Sailing Southeast Asia? Sure! Here are 5 reasons this couple chose this region for their boat life adventure

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Sailing Southeast Asia? Sure! Here are 5 reasons this couple chose this region for their boat life adventure

Southeast Asia may seem like a long way from home if you’re from Argentina or from France, but for Phil and Iva it’s quite the opposite.

Mulu National Park
Mulu National Park

The couple met in Kuala Lumpur and quit their city jobs to pursue their dream of sailing and filming documentaries, you can follow their adventures on Instagram @philandiva.

Butan Group Thailand
Butan Group Thailand

Here are some reasons Phil and Iva picked Southeast Asia as destination for their sailing and boat life adventure and some beautiful places they discovered along the way.

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Diversity at its core

They chose Southeast Asia for its incredible mix of cultures; it’s wild and diverse landscapes, the warmth of its people and the proximity of the destinations.

Mentawai Islands Indonesia
Mentawai Islands Indonesia

Short travel distances

One of the best things about Southeast Asia is the small distances between each amazing destination, as a traveller everything is within reach once you are in the area. Phil and Iva moved onto their sailboat Dali in 2012 and began sailing the West Coast of Thailand.

Dali in the Marina
Dali in the Marina

Paradise Landscapes

In the Butan Group they found pristine, uninhabited corners of paradise. Further north brought them Phang Nga Bay and it’s majestic limestone cliffs rising out from the water.

Dali Thailand
Dali Thailand
Phang Nga Bay Thailand
Phang Nga Bay Thailand

Phil and Iva wanted to explore further. They left Phuket and sailed for four nights to arrive in the Andaman Islands of India.

Tropical weather and tropical cultures

The Andaman Islands proved to them yet again that Southeast Asia was full of wonders and a surprising mix of tropical cultures. These immaculate islands strewn in the Bay of Bengal left them speechless.

Andaman Islands
Andaman Islands
Sungei Klias Mangrove Sabah
Sungei Klias Mangrove Sabah

Phil and Iva were hooked. Instead of continuing west as most sailors do, their curiosity pulled them south and back into the heart of Southeast Asia. This time, they sailed head first for Indonesia and before they knew it, eight months had gone by as they marveled at the wonders of this exceptional country.

Nature wonders

Southeast Asia has all a traveler could ask for, mystery, white sand beaches, some of the world’s most powerful volcanoes, lush jungle and rich mangroves, modern cities, and timeless temples. Inspired by region’s beauty and its people, Phil and Iva are currently filming their series Dreamcatchers in the heart of Borneo.

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Indonesia
Phang Nga Bay Thailand
Phang Nga Bay Thailand

Dreamcatchers documentary was inspired by some incredible characters from all walks of life, that Phil and Iva met on their journey through Southeast Asia: from a couple surfing in Indonesia to a young conservation specialist. Phil and Iva decided to name them “Dreamcatchers” and put them at the center of the documentary series they produce.

Filming in Labuan
Filming in Labuan

“Dreamcatchers” delivers a powerful message: they urge those who are unhappy to be brave, to follow their heart and aim head first towards their dream.

Abut Us Dali boat life adventure
Abut Us Dali – Boat Life adventure

The first season of their documentary series Dreamcatchers starts airing this June in the Philippines, with more channels to come!

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