Touring Hundred Islands

Here in the Philippines, we are all aware that Boracay Island is temporarily closed for 6 months (May 2018-October 2018) due to rehabilitation procedures currently in progress. Locals are now looking for other destinations to beat the Philippine heat. This year, I’ve discovered a city with a hundred islands. 124 islands to be exact but 123 islands exist during high tide. Many thanks to the local who explained how the name “Hundred Islands” came about.

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Alaminos City in Pangasinan is known for the beautiful Hundred Islands about 6-7 hours drive from Manila. There are literally hundreds of islands where you can go island hopping by pumpboat. The pumpboat would range about PhP 1,300-1800 depending on the size of the boats from small, medium to big sizes. Roaming around the islands there can take half a day. I would advise bringing snacks or packed lunch if you plan to stay for a longer time island hopping.

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The boatman will be able to tell you which islands are the best to go. Every island has a name but the famous ones are Quezon Island, Pilgrimage Island and Secret Island. Quezon Island is known for its sandbar. Pilgrimage Island is famous for a huge statue of Jesus like the one in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Secret Island is a must-see for its underground cave with a statue of Mama Mary inside. What I also admire about Hundred Islands is the way they preserve their corals by putting signages like “No Anchoring” so as to not destroy their marine ecosystem.

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Perhaps the highlight of my Hundred Islands trip was the hike to the huge statue of Christ the Redeemer at Pilgrimage Island. It felt like I was in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The hike would probably take around 30 minutes so do not forget to bring drinking water. The island was a pilgrimage site also so there are Stations of the Cross up until you reach the very top of Christ the Redeemer statue.

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Plans for an overnight stay won’t be a problem because there are a lot of transient inns available in the mainland. There are also restaurants within the docking area. But of course in a long road travel like this, always plan your trip accordingly. 🙂

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These group of islands are gems in Northern Luzon. The islands and islets are clustered well that its scenery is a great sight to see. So add Hundred Islands to your travel bucketlist and experience why it’s more fun in the Philippines!

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