This was hands down the highlight of our Puerto Princesa trip and I’m so glad we DIYed it. The night before, we talked to a trycicle driver to get us to the port and take us back at around 4 or 5pm. I think we agreed on 400 pesos round trip for the 5 of us. We stopped by a snorkeling rental store and rented one of each for 100 pesos.
At the port, we signed up for a small boat with a maximum capacity of 6. Then we waited for our name to be called. We bought supplies like water and snacks while waiting. Then we were given our boat man. There were 2 of them. I think our boat costs 1,200 for the whole day. The bigger boat costs more.
There are about 5-6 islands here but you can only go to maybe 3 or 4 at most. We went to 4 which was a bit of a stretch. Haha. So you have to choose. We asked our manong boat man and he recommended which islands we should go to.
Our next stop was Starfish island. I actually skipped this one because I was so tired so I stayed for a nap in the boat while they played here. Manong boat man got us some star fish for pictures. This is starfish island after all.
Then we went to Cowrie island.
Cowrie island is more like a kid’s island. There weren’t a lot of places to sit and rest. There was a big bouncy thing in the middle of the beach where you can play or rent a jet ski. There was also a bar here. There were shower stalls which is good. Other than that, it was pretty bare. I wish we stayed at Pandan island. After maybe 30 minutes here, we left.
At the dock, we paid our boat man more than what was required since 1,200 is such a small amount for the boat, the gas and their services if you ask me. I think they deserve to be paid more so if you do go, please give them a generous tip. :)
We also saw our tricycle driver at the dock since he stayed there the whole day apparently. It was such a fun day. We enjoyed it a lot.