Honda Bay is a popular tourist destination in Puerto Princesa. Unlike El Nido, where you have to endure a long drive, the bay is just about 15 minutes away from the city proper. Those who would like to go island hopping in Puerto Princesa should book a Honda Bay tour.
Tips and Guidelines for a Honda Bay Tour
Be on Time
The tour van will pick you up at your hotel between 7 and 8 in the morning. It is best to be ready before the van picks you up. Any time you save on your way to the bay means more time you can spend in the islands.
Bring Your Snorkeling Gear
Pandan Island, Starfish Island and (especially) Pambato Reef are amazing snorkeling sites. Don’t forget to bring your snorkeling gear when going on a Honda Bay tour. If you don’t have any, you can rent some at St. Lourdes Wharf, the jump off point for the tour.
Don’t Bring Bread for Fish Feeding
In the previous years, tourists would bring bread and feed the fish. This practice is now prohibited in may areas of the bay like Pandan Island and Pambato Reef. According to a local, Snake island, which was previously included in a Honda Bay tour, is now closed for rehabilitation because of this practice. They had to rehabilitate the fish living in the island that experienced behavioral changes and had become dependent on getting food from tourists.
Puerto Princesa prides itself on being one of the cleanest cities in the country. Help the city maintain its cleanliness by not littering during the tour. If you are bringing food and drinks with you, make sure to also bring a bag where you can put away your trash.
Rent Waterproof Cases and Cameras
You’ll find several stalls offering waterproof cases and cameras for rent at St. Lourdes Wharf. Keep in mind that you will be in the water most of the time during your Honda Bay tour. It will be sad to go on a tour and not have pictures to take with you right? So, if you don’t have a waterproof camera, you can simply rent one before the tour. This way, you can keep your camera safe from possible accidents like dropping it in the water or having the camera get splashed with saltwater.
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