DIY Honda Bay Tour for less than 1k

I decided to have a DIY Honda Bay Tour simply because it’s cheaper. We’ve been offered the tour for Php1000plus per head. But, according to my research, we could get it for around Php650 per head.

We asked a tricycle driver to pick us up at the hotel at 6:30am. We had to pay him Php500 to bring us to the market to buy food for our lunch and pick us up back from the port after our tour. He brought useful items for us to bring during our tour like cooked rice, cooler, paper plates, utensils, etc.

We dropped by the public market and bought the following:

1k tuna for Php90

1k liempo for Php180

other ingredients Php32

ice, match, cups, etc Php 80

After going to the market, we went to the wharf and registered and paid for all the fees.

Boat ride Php1300 (good for 6-8 people; boatmen will cook your lunch and bring you to all the islands you wanted to include in the tour)

Environmental fee Php40/person

Terminal Fee Php27/5persons

Entrance Fee to Pandan Island Php100/person

When we’re all set, we were accompanied to the boat that will take us to the Honda Bay Tour. We were told that Snake Island was not open (much to my disappointed as I planned to stay more time there after reading that it was a sandbar) so we told the boatmen that we intended to go to Pandan Island mainly and if we have time to spare, we’d go to Starfish or Luli Islands. I was not so much in to Pambato Reef since I don’t like to snorkel.

It took a while (almost 2 hours) before our boat sailed since several boatmen were not allowed to sail by the coastguard because they forgot to sign out the day before. Good thing the delay did not affect the time we spent enjoying the islands.

We spent a lot of time in Pandan island. We took a wooden table beachfront! It costs Php300. Cottage costs Php500. We stayed there for 3 hours and decided to go to Luli island (and skip Starfish Island too) when the waters became rough Β since it’s closer to the wharf.

The entrance fee for Luli island is Php50. There’s an area where you could dive and my friends quite enjoyed the thrill it gave them. The name Luli Island came from “Lulubog, Lilitaw” since part of the island is submerged in water at certain times of the day.

Our DIY Honda Bay Tour cost us Php713.8/person – still cheaper than the package tour of php1000plus per head.



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7 thoughts on “DIY Honda Bay Tour for less than 1k

  1. jam

    hi! you’re the blogger who went to PP most recently.. i’m just gathering details.. i’m planning a trip for me and my hubby this coming 2nd week of december.. it’s just us. i have questions po.. how much for a rent of a boat for 2 persons? the same lang po ba? i’m planning a diy honda bay tour.. i don’t want to get a tour package because we might be with other people we don’t really know.. can you give me some tips po.. it will be a great help for someone like me, whose new with exploring.. thank you so much in advance!! ^_^

  2. hi jam! the boat rental is quite standardized so I think even if there’s just the 2 of you, the boat rental will still be around Php1300. They might encourage you to join other groups since there’s only 2 of you. Just make sure they don’t combine you with other tourists. πŸ™‚ There are lodgings which include breakfast when you check in with them in case you don’t have a place to stay yet. I hope you enjoy your trip!

  3. jam

    hi! thank you for the reply.. i just wish we could have a boat for ourselves.. we want to maximize the time we’ll spend there.. it will be hassle if other people will limit you while you’re still having fun.. πŸ™‚ i’m actually nervous and excited about this, it will be our first time to have a trip on our own! thank you for your blog and your advice, very helpful! πŸ˜‰

  4. i understand you very much that’s why as much as possible, i want my trip to be DIY too. πŸ™‚ Our Underground Tour was a package tour. We had to share the van with 2 more groups of people. But I think you would really have to share a boat in the Underground Tour -that’s how they roll. Anyway it’s just like a 45-minute tour. But the rest, like City Tour and Honda Bay Tour, have it DIY. I hope you and your hubby would enjoy your trip. ^_^

    • jam

      hi again! i booked our flight already! yey! i’m excited!! thanks for taking time to reply.. i did bookmarked this page so i can come back whenever i want to.. thanks again ha! πŸ˜‰

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