The Captivating Beauty of Hundred Islands National Park
One of the Philippines' wonders is the Hundred Islands National Park, a tourist attraction that is worth visiting. Be mesmerized with its beauty and charm.
The Hundred Islands National Park
It is located in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines, which is about 254 kilometers from Manila, the nation’s capital. There are 124 islands (123 at high tide) scattered along Lingayen Gulf. Of these islands, there are only 3 developed as tourist attractions. They are Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children’s Island. Hundred Islands is considered as one of the National Geological Monuments of the Philippines, and is believed to be 2 million years old. It is the best known attraction in the region of Pangasinan. The islands were part of the coral deposits caused by erosion of groundwater and rainwater. They vary in sizes and shapes.
Visiting Hundred Islands
I have been to Hundred Islands twice and it was a great experience. That was long time ago, and If I would have another chance to do so, I'll visit the place again. There are huge clams that are around 1 meter in length and are around 225 kg in weight. There are many tall green coconut trees everywhere. Enjoy the experience of boat riding which will allow you to go island-hopping and see the different attractions of the island. Boat riding can be availed privately or by joining a tour group. Either way would be very enjoyable. There are camping sites that are available for a very affordable fee. There are resorts and hotels nearby that offer great accommodations. Most restaurants serve great tasting seafood and other mouth-watering delicacies. If you want to save more, there are some lodging rooms that are big enough to accommodate small groups at low prices, where you can cook your own food and stay there for as long as you want.
A research done revealed that several species were found to be living in Hundred Islands. Some of them are Green Sea Turtles, Monitor Lizards, and Geckos, to name a few.
Enjoy Water Sports
The blue water of the sea is very inviting for swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and other forms of water sports. There are classes offered for those who would like to learn, but it has to be arranged with the instructors beforehand. Many tourists and locals alike have come to this place and have really enjoyed their time.
If you are fond of water sports and you happen to be in Hundred Islands, take the opportunity to try any of those activities I mentioned. It's more fun to be in a group, so invite your friends and family. The more, the merrier.
How To Get There
From Manila, it takes about 5 hours by land transportation. There are public buses that are plying the Pangasinan routes that go straight to the city of Alaminos, where Hundred Islands is located. If you have your own vehicle, it would be better to drive by yourself, but be sure that you get familiarized first with the roads.
You can also choose to avail of the service of a travel agency and join a tour group. Some agencies prepare a detailed itinerary and are very strict with following the time schedule. If you prefer it that way, make sure that you are always on time to avoid being the cause of delay. Enjoy your trip!
City of Alaminos