The Hundred Islands National Park is the most famous tourist destination in the beautiful province of Pangasinan. The park draws thousands of tourist because of the clear water and numerous unique mushroom-shaped islands.
There are various islands that you can visit during your Island hopping day tour. If you are planning for an overnight stay, the three main islands allow you to pitch tent and do camping.
Quezon and Lopez Islands
There is a small cave at the entrance of Cuenco Island and a small diving site at the other side.
It is safe to dive into the waters without the life vest if you know how to swim. However, always wearing a vest is still recommended for safety.
Pilgrimage Island (also known as Cathedral Island)
Catholic devotees will definitely love this place. Expect the island to be busy with visitors during Holy Week.
At the entrance, visitors will need to climb 1430 steps from the beach but they will surely enjoy the panoramic view of some of the nearby islands once they reach the top.
Tip: There is a shorter route of 150 steps to reach the top. This is good for those who are not in good shape for climbing.
How to get to Hundred Islands
From Cubao, you can take a bus bound for Alaminos. Victory Liner, Five Star Bus and Dagupan bus have regular trips going to Alaminos and the fare is around 400 pesos. The price may vary depending on the class and route you will choose. From Alaminos, take a tricycle going to Barangay Lucap Tourism office so you can register for your island hopping.
By Private Vehicle
You can use Waze or Google maps for navigation. It is a 4 to 5 hour-drive (maybe shorter or longer depending on your speed) from Cubao. The roads are smooth and paved so small cars can traverse. There is a wide parking area at the tourism office.
The rental fees are standard so you don’t need to haggle with the boatmen. The price only varies depending on the size of the boat and the duration of your tour (day tour or overnight).
You may contact our friend, Ferdie, at 0928-6972257 if you want to reserve a boat for your island hopping.
Where to eat
There are various restaurants that offer freshly caught seafoods. Maxine by the sea offers good food at the seaside, while the sea breeze touches your skin.