Magalawa Island, Zambales

Palauig became popular as one of the Tourist Destination because of its Mt. Tapulao. But there’s more than just Mt. Tapulao Palauig can offer. Aside from its beaches and the scarborough shoal, Palauig is fortunate to have a beautiful island name Magalawa and it is now on the rise after its long sleep. Truly another pride of Palauig next to Mt. Tapulao and is hoping to be one of the top tourist destination in Zambales and of the Philippine Island.
Magalawa Island with its creamy white sand beaches and prestine waters is perfect for swimming, water/sand sports, boat riding, jetskiing, scuba diving, snorkelling or just relaxing on the beach amidst the crystal clear waters and white sand. Another attractions of Magalawa Island are coral reefs, magroves and abundant water resources .
Magalawa is 56 hectares in area. Although the island is surrounded by the sea potable water is abundant within the island and uses jetmatic and pitcher pumps. The main source of livelihood is fishing and some are engaged in shell craft industry.There is a complete primary school with two teachers. No rice
is planted in this area, so the people resort in buying everything they need except fish. Coco trees and century trees are abundant also.
Magalawa Island Looking back.
In the early century, MAGALAWA was apart of sitio Luan, Barangay Lipay. The said sitio was bi-sected by a small body of water crossable by people wherein the current flows southeast during high tide and northward during low tide. The current that runs n this area is about to 2 to 3 knots. In that situation erosion made this body of water wider and wider, which later on became a sea. This came when this part of the land was isolated far from sitio Luan, so the inhabitants called in their native word “MAG-LUWA” that means “about two places”. This word passed through generation to generation and was later changed to “MAGALAWA”.

For affordable tour to Magalawa Island you can inquire to Trippers

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Apo Island, Occidental Mindoro

The Apo Island is part of the three islands of Apo Reef, the other two islands are the Apo Menor also known as Binangaan Island, and Caios del Bajo. Apo Island’s white sand beach and the physical attributes of island offer tourists a wholesome place for rest and recreation. Since Apo Island is an isolated place don’t expect any resort.

Its main attraction is its immaculate stretch of white sand beach, whose pristine quality rivals even that of more celebrated Boracay. In fact, it offers the sand and water of Boracay without the crowds and dizzying array of gaudy resorts. The waters around the island are shallow and temperate, making it superb for leisurely swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.

On Apo Island you will see a 35 meter lighthouse, which is used to ward of unsuspecting boats. The Apo National Park has a station on the island which is manned by rangers.

The Apo Reef Natural Park is a government protected natural park consists of the three islands. Apo Island is the largest among the three islands. It has a shallow lagoon with a depth of 2 meters to 10 meters surrounded by mangrove forest which serves as source of food, nursery and spawning ground of several coastal and marine species of fauna and sanctuary of birds.

Apo Reef is a series of coral reefs encompassing 34 square kilometers within the waters of Occidental Mindoro in the Philippines. It is the second largest contiguous reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef and the largest in the country.

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Shore line of Apo Island

Shore line of Apo Island

Shore line of Apo Island

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Shore line of Apo Island

Shore line of Apo Island

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Sunset at Apo Island

Sunset at Apo Island

Sunrise at Apo Island

Sunrise at Apo Island

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