Discovering Paradise: The Ultimate Honda Bay Travel Guide
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Honda Bay is a must-visit destination in Puerto Princesa, renowned for its pristine white sand beaches, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant coral reefs, teeming with diverse marine life.
This tropical paradise offers a plethora of picturesque islands, islets, and sandbars that can be explored on a day trip. With numerous diving and snorkeling sites, visitors can immerse themselves in the vibrant underwater ecosystem of Puerto Princesa.
Interestingly, Honda Bay is named after the Spanish phrase “Bahía Honda,” which means “deep bay” in English. The bay was named by Spanish colonizers who arrived in the Philippines in the 16th century. The name “Honda Bay” stuck and has been used ever since. Interestingly, the “H” in Honda is pronounced silently according to local tradition.
What to See in Honda Bay
For those planning to explore Honda Bay, we highly recommend visiting these stunning islands:
Cowrie Island is the most sought-after destination in the bay, offering a plethora of activities and snorkeling. The island boasts a few cabanas, bars, and restaurants, making it an ideal spot for a fun-filled day with family and friends.
Lulu Island is a unique sandbar that emerges during low tide and disappears during high tide. Its picturesque location and crystal-clear waters make it a popular spot for photo enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
As the name suggests, the is home to abundant five-armed orange starfish. It offers one of the best snorkeling sites with vibrant marine life and corals near the shore. Don’t miss out on exploring this aquatic wonderland during your Honda Bay adventure.
Pambato Reef is an expansive coral reef system that boasts a diverse range of marine life, including vibrant coral formations and a variety of colorful fish species. The reef is a popular destination for both experienced and novice divers. Scuba diving enthusiasts can explore the rich underwater ecosystem of Pambato Reef, including the fascinating reef walls, diverse fish species, and the occasional sea turtle sighting. Aside from diving, visitors can also enjoy snorkeling,
When to go to Honda Bay
Honda Bay is a destination that can be visited throughout the year. However, the best time to visit is during the dry season which occurs between November and early May. During this period, visitors can enjoy sunny weather, calm seas, and perfect conditions for swimming, snorkeling, and island hopping.
Getting to Honda Bay:
From Puerto Princesa city proper, visitors will need to take a scenic drive north to the Sta. Lourdes wharf. Once at the wharf, guests will board a traditional “banca” (outrigger boat) and head towards Honda Bay, which is less than an hour’s boat ride away.
Visitors can choose to explore Honda Bay on a day trip or opt for a more immersive experience by staying overnight at Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa. The resort offers comfortable accommodations and a range of activities to enjoy the natural beauty of Honda Bay.
Where to stay:
Honda Bay can be visited on a full-day trip; therefore, the best accommodation options are located in Puerto Princesa city, which allows you to do the island hopping in Honda Bay during the day and return to the city for the night. This way, you can enjoy the beauty of Honda Bay without compromising on the quality of your accommodation.
Among several accommodation options in Puerto Princesa, the best hotels are those located in the city centre near the Rizal Avenue, short distance from restaurants, bars and shopping malls.
Conveniently located 10-minute drive from the Rizal Avenue, Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa boasts a large outdoor pool and rooms, suites and villas with free WiFi. There is a fitness centre, 3 restaurants and on-site water sport facilities for guests to enjoy. Each room, suite and villa has a flat-screen cable TV, safe, seating area and a private bathroom comes with a shower and free toiletries.
Best Western Plus The Ivywall Hotel is strategically located along Rizal Avenue, the most renowned and bustling street in Puerto Princesa. The hotel boasts a well-equipped fitness center and an indoor pool, while guests can unwind with a refreshing drink at the bar. All rooms are thoughtfully designed with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, and a private bathroom with a shower and complimentary toiletries, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay for guests.
Hue Hotel Puerto Princesa is a modern and stylish hotel located near Robinson Malls. The hotel offers comfortable and well-appointed rooms, a rooftop infinity pool, a fitness center, and a restaurant serving local and international cuisine. Its design combines modern elegance with traditional Filipino elements.
Canvas Boutique Hotel Puerto Princesa is a unique and artistic hotel located near Puerto Princesa airport and within walking distance from Rizal Avenue. The hotel features vibrant and colorful rooms and common areas adorned with various art pieces and murals. The hotel also offers an outdoor pool, a spa, a restaurant serving Filipino cuisine, and a bar. Its design creates a fun and whimsical atmosphere, perfect for a creative and memorable stay.