Located on the eastern shore of the island of Palawan is Honda Bay, one of the southwestern Philippines best tourist destinations. The beaches along Honda bay feature clear blue waters and fine white sand while the landscape is characterized by lush rainforests and breathtaking rock formations. The lack of commercialism has added to Honda Bay's natural beauty and charm, making it the perfect getaway for nature lovers as well as adventurers.
Honda Bay is known as one of the best dive spots in the Philippines. But aside from water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and jet skiing, visitors can also check out the numerous islets surrounding the bay. Boats can be rented and used for island hopping. Some islands charge entrance fees while others are privately owned, and thus, require authorization from the owners.
Some of Honda Bay's most popular islets are:
Cowrie and Bat - named after the large fruit bats that populate the islands, which fly out of their holes at sundown too feed.
Snake Island - shape like a snake's tongue hence its name. It also features a white sand beach peppered with large and lovely sea shells.
Starfish Island - popular for the different starfish species that abound its beach.
Lu-Ii Island - which is visible only during low tide.
Señorita Island - breeding site of lapu-lapu fish.
Arreceffi Island - home to the luxury Dos Palmas Beach Resort.
Honda Bay is only 12 kilometers away from Puerto Princesa City proper and can be easily reached via a rented pump boat. The boat ride from the wharf to the different islands usually takes 15 to 50 minutes.