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Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping & Optional Massage

1. Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping & Optional Massage

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.

Puerto Princesa: Underground River and Firefly Watching Tour

2. Puerto Princesa: Underground River and Firefly Watching Tour

Begin the day with hotel pickup from downtown Puerto Princesa or the airport and head to Sabang Wharf, arriving around 8:00 AM. Board a pump boat and cruise into the mouth of the cave, home to monitor lizards, monkeys, snakes, and other wildlife, some of which is exclusive to Palawan. Following a short walk, ride a paddle boat to the Underground River and marvel at this unique natural wonder. Grab an audioguide and sail through the narrow waters, past stone walls with hundreds of years of history. Keep an out for interesting shapes and colors in the caves and on the walls. Upon return to the wharf, lunch will be served. Savor a feast of local cuisine and then set off on the optional excursions, either a zip-lining adventure or a peaceful mangrove paddle boat tour. Return to your hotel for some downtime before heading back out for the evening portion of the tour. Drive to an offsite restaurant for your dinner before heading on to a river located some 30 kilometers from the city center. Aside from the fireflies and the stars, you'll also see the water light up by the bioluminescent plankton. Following the tour of the estuary, return to the wharf and then to your hotel.

From Puerto Princesa: Day Trip to El Nido and Island Hopping

3. From Puerto Princesa: Day Trip to El Nido and Island Hopping

Discover the islands around El Nido on a full-day island hopping tour from Puerto Princesa. Explore the area's most picturesque sites, including the Secret and Big Lagoons, and replenish your energy with a sumptuous BBQ lunch. Choose the private option to have your own exclusive experience, allowing for more flexibility and customization.  Begin your tour bright and early with pickup from your hotel in downtown Puerto Princesa at around 4 AM and head straight toward El Nido. Rest during the approximately 5-hour journey, and make a short stop to stretch your legs and buy some food. Upon arrival in the resort town of El Nido, you'll be dropped off near the jump-off point. Have breakfast at one of the several restaurants before boarding your boat, if you like. To fully enjoy the activity, rental of gears and kayak are already included in the package. Set sail on your island hopping activity by 9 AM and make up to 5 stops in all. Depending on the assigned route, you will start with the Secret Lagoon, a secret world hidden in jagged rock walls. Continue on to Shimizu Island, a gorgeous beach with crystal-clear waters. Then, head to Seven Commandos Beach, lined with coconut trees and pure white sand, before making your last stop at the Big Lagoon. By midday, pause your island hopping to savor a lunch of barbecue pork, chicken, and seafood, as well as vegetable salad and fresh fruits. The island hopping activity ends at around 4 PM, at which point you'll be dropped off back at the wharf where you'll head back to your hotel in Puerto Princesa. Prior to going back to Puerto Princesa, you can enjoy dinner in El Nido. At 6 PM, get back on the road to your hotel, which you should reach by midnight.

From Puerto Princesa: Trek to Batak Tribe Village

4. From Puerto Princesa: Trek to Batak Tribe Village

Be picked up for your hotel in the morning and travel about 70 kilometers out of Puerto Princesa. Arrive at the Batak Visitor Center, which is located in Barangay Conception. At the Visitor Center, you will find various local products made by the tribe available for purchase. From the Visitor Center, trek across mountainous terrain and cross some rivers to reach the village of the Batak people. The hiking time is anywhere from 75 to 120 minutes, depending on the pace of the group. Upon reaching the village, join in presenting a token gift to the tribe which contains coffee, rice, sugar, and other basic needs. Say hello to the tribe members and see how they go about their daily lives. Your guide will provide information about the history of the tribe and their customs. Afterwards, head back down to the Visitor Center and you'll be driven back to your hotel in Puerto Princesa. An option to include lunch in this activity is also available.

Puerto Princesa: Private Sunrise Trek at Mt. Magarwak

5. Puerto Princesa: Private Sunrise Trek at Mt. Magarwak

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Princesa between 3:00 AM and 4:00 AM, then heads towards the base of Mt. Magarwak where adventure awaits. Arrive at the base, which is just on the outskirts of the city, and listen to a safety briefing about the trek. Once you’re ready, begin the ascent towards the summit, following your guide along the 300-meter mountain trail. As you trek through the mountain landscape, see native flora and fauna along the trail which is surrounded by luscious jungle. After around an hour of trekking, arrive at the summit and enjoy a well-deserved rest while your guide prepares a light breakfast. As you wait for the sun to rise, enjoy your breakfast accompanied by tea and coffee. From the summit, marvel at the transformation of the sky as it is illuminated with light and color when the sun rises. Soak up spectacular views across Honda Bay and watch the water glisten and glow in the sunlight. At the end of an unforgettable experience, begin the descent down the mountain at around 7:30 AM. Back at the base, hop in the van for the return trip to your hotel, or if you selected the optional add-ons visit Nagtabon Beach for a refreshing swim, or relax and unwind in a nearby hot spring.

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What people are saying about Puerto Princesa

Our tour Guide Sir Jed was wonderful, he is so kind and informative, he even helped us take pictures And make sure we are safe. For corazon travel and tours, you have wonderful staffs! Highly recomended! Thank u Sir Jed for being wonderful!

AMAZING island hopping!! Loved all the islands we went to! Especially Cowrie ! We also did amazing snorkeling. I totally recomend it to alll travelers.

The tour was nice ! We had sufficient time on each island. The guide was really nice and helpful.

Beautiful day for island hopping, with a great guide. Wonderful experience

Amazing activity, our tour guide Jedd was really cool.