Nope. Honda Bay has nothing to do with the car manufacturer Honda. To clear out misconceptions about it, our tour guide said that Honda Bay’s name came from the Spanish phrase hondo agua which means “deep water or channel”. Since we love cutting words short like in text messages and tweets, it became honda. That last statement was from me. I kid but it’s possible, right?
Honda Bay is composed of13 islands and 6 islets including the luxurious and popular Dos Palmas where Filipino matinee idol of the 1990′s, Rico Yan, passed away. Memories. I wonder what could have he achieved if not for that fateful day..
Honda Bay has a rich ecosystem that is why aside from swimming, snorkeling and fish feeding on some of the well-known activities offered to tourists.
When we toured Honda Bay, we were only able to go to 2 islands and 1 islet. They said you can tour most of the islands in a day but you might not enjoy it because all you can do is go down the island and just take a few snaps then go back to the boat to travel to another island. Though we only saw 3, those were enough for me to say that Honda Bay is truly an amazing feat of nature.
Before going to Honda Bay, we stopped by a snorkeling rental store along the way. If you don’t have your own snorkeling mask, you can rent one for PhP 150. If you don’t have plan to snorkel, don’t rent one and just enjoy the view by the beach. You can also swim on the shallow parts of Honda Bay.
Our first stop at Honda Bay is Pandan Island. I think it got its name because there are many pandan trees on the island. Not the pandan that we put on rice. These are really trees, high and standing tall. This island has lots of cottages that is why many tourists have their lunch here like we did.
You can swim on the beach and go to a deeper part of the beach to see different fishes. However, fish feeding is not allowed in Pandan Island. There is only one island in Honda Bay where it is allowed to maintain the balance in the ecosystem and prevent pollution in the sea.