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Honda Bay Island Hopping
Story by: jovy avisado ( Member ) on 2016-10-13
If its island hopping fun and breathtaking marine treasures that you’re after for your next travel adventure in the Philippines, Palawan is one of your best options. Why? Because you can find these dreamy amazing island hopping destinations just in this one province – Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron. And if you opted to visit the very heart of Palawan (Puerto Princesa), take note of these oceanaholic details:

Meet Palawan's Honda Bay

Honda Bay Palawan

Locals lovingly call this amazing part of Palawan as Honda Bay (pronounced as ‘onda’). Honda is a Spanish word that means ‘deep’. At Honda Bay, you’ll get to discover various islands that are amazingly beautiful on the physical and what’s deep under. Allot one day for island hopping if you want to maximize your Honda Bay experience. For only P1,340* per person, you can visit a minimum of three islands with eat-all-you-can buffet (hooray!)

Prepping Up for the Adventure

Honda Bay swimming gear

To start your island hopping adventure, your tour guide will take you to a swimming gear rental shop. Due to the Coron incident, where a tourist died after accidentally stepping on a stonefish, every travelers who wishes to take on island hopping is required to wear booties. Rental fee is only P150. The shop also offers snorkeling gears, fins, and bread (for fish feeding!) to complete your swimming essentials. After making your purchase, your guide will take you to the Honda Bay Wharf.

Honda Bay Wharf

Honda Bay Palawan

Upon arriving at the wharf, you’ll be greeted with a glimpse of the beauty of Honda Bay. There are also a great number of tourists waiting for their boat ride. To make use of your free time, you can take some great selfies with the panoramic view as your background. You can also find some great buy of jewelries from the vendors selling pearls at a cheap price.

First Stop: Starfish Island

Starfish Island Palawan

From the wharf, it takes 15 minutes of boat ride to reach the first island destination – Starfish Island. And yes, you can encounter many starfish here (hence its name) and a great number of fishes and amazing corals. The shallow part of the island is quite rocky but thanks to booties, swimming experience would still be comfortable. A part of the island is filled with mangroves (a great background for a group shot). In one hour, it’s snorkeling overload at Starfish Island!

Second Stop: Luli Island

Luli Island Palawan

The second stop is a temperamental island – it disappears during high tide and reappears during low tide; hence its name Luli (lulubog, lilitaw). There are private huts and cottages where you can leave your things. Here, you’ll get to enjoy feeding the fishes (if you brought some bread or crackers with you). Enjoy adrenaline rush when you give this island your signature dive at the diving board.

Third Stop: Cowrie Island

Cowrie Island Palawan

Compared to Starfish and Luli Island, Cowrie Island is your ultimate getaway. Aside from appreciating the fine white sand and satisfying your hunger at the eat-all-you-can buffet, you can delight in a good massage and exciting water activities such as banana boat ride and flying fish. A good phone signal is a plus as well (and you can catch a great deal of pokemons here!).
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