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Puerto princesa is a beautiful sanctuary for both animals and human being. It is a “City in a Forest”. We’ve chosen to travel here to experience the beauty of it’s nature.

Day 1

HONDA BAY TOUR

The bay is used for both subsistence and commercial fisheries and recreation. Boats can be rented for the day and used for travel to nearby islands, many less than 45 minutes from the shore by boat. Honda Bay is ideal for snorkeling and island hoping. This is our first destination after we safely landed to the beautiful Puerto Princesa.

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So Here’s our DIY Tour

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Luli Island has a very unique name, we found out that “Luli” means “Lulubog Lilitaw”. During low tide, its sand bars are visible while on high tide it sinks underwater leaving only the houses on the area visible. It is a rocky beach so people should only swim on the designated area cause there are stone fish and jelly fish on the beach. 

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Crystal Clear Water at Luli Island

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Starfish Island has the popular frame where everyone who went to Honda bay had their picture taken. Also it has a lot of starfish, be it big or small. We enjoyed our stay here because of the 30 peso coconut fruit. Though the price is same here in Manila nothing beats sipping on a coconut with a wonderful beach view. We also had it cut so we can eat, it served as our lunch on the island .

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Pandan Island has the most expensive entrance fee but it was worth it. It has all sorts of water activities like jet ski, banana boat, kayaking, snorkeling etc. it also has pristine waters. Near the shore you could swim with the fishes and snorkel your way through the seaweeds. Anyone who knows how to swim wouldn’t need any life vest cause simple floating would allow you to explore the sea beneath. Below is a video of our interactions with the fishes. If you’re a fan of swimming, sugar fine sand and fishes, this island shouldn’t be missed.

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Cowrie Island is our last stop, It is known for its buffet lunch. For a price of 200 pesos you could fill yourself up with seafood, a little meat and some veggies. We had our lunch around 2:30 pm, we enjoyed the Pandan Island so much coz’ it feels like we’re in Boracay (the sand is so so beautiful) so we stayed there for a while

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IWAHIG FIREFLY WATCHING

Firefly watching in Palawan is an environmental tour in a protected river called Iwahig. Our guide and bangkero, Kuya Paul was witty and hilarious ( I call him Paul Lee.. haha) he knows everything like he’s Ernie Baron or Kuya Kim!  😛 He said Fireflies are like Christmas lights with no electricity needed and no short circuit guarantee. It’s amazing how fireflies respond to  Kuya Paul’s red light. When he light them up, they will respond and they will all glow. It’s a very beautiful sight when they glow all together. Light production in fireflies is due to a type of chemical reaction called bioluminescence. He also let us see planktons in the river, they also glow when the water gets disturbed. The water in the river is called Brackish water, a mixture of Fresh and Salt water. There are also lots of Mangroves in the River. He also told us why Maynila is called that way. He said the name Maynila came from “Nilad”, a Mangrove tree which is very abundant in the area before. The Nilad leaves are very much alike with calamansi. We also did a little star gazing before the tour ends. Over all the tour was fun and very much informative.

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(Try to DIY this tour, I guess it’s more cheaper)

DAY 1 ITINERARY AND EXPENSES 🙂

Day 1 Itinerary

7:00 AM – ETD MANILA
9:00 AM – ETA PUERTO PRINCESA
9:30 AM – DROP BY TO MARIANNE HOTEL
10:30 AM – ARRIVED AT STA LOURDES WHARF
10:30 AM – 4:00 PM – HONDA BAY TOUR
5:30 PM – RETURN TO HOTEL
7:00 pm – PICK UP TIME FROM HOTEL TO IWAHIG
8:00 pm – FIREFLY WATCHING
9:30 pm – DINNER
10:00 pm – RETURN TO HOTEL

Summary of Expenses

50.00 – Tricycle (seating capacity: 5 pax) Airport to Hotel
500.00 – Hotel to Honda Bay Sta Lourdes Wharf –  500.00 Tricycle
1,300.00 – Boat for island hopping –  (seating capacity: 6 pax)
90.00 – Environmental fee – 90.00 (45.00 per pax)
130.00 – Entrance Fee at Luli Island (65.00 per pax)
50.00 – Entrance Fee at Starfish Island (50.00 per pax)
200.00 – Entrance Fee at Pandan Island (100.00 per pax)
150.00 – Entrance Fee at Cowrie Island (75.00 per pax)
400.00 – Lunch at Cowrie (200.00 per pax)
2,400.00 – Firefly Watching 1,200 per pax (inclusive of transportation, tour and Dinner)

5,270.00 – TOTAL

Day 2

Ugong Rock Adventures
This is our first time to do caving stuffs so we’re excited to enter the cave!

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The tour was a calorie burning experience, most of us were perspiring when we reached the top. The cave was full of different rock formations, you just need a little imagination to see the images. We also did spelunking inside the cave. It was a very beautiful sight when we reached the top. There were two options to go down; first is to climb the cave down another way is to zip lining your way down. Well, after exhausting ourselves out in climbing the cave, we took the fastest yet scary way out.

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Puerto Princesa Underground River

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Post by: Albert Gabby 😀

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