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There’s a place in the Philippines called HUNDRED ISLANDS: And It Has 100 Islands!
There’s a place in the Philippines called HUNDRED ISLANDS! And guess what, there’s a hundred islands there for you to explore!!!
The Hundred Islands National Park: Experience Natural Beauty and Adventure
If you’re looking for a place to spend your vacation time at and you love nature and the outdoors, head to Alaminos City, Pangasinan to make some memories that will last you a lifetime! Whether you are with friends, with your spouse, or traveling with children, you will find that there is something for everyone to enjoy at The Hundred Islands National Park.
From our house in Quezon City, Manila, it was a 6-8 hour drive to the Welcome Center. I can’t say for sure how long it was because we left in the middle of the night and I slept through most of the drive there. When we arrived, it was still early in the morning but already sunny and warm – perfect weather for the activities we had planned!
Once you arrive at the Welcome Center, the first thing you need to do is go inside and rent a boat. You get to rent the boat for an entire day of island hopping, and experienced tour guides will take you to whichever islands you would like to see! Day rental rates are:
- Small boat(Good for 1-5 people): 800php
- Medium boat(Good for 6-10 people): 1000php
- Large boat(Good for 11-15 people): 1100php
Before you leave, I would also highly recommend renting some snorkels, too. We rented a few pairs to share with our group and it was definitely worth it for the spectacular underwater views we were able to enjoy throughout the day.
There are three particularly popular islands for those visiting, each with their own unique appeal: Children’s Island, Quezon Island, and Governor’s Island.
We never made it to Quezon Island ourselves as we instead chose to stop at various other islands, but it is popular due to being the most developed island here. It has activities for the family to enjoy such as ziplining, rock climbing and more!
Here are my fiancé and I enjoying the view from the peak of Governor’s Island, our first stop of the day. This island has the highest peak of all the islands in the Hundred Islands National Park, and the beautiful view is well worth the tiring hike it takes to get to the top.
Pictured right above is Children’s Island – popular for families due to the shallow calm waters to swim in, picnic tables to enjoy your lunch at and when we were there, there were even a few friendly cats to pet! We stopped at Children’s Island to enjoy the packed lunch we had brought, and then went in for a swim. The water was wonderfully warmed by the sun. We brought out the snorkels that we had rented and were delighted to be able to watch fish swimming around right in front of us! We enjoyed the waters here for a while before continuing our island hopping.
Another island that I would definitely recommend requesting from your tour guides to pass by is Bat Island. Aptly named, as we floated by on our boat, we were amazed to see thousands of bats hanging from the trees on this island. The trees were literally filled with the creatures, it was an amazing – and noisy! – thing to see.
We stopped at so many different islands that I can’t remember the names of all of them. There are over a hundred of them, after all! Every one as beautiful and unique as the last.
We had an amazing day filled with swimming, snorkeling, hiking, cave exploring and many other fun things! When we left the beautiful Hundred Islands National Park, we were so tired and sunburnt but glowing with happiness from our perfect day spent outdoors enjoying nature. It was the perfect getaway from the busy city of Manila, and I know that I, for one, am definitely looking forward to returning there one day!
Alaminos City Tourism
Tel: Alaminos City 24/7 Tourism Information Center (075) 656-1568 | Hundred Islands National Park (075) 551-2505
Email: [email protected]yahoo.com
The Hundred Islands National Park: Experience Natural Beauty and Adventure
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On the northern part of the Philippines, 4-5 hours away from Manila is the Hundred Islands situated in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. It is one of the most amazing wonders of the Philippines and entices thousands of tourists to visit every year. With activities such as pleasure hopping, kayaking, spelunking (exploring natural caves), scuba diving, snorkeling and parasailing, Hundred Islands will be an awe-inspiring beauty to the one who will experience it.
The 124 islands and islets during low-tide with one islet that sinks during high-tide, cover an area of 18.44 square kilometers. These are scattered along the Gulf of Lingayen. According to townsfolk, the town of Agda located in the northwestern part of Alaminos City, is called as the “mother island” of the Hundred Islands.
Believed to be over 2 million years old, the Hundred Islands also known as “Kapulo-puloan or Taytay-Bakes” is one of the highlights of Philippines’ ecotourism. Even though only 3 of the islands have been developed for tourists, anyone can still enjoy and tour around the other 121 islands any time of the day. The 3 developed islands are Governor Island, Quezon Island and Children’s Island. Actually ancient corals, the islands extend well inland in an area previously comprising the seabed of an ancient sea. Due to the lowering sea levels, the islands were exposed to the surface and the odd mushroom-like shapes of some of the islands have been caused by the eroding action of the waves coming from the open ocean in the northwestern part of the Philippines.
Quezon Island Boardwalk
Other activities which can be enjoyed at Hundred Islands are fun-fishing, sunbathing, jet-skiing, banana boat ride, and bird watching.
