Palawan beach hut

Things to do in Palawan Day 1 – By Maria Marilyn Madrid

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Palawan in the Philippines offers nature trips through seemingly uncharted territories amid the buzzing city of Puerto Princesa. In fact, one of the inviting travel destinations in Palawan, which is Honda Bay, is located close to this city at only 12 kilometers away. The area consists of several islets or little islands. Although you won’t be able to visit every single island within a day’s tour, you can experience what Honda Bay has to offer through popular islets and areas.


If you’re availing tours via tour packages, don’t expect to have a full breakfast meal because most touring company guides will wake you up early in the morning for a similarly early start. The most practical meal you can eat before the day starts is coffee and some bread through your accommodating hotel or inn. Most of these are based on the islets of Meara Marina and Starfish.


Pambato or Tubbataha reef is your first stop. It is accessible via boats for rent scattered all over the islands. When you’re there, you can snorkel, swim, or simply take pictures the entire morning. If you don’t have your own gear, you can always rent snorkeling equipment from various stalls within the shore including waterproof cameras. Unfortunately, these cameras are only useful within a limited depth.


Your lunch is often served in the next destination, Snake Island. If you’re goal is to swim and sway with the waves, this is the island for you, particularly when it’s high tide.


Dinner can be served at the last stop, Pandan Island or, if not, it’s back to your accommodating hotel. But before a tiring day’s meal, you can walk throughout the island’s white sand beach shore line and enjoy services offered by local residents including food, refreshments, massage, henna tattoo, and so much more.


The night is still young even after dinner so you can still hunt for pasalubongs or souvenirs in the local Philippine tongue.

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