A protected region in Pangasinan, the Hundred Islands National Park of Alaminos City is made up of 124 islands that are dispersed throughout the Lingayen Gulf. Four of these islands Governors Island, Quezon Island, Marcos Island, and Children’s Island have already undergone development in an effort to draw more tourists. It is also known as “Kapulo-puloan” or “Taytay-Bakes.”
The 124 islands, which are dispersed over a land area of 1,844 hectares, are thought to date back two million years and are thought to be part of the seabed, with only four of them being developed and unoccupied.
Travelers can engage in a variety of activities at the national park, including swimming, island hopping, camping, and kayaking. It’s advisable to check with the local authorities in advance to find out which of the islands you can safely spend the night on when it comes to camping. The park is also home to the Giant Clam, one of the largest bivalve mollusks in the world for snorkelers.
Best time to visit Hundred Island
It is highly advised to visit the national park in the summer or during the dry season, which runs from November to May. The optimal time to depart Manila if using a bus is before midnight so that you can arrive in time for breakfast.
Avoid traveling to the Pangasinan Islands from June to October because of the monsoon rains and typhoons that can occur on Pangasinan Island.
Tickets and admission
Before you can enter the Hundred Islands National Park, you must pay a number of fees. If you are only doing a day trip, you must pay a PhP100 total, which includes a PhP60 environmental tax, a PhP30 entrance cost, and a PhP10 insurance price. The environmental cost for overnight guests is PhP120, which is a little bit extra.
When you register at the tourism office, you must also pay a PhP200 deposit. This pertains to the “Basura mo, iuwi mo” (Bring your own rubbish home) policy of the local authority. A garbage bag will be provided for you to use while enjoying the park. Your deposit will be reimbursed when you return with a garbage bag full of litter.
How to Travel to 100 Islands?
Take a bus to Alaminos in one of the Cubao terminals (Victory Liner or 5-Star). After getting off the bus at the Alaminos terminal, take a tricycle to the Lucap Wharf, where you may register and rent a boat.
Drive north on the NLEX and continue to the SCTEX, exiting at Ramos-Paniqui Road. From there, take Tarlac-Pangasinan Road to Alaminos. When you get to Alaminos, take the Alaminos-Sual Road and then turn right to head south. Drive directly to the Hundred Island National Park from Quimson Street.
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Things to do in Hundred Island
123 steps are needed to climb to the view platform on Governor’s Island to get a 180-degree aerial view of the renowned Hundred Islands. The 16-foot monument of St. Joseph the Carpenter, the city of Alaminos’ patron saint, has been erected.
It also serves as the starting point for a 546-meter zipline that connects two islands. From the summit of Governor’s Island to the Virgin Island, take the beautiful island to island zipline. A very thrilling once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
In the Hundred Islands, kayaking is more enjoyable. Cutting the waves and putting in more effort to win a kayak race make an island to island kayaking excursion an exhausting but delightful experience. One of the sports for establishing teams in businesses, organizations, or just a group of friends (barkadahan).
3. Ride in a banana boat
A fun excursion in the Hundred Islands is a banana boat ride around the islands. One of the most thrilling water sports to enjoy with friends is this.
At the coral garden in the Quezon Island helmet diving activities, explore the underwater world while feeding fish and playing with them. A 30-minute underwater adventure in the underworld was a very amazing experience.
5. Jet ski
Feel the surge of adrenaline as you cruise over the clear seas of the Hundreds Islands! exciting event you can have alone or with a friend.
Experience the aerial perspective of the 123 islands that make up the Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) from above the water (snorkeling) to below it (parasailing). Fly between 600 and 1500 feet above the ocean. If you’re interested, make a reservation at the Alaminos City Tourism Office two (2) days before your arrival.
7. Cliff diving at Imelda Cave on Marcos Island
Discover the free dive thrill of stunning cliff diving at Imelda Cave on Marcos Island. Dive and swim towards the direction of the cave’s mouth or cave entrance from the cliff’s top. Only during high tide is diving permitted; helpful tourism employees will help you.
Experience the old boys’ and girls’ scouting while camping for a more enjoyable and adventurous experience. Take part in a fun nighttime swimming experience, a night of chikahan, and infinite connecting with loved ones, friends, and strangers.
Regardless of tent size, the pitching cost is merely Php 200 per tent every night. In some islands, tent setup begins around 5 o’clock. and the departure time is 8 a.m., especially during the busiest time of year.
Hundred Islands Facts
- In reality, there are 124 islets total, totaling 1,844 hectares.
- The Hundred Islands are also recognized as a National Geological Monument by the nation.
- The islets became exposed as a result of declining sea levels. The islands developed their distinctive mushroom and umbrella shapes as a result of continual erosion along their bases.
- Only 123 islets are visible at high tide.
- Only three of the 124 islets have been built for tourists in order to preserve the park’s pristine, natural state.
- On January 18, 1940, President Manuel L. Quezon issued Presidential Proclamation No. 667 designating the area as a national park.
- The Hundred Islands, according to geologists, were once part of a vast, extinct coral reef that reached inland into the Philippine peninsula.
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One of the best tourist destinations in the Philippines, you won’t regret going there to experience nature up close. Visit right away to cross something off of your traveler’s bucket list.
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