One of the things you shouldn’t miss when going to Honda bay are your swimming gears. If you are a travel light person and cant afford to carry a separate bag for your gears, you can stop by at one of the shops along the way. I would suggest for you to rent at the last establishment before making a turn towards the Honda Bay wharf. They have the best affordable gears at 150 pesos and also have the necessary permits to do the business. You can request the tour guide to make a stop at these particular shops.
We reached our first destination after about 30 minutes- the Pambato floating reef, which apparently is managed by abs-cbn. There were I guess a hundred of tourists when we came. The floating reef is made up of wood which is made afloat by empty large plastic tanks. We unboarded the boat that docked at the end of the floating bridge. We left our bags and everyone put on their swimming attire. At the end of the bridge is the floating shed that can accommodate I think about 40 people at once. There is also a secured area around the shed where snorkelers can swim, explore and enjoy looking at different live corals and various kinds of fish. Sadly, we were allowed to stay only for 40 minutes to let other tourists get in and besides, we still have 2 other islands to explore. It was a different experience to see live fish and corals not through a glass but in a near bottom part of the sea.
The sun is exactly above us and after tiring ourselves, we finally had our lunch at the kiosk. Our tour guide served us with grilled pork, etc… It was more than enough to fill our hunger and almost brought us to nap.
A few minutes after lunch, we went to our next and last destination – at Pandan Island. I was surprised when we were nearing its shore. There must’ve been more than half a thousand people in the Island. And Seeing it a kilometer away from the shore, the beachfront looks similar to Dos Palmas without the “entrance”. Its sand and shore waters is clean and perfect for swimming and snorkeling. There are other amenities for rent such as the banana boat and kayaks. The island has several cottages and table sets for groups and the island is much bigger with a few hectares of land allowing all guests to have more space for other sports and recreational activities.
So while the others went swimming, we enjoyed throwing and diving to the waters as we try to catch the frisbee. It was our idea of fun and excitement that day, especially that one of our friends is about to leave for good. Its indeed a blessing to enjoy this place with friends.
Seeing and experiencing the islands scattered all over the Honda bay is one of my best vacation experiences. Well, there is a lot more that my shallow words cant tell and describe – and its up for the wanting visitors to know and discover for themselves, that its more fun in Palawan.