One of the Islands in Hundred Islands
Myths and Legends of the Hundred Islands
Anita and Akong
One of the legends told by old folks who live in the area and passed on to generations of storytelling, is the story of a couple named Akong and Anita. There used to be only one island in the place where the Hundred Islands can be found today. Akong is a fisherman and his wife Anita sell the fishes he catches every day. But discontentment soon crept in Akong’s heart and thought of ways to earn money in an easier and faster way. While he went out to sea one night, Anita had a dream about an old man who visited their hut and told them that if they work hard, they will eventually get rich after three years. She shared this with her husband when he returned but he dismissed her impatiently.
One night, he set out to sea again; his first throw of the net didn’t yield any fish but the second one caught black stones the size of a man’s fist. In disgust, he threw them back to the sea, accompanied by complaints. Just then, he heard a rumbling sound and saw the waves becoming bigger, making him paddle faster towards the shore. Unbeknownst to him, the black stones he threw to the sea became islands. He died that night in his sleep. And once more, the old man appeared in Anita’s dream, telling her about the islands and the fate her husband brought upon himself. Anita just cried as she looked at her dead husband.
The Greed that Created the Hundred Islands
Another legend tells how the islands were created by man’s greed for power and other worldly things. The story goes that a kingdom just lost their king in ill health and his people were left without a leader. There were two datus from two warring tribes who are legitimate successors. They were not only rivals to the throne but rivals to the love of a princess named Liglioa who was also a ward to the kingdom’s priestess and for a mystic huge pearl which would give wealth to anyone who possesses it, but is mysteriously un-gathered from the bottom of the sea. These two rivals had been fighting for a long time now that the priestess finally consulted the ancestors and the oracle gave her what ought to be done to attain peace and unity for the whole kingdom, which she in turn instructed to the princess. Liglioa then told the two warring datus that whoever wins in the last battle shall win her hand in marriage and the pearl in the bottom of the ocean. The two datus and their tribes prepared long and hard for the upcoming sea battle and by night, bodies and swords were clashing each other. And before daybreak, something strange can be noticed on the dead warriors’ bodies and their upturned bancas. They were immobile; and soon grass began to grow on them and became a hundred small islands. The priestess then told Liglioa what happened and the truth about the huge pearl. The real pearl was Liglioa all along, sent to the people by the gods, as they foresaw that the kingdom would be without a ruler when the former king dies. The huge pearl at the bottom of the ocean was a mere illusion made to test the character of that rightful ruler. Fishermen of today still swear that a bit farther of where the islands are now, one can see the mysterious huge pearl mystically gleaming under the clear waters of the sea, beckoning, then disappearing just as swiftly as it came.
Reference: Tales from the Land of Salt by Emmanuel Sison
*More legends abound about the islands. Some say it was formed from the tears of a giant with a broken heart. Still other tales tell of the mermaids that once mystified fishermen in the area. These and countless legends and myths, so old that it finally drifted off of the people’s consciousness, only add to the Hundred Islands charming aura.
Tables – P20
Picnic Shed/Are – P200
Motorboat (1-5 persons) – P800
Motorboat (6-10 persons) – P1000
Motorboat (11-15) – P1100
Salbabida – P50
Life Vest – P25
Snorkel – P100
Snorkel with fins – P175
Single Kayak – P150/hour
Double Kayak – P250/hour
Tent (2 persons) – P500
Tent (4 persons) – P700
Tent (6 persons) – P1000
For more information you can visit their website at http://www.hundredislands.ph/ or you may contact them at telephone numbers (+63)(75)552-7777 and (+63)(75)551-2145 to 47. Alternatively you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Get There
Public Bus Transportations such as Victory Liner, Philippine Rabbit and Five Star have scheduled trip from Manila, Baguio, Dagupan, Subic, Tarlac, and Zambales going straight to Alaminos City and vice versa. Dagupan/Zambales to Alaminos is 1.5 to 2 hours, Tarlac/Baguio to Alaminos is 2.5 to 3 hours and Subic to Alaminos is 4 hours.
From the bus terminal of Alaminos to Lucap Wharf, take a tricycle at about 10-15 minutes travel time. One can find outriggers (motorized boats) docked near the wharf that can tour you to the Hundred Islands. In the Hundred Islands National Park Center, the staffs are eager to help you will all the information and things you will need to get the perfect getaway to this Hundred Island adventure.
Aerial View of Lucap Bay
Sulpot Island, Monkey Island, Abad Santos Island and Hernandez Island are the nearest islands to Lucap Wharf which is about 15-20 minutes away. The major (and developed) islands mentioned above can be reached 30-45 minutes using the outrigger boats or motorized boats.
Quezon Island Shoreline with Bankas