Honda Bay (Spanish: Bahía Honda, "deep bay") is a bay on the eastern shore of the island of Palawan[1] near Puerto Princesa City in the southwestern Philippines. Numerous small islands are scattered in the bay, including Arrecife Island which is home to an upscale resort.

Honda Bay
Luli Island, Honda Bay, Palawan, Philippines.jpg
Honda Bay is located in Palawan
Honda Bay
Honda Bay
Location within the Philippines
Honda Bay is located in Philippines
Honda Bay
Honda Bay
Honda Bay (Philippines)
LocationPalawan Island, Philippines
Coordinates9°54′N 118°47′E / 9.9°N 118.78°E / 9.9; 118.78Coordinates: 9°54′N 118°47′E / 9.9°N 118.78°E / 9.9; 118.78
Dos Palmas resort in Honda Bay

The bay is used for both subsistence and commercial fisheries and recreation. Boats can be rented for the day and used for travel to nearby islands, many less than 45 minutes from the shore by boat. Honda Bay is ideal for snorkeling. Starfish are commonly found near islands such as Starfish Island. Puerto Princesa is the nearest port city, and is accessible by plane.

From 1953 to 1976 the nearby Palawan Quicksilver Mine used mine tailings from their ore extraction processes to produce a jetty at Honda Bay.[2] The village of Sitio Honda Bay was erected on these mine tailings.[2] Environmental studies indicate that some residents of the village and elsewhere near the mine have toxic levels of mercury in their blood.[2]


  1. ^ Siar, Susan V. (2003). "Knowledge, Gender, and Resources in Small-Scale Fishing: The Case of Honda Bay, Palawan, Philippines". Environmental Management. 31 (5): 0569–0580. doi:10.1007/s00267-002-2872-7.
  2. ^ a b c Gray, John E.; Ian A. Greaves; Dorina M. Bustos; David P. Krabbenhoft (2003). "Mercury and methylmercury contents in mine-waste calcine, water, and sediment collected from the Palawan Quicksilver Mine, Philippines". Environmental Geology. 43: 298–307. doi:10.1007/s00254-002-0626-8.

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