Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Honda Bay, Palawan

Honda Bay is 12km north eastward of Puerto Princesa City which will take around a 30minutes ride. There is a history to the name "Honda" but some things are meant to be heard right from the locals or tour guides themselves so I will not include it here. It is a group of islets with white sands, clear water and definitely a vision of the underwater world. 

I've done so many island hoppings in Boracay, Batangas, Bohol, Bais and to other places but Honda Bay is far the best I've experienced. When we went there, we were praying for sun as Typhoon Ramon was in the country. Though we did not actually get  the sun but we did not get too much rain either. The snorkeling experience is what I fell in love with as we were just getting our instructions from our tour guide on shallow water (hips deep), we were already seeing a lot of school of fish swimming around us. Because of the bad weather, we were able to go to two islands only but was worth it. Though, I wish to be back there where the sun is up and would see more of our friends under the sea.  

Our tour guide brought us to a rental store where you can find snorkeling and swimming gears you may need. It's all there.

Rashguards, wet suits, fins, booties, snorkeling gears etc. - all for rent

Bread to feed the fish for 15 pesos

Underwater camera case for 250 pesos

They also have underwater camera for rent for 600 pesos with batteries

We then headed to Santa Lourdes Wharf to register and where our pump boat is waiting for us

Santa Lourdes Wharf

Register first

The registration area, where our van can park and where our pump boat is waiting

The boat men waiting for their call of duty

We got lucky we had a big boat. You can't choose the boat you want. There was one group of 12 on a smaller boat.

Kuya Berlin Montemayor, our tour guide doing his job

Before anything else, photo ops first hehehe
First Island, is Pandan Island with many Pandan trees

The famous Coconut THREE. Coconut One, Two and Three =)

Kuya Berlin giving us instructions about snorkeling

Sea snake

I caught a pic of Kuya Berlin while he looks for different species to pull out of the water

You can see them on shallow water 

Underwater shot

With a blue starfish

A different kind of crab we found under but we placed it back to where it was found
 Since we got a package tour, lunch was included. We had rice, grilled pork, buttered shrimp, salted egg and tomatoes, grilled fish (Tanigue), ensaladang eggplant (soooo gooood), cucumber salad and bananas. There are locals of  the island who offers crabs, lobsters and other fresh seafoods that they can cook right away.

Our tour mates from Israel eating filipino dishes. They ate everything except rice.

You can buy coconut juice for 25pesos 

I therefore conclude, that in every beach, there will always be cats and dogs waiting at your  cottage
 After lunch we, had to leave because the wind was so strong and we were cold. Since there was no advice from the Coast Guard to go back to the wharf, we headed to the Snake Island. 

Kuya Berlin who was great in guiding us in snorkeling

Snorkeling again. The fishes in Snake Island was a lot bigger than the ones in Pandan Island. 
I decided to walk on my own & this dog was my companion but I did not get too far because  it was getting high tide  & the walkway was thinning down. I decided to go back because I did not inform my guide where I was going & I did not want to be part of his story to his future tourists :)

Kuya Berlin was blowing at the crab so it would get out of the shell

Hermit crab

On our way back to the wharf, this island is about to be invisible because of the rain and high tide. I think this is the Lu-Li Island.

Our video in Pandan Island



amazing trip! cant find a reason to skip puerto princesa. for sure magugustuhan ko din ang snorkeling part!

Nice pictures! Too bad I wasn't able to visit Honday Bay when we visited Palawan four years ago. Hopefully next time. :)

Awesome blog font, btw :)

Chyng and Erika - you won't regret going to Honda Bay. It's your typical islet/sandbar but you get to explore more under the sea. The best season to go there is Feb - June. Though I just went there two weeks ago and I did not get disappointed.

Awesome pics! Sayang, di ako nakapag-snorkel sa Honda Bay when I went there 2 years ago. But I thoroughly enjoyed our island-hopping tour... just bummed around while the kids swam and snorkeled at Snake Island. Di bale, next time I will!
You've been to Bohol too, right? Balicasag fish sanctuary was my first snorkeling experience and I enjoyed it immensely!
Cheers to you~

Renting that waterproof cam's a great idea! It's one of the must-haves these days in snorkelling :)

madmader - what's nice about the snorkeling in Honda Bay is that you don't really have to govery far from the shore to see different schools around you. Yes, I've been to Balicasag too but I think you'll enjoy Palawan better :) Your kids will enjoy it too for sure

Pinay - You're right. Since I love the water so much, I am saving up for my own underwater cam :)

I just remembered yung boat ride natin leaving pandan island...ang lamig! XD - Apple C.

I guess my baby boy will enjoy Honda Bay tour :-) (we're going back to PP around August as this will be our baby boy's birthday gift). We skipped Honda Bay tour two years ago since our city tour guide convinced us to try El Nido instead.

Snake Island is closed as of the moment but you can go to Star Beach as an alternative but not really for swimming. Just a lot of star fish and mangroves :) Enjoy Manong Calbo

We will visit there 2 weeks from hopefully we will also experience the same as what you guys had. Sooooo excited to see the islets and to try the snorkeling part...weeeehhhh

Now im confused kung underground or ito kukunin ko

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