Day trip

Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping & Optional Massage

4.6 / 5

59 reviews

Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping & Optional Massage

From US$ 205.18 per group up to 4

Hit the beach in style on this tour of the islands and reefs of Honda Bay from Puerto Princesa. Honda Bay is touted as the Philippines' Last Frontier for its rich marine biodiversity.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 7 hours
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Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Tagalog, English
Pickup included
At your accommodation within 15 kilometers from Puerto Princesa City Airport.
Private group

Experience

The experience
  • Enjoy a day out in the sun swimming, snorkeling, and sun bathing
  • Get up close and personal with the marine life found at Honda Bay
  • Feast on a sumptuous lunch prepared on one of the islands
Full description
Experience the beauty of marine life in Puerto Princesa. Honda Bay is located on the eastern shore of Puerto Princesa and hosts a variety of tiny islands with resorts and beaches. It is also home to a wide variety of fishes, corals, and giant clams. Begin your 30-minute journey from the city to Barangay Sta. Lourdes, where the Honda Bay Wharf is located. Before boarding your boat, you will make a stop to rent your snorkel, aqua shoes, and swimming fins. Once on board, you will be taken to 3 different places each with its own unique attractions and characteristics. First is Luli Island. This sand bar got its name from the Filipino 'Lulubog at LIlitaw', which means to appear and disappear on water. The sand bar disappears when the tide is high and appears when the tide is low. It has powdery cream-colored sand and clear blue water, which is perfect for swimming and relaxing. There is a cocktail bar where you can sample the local mixes. There is a dive platform where you can take a jump into the water.  Next is Pambato Reef. This reef is a famous snorkeling site in Honda Bay. It has an average depth of 13 meters and covers an area as wide as 16 hectares. It has a thriving community of branch and ear corals and schools of fish including lapu-lapu (grouper), parrot fish, and spadefish. Finally, head to Cowrie Island where you will spend most of your day. Your buffet-style lunch will be served on this island. The clear blue waters and powdery sand are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sun bathing. There is a massage center where you can treat yourself to a relaxing massage. Your day will end at approximately 2:30 PM. You will head back to the wharf and your driver will meet you there to return you to your accommodation. If you want a relaxing end to the day, select one of the massage options. Hotel drop-off after the massage can be provided with an extra charge, which can be booked as an add-on upon checkout.
Includes
  • Pick up and drop-off in an air-conditioned van
  • Local guide
  • Boat transfers
  • Entrance fees
  • Buffet lunch
  • Massage (if option selected)
  • Environmental fee, which is PHP 150 or USD 3
  • Snorkel and aqua shoes, which are available to rent
  • Additional food and drink
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Know before you go

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour is not suitable for cruise ship passengers due to the time requirements
  • There is a maximum number of people of 13 per van
  • This tour is subject to favorable weather conditions and if it is canceled due to poor weather you will be able to attend either on another day or an alternative tour
  • Pick up and drop-off at your accommodation within 15 kilometers from the airport
  • There is an $80 additional charge if your accommodation is outside of the 15-kilometer radius from the airport
  • The duration of transfers are approximate and the exact duration is dependent on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • For guests arriving via cruise ship, please book the private option as you are unable to join the regular tours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 59 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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One of the best trips I've had locally. Our guide, kuya Echo is very nice. A great photographer, very cool, and informative. He'd give you tips even for the ones outside the trip itself. Everything was a smooth ride for us. First we went to Pambato Reef - we were the first ones there so we enjoyed swimming with the fishes. Best experience ever! Then we went to Luli Island; where we had a mini photoshoot, there weren't much people there so that's good. TIP: If you want great solo photos, walk a few steps from the actual spot where the others are taking pictures. Third is the Cowrie Island. We had so much fun here! There was a banana boat ride and the lunch was delicious! You'd go back for more. If you want a massage, they have one in the middle. There's fresh buko also. It's quite pricey tho = P 50. And the damn thing was heavy. The place is really clean. Only comment is that the waters of the shower is salt water so the soap doesn't bubble. Overall, wonderful experience!

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February 28, 2020

Absolutely loved our day out on the different islands. The islands are well looked after and Eco, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the area and marine life. We did lots on Cowrie island, jet skiing, snorkelling, massages (which were amazing) and a delicious buffet style lunch. Would 100% do this tour again. Highly recommend. This is our second tour with Get Your Guide and they are very professional.

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January 23, 2020

After a 30-minute drive in a van you are at the port, then you continue by boat. If you don't want to snorkel or swim, you don't need any shoes that you can borrow on site. This also applies if the guide advises you to borrow it. Flip flops or slippers are absolutely sufficient. The highlight was the island of starfish island. Here you can have living starfish on your hands and take photos with you to your heart's content. The bootscrew is always helpful when taking pictures. Another highlight was the last island cowrie island where we got our buffet lunch. The food was typical of the country and in my opinion the best food that was offered on a tour. the guide was very nice and professional. He had background knowledge and was knowledgeable. The entire boat crew was very helpful and accommodating. A very nice tour where you can also relax

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January 7, 2020

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