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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: A Nature's Haven (Part 1 of 3)

Going to Palawan was just one of my dream destinations, it finally came true when my friend told me about a promo trip to Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Booked last April 16-18, 2012, we were able to explore some of the tourist spots in the so-called "The Last Frontier of the Country". This blogpost will be featured in a series for each of the destination we travelled on.

First of this series is our Honda bay Island Hopping Tour. Thirty minutes away from where we stayed is the wharf that will lead you to the islands in Honda Bay (pronounced as "Onda" according to our guide, Kuya Omar, which means wave, deep).

This is a part of the wharf that will bring you to the islands in Honda Bay.
Our guide told us that there are three islands included in the tour but as of this writing, one island called "Snake Island" is closed for rehabilitation. The other two islands are Pandan Island and Starfish Island. While in the boat, our guide kept us knowledgeable about the place, there are several island that are not open to the public like "Bat Island" because it is has almost 25,000 fruit bats. There's the unique "LuLi Island" which is a constructed phrase "Lulubog-Lilitaw" depends on the tides.

First stop was Pandan Island, everybody was amazed with the powdery white sand and clear water of the island. In awe, i just whispered, WOW! Thank You God for this!

The white sand and clear and clean water of Pandan Island.

We had the most sumptuous lunch of the trip in here, What special about this lunch is the local seafood our tour group bought, it is called "pikit" or rock lobsters. It was indeed the best!

The star of the lunch - "PIKIT"

You may walk the coastline of the whole island for about 30 mins. Its powdery white sand and clear water really made our stay in Pandan Island really worthwhile.

Kayaking is one of the water activities you can do in this paradise.
Next island stop was the "Starfish Island" as the name implies, it really houses a lot of starfish! A perfect spot for snorkeling which we really enjoyed! You can find different kinds, sizes and colors of fishes and corals. Also in this island you may find vast of mangrove trees.

This is just one of the many of the starfishes we've found in the island, it called, "Pirate Starfish".

Starfish Island has lots of mangrove trees in it.
It also has cottages for visitors to rest in.
We really had so much fun in every island we went to.
One of the many activities you can do is snorkeling. Most of us don't know how to swim but with the help of our very kind and accommodating boatmen we were still able to sea the wonders of the sea. 

Last stop is the so called "Mini Tubbataha Reef" situated at the navel of the ocean called "Pambato Reef" where you can snorkel and sea how wonderful creatures we have underwater.

This huge turtle like floating barge is located at the navel of the ocean. Here you can snorkel the Pambato Reef which is also known as the "Mini Tubbataha Reef".
 One realization came to my mind, God really gave us the resources, it's now really up to us how to conserve and preserve this. Palawan is really rich with all the resources, it is indeed a nature's haven. It's more fun in Palawan, it's more fun in the Philippines.


  1. Ang ganda ng white sand ,puting puti and the starfish ,ang ganda tingnan.Palawan is really a good place to relax.

    1. Thanks for reading and for leaving a comment! It is indeed a very nice place!

  2. These are awesome crystal-clear photos! The clouds too! I wish to be there someday!

    1. Thanks for reading my blog and for leaving a comment! Yah, you should visit Palawan! It's fun! Gonna post our PPUR tour within this week.