After snorkelling with parrot fish and making friends with some starfish, it was off to explore more of the Honda Bay area. The next stop was Luli Island.
I must admit, after falling in love with Starfish Island, Luli Island was a bit of a let down! Sure, the beaches were beautiful and the water was the perfect temperature for swimming, but the place just felt a bit generic. It lacked the “special-ness” of Starfish Island. It seemed to be more popular with young families however, as there was a pontoon in the water with a diving board.
I spent my time there soaking in the water and applying sunscreen as often as possible. It was a lovely island, but after an hour I was ready to move on and explore somewhere new.
After not too long it was off to the third and final island of the day – Cowrie Island. This island got its name from the extremely high number of cowrie shells (puka shells) littering the shoreline. However, tourism has taken its toll and now the number of cowrie shells has plummeted to the point where these shells are far and few between! However, despite this, the island is beautiful, scenic, tropical and has coconuts galore – which for me is always a big draw card.
After chowing down on lunch surrounded by mostly Filipino people on vacation, I was off to get myself a refreshing coconut and soak up some more sunshine.
This is the lovely Lucy, one of two new friends I had made at the Sheebang Hostel. Her and Irish Sile (seen above) are nurses in the UK and were wonderful travel companions on this day!
After lazing about and eating as much flesh from the coconut as I could scoop out with my bare hands without resembling a hyena over a fresh corpse, it was time to explore a little bit more of the beautiful Cowrie Island.
There are a couple of men on the island who for the price of a small donation, take some pretty awesome pictures that play with perceptions and angles – eg placing a beer bottle close to the camera and then directing the participants to move to a position that it appears that they are pushing up an enormous bottle!
Getting these pictures is a total laugh, and for a few pesos, worth the entertainment in itself!
Handy hint though, for this, a phone camera would be best. We took ours with my SLR and the depth perception of the camera meant that it wasn’t fooled, and the ideal effect wasn’t possible in majority of the pictures. However, I did get a couple of pretty good ones that I think look pretty cool!
After throwing in a small donation, it was amazing how quickly the rest of the day had passed! It was then time to head back to Puerto Princesa and hop in a tricycle in the search of some tucker.
T H E L O W D O W N
Getting to Puerto Princesa: From Manila – book a direct flight with Cebu Pacific, from El Nido – catch a ‘van’ from the bus station
Honda Bay: Day trips around Honda Bay can be organised through Sheebang hostel and cost 1400 pesos ($39)
Sheebang Hostel: The most popular hostel in Puerto Princesa, this place could improve its cleanliness but is a great place to meet people
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 12-40mm M.Zuiko Pro Lens
Threads: I am wearing a bikini and pants by the lovely Tigerlily Swimwear
Remember: Sunscreen and a few extra pesos for fun souvenir snaps
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