Soniya sandspit Palawan
Soniya sandspit Palawan

Soniya

Soniya is a Dean 44 catamaran. She combines the best of two worlds – all the comfort and convenience of cataramans (no danger of that g n’t falling off the table!), but still has great sailing performance.

Soniya figurehead
skipper at work  - Soniya
Soniya from aft
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Soniya - skipper at work
huts on sandspit
beach picnic
Sunset Soniya
Black rock beach
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skipper at work - Soniya
Soniya from aft
huts on sandspit
beach picnic
Sunset Soniya
Black rock beach
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skipper at work  - Soniya
Soniya from aft
huts on sandspit
beach picnic
Sunset Soniya
Black rock beach
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She has 2 double guest cabins up f’ard; one of the aft cabins can be a (cosy) double bed, or probably better used as a bunkbed cabin. The 4th cabin is a large single.  The owner/skipper Kareem has a huge range of fun “water toys”  – check out the video of us trying out some yoga moves on his enormous SUP.  (Yes, of course – we all went into the water like dominos! Beer o’clock on the SUP turned into a better idea…

Like all other boats in the Philippines, Soniya  charters out just to full groups. However, when our SeaScape team put together one of our shareboat groups, there’s chance for you to join as a single/couple, etc – you don’t need to worry about recruiting a whole group of friends!

With the current Covid crisis, we had to put all three of our shareboat trips last year on hold; but as soon as global travel resumes, we’ll be back there again with SeaScape shareboat groups – usually around the April timeframe. 

Of course, if you already have a group of buddies ready and rarin’ to go – you can pick whatever dates are available!

Soniya layout

 

Layout

  • 4 cabins in total
  • 2 double forward cabins
  • 1 small double / bunkbeds aft cabin
  • 1 crew aft cabin

Owner/skipper on Soniya – Kareem

Kareem - Soniya

Having spent most of his early professional life in the media business in Hong Kong, Kareem picked up a love of sailing there. 

He soon realised, however, that dodging containers and other various vessels around the crowded Hong Kong waters wasn’t really his style… and “living the dream” was something he wanted to do whilst he was still in his prime years, no waiting around for retirement!

So from one extreme of shoulder-to-shoulder population to the pristine, open waters of the Philippines – Kareem and his sometime first mate have now made these islands home; cruising and chartering for the past 6 years! 

Soniya comes with a cook and first mate; but Kareem has been known to cook up a storm in the galley too! That’s when he is not kite-surfing or editing his latest drone movie…

 

Skipper Informal sailing instruction available too, if desired.
First mate / cookTop class food, both local and Western. Our cooks do all the provisioning, cooking and cleanup for meals on board
Soft drinks, tea, coffee, bottled water Always available
Fresh fruit Always available
Breakfast, lunches & dinners all onboard, except the final night dinnerOur grand finale dinner is often ashore, at the gorgeous Al Faro (the "lighthouse")
All boat running costsMooring fees, fuel, water, local taxes, end-of-trip
cleaning
Airfares and transfersOur local knowledge is at your service, though we don’t directly book travel
Personal insuranceWe very, VERY highly recommend travel insurance. It is not yet obligatory, but new laws may soon require at least medical coverage.
Optional onshore excursions
Food and drink ashoreThe last evening's dinner is usually ashore (not included in "package" cost)
Marine National Park fees. Payable for some environmentally-protected beaches and bays. It's a nominal amount by our western standards.
Scuba dive package (full equipment + compressor supplied onboard40 euros per dive. Usually one dive/pp/day, additional by special requestIncludes full scuba kit and dive leader
3 person kayak(s)15 euros/day
Stand Up paddle board15 euros/day

Some of Kareem’s stunning drone shots

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Palawan hongs
three boats sandspit
Palawan sandspit people
Soniya alone - Palawan
Philippines sandspit people
Palawan couple on beach
Philippines swimmer
Bamboo island, Palawan
yachts rafted up, Palawan
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three boats sandspit
Soniya alone - Palawan
yachts rafted up, Palawan
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Techie Specs

  • Built in Cowes, UK specifically for chartering in the tropics. Full refit in 2009.
  • Length: 60′
  • Beam: 18′
  • Guests: 8
  • Crew: 2
  • Fuel capacity: 1,400 litres
  • Fresh water: 2035 litres
  • Watermaker 60 l/hr
  • Engine: Perkins 128hp
  • Rigging: Slab-reefed main, furling genoa
  • Electricity: 12V / 220V
  • Fans in all cabins

Boat toys

  • Tender + 30 engine hp
  • Flat screen TV and movie library
  • Optional sea kayaks & SUPs
  • Snorkelling & fishing equipment
  • 4 full sets of scuba gear, plus dive compressor
  • Towing “donut” for the kids
  • Wakeboard