The classic view of the park from Governor’s Island
Beautiful white sand beach of Quezon Island
Golden sunrise over Lucap Wharf
A spattering of islets extending towards the South China Sea from the Lingayen Gulf makes up the Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. The best islands to visit are Governor’s, Quezon and Marcos Islands. The mini-archipelago – reminiscent of Bohol’s Chocolate Hills submerged in ocean – is a playground for island hopping (of course!), camping, swimming, snorkeling and kayaking amidst 124 islands (123 during high tide). Well, in a country of 7,107, that’s 6,983 islands more to go!
HOW TO GET HERE: Catch an Alaminos bus (4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours; PHP 352.00) at the Victory Liner – Cubao Terminal along EDSA, Quezon City. First bus at 4:30 AM, last one at 11:55 PM. From the Alaminos terminal, ride a tricycle to Lucap wharf where the park’s visitor’s center is located (Entrance fees: day tour – PHP 20, overnight – PHP 40).
Snorkeling gear, tents and other equipment may be rented at a fixed rate here. Brochures containing boat and equipment rates, suggested routes and other tourist information.
BOAT RATES: Hundred Islands is better enjoyed (and definitely cheaper) when visited in a group. Standard rates – day tour/overnight: small (1-5 pax) – PHP 800/1,400; medium (6-10 pax) – PHP 1,000/1,800; large (11-15) – PHP1,100/2,000. For those who want to reserve in advance: a trusted boatman we hired is Fred – you may reach him at +63 9106047426.