“I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.”
― Lucille Ball

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hundred Islands

Hundred Islands National Park in the province of Pangasinan is a protected area of 123 islands.

So its name is much closer to the truth than Thousand Islands in Indonesia, which has only 110 islands.

It is a wild life protected sea area near to the coast of the city of Alaminos in the Lingayen gulf.

Only three of them have been developed for tourism: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children's Island. The distance from Manila is ca. 240 km.

Courtesy Google Maps
A study was performed in 2010, funded by the Dutch government, to assess the flora and fauna and an inventory was made of their findings.

They found macaque monkeys, two snake species, dolphins, several sea turtles, palm civets, lizards and rodent and bat species. And  as well a rare specie called the dugong, a marine mammal, see wiki here for more details.

We have been there two times the last couple of years with my family. It's only a 1.5 hour drive from our home. You can rent a small boat for 5 people with a helmsman or a bigger boat. You can choose a free tour, just tell the helmsman where you want to go, or a programmed tour, to a fixed number of islands. They also offer swimming aids like flippers and snorkel masks for rent.

We prefer to have some freedom and take the free tour. Then go to a small island with a sand beach and take a rest, do some swimming and eat the food that we brought. Remember, there are no shops, except on Quezon island, you can buy some snacks, french fries and drinks.

The last time we were there was with my mother and son - see here - in December 2014. A new attraction that they had installed was a zip line from the top of Governor island to one of the other nearby islands. It was the first time for me to do it, but it was fun!! We have not seen a single animal of the ones I mentioned above.

Well you have to experience it yourself, prepare some food and drinks and plan to spend 6-8 hours. Make sure you are there before 10 am, and enjoy it. There are several hotels nearby in case you are coming from far away. Consider as well to spend another day in Bolinao and its environment, much to see and to do there as well.

Below is a brief selection of the photo's made in Hundred Islands in 2012 and 2014. Enjoy it!!



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