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The Hundred Islands : More Fun by the Hundred

Idyllic. Accessible. Fun. Affordable. These are probably the best words to describe the gems that lie on the vast Lingayen Gulf, The Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Pangasinan.

There’s no denying that the Philippines is blessed with pristine beaches. Even the farthest ones have become so popular that whatever season it is, local and foreign tourists flock to these tropical oasis to bask on its cool waters and white sand. In the Province of Pangasinan, The Hundred Islands is perhaps the star of all island destinations. It has earned so many accolades and has been featured in international magazines and tourism campaigns. Over the years and even with so many new resorts opening up all around the country, this place has never lost its popularity and excitement.

 

 
Idyllic

Whatever you fancy about an island, this sun spot offers you literally more than a hundred choices. Each of the 124 ancient coral islands has its own character that fits your mood. The islands named Governor, Quirino & Children are among those developed with amenities like restaurants and cottages. These are ideal for group outings because of its convenience and the other attractions they provide like kayaking & snorkeling. But if you are looking for a quiet place to enjoy the sun, sand & sea, there are 121 left or so. Some islands also provide the extra adventure for extreme travelers who wish to go on rock climbing & deep plunging.

 

 
Accessible

Alaminos is about 250 kilometers away from Manila. Buses and V-Hires regularly ply this route making it a convenient means to commute. Those who travel with the ease of private cars, shorter routes are also available going in and out of Pangasinan. When in Alaminos, tricycles or single motorcycles will bring you to Barangay Lucap, the jump-off point for your island hopping.

 

 
Fun

With more than a hundred choices of islands, you will never run out of recreational activities to indulge into. Beach-bumming is a sure treat for the tired city soul. You may also choose to just laze under a tree while you watch the gentle waves splashing against the rocks. Wallowing on the torqouise water with a lover is also something for the romantics in paradise. Sweat it out on a beach volley match or flex those muscles and hang from a cliff before doing the exhilarating plunge are reserved for the active and extreme beach warriors. Here, all you have to do is just to find a spot, lay your picnic basket and have the widest unimaginable choices of activities to do.

 

 
 
Affordable

It is not too costly to enjoy The Hundred Islands. The hotel choices range from exclusive high-end resorts to inexpensive backpackers inn. Food stalls are available almost everywhere serving the freshest catch of the day. At night, parties may come in its simplest package in large tiki huts or just gulp your beer by the street gutter. Your indulgence actually determines your cost but cheaper alternatives abound in the Lucap area.

 

 
I finally made it to The Hundred Islands and I must say indeed, it’s more fun and cheaper by the hundred.
 
 
 
 
Getting There

By Public Transport

  • Take the bus from Balintawak Coverleaf (or other terminals along EDSA).
  • Drop anywhere in Alaminos Town Proper and take the tricycle to Lucap Point.

By Private Vehicle

  • Take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).
  • Connect to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway. Exit at La Paz Toll Gate.
  • When inside Tarlac City, follow the signage that leads to Tarlac-Pangasinan junction (before SM Tarlac).
  • Take the Camiling route to Alaminos passing by the towns of Mangatarem, Aguilar & Sual. The signages will not fail you.

Hotel Accommodation

  • Vista del Mar Hotel & Restaurant (+6375-551-4455)
  • Maxine’s By the Sea (+6375-551-2537)
  • Seaside Haven (+6375-551-2711)

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