Hundred Islands National Park
Hundred Islands National Park is a protected area located in Alaminos, Pangasinan. It’s 124 islands during low tide and 123 at high tide scattered in Lingayen Gulf is home to wildlife species. There are only 4 major developed Islands: The Governor’s Island, Marcos Island, Quezon’s Island, and Pilgrimage Island. Hundred Islands in Pangasinan is one of the best destinations you could visit on your weekend getaway. It is full of exciting activities that I’m sure it would be best if you go together with your family or friends. If you are traveling to Hundred Islands for the first time, I hope this travel guide will help you.
How To Go to Hundred Islands
- Ride a bus bound for Alaminos Pangasinan in Cubao. Victory Liner, Dagupan Bus, and Star bus offer daily trips to Alaminos. Please check the departure schedule on their website
- Alight at Alaminos Bus Terminal.
- From there, go to Lucap terminal.
- Ride a tricycle and tell the driver that you are going Lucap Wharf which is the jump-off point for Hundred Islands island hopping.
- Go to Tourism Information Center and pay for the required fees. (Environmental fees, entrance fee, boat rental and etc). You can also rent a tent if you are planning to stay overnight and camp at the Hundred Islands.
Hundred Islands Boat Tour Rates and Fees
Before touring the islands, it’s mandatory to visit the Alaminos Tourism Office where you have to pay for the boat and environmental fees.
|Environmental Fee||PHP 60 per person|
|Entrance Fee||PHP 30 per person|
|Insurance||PHP 10 per person|
|TOTAL||PHP 100 per person|
|Environmental Fee||PHP 120 per person|
|Entrance Fee||PHP 30 per person|
|Insurance||PHP 10 per person|
|TOTAL||160 per person|
20% discount for senior citizens and PWD. Free for children 5 years old and below.
|One Day Tour With Service Boat||Two Day Tour With Service Boat|
|Small(max. 5 pax)||PHP 1,400||PHP 3,000|
|Medium(max 10 pax)||PHP 1,800||PHP 3,800|
|Large(max 15 pax)||PHP 2,000||PHP 4, 500|
Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
WATCH: Hundred Island Drone Video
Where to Stay in Hundred Islands
Accommodations have never been an issue in Alaminos. In fact, there are so many available accommodations that you can find online. Maybe you can also do walk-ins but I highly suggest booking a room a month prior to your travel date especially during peak season. We’ve collected some of the best accommodations in Pangasinan that you might like. Check our list below.
- Island Tropic Hotel and Restaurant
- Rustic Crown Hotel
- Carribbean Transient House
- Hundred Islands Accommodation Homestay
- ROB Home
- Full list – Alaminos Accommodation
- Villa Lourdes
- ATRAVESH ROOM – Sweet Honey Hotel
- Hundred Islands Lucky one Transient
Aside from Agoda and Booking, you can also check Airbnb. Actually, we’ve booked our room through Airbnb. We can actually give you a discount on Airbnb by clicking below.
Based on my experience, one day isn’t enough to visit all the beautiful islands. However, some islands are just like huge rocks and not all of them are possible to visit. Only three of them have been developed for tourism, the Governor’s Island, Marcos Island, and the Quezon’s Island. You can also ask the boatman if you want to request to visit other islands without extra charge as long as it is along the way.
The Governor’s Island
Our first destination was the Governor’s Island, this is one of the famous islands in Alaminos where you have to hike for about 5 minutes to reach the viewing deck. The viewing deck provides spectacular views of the Hundred Islands National Park. You can also see the pilgrimage island where the statue of Jesus Christ is situated. There is also available accommodation on Governor’s Island if you want to stay there.
The Marcos Island
The second island we’ve visited is Marcos Island. This island was named after the late president Ferdinand Marcos. One of the exciting activities to try in Marcos Island is the short trek that will lead you to a cliff inside the cave where you can jump to the lagoon below about 12 feet high.
Quezon’s Island is probably the most developed island among the three. We spent almost 3 hours on this island where we also took our lunch. There is a three-floor restaurant on the island but if you brought your own food, you can rent a table for PHP 200.00. A grilling station is also available at the back of the restaurant. If you want to try some thrilling activity, you can try their zip line which costs PHP 100.00 per jump.
There are a lot of things that you will probably like in Quezon’s Island. First, there are many Instagrammable spots around the area, secondly, Quezon’s Island offers an adventure that you couldn’t find from other islands. Lastly, the sand is fine but not as powdery as found in Boracay. Nevertheless, it indeed relaxing and enough for a quick weekend getaway, we really had a fun and memorable experience at Quezon’s Island.
If you are a group, the banana boat is also available at Quezon’s Island. Below are the rates of island activities.
|Zipline (546 meters)|
|Php 250.00 per jump|
|Zipline (120 meters)|
|Php 100.00 per jump|
|Wall Climbing||Php 50.00 per pax|
|Rapelling||Php 50.00 per pax|
|Banana Boat (max. 7pax)||Php 1,500.00 per ride|
|Helmet Diving||Php 400.00 per dive (20|
|Kayaking ( max.2pax)||Php 250.00 per hour|
|Snorkeling||Php 250.00 per set gear|
The last island we’ve visited was the pilgrimage island where a huge statue of Jesus Christ is situated. The island is home to a 17-meter statue of Christ the Savior and it can be seen from the Lucap Wharf. Pilgrimage island features noticeable life-size statues throughout the 12 stations of the cross along with the 263 steps concrete stair before reaching the huge statue of Jesus Christ. There is also a small chapel on the top of the hill.
It took us almost 30 minutes to reach the top of the island. From the summit, you can see the panoramic view of the surrounding islands. We were so lucky that time as the beautiful sunset greeted upon reaching the summit.
Aside from the islands that I mentioned above, you can also visit Romulo Island if you want to experience a white sandy beach. Just tell to the driver that you want to visit Romulo Island.
Hundred Islands Sample Itinerary
|DAY 0||ETD From Manila to Pangasinan||9:00 PM|
|DAY 1||ETA Victory Liner, Alaminos Pangasinan||2:00 AM|
|Hotel/accommodation check-in & Sleep||2:30 AM|
|Wakeup call||6:00 AM|
|Going to Lucal Wharf – Tourism Office||8:00 AM|
|Start of the tour – Boat going to Hundred Island||8:30 AM|
|Governor’s Deck||9:00 AM|
|Marcos Island: Caving, Cliff jumping, Swimming||10:00 AM|
|Quezon’s Island||11:30 AM|
|Free time at Quezon’s Island – Zipline, Swimming, & picture taking.||1:00 PM|
|Pilgrimage Island: Trekking||3:00 PM|
|End of tour: Go back to Lucap Wharf||5:00 PM|
|Freetime(Wash, buy foods, sleep, etc)||6:00 PM|
|Going home: Bus terminal to Manila||7:30 PM|
|ETD from Alaminos to Manila||8:00 PM|
|ETA to Cubao||2:00 AM|
Hundred Islands Budget Breakdown
Here is the summary of our expenses from our last trip to Hundred Islands. This sample budget breakdown is a rough estimate and only applicable for 4 persons but I hope the table below will help and guide you in budgeting your own money throughout your journey in Hundred Islands.
|ITEM||EXPENSES||EXPENSES IN PHP PER HEAD|
|Bus from Cubao going to Alaminos via Victory Liner||427|
|Tricycle from Bus terminal to accommodation||60||15|
|Food budget(Rought estimate)||1,300||325|
|Misc(Other expenses: Tricycle, condiments, etc)||500||125|
|Bus from Alaminos going to Cubao terminal via Victory Liner||427|
I suggest preparing at least PHP 3,000 if your planning to visit Hundred Islands.
Hundred Islands Travel Tips
- Include the boatman in your lunch
- Bring cash since most of the transactions are cash basis