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The Islands of Honda Bay - The Secret Heaven

A January 2005 trip to Palawan by HiramAbif

Approaching Snake Island Photo, Palawan, Philippines More Photos
Quote: The islands of Honda Bay, off the central eastern coast of Palawan and within easy access from the capital of Puerto Princessa, are greatly underrated and underreported. Surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise waters, pristine beaches with the finest sand, and unspoiled natural environment, they are pure heaven.

The Islands of Honda Bay - The Secret Heaven

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Overview

Approaching Snake Island Photo, Palawan, Philippines
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The islands are fantastic for snorkeling and swimming. Starfish and Snake Islands offer more than the rest and are by far the most popular. Snake Island, aptly named for its shape, offers a sugar-white beach and easy access for your boat, and Starfish, which has nothing to envy, offers, in addition, a cluster of five nippa huts for accommodation and a great restaurant with fresh food. Snorkeling around both islands, especially at depths less than 3m, allows you to visualize the magnificent underwater flora and fauna of the Western Sulu Sea, which can easily rival the best in the world. Quick Tips: Honda Bay has several islands (Snake, Starfish, Bat, Arrecife, Loli, Frazer, Meara,...Read More
Starfish Island Nippa Huts Photo, Palawan, Philippines
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Starfish Island has a cluster of five nippa huts that you can rent for about 4 to 5€ per hut and night. Surprisingly, they are quite comfortable, with a shower, WC, and all the basic amenities. They are also spotlessly clean.

They are located next to the restaurant, and the only negative is the lack of adequate electricity, as the only sources of electricity on the island include a small wind generator (of the small yacht type) and few photovoltaic panels. On the plus side, a night on Starfish island with your loved one is an experience to remember for life.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 8, 2005

Starfish Island Nippa Huts
Starfish Island, Honda Bay
Palawan, Philippines

Starfish Island Restaurant Photo, Palawan, Philippines
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Starfish Island has a seafood restaurant next to the cluster of its nippa huts. This serves probably some of the fresher seafood (and cheapest) in the Philippines. As for the menu, there is NO choice.

You will be served the catch of the day (probably caught less than an hour before it touches the grill), which will be served grilled or fried with rice or chips and the appropriate veggies and sauces. It's simple, authentic, and incredibly delicious.

The restaurant is never busy, and the staff (the owners of the accommodation and the restaurant) is friendly and helpful. It is not to be missed!!!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 8, 2005

Starfish Island Restaurant
Starfish Island, Honda Bay
Palawan, Philippines