Palawan’s Cowrie Island, part of our Honda Bay Island Hopping trip, is named after the brightly-shelled mollusks which residents said thrive in the area. The best time to visit Cowrie Island is early morning as you will have the chance to see the beautiful sunrise while the best time to leave is around 5 pm so you can witness bats from the nearby ‘Bat Island’ fly their way to the mainland.
Starfish Island Palawan is a small snorkel spot of Puerto Princesa with less than 20 cottages as accommodation for picnicking island-hoppers. A shuttle van which the tour guide is Kuya Bonbon picked us up from our hotel around 7 am, continued to pick the rest of the group up, then we’re off to Sta Lourdes Wharf where boats going to the islands were docked.
Cedar Creek Falls Mt Tamborine is one of the Gold Coast Hinterlands popular tourist attractions with stunning views over the open canyon, waterfall, and rock pools. Although it is just 15 minutes walk, once you reach the falls the main place to rest is on the rocky boulders surrounding them, so it’s best if you don’t have to carry a great deal with you.