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Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping

Honda Bay Snake Island Fish Feeding

Our 2nd day in Puerto Princesa started when a Van from Pasyar Palawan fetched us about 8am at Microtel Hotel. The only seats available in the van are for the four of us, I guess the P1100 per pax fee for the Honda Bay Island Hopping isn’t exclusive to us this time. Anyways, the fee covers a day of island hopping including our lunch so I guess I don’t mind sharing.

Fish Feeding at Snake Island
Fish Feeding at Snake Island

Our 2nd day in Puerto Princesa started when a Van from Pasyar Palawan fetched us about 8am at Microtel Hotel. The only seats available in the van are for the four of us, I guess the P1100 per pax fee for the Honda Bay Island Hopping isn’t exclusive to us this time. Anyways, the fee covers a day of island hopping including our lunch so I guess I don’t mind sharing.

Honda Bay Tourist Center
Honda Bay Tourist Center

It took only 15-20minutes to reach the Honda Bay Tourist Center. I liked that there is only 1 place to go to when one wants to Island Hop at Honda Bay. That means there are standard rates for the boats and guides. All visitors need to register and of course are urged to buy some bread for ‘fish feeding’ from the nearby stalls.

Pambato Reef Floating Platform
Pambato Reef Floating Platform

The first stop on our tour at Honda bay is the Pambato Reef which is about 30 minutes from the coast. We’ve heard so much about this place from the resto owner at Microtel and I can say it didn’t disappoint. At Pambato Reef, there are only platforms and bamboo walking bridges where boats dock and guest can start jumping to the water. But one requirement for guests is they have to wear a life-vest while on this reef.

Arriving at Snake Island
Arriving at Snake Island

It was a bit of discomfort since I can’t move around with a vest. For a few moments I did remove the vest and try to go down a bit (yes don’t tell anyone). As for the reef, it’s one of the richer and beautiful snorkeling spots I’ve been to. There are lots of corals and also fishes here. Reminds me of Apo Reef in Mindoro which is on top of my list when it comes to snorkeling. I think I enjoyed snorkeling here more than El Nido. I must commend the strict implementation of restricting dynamite fishing here kept most of the reefs intact.

Feet and Fishes at Snake Island
Feet and Fishes at Snake Island

Snake Island was our lunch stop for the day. Ignoring the numerous people donning the same neon orange vest on the beach, Snake Island is actually very nice. It has an elongated 3km long shoreline during low tide, attributing to its name and a few mangrove growths inside. People can camp here but has to bring their own tents and food. As for snorkeling, it’s actually very good with lots of fishes which seem to be accustomed to people feeding them already. And you can remove your life-vest if you want to as well.

The long 3km stretch at Snake Island
The long 3km stretch at Snake Island

We took some time at Snake Island, enjoying the sumptuous lunch prepared for us, the waters and also getting to know our companions. Then we started our way to Pandan Island, our last stop. I didn’t take many photos on this island as I just wanted to have a down time there. Pandan Island is already full blown public resorts with cottages, buko sellers, outdoor massages and most importantly, clean water to wash up the salty grime.



Island Hopping at Honda Bay Video

A light rain fell before we left Pandan Island. But it didn’t matter as it was already mid afternoon and we have enjoyed this island hopping escape for the day. I think I’m loving Palawan a lot more these days seeing these different facets and characteristics each region has to offer.

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