Information about Pambato Reef
Pambato Reef is a marine sanctuary in the middle of Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa Palawan. It is home to countless species of exotic fish. Pambato Reef is named such because “pambato” is a vernacular word for “best bet.” And true to its name, it is Puerto Princesa’s contender as the best reef in Palawan.
While it isn’t an island, Pambato Reef may be included in the island-hopping packages offered in the area. It is about 20 minutes away from Cowrie Island by boat. The entire reef is about 16.49 hectares and has an average depth of 13 meters.
Pambato Reef has a fantastic underwater view and well-preserved coral reefs. The reef is perfect for snorkeling and diving. It has a rich marine life composed of different corals such as branch, staghorn, brain, and ear corals that are home to barracudas and thousands of fish species. Snorkelers have a chance to encounter giant clams, lapu- lapu, parrotfish, sergeant major, and spadefish, among others. It is sometimes dubbed the mini-Tubbataha Reef, a sanctuary in Sulu known for its high density of marine life.
Tickets and entry
There is a minimal entrance fee to Pambato Reef. If you are visiting Pambato Reef on an island-hopping tour, the entrance fee is usually included in the packaged price, but you need to confirm this with your guide.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Pambato Reef and the rest of Puerto Princesa is during the dry months, which are usually from November to May so that you can enjoy your trip without rainfall. The peak season is usually the hottest months of March and April, especially during the Holy Week, so it’s best to avoid visiting during this time if you are not a fan of crowds and the summer heat.