Hundred Islands National Park is situated in northern Philippines in the province of Pangasinan. According to Wikipedia, there are 123 islands during high tide and 124 islands during low tide. Of those, only three of them have been developed for tourists: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children’s Island.
The park is protected by the government, preserving its clear water and clean surroundings. The water is so clear that even at the shallower part of the surrounding waters you could literally swim with schools of adorable and colorful fish.
If you’re planning to visit Hundred Islands National Park, here are some tips:
- Travel time from Manila to Hundred Islands National Park is around four to five hours
- Get a bangka at the National Park, it will cost between 1,100 to 2,000 pesos, depending on your trip’s route
- Day tour in the islands costs 20 pesos and night tour will cost 40 pesos
- Be sure to wear something light and easy to dry apparel
- Put on sunblock, it is a must since you will be under the scorching sun almost the whole trip
- Bring your own life vest if you’re not comfortable with the ones for rent
- If you like underwater scenery, bring a snorkel gear or you may rent there
- Bring extra batteries for your camera!
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While taking the ride to the park we first thought we could get a bangka in Barangay Macaleeng that would take us to Hundred Islands for a cheaper price. We headed there but when we arrived, looked for bangkeros, we saw their bangka looks too shabby. We were scared, doubting its capability to safely transport us. So after some talks we decided to get a bangka at the park instead.
Arriving at the park, we easily saw a line of boats for rent. The boats look sturdy enough, a lot better the the ones in Barangay Macaleeng. The bangka ride plus snorkel gears cost us 1300 pesos.
It’s my first time to ride a boat with my South Spiral friends and I enjoyed every moment of it. We were all smiles during the entire boat ride going to our first stop. The scenery was so beautiful!
Our first stop was Marcos Island. It was around noon when we arrived there so we immediately looked for a good place to stay. After settling in, we had our lunch (mostly spaghetti and bread).
After eating, we talked a little bit and did some swimming. Using our snorkel gears, some of us swam a bit farther. The water at the farthest I went could possibly be around six to seven feet deep, where I found myself (for the first time!) swimming with colorful schools of fish by my side. It was so cool!
After a bit of swimming we walked around the island. The island has an uphill climb where at the top we found the opening of a cave where visitors are allowed to jump to the water below.
I think the water below is around 15 feet far from us. We were scared at first but we conquered our fear and yes, we jumped!
We had the jump of our lives! That experience will never be forgotten. All of us took our turns and jumped. The sheer joy of jumping into the water like children was so fun!
Our jump would have been a lot less fun had Melissa, Jason, and Jeffrey didn’t jump with us. I’m glad they did.
After that, we packed our things and headed to our second stop – Quezon Island. The island is famous for underwater scenes where visitors snorkel to see giant clams and different kinds of fish. When we stopped there, we saw how beautiful it was!
After snorkeling in Quezon Island we headed to our third and last island stop – Governor’s Island. Hundred meters away from the island, we saw the yellow house of Pinoy Big Brother.
We decided to go to the top of the island first before taking a picture beside Big Brother’s house.
It was quite an easy walk to the top, where the island’s view deck is located, as there were some concrete stairs.
The view from the the top is gorgeous! I like to smell the fresh air, too.
After some taking picture at the view deck, we walked down to Big Brother’s house and took some pictures.
It’s time to go home now. But not without taking a picture of us beside the lighthouse with spiral stairs. Haha!
Hundred Islands National Park
Phone: +63-75-5512505 / +63-75-5527406 / +63-75-5512145
Have you been to Hundred Islands? What’s your story?