The island got its name from the sea snail called “cowry”. And of course, expect to see cowries in different sizes and colors everywhere in the beach here. This small island pride itself with a good visibility underwater because of its low and calm water around. Right off disembarking from the boat, you’ll see the ocean floor with its bed of corals and sand, seaweeds, multicolored fishes and even sea urchins! Be ready for the festive welcome and greetings by the island drummers once your boat has docked. Cowrie Island is easy accessible. It only takes an eight kilometer boat trip from Honda Bay.
The sea in this island is quieter compare to the other islands in Honda Bay. There’s good news in here for those people who can’t swim well – go to netted areas and hang onto net lines to see darting small fishes below the surface. Non-swimmers will find the place charming for sunbathing and lazing around in hammocks. For the pro swimmers, put on your vest and move to the deeper part to see the awesome coral formations and experience school of fishes dashing and nipping your leg’s skin. Now, that’s real relaxation. Walking around the island barefooted is cool and soothing. Its white to off-white sand doesn’t have troublesome rocks or smashed up shells on it – save for the urchins that might have been buried deep down the sand. So, better protect your feet with your aqua shoes on especially when pacing on shallow waters.
This island is crowded since it offers accommodation and food for the sea travelers. Cowrie Island has a restaurant that serves buffet lunch for an affordable price of PhP200 (around $5). The menu serves whopping selections of fruits, meat dishes, fresh seafood and native fruits. Never leave this place without having Buko Halo-halo – a sweet dessert of ice shavings with assorted fruit bits and milk. So refreshing!