran tours in the Philippines. “Our goal is to have 30 ships, initially all over the Philippines. So that we will able to connect about 11 million passengers… and move about 12 million to 15 million tons of cargoes…,” he said on his interview in Manila Standard.
A resort amenity
It is true that owning a catamaran in the Philippines would not only make you a star but it could drain your wallet as well. But now it is possible to fulfill your dream of cruising in a catamaran thanks to the newfound gimmick in the islands of Bohol and Palawan.
Bohol is now getting back on its feet after it was hit by a 7.2 earthquake three years ago. Tourist spots in the area returned to business such as the Museum Gift Shop, Tarsier Conservation Area and the Loboc River Cruise. The Philippine Star reports that you can also try water activities like diving, snorkeling, catamaran ride and more.
On the other hand, Palawan’s rich flora and fauna, on land or on water, keeps offering exciting recreational activities that can be enjoyed by its guests. Try riding Hobies (catamaran dinghies) and kite-surfing in this part of Philippine archipelago, as told in an article on CNN.
Manufacturing catamarans in the Philippines
Yup, you’ve read that right. The Philippines is not just a dealer of catamarans but a manufacturer as well. We have now locally made catamarans by the Boat Shop Corporation (formerly Ces Craft Philippines) which they called 420 Catamaran Ferry Boat.
Through these, everyone can now enjoy the benefits of riding a catamaran as told by Seawind Catamaran such as it is more stable than a normal boat; great sailing performance; spacious than a standard boat; easy to maneuver; and perfect for people who gets seasick.
Now you know the ways to ride a catamaran perhaps looking for the ideal place to start cruising is the next step, here are 4 Philippine tourist spots to visit with a catamaran.