As part of the AirPhil Express Puerto Princesa Adventour Package, we went on an island Hopping in Honda Bay. Honda Bay’s original spelling was Hunda Bay but since people kept pertaining the place as Honda Bay, they decided to change it to Honda Bay.
Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa, Palawan is known to be a great place for snorkeling and fish feeding. With that in mind, we dropped by a rental store before going to the pier for our tour.
There were fins, aqua shoes, snorkeling equipment, diving clothes and even camera case (so you could take pictures while snorkeling)! Each item can be rented for Php 150. I was ready because I brought my own snorkeling gear but I did buy some bread (Php 20) as I wanted to experience feeding the fishes.
We were asked to register at the pier before boarding the boat for our island hopping.
Boat fare ranges from Php 1,300 to Php 1,500 per boat with minimum capacity of 6. Additional person will be charged Php 220 for a 1-3 cylinder boat and Php 250 for a 4 cylinder boat.
There are numerous islands in Honda Bay. The boat can transport us there. If we decide to stop over one island, we also have to pay for the entrance fee. The rates are as follows:
- Cowrie Island – Php 25/person
- Pandan Island – Php 50/person
- Snake Island – FREE (give donation to use the cottages)
- Starfish Island – Php 70/person (Php 50 if paid at the pier)
- Lulu Island – Php 50/person
- Pambato Coral Reef – Php 50/person
But why do you have to worry about all those fees if you can just avail one of the Puerto Princesa Adventours by AirPhil Express? All you need is to pay just one package ALL-IN then enjoy the wonderful Honda Bay Island Hopping. We certainly did! 🙂
Among the 18 islands and islets in Honda Bay. We visited three, they are:
- Pandan Island
Pandan Island is known for the numerous Pandan trees in the place. I actually exclaimed ‘Pandan Juice’ when the tour guide was sharing the information. I was so wrong! hahaha! The Pandan tree is not the same Pandan used in juices but the one used in making products.
I liked Pandan Island a lot! There were white sands, the weather was beautiful when we went there and the scenery looked so good! We took a lot of pictures there. Here’s me trying to strike a pose 😛
Our tour guide prepared a beautiful buffet lunch for our group. I’ll share more details in a separate post. I must say, dining with the beach in full view was heavenly!
As I said earlier, Honda Bay is ideal for snorkeling. Some of us already started the snorkeling activity in Pandan Island as well as feeding fishes. I was busy taking pictures and admiring the beautiful island that I decided to just go snorkeling in our next Honda Bay island destination.
There were other recreational water activities to do in Pandan Island too! Fun activities like banana boating, jet skiing, surfing, G-force and UFO. Try it out when you visit. A few hours just isn’t enough to enjoy such a beautiful place.
- Snake Island
Snake Island is another island located in Honda Bay. This was our 2nd destination. It’s called as such as the place is shaped like a snake.
It’s best to visit Honda Bay during low tide and I’m glad we arrived at the perfect time.
Photo by Boom Boncan
If you do stop over at Snake Island, do not forget to order their halo halo as my travel companions never stopped raving about it. I tried a spoonful as I was too busy snorkeling! 😛
Photo by Boom Boncan
This is the first time that I really enjoyed snorkeling. I saw so much fishes! Fishes like Tuna, cavalla (talakitok) & nemo! Good thing, I brought bread as whenever I try to feed them, lots of fishes came my way. It was a great experience, I hope I had a waterproof camera with me.
- Pambato Coral Reef
Last, but definitely not the least, we visited Pambato Coral Reef. It started to rain so I felt a lil lazy and decided to stay in our boat. I wished I had aqua shoes though, coz if I did, I would have gone and enjoyed myself there. Pambato Coral Reef has 2 sections: one is perfect for snorkeling bigger fishes while the other other for viewing coral reefs.
Honda Bay is definitely one of the popular places in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. If you love the waters and snorkeling then this is a must-vist!
Purok Honda Bay, Baranggay Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines