Sightseeing In Honda Bay

"Palawan surely made this selling point a reality as numerous foreign tourists had already personally experienced what it was like swimming in the clean oceans of our country. What comes in mind to most tourists visiting Puerto Princesa are beaches and island adventures in the famous Honda Bay."

There are several islands and islets found in Honda Bay mostly are included on typical island hopping itineraries. A day or two will be enough to tour around Honda Bay, depending on weather and water conditions. Months of February to May are the best months to have an island hopping tour since these are the sunny months in the Philippines.

TRAVEL TIP:

  • Don’t forget bringing the basic things when going on an island hopping tour.
  • The most important one, sunblock – extreme heat in the Philippines may severely damage your skin.
  • Other things may include towel, sunglasses, camera (underwater one preferred), snorkeling gears, swimming wear, drinking water, and food.

Some of the islands one can visit during the Honda Bay Tour are the Luli Island, Pandan Island, Starfish Island, and Cowrie Island. Just some brief descriptions of these islands, Luli based on my understanding is a combination of two Tagalog words”Lulubog” and “Lilitaw” (Lulubog meaning sinking and Lilitaw meaning arising). Pandan Island on the other hand was named after the Pandan plant abundant on the island, Starfish Island as the name speaks for itself, a lot of brown starfishes are found, and Cowrie Island which unknown if where its name comes from.

Here’s a simple itinerary as suggested by certain bangkeros, or boatmen, for a day tour around Honda Bay. The sequence of the islands you will visited may based on the distance, farthest from the Honda Bay Port first, and the nearest being the last one to visit.

Honda Bay Tour Itinerary:

7:00 AM  Breakfast at Ysabelle’s Mansion 
7:45 AM  Travel to Honda Bay Port through the Tourism Accredited Tricycle
8:15 AM  Stop Over to Rent Snorkeling Gears
8:30 AM  ETA at Honda Bay Port; Register for Boat and Lunch Buffet at Cowrie Island
9:00 AM  Luli Island 
10:15 AM  Starfish Island
12:00 NN  Pandan Island
1:30 PM  Lunch and Relax at Cowrie Island
4:30 PM  End of Island Hopping Tour; Travel Back to Hotel

 

How to go from the city proper to Honda Bay?

Easy, just hire a tricycle that will bring you straight to Honda Bay Port and the tricycle ride costs PHP 500 for back-and-forth service. The tricycle can accommodate a maximum of 5 passengers and the travel time is around 40 minutes so quite a good deal already.

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