Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Honda Bay: Tips and Infos

Honda Bay is a cluster of beautiful  islands and islets in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The islands here have fine white sand beaches, and cobalt blue waters.

I really recommend that anyone going to Puerto Princesa to visit this place at least once.  This is a serene and photogenic place! 🙂

PARADISE in Honda Bay, Palawan

To explore the islets/islands of this bay, one should rent a boat (which is usually provided by the city tourism office) for a price of 1500.00 (depends on the boat size)  So basically, this trip is an island hopping adventure 🙂

There are 3 main islands/islets in this bay, namely  Pandan Island, Starfish Island and the Snake Island. Although there are more islands in this bay, only the 3 mentioned is open to public. They are named as such because of the existence of Pandan and Starfish in those islands while the snake island is named that way because of it’s  long and winding characteristic similar to a snake.

Why is it that when I look at this picture, I feel lonely… 😦 hmmm…

In my visit last April, I was not able to visit the Snake island because it is undergoing beautification However, this would not hamper me in giving and presenting to you the other two beautiful islands of Honda Bay, but first let me tell you the process on how the entire trip came about.

WHEN TO GO HERE?

The Philippines is a sunny place throughout the year however, due to climate change, strong typhoons or heavy rains visits the country a lot more often… The Philippines has only 2 seasons, wet and dry. Dry or summer months starts from March to June or July while wet season starts by August til December. The wet season is where a lot of  low pressure areas are formed, However, I can say that it is a game of luck, or a gamble if you want to visit the Philippines during the wet season, since just because it’s called wet season it would rain the whole time… there are only days that it would rain while the rest is sunny…
However, for foreigners who will visit the Philippines (especially for those in the far most corner of earth) I think you need to plan your visit during the summer months, so you will be sure that no rain would ruin your vacation.

HOW TO GET HERE:

Honda Bay is about 20-45 minutes drive from the city center. The mode of transportation from the city center towards Honda Bay Port is by land, you can rent either a tricycle or a van. I opted to rent a tricycle for P500.00 or $11USD. The road is well paved/cemented, so going here by tricycle isn’t a problem. If you decided to rent a van, it will cost at around P1,500-2000.00 (this is the price that was given to us by the van driver we hired going to the underground river). We left the city center at round 6:45 am and arrived in the port at around 7:15.

HOW TO GET A PERMIT:

Upon arriving in the port, you will notice that people are lining up, that line is where you will pay for the boat rental, environmental fee, and where you can get your permit. Unlike the underground river, there is no need to get a prior permit before heading there, so it easier to tour than the latter.

There are 4 simple steps in getting your permit and paying for the fees and these are:

First, you need to line up for the lane stating no.1 and where you will fill up a form and state how many passengers or tourists that are coming with you, you also need to put up their names, you should also know if what type of boat you are going to use, whether it is a 6passenger boat (which is the smallest) which costs P1200.00 while there are 10-12 passenger capacity boats which costs at around P1400-1800.00…

the 2nd step is where you will get your permit and pay for the boat rental fee and in exchange, you will receive the name and number of your boat.

The 3rd step is again filling up a particular form and paying for the environmental fee. The 4th step is waiting for your name to be called and VOILA, you are good to go.

The boat we used for our island hopping adventure

OTHER TIPS:

However! before you go anywhere else, you need to buy water, food or rent a snorkeling gear. Food and Water is expensive on the island itself, and it is advisable if you bring them with you at the start of the journey, so if anytime you feel thirsty you have a water/drink with you. But, I suggest that you go grocery shopping while you are still in the metro, since it is cheaper there than buying in the port itself.

Snorkeling gears and swimming shoes

As for the snorkeling gear, Part of your itinerary is to visit a snorkeling site with lots of fishes and various corals! Moreover in Pandan and Starfish island, you can snorkel and feed the fishes which is quite interesting because the fishes swarm around you if you give bits and pieces of tasty bread.

The fish and coral sanctuary

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HAPPY WANDERING! 🙂

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11 thoughts on “Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Honda Bay: Tips and Infos”

      1. thank you for the tips.i got an idea because on our last day, our departure is 4:15pm. can we still go honda bay for the pandan island only?

      2. yes, you can still visit it but you should go very early and always watch out for the time. You should alot at least 1h for travel. Also, you can check in online so there would be no problem boarding the airline.

        Happy Wandering!

  1. Hi Yannah,
    It’s always interesting to read your blog posts! I do like your writing style, it’s kind of storytelling but informative as well :).

    Really wanna go to Philippine some time, but since it’s far from my city, so need to save some money first, hehe.. Btw, is there any diving agent/club in Honda Bay where we can rent some scuba equipments?

    1. Thank you very much! You are so kind. 🙂 I’m so happy that you enjoyed reading my posts. For, diving, I think there is, but I’m not sure about the exact diving school/agent/club, since, honestly, I haven’t tried diving yet! haha! And if you are a professional diver, I suggest going to Tubbataha Reef, it is a few hours away from Puerto Princesa. it is the most popular among divers in the Philippines, some even say that it is better than the great barrier reef in terms of ocean diversity. 🙂 Sorry, I really don’t know about the diving schools… I’ve never encountered one during my visit since I didn’t search for it because I’m only into snorkeling, I don’t know how to dive. haha!

  2. hi Yannah, i was hoping you may help me on my itinerary.. i have problem with my trip to either honda bay or the underground river..my flight arrive at Puerto Princesa Airport at 1210pm. Given my time of arrival is in noon, any tour i can still able to catch up for the day?? i understand that most of the tours start in early morning till evening but my time is fall in the middle of the two..any suggestion or recommendation for me please?

  3. hi Y, I really want to chat with you. Planning on going to PalawAn this May but I do not know what to do, where to go. You seemed have a lot of info, maybe you could help me. Please email me back. Thanks!

    Alma

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