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Cowrie Island

Cowrie Island, located only a few minutes away from Puerto Princesa City, is one of the province’s beloved gem, a sought-after tourist spot known for its pristine beach and great food.

Cowrie Island — named after the little, bright shells that are all around the island — is a tourist destination within Honda Bay that offers one-of-a-kind experiences to everyone who wants to enjoy the sea, sand, and sun. Cowrie Island is a great place for those who want to take a break and relax —  pamper yourself by enjoying a massage in open-air cabanas, and enjoy the sea breeze by spending some “me time” in one of the hammocks. Adventure seekers will love Cowrie Island’s adrenaline pumping activities such as snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and jet skiing. Cowrie Island is just one of Palawan’s treasures — a proof that the province is indeed a little slice of paradise here on earth.



Cowrie Island is located in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.


Opening Days and Hours

The island can be accessed from 08:00 to 17:00.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance to Cowrie Island is PhP 75 (USD 1.50) per person. Island hopping tours cost PhP 1500 (USD 30) per person.


How to Get There

  • Fly from Manila to Puerto Princesa via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines.
  • Rent a van or tricycle to Honda Bay Wharf.
  • Board a boat to Cowrie Island.


Suggested For

  • Backpackers/solo travelers
  • Couples
  • Group of friends
  • Families


Time to Spend

The boat ride can last between 2 to 3 hours, you can then spend an hour or two on the Island.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

Best time to visit Cowrie Island is between 8:30 to 11:00 when the sun isn’t scorching hot yet. Schedule your visit between January and March since weather around this time isn’t too hot.



  • Rest and recreation
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Boating



The island has a buffet lunch for visitors. The buffet costs PhP 200 (USD 4) and serves various Filipino and Western dishes.


Nearby Attractions

  • Honda Bay
  • Ugong Rock
  • Puerto Princesa Subterranean River
  • Nagtabon Beach



Hotel options include Go Hotels, The Legend Palawan, Acacia Tree Garden Hotel, Hotel Fleuris Palawan, and Munting Paraiso. Rates range from USD 30 to USD 120.

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