The brilliant blue waters of the Sulu Sea are superb cruising grounds. Amanpulo keeps a variety of boats for island hopping, fishing and lazy-day sailing. The resort fleet includes a twin-hulled Hobie Sports 17, as well as smaller catamarans and two Lasers. Sailing lessons are available. Dolphin I, Amanpulo’s 31ft fiberglass Gulf Craft, handles everything but the longest charters. A later version, Dolphin II, is three feet longer and equipped with a Yamaha 200hsp twin engine. Dolphin II can take up to 8 guests on half-day and full-day charters. Rounding out the fleet is a fast-planing fiberglass boat and a spacious, double-decker pontoon boat, ideal for snorkelling and sunbathing, as well as sunset cruises with cocktails.
Amanpulo is a magnet for novice as well as experienced windsurfers. The island’s sand-bottomed blue lagoon, located on the windward side, makes for world-class board sailing from December through April. During this period, the northeast trade winds blow, on average, about 20 knots. Amanpulo’s Windsurf Hut is adjacent to the Lagoon Club on Pamalican’s east coast beach.
Guests may bottom fish for snapper and grouper at one of Amanpulo’s favoured fishing spots or troll for wahoo, tuna and mackerel. The resort’s 25ft centre-console game boat is equipped with a four-line spread for game fishing.
A number of cruises are available for guests to explore the waters surrounding Pamalican, including the Sunset Cruise, the Moonlight Cruise and the Island Hopping Cruise. Guests can arrange for a private beach barbecue dinner after their excursion.
Snorkellers can paddle out to the reef in a Hobie ocean kayak, tie up at one of several buoys and take to the water from there. The reef facing the Beach Club is a popular stop. Hawksbill and green sea turtles, parrot fish, rays and a wide array of coral fish live in these waters. Snorkelling can also be enjoyed from the beach.
Amanpulo’s Dive Centre offers PADI courses ranging from introductory to Divemaster levels. Amanpulo is ideal for novice divers with calm, clear seas in front of the Beach Club and a gentle drop-off to deeper waters for the more advanced divers. There are a number of fine sites on both sides of Pamalican, all just a few minutes away by boat. Certified divers should bring their certification cards with them. All scuba equipment is provided. Underwater lights and underwater digital cameras are also available. Divers must be at least 8 years old.