Potipot Island

I’ve been wanting to go to Potipot Island ever since I heard about the virgin beauty of the island. Potipot Island is located roughly 1 km from the mainland shore of Uacon, Candelaria, Zambales. Uacon is about 240+km from Manila by road.

Some of the attractions of Potipot Island are: its white sands that completely surround the whole island, the calm clear waters, its proximity to the mainland that allows visitors to reach the island in only 5 minutes by banca, the lush vegetation and trees that provide shade along the beach (and even on the water).

Best Time To Go
The best time of the year to go would either be the very start of the summer months and early June. The months of April and May are peak seasons, it will be very difficult to book rooms and the island is very crowded during this time.

Things To Bring and Do
It tends to be very hot in the island during noon and early afternoon. Bring lots of drinking water, cap or sarong and sunblock.

Though there are trees with branches extending to the water that give shade, bring a tent if you are staying in the island for the night.

If you plan on chillin’ out by the shore, bring a hammock, books or magazines, playing cards, frisbees, an ipod and speakers (though we don’t highly suggest this since it might bug other people).

Potipot is also an excellent skimboarding destination. The almost powdery sand allows the skimboard to glide smoothly along the shore.

Now
The island is nearly far from what they tag as the virgin island, there’s a rumor in town that the island is now owned by Gen. Abdane (one of the government official) and they are planning that Potipot Island will be the next Dos Palmas of Palawan. Tables and benches are available for people and now you can rent a cottages or nipa huts for overnight stay. At night, the island is run by a generator. With all the changes in the island Potipot is still worth a visit.

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