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Starfish Island Palawan

Starfish Island Palawan is a small snorkel spot of Puerto Princesa with less than 20 cottages as accommodation for picnicking island-hoppers. Its main island made up of white sand and is surrounded by greenish waters.  A few palm trees grow on the island with a mangrove forest grew on the eastern side of the island.

Another appealing place to visit in Puerto Princesa is the Honda Bay area – a collection of three small tropical islands easily accessible from Puerto Princesa City Proper. You can hire a boat with a decent-sized group ready and raring to go. Costing around ₱1400 ($39) with lunch included – not an expensive day out!

Our first stop is Starfish Island –  how fun does that sound? It doesn’t take long to figure out how this island got its name! There are heaps of Starfish littering the shallow waters surrounding this island. Some Starfish preferred to hang out in the water itself, while others seemed to prefer hanging out on the sand.

Starfish Island is named as such because of the numberless existence of small and big starfishes in the clear blue waters of the island. This Island has one of the whitest beaches in the area and can match other white sand beaches in the Philippines.

Starfish island palawan hut
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Starfish Island palawan - alive starfish

Starfish Island Palawan Honda Bay Philippines Reviewed

The attraction of this island is the starfish that can be found in the ivory sand on the shore. How cute are starfishes? You’ll be amazed to witness different kinds of fish in various different colors littering the shallow water while others seemed to prefer hanging out on the sand.

The variety of wildlife was not as varied as it had been in El Nido, but I still enjoyed the snorkel just as much! I was especially happy to see more rainbow parrotfish.

Starfish Island Cottages
Starfish Island Cottages

Starfish island is also known by locals as Tabuan island. Starfish Island is a small island with a few cottages that are available for picnicking island-hoppers. Its main island made up of white sand and is surrounded by greenish waters. A few palm trees grow on the island with a mangrove forest grew on the eastern side of the island. The island lacks commercial conveniences so if you intend to stay you need to bring lunch with you.

What to explore at Starfish Island?

The most popular attraction on this island is fish feeding with bread. One fish kind that dominates the underwater scene is the clownfish.  Just watch out for the budding corals and don’t ever step on them. If you have kids with you on your trip to this island, let them have this rare experience. The beauty and excitement of it would be something they would remember forever.

You can also make use of the props surrounding the island for photography sessions. Our tour guide is very creative in taking pictures.

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photography

This is a beautiful island with brilliant white sand and, on the day we were there, plenty of sunshine. We were lucky enough to have snorkeling gear with us so we’re able to make good use of our time there.

We stopped and had lunch on the island as well so we were able to relax and soak it all in. We loved our time here and fully recommend spending time here.

How To Get There

Starfish Island Palawan directions – Honda Bay is very quick and easy to get to from Puerto Princesa city and going on a tour is the way to go!

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.

It only takes 30 minutes to get to Honda Bay from Puerto Princesa City then you’ll get your own group boat and the island hopping begins!!!

wildfish at starfish island

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