2019 HUNDRED ISLANDS PANGASINAN TOUR | TRAVEL GUIDE

HUNDRED ISLANDS PANGASINAN TOUR | TRAVEL GUIDE

Hundred Islands Pangasinan Tour. Photo by MARKOFRANCO

Travel Guide for the Hundred Islands National Park, Pangasinan

Going to an isle hopping is one of the activities that I am looking for whenever I get to visit a new place. Well, the idea of visiting isle with equally unique beauty and features fascinates me a lot. It is as if, I can visit different realms of the world with just one activity. One of the activities that I was able to try out is the Hundred Islands National Park.

At first, I initially thought that it is indeed a total of 100! Only to be informed later on that there are a total of 123 isles during high tide and 124 during low tide season. Yes! I found it as an opportunity to satisfy my boating/sightseeing fascination. The Hundred Islands National Park is located in the City of Alaminos, Pangasinan. The travel here coming from Manila will only take about 4 to 5 hours. After that, you are bound to a fantastic isle-hopping adventure of a lifetime. In fact, because of the natural beauty of the place, it was hailed as one of the National Geological Monuments of the Philippines, or the entire archipelago. With the belief that the age of the park is about 2 million years old, it is no wonder that it had begun to attract the attention of a lot of tourists way before it was fully developed.

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 Governor’s Island Hundred Islands Pangasinan Tour. Photo by Elmer Nev Valenzuela

Things to do in The Hundred Islands |Tour, Tourist Spots, and Activities

The destination of the isle hopping activity may vary depending on the whims of the tourists riding the boat. But, of all the spots, there are three top developed areas for tourism purposes.

Quezon Island

First of these three is the Quezon Island. It has a total of 2 dining pavilions, restrooms, grilling site, nipa huts, and a scenic white sandbar. Also, it holds a large clam garden which deeply fascinates the tourists. The isle was named after the former president Manuel Quezon. All in all, this spot is a complete package is I may say.

Things to do at Quezon Island

  •  120m zip line -P100.00
  •  Wall Climbing -P50.00
  •  Rappelling -P50.00
  •  Banana Boat -P250.00/head (min. of 6persons)
  •  Helmet Diving -P400.00/ 15mins.
  •  Kayaking (max of 2 persons) -P250.00/hour
  •  Parasailing – P2,000.00/pax; P3,000.00/2pax
  •  Jetski 1-2pax – P1,000/ 15 mins.
  •  Hanging bridge
  •  Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Cottages are also available

Governor’s Island

The second developed spot in the Hundred Islands National Park, Pangasinan is the Governor’s Island. It has a stretch of white sand beach, a cave that has different bats and swiftlets, and a fantastic view deck which allows the tourists to have a glimpse of all the other areas as the background. The trek heading to the view deck may not be an easy one, but I can assure you that the view at the top will be very worth the sweat. The overnight accommodation in the Big Brother House (used as a location for shooting a Philippine reality show) is also available for an overnight stay.

Things to do at the Governors Island

  • Swimming
  • Short Trek to the viewing deck
  • Snorkeling
  • 546m zip line -P250.00
  • Inflatable bridge
  • Cottages are also available

Children’s Island

The third developed spot is the children’s island which is known for being suited for families. The water is shallow, making it perfect for children to swim without worrying too much about their safety. Staying here will be possible by renting a tent for a camp-like stay.

Other Islands

Other tourist spots in  Hundred Islands National Park, Pangasinan includes the Century (haven of the locals during the World War 2 era), Marcos, New Scout, Lopez, Clave, Old Scout, Martha and Ramos, Cuenco, Romulo, Devi, Cathedral, Guiya, Bangar, Turtle, Braganza, Hernandez, Abad Santos, Sulpot, Cariaz, Moneky, Sison, Shell, and Camantiles Islands. These places are also open for exploration as apart of your boat hopping activity. If I may suggest, I urge you to choose about 10 to 13 areas to visit if you plan to spend an entire day of hopping. Aside from this, snorkeling, diving, and all other fun water sports and activities are possible. So, you have to choose which one you are best comfortable to do, and the park has it for you.

  • Old Scout Island  – ideal for swimming and one of the best areas for snorkeling
    Pilgrimage Island – you can go swimming in this area as well as Trekking to Christ the Savior statue
  • Lopez Island – good for swimming; with some cottages; you can also go for  345m zip line at P250.00
  • Romulo Island – the place has nice white sand and the area is for swimming/snorkeling
  • Cuenco Island – ideal for dipping or you can go for a 10ft. Cliff jumping
  • Marcos Island – nice place for dipping, snorkeling or try the 30ft cliff jumping
  • Virgin Island – go swimming or spelunking; you can also do a zipline from Governors Island

All in all, the Hundred Islands National Park is suited for those who would like to experience a beach life without too much noise and party. Your stay here might be a quiet one, but the tranquility and serenity it brings are beyond one can explain. Plan your trip heading to this park, and I know that you’ll get your ultimate summer beaching goals. Good luck!

Quezon Island, Hundred Islands Pangasinan Tour.  Photo by Elmer Nev Valenzuela

How to Get to the Hundred Islands, Pangasinan

From Manila ride a bus bound to Alaminos, Pangasinan. Travel time takes 5-6 hours for P470.00. Victory Liner, Five Star, and other buses offer daily trips.

Victory Liner Bus Schedule | Route: Cubao, Quezon City to Alaminos City, Pangasinan

Victory Liner Bus Schedule | Route: Alaminos City, Pangasinan to Cubao, Quezon City   

Victory Liner Bus Schedule | Route: Alaminos City, Pangasinan to Cubao, Quezon City

The Moment you arrive at Alaminos, Pangasinan Terminal, take a tricycle to Lucap Wharf (Fare is approx – PHP 50.00), Lucap Wharf is the jump-off point for the tour activities. Before doing the tour, you must register first and rent a bot at the Tourism Office, which is just a walking distance from the pier.

From the jump-off point, go to their Tourism Office. Just a walking distance at the Lucap Wharf. Register and rent a boat going to the islands. The boat driver can also be your guide in exploring the various areas.

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Hundred Islands Pangasinan Tour. Credits to  Robert Anton Pimentel Aparente

Fees and Rental Rates

Below are the approximate rates of activities and other things needed when visiting the place. While the rates may change without notice, this can serve as your basis for preparing your budget.

Entrance Fee: Daytour-P30.00 | Overnight-P40.00
Environmental Fee: Daytour- P30.00 | For Overnight-P80.00
Insurance Fee -P10.00

*For Senior Citizens/PWD are given 20% Discount; While children below 5 years old and below are free of charge.

Life Vest for all-day use with Snorkeling Gear – P250.00

Boat Rental For Daytour : Small size boat good for 1-5 persons- P1,400.00 | Mediumsize boat good for 6-10 persons- P1,800.00 | Large boat good for 11-15 persons-P 2,000.00
Boat Rental For Overnight :between PHP 3,000- PHP 4,500.00.

Cottages: between P300.00- P1,500.00 depending on the size

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Hundred Islands Pangasinan Tour. Credits to  Elmer Nev Valenzuela

Travel Tips

  • Foods are too expensive at the destinations, if you are on a budget, it is best to buy some before going to an island-hopping.
  • Don’t forget to bring extra clothes
  • Phone/cameras/power bank/ underwater protector
  • Bottled water
  • Extra money
  • Sun protection, etc.

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Quezon Island, Hundred Islands Pangasinan Tour.  Credits to  Elmer Nev Valenzuela

Suggested Day Tour Itinerary for the Hundred Islands, Pangasinan

DAY 00
11:30 PM -ETD to Alaminos, Pangasinan (sleep at the bus)

Day 1:

5:00 am- ETA Alaminos Terminal, proceed to Lucap Wharf
5:30 am- ETA Lucap Wharf/buy water and foods/prep, etc.
6:00 am -Breakfast ( you can find various eateries around the area)
7:00 am -Registration at the Tourism Office
7:30 am – Start of the Hundred Islands Pangasinan tour

12:00 pm Lunchtime (you can ask the boatman where to eat)
3:00 pm boat going to port
3:30 pm ETA Lucap Wharf/ Port
4:00 pm Shower (houses near the port offer shower at P25.00)
5:00pm – Pasalubong Centers
– ETD to Manila
11:00 pm – ETA to Manila

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Hundred Islands Pangasinan Tour.  Photo by  Robert Anton Pimentel Aparente

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