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Dampalitan Island, Quezon Province

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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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Patar Beach Bolinao, Pangasinan

Patar is one of the fine beaches in Luzon. Situated at the northwestern tip of Pangasinan and Lingayen Gulf, the scenic town of Bolinao boasts of a number of pristine beaches regarded to be some of the bests in the province. An au fait traveler should have known by now that the towns Patar beach tops the list of must visit place in this part of the province. The white beach in Barangay Patar is a scenic spot ideal for tourism purposes.

Considered as a hidden treasure of Bolinao, Patar beach is a gem for the beach bums and the nature lovers as well. Though its sand may not be as pure white and refined as that of Boracays, its clear aquamarine waters and unspoiled surroundings are as inviting as any of the top beaches in the country. For travelers who constantly avoid crowded and over-developed beaches, the Patar beach of Bolinao is the best fit.

There are several resorts along the beach that offer decent rates for budget travelers. Most of these resorts in Patar are made of the typical bamboo and palm huts which add to the bucolic charm of this tourist spot.

But before you’ll get to paradise, you’ll have to encounter first a rough road that is really worth around 30 minutes of your time. The tourism infrastructures are not yet well developed but there are several resorts near the white beach. There is an old lighthouse that stands on a hill near the beach which is the landmark of the place. Going farther from the shoreline are cliffs and picturesque rock-formations. Moreover, the locals are friendly and helpful to the tourists. Certainly an idyllic place for a vacation get-away.

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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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Pandan Island

Pandan Island is a  private island with a small resort on the West coast of Occidental Mindoro, Central Philippines.
After the island was ‘discovered’ and the resort established in 1986 by a French adventurer, this tropical island retreat has been voted time and again as one of the top resorts in the Philippines, not in terms of luxury but for it’s quality of life and it’s personalized atmosphere.

Pandan Island is for people who like to spend  time in  tropical surroundings without cars and television. A place where you are woken up by the singing of colorful birds, where there is only a palm tree between you and the sea, where you still know your neighbors and where you may even meet  a sea turtle before having your breakfast .

Besides spending your day in a hammock or exploring the few secluded beaches, we offer a wide range of activities to choose from. Scuba Diving in the coral gardens around  Pandan or around the nearby Apo Reef is the most popular and exciting activity to engage in but we also offer you the possibility to explore the jungle rivers of nearby Mindoro by kayak or visit the small coastal town of Sablayan and meet its friendly inhabitants. However you choose to spend your vacation, our staff will do their utmost to make your stay on Pandan Island a relaxing or adventurous experience.

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Front View of Pandan Island Resort

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Anawangin, Zambales

This is just an overnight trip Itinerary to Anawangin

Day 1

  • Assembly at Victory Liner, you will be riding the bus going to Zambales but your destination is San Antonio (about 1hour – 2hour ride)
  • In San Antonio you can have your early breakfast, lunch, or dinner (depending on your trip) and also you can buy food that you can cook in the market near the bus stop.
  • After that you will take a Trike to Pundaquit beach (about 20min. – 30min ride).
  • From Pundaquit beach you will be riding a boat going to Anawangin.
  • Once you arrive you are now free to relax and explore the place.

Day 2

  • After enjoying the beautiful scenery you are now ready to leave the island? By the way there is no boat on the Island so better ask the boat man to pick you up (anytime you want)so you could go back in Pundaquit beach.
  • (Just a tip)You could also ask the boat man to tour you in any near by island.
  • From Pundaquit beach you will ride again trike goint to San Antonio bus station.
  • San Antonio bus station, again you will be riding any bus going to Manila (Caloocan, Cubao, Pasay Route).

I hope this simple overnight Itinerary going to Anawangin can help you all.

Since there is no resort in the island here are the things that you need:

  • Your food (snacks and you main meal)
  • Personal Drinking Water
  • Tents
  • Stove
  • Cook set
  • Halogen Lamp or whatever you have / Extra Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Garbage bags. (So we can preserve the island, clean as you go)
  • Camera
  • Soap, Shampoo whatever kikay kit you have
  • Waterproof your things

Expenses: (as of 2008)

P400+ – Round Trip Bus Fare Manila to San Antonio Zambales

P40 – Round Trip Trike Fare San Antonio – Pundaquit Beach

P200+ – Per Person per Boat (4-6pax/boat)(Pundaquit – Anawangin – Pundaquit) more or less this will cost you 800 to 1000.

P1000 approximate expenses for group of 5 (this is what we spent)

Pundaquit Beach

Pundaquit Beach

Anawangin Top View

Anawangin Top View

Other Side of Anawangin

Other Side of Anawangin

For affordable tour to Anawangin you can inquire to Trippers

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