April 27, 2013 was our last day in Palawan – it was also by far, the best day out of the three days!
It was actually a good decision that we decided to pursue on the island hopping – Honda Bay! (Because it wasn’t actually included in the package since it was our last day and we had a plane to catch back to Manila. It was a good thing they offer exclusive trips – only for the family – so like they limit the island hopping to two islands so that we can catch our flight.)
I’m telling you, you shouldn’t miss island hopping in Palawan! It’s legen… wait for it, DARY. (in Barney Stinson’s words hahaha)
But seriously, you shouldn’t miss it if you are already in Palawan.
Anyway, we woke up at 5 am, had our breakfast and prepared for our trip. Our van will pick us up at 7 – and since it was an exclusive trip, just us, I think it amounted to Php 1,500 per person.
Our first stop was a gear rental shop. Our snorkeling gear was provided by our hotel however we rented a camera case which was additional Php 250. I really think that the case is worth it, unless you own an underwater camera. Then, our tour guide told us that although it was optional, he recommended that we rented aqua shoes which was Php 500. (I seriously think that it was not necessarily but if you want to be extra safe, then go ahead.)
Then we went to the port to rent our own boat. (I think there’s another option wherein you’ll have other companions and you’ll ride a bigger boat – but since we were trying to catch our flight, we needed a boat of our own). Once were in, our journey began.
Our first stop was a floating raft named the ‘Pambato Reef’.
But you can still see fishies!
Our next stop, and also the last because our time was limited, was my favorite – Isla Pandan.
We stayed here!
*Based on what I heard, they don’t allow people to stay overnight. So the accommodations there were nipa huts like that or umbrella-tables (I don’t know what you call it).
This was my favorite island, given the fact that we only saw two – but still!
I really love this island! Because the attraction here are the fishes and you’ll feed them! You don’t even need to go far because the fishes are near the shore!
See! There’s so many fishes!!!
We even saw Nemo! Hahaha. They really are territorial!
The tour guide even allowed me to remove my vest! Which made it more fun and free!
Look! A cute blue starfish!
There were so many fishes! They even photo bombed the picture!That one! He really needed to pass in front of my face!
My sister and I even saw another starfish along the shore!
*And my sister, being the great photographer she is, took this picture and didn’t check it – she later on laughed at the fact that my face is covered.
We left the island at 2:30 pm to catch our flight back to Manila and that’s the end of our Puerto Princessa, Palawan trip! But I am definitely am coming back! I really really really wanna see Palawan again. I’m hoping next time, I’ll be able to stay longer.