Alaminos Wonderful Hundred Islands in Pangasinan

Come and join us travel to The Hundred Islands National Park is situated in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. Also known as “Kapulo-puloan” or “Taytay-Bakes,” these little Islands are one of the most magnificent natural geological formations in the country. The islands are dispersed along the Lingayen Gulf and have a total land area of 1,844 hectares or 18.44 square kilometers. There are 124 islands here but one gets submerged in water during high tide.The islands are shaped like giant umbrellas or mushrooms. The islands are about two million years of age; it was theorized that they are part of the seabed a long long time ago. Among the islands, only three have been developed for travelers and vacationists, namely: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children’s Island. Not all the islands have names. These islands are made of limestone roofed with think shrubbery and other flora. The whole place is really like a paradise because of its clear water and sparkling blue sky which are very refreshing to the eyes. Watching the sun strike the islands and their surrounding waters is one of the wonderful views you can witness here. This island is most visited during summer period by lots of tourists both local and foreign.

Other islands that could peak your interest are the Century Island (whose cave was said to be one of the hiding places of Alaminos locals during World War 2, and also known for snakes and bats), Lopez Island, New Scout Island, Marcos Island (with Imelda Cave – one can jump into emerald colored waters and swim out into the sea and back onto the beach), Clave Island, Old Scout Island (with the Quirino Cave), Children’s Island, Martha and Ramos Islands which are joined together by a tiny strip of white sand bar, Cuenco Island, Romulo Island and the Devil Island which is also known as Cagao Island. The Cathedral Island is named for a big cavern where one can swim as well. Other islands in the National Park are Guiya Island – the northernmost, Bangar Island, Turtle Island (shaped like well, a turtle), Braganza Island, Hernandez Island, Abad Santos Island, Sulpot Island, Cariaz Island, Monkey Island (monkeys apparently don’t show themselves anymore though, that is if there are any left), Sison Island, Shell Island, and Camantiles Island. How to Get There? The trip to Pangasinan is only 250 kilometers from Manila. Take a bus (Victory Liner, Dagupan Bus, Five Star Bus and Philippine Rabbit) from Manila to Dagupan or Alaminos Proper. Travel time is about 4-5 hours, bus fare estimate amount of 400 pesos one way and 800 pesos round trip. From Alaminos, there is a terminal in front of the SUKI supermarkets where you can ride a tricycle going to Barangay Lucap, tricycle fare estimate amount of 60 pesos, wherein you can find the Tourism Information Center and the jump-off point. Most hostels are located at Lucap Wharp which is around 2-3 kilometers from the city. Here are the price for standard cottage, picnic table and other fees. Environmental fee day tour estimate amount of 40 pesos and 80 pesos for overnight. Here are the estimate prices for Island hopping and boat fees. Some Activities that can be done in the Islands are swimming, kayaking or paddling, snorkeling, photoshoots, having picnics, spelunking, camping and trekking. Campers cannot pitch their tents during the day when visitor arrive. Tents can be pitched after regular visiting hours from 5pm onward.

Likewise, in the morning the tents have to be folded by 6am. There is a camping fee estimate amount of 200 pesos. Tents can be rented estimate amount of 400 pesos, although visitors can bring their own. Kayaks can be rented estimate amount of 250 pesos per hour and 750 pesos whole day good for 2 person. Snorkeling googles can be rented estimate amount of 200 pesos. Picnic tables and hut rentals range from 200 to 600 pesos a day. Your excursion to the Hundred Islands National Park may be one of the memorable experiences you will ever have. You will take pleasure in seeing colorful tropical fish in the coral grounds under the water. This is also a place where you can see the world’s biggest bivalve mollusks – the Giant Clams, also called “Taklobos.” Their shell is very long and each can weigh up to 225 kilograms! Visiting Hundred Islands in Pangasinan is definitely a great experience. You can spend a whole day just marveling about these little wonders of nature. A trip here will surely ease away your stress and refresh your busy life!

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