Puerto Princesa has a lot of things to offer to adventurous travelers. Aside from the underground river, the city also has heritage sites, parks, animal farms, snorkeling sites and nearby islands you can visit for a day of relaxation. When you’re in Puerto Princesa, grab the chance to go on a Honda Bay tour.
Honda Bay is at the eastern shore of Palawan. Because it is only a few minutes away from the city proper of Puerto Princesa, a Honda Bay tour can easily be penciled in any tourist’s itinerary.
The islands you will visit during a Honda Bay tour may depend on the Palawan travel agency you are getting the tour from, unless you request to visit specific sites. However, most tours include 3 to 5 islands/ snorkeling spots. Here are some of the popular sites you may want to include in your Honda Bay tour.
Pambato reef should be on top of the list of any tourist taking a Honda Bay tour. This is one of the best (and most popular) snorkeling site in the area. Your guide will bring you to a jump off point where you can, well, jump to the water and start snorkeling. The jump off point is a floating raft that marks the area where you can see some of the most beautiful corals and species of fish.
Trivia: According to boatmen, Pambato reef was accidentally discovered by a fisherman whose fishing line got caught in the reef. Eventually, the locals included the reef as part of the Honda Bay tour.
Luli Island is famous among tourists because it is the only island in the area the sinks and rises with the tide. So, if you want to see it, you’d have to make sure to go there during low tide. If not, you’ll only be seeing the infrastructures in the island, which would seem like they are floating during high tide.
Tip: If you have doubts with your swimming skills, it is best to wear a life jacket. The water can get too deep after the sandy part.
The Honda Bay tour from Hopping Buddies Travel & Tours includes a picnic lunch at Pandan Island. This will be the first island in your itinerary as it will only take about 20 minutes to go here from the Wharf.
While your guide prepares lunch, you can spend time swimming in the clear water and feeding the fish. You will especially like the unadulterated white sand beach of the island.
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