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Puerto Princesa to launch dolphin watching PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 October 2007

Photo: islanddivers.ph / rey espiaPUERTO PRINCESA - The City Tourism Office (CTO) and tourism stakeholders in this island of Palawan will formally launch dolphin watching on Wednesday as one of its tourist attractions.

CTO Senior Tourism Operation Officer Melinda Mohamad said as early as 6 a. m. on Oct. 10, tourism players and different sectors in this city will sail at the vicinity of Puerto Princesa’s bay, where more than 100 bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) are being sighted.

 

Mohamad and the City Tourism Council (CTC), through its president Felisa Torres, expressed optimistism that dolphin watching would attract more domestic and international tourists.Photo: islanddivers.ph / rey espia

The sightings of dolphins here can be compared to that of Bais City in Negros Oriental and Bohol, both known to have successful dolphin watching operations.

The official however said that they initially will not deploy more boats to accommodate tourists during the dolphin watching so as not to disturb the sea creatures.

She said tourists guides will be trained to develop their dolphin spotting skills.  

Photo: islanddivers.ph / rey espiaMohamad said dolphins appear in the city’s bay between March to September to the delight of the tourists during theis island hopping.

Aside from dolphin watching, the city’s bay is also hosting whale watching.

Tourism stakeholders in the city spotted whale shark, locally known as “butanding” swim very close to the surface of the waters of Puerto Princesa.

Tourists may also go island hopping at Honda Bay located in the mid-eastern coast of the city.

Dive sites abound at Honday Bay, as the entire area is studded with patches of corals and sand. Small reefs and aquarium fish can also be found here. Photo: islanddivers.ph / rey espia

Among the well-known dive sites here are Pandan Island, which has good reefs near small drop-offs, Arreceffi Island and Panglima Reef, where coral boulders and gray reef sharks are found.

Each island at Honda Bay offers different thrills. 

Snake Island has a sandbar that slithers on the surface of the sea, much like the critter that bears its name. It is best for snorkeling, swimming or simply basking in the sand.

Pristine, powdery white sand beaches are found in almost all islands and islets in the city. (PNA)

 

 
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