June 13, 2012

Honda Bay Palawan: Luli Island, Pambato Reef

Doing a city tour in Puerto Princesa is much easier compared to other cities in the Philippines. Once you landed in the airport and hire a tricycle to go to your hotel, that same tricycle will offer you a city tour package and Honda Bay Package. Generally, these tricycle drivers are honest thus they will not take advantage of you. 

Tricycles are not as comfortable as the Vans that the hotels and travel agency offer. But Tricycles are far more cheap and flexible.  we hired a tricycle for Php700.00 for the city tour and Php400.00 for the Honda Bay tour (well I think his price Honda Bay in expensive).


Honda Bay

Snake Island. (View from the Airplane)
Pay some minimal fees before you proceed to the boat. Boat hiring is organize in Honda Bay. You will pay at the counter not to the boatman =)


Renting a boat in Honda Bay could be expensive if you are alone or you are just two. A boat who could accommodate six person could cost you around Php1200-Php1300. If you could divide the amount, much better!  

Two characteristics of a traveler are being courageous and having a lot of guts. You need those traits to make your travel cheaper by inviting people to join you! So I invited 4 foreigners to join us! Two couple from Czech Republic and Austria joined us in our Honda Bay Tour!



Von voyage
Everybody is required to use a life vest. You may also use this for your snorkling. 


Our first stop was Luli (Lulubog, Lilitaw or Rise and Fall) Island. We spend 30 minutes swimming, snorkel and a little bit diving in Luli Island before we headed to Pambato Reef. In Pambato Reef, we weren't able to snorkel well because the water was too wavy. According to the boatman, Pambato Reef  is the best spot to snorkel as the name implies – their Pambato or bet. Well that wasn’t quite true when were there.   



Luli Island
That was me. That was my first time to jump on a 10 feet deep water.
Pambato Reef


We didn’t able to see Snake Island because according to the boat man, DENR closed it for a particular reason. Much worse, on our way to Pandan Island a heavy tears from heaven blowed us away to get back to the main island. Sayang talaga. But at least the boat man gave back less than half of what we paid to them.    

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