Asia's Subtropical Isles: Philippines, Taiwan & Japan

Hundred Islands National Park, Philippines
March 11, 2017
19 Days
Small-Ship Cruise
100 Guests
From $16,980

Expedition Highlights

  • Experience warm welcomes and legendary Filipino hospitality as you visit remote islands and cultural heritage sites to learn about daily life and local traditions.
  • Witness the cultural melting pot of vibrant Taipei, as well as Taiwan's "wild side" in beautiful Taroko National Park.
  • Snorkel or dive in the crystal-clear waters surrounding Japan's remote and seldom-visited southern islands, home to a variety of colorful marine life. 
  • Photograph the iconic scarlet tori of Miyajima; this giant camphor-wood gate is a World Heritage Site and sacred site of pilgrimage that appears to float in the surrounding waters during high tide. 
  • Discover the cultural treasures of Kyoto; this well-preserved cultural gem was the imperial capital of Japan for over one thousand years.

The Philippines tourism board has a slogan, “It’s more fun in the Philippines!”—and I could not agree more! Never have I encountered people so warm and welcoming as in the Philippines. Add this to an island-hopping transect north through Taiwan, and Japan’s volcanic Ryukyu Islands, and we have a fascinating trip loaded with cultural and wildlife diversity.

Rich Pagen

Expedition Team

Caledonian Sky

The all-suite, 100-guest Caledonian Sky is a spacious, yet intimate, expedition vessel. Refurbished in 2012, her beautifully designed public spaces include a single-seating dining room, a large lounge with piano, elegant bar, enclosed panoramic viewing deck, sun deck, library, and small gym. All suites have an ocean view and feature a sitting room, en suite bathroom, flat-screen television, spacious wardrobes, and dressing table. The Caledonian Sky carries a fleet of Zodiacs, available for accessing remote shorelines and islands and is equipped to offer scuba diving.

Trip Preparation: Gear Up!

  • Waterproof Camera Case
Waterproof Camera Case

When watersports and Zodiac expeditions are on the itinerary, it pays to keep your valuable camera gear high and dry. This guaranteed 100% waterproof camera case works up to a depth of 15 feet and is made with an ultra-clear LENZFLEX material that allows for high-quality shots right through the case. 

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