How about island hopping without swimming? Well, that was my funny island hopping experience. On our last day in Palawan, we decided to go island hopping in Honda Bay. We decided not to book a packaged tour and went on our own. We hired a tricycle to take us to the pier, then we negotiated on a half-day private boat trip. The boatmen were like our tour guides as well, telling us the names of the islands that we passed by. The ordinary packaged tour normally includes three islands/destinations only but since we had the boat to ourselves, our boatmen told us that we could go to five or more islands.
First stop was Pandan Island. I was really amazed to see the crystal clear water and the very fine white sand of this island. It was really breathtaking. There are no tourist accommodations available on this island. Visitors come here on day-tour for island hopping/swimming and picnic purposes only. A minimal fee of $1 (if I’m not mistaken) per person is collected upon arrival. Fresh coconut juice and seafood kebab are also available at affordable prices.
My bag was full of chips and nuts…. without a single piece of swimsuit. I don’t know, maybe it was not programmed in my system that I would go swimming in Palawan, that was really strange. The water and the sand were really inviting but what could I do?
We were planning on walking around the island but it was really hot that day and I was starting to get migraine already.
So we just walked about a few hundred meters on both directions before we settled in a table under the coconut trees for some fresh coconut juice, chips and nuts.
I dont mind coming back to Pandan Island in the near future. I told X [in my most wishful thinking way] that I wanted to have my own private island in Palawan. Dreaming is absolutely free!!! 🙂