On the eastern coastline of Puerto Princesa on the Philippine island of Palawan is the body of water known as Honda Bay wherein lie several smaller islands including Snake Island. Just a short a short ride from downtown Puerto Princesa brings you to Santa Lourdes Wharf where you can hire boats to take you out to a few of the various islands. Grab your cooler, snorkel gear, your swim fins, and a water proof camera and be ready to explore the beautiful Pambato Reef!
From Sta. Lourdes Wharf, the boat ride takes about an hour to get to Snake Island depending on the weather and ocean conditions. The boat pulls to the shoreline once you get to the island to let you step off directly on the beach. Welcome to Palawan’s Snake Island! Don’t be afraid, there are no snakes! The name only refers to the snake-like shape of the island itself.
Palawan’s Snake Island does not have any permanent resident housing, but there are several huts and cottages built on it for picnic use and a small store to buy extra picnic snacks and drinks. There is even an area with a team of masseuse ready to give you a relaxing massage right there on the beach!
Relaxing and eating aren’t the only things to do on Snake Island – let’s not forget the activities! Throughout the Philippines, Palawan has a reputation for having white sand beaches and Snake Island has plenty of room for beach activities like volleyball and playing in the water. In a buoyed off area in the water, you can go snorkeling and explore the sea life along the reef! You’re able to see hundreds of kinds of fish and starfish hidden among the crevices of the reef.
After some time playing on Snake Island, it’s time to get back on the boat and go explore another island off the coast of Palawan in Honda Bay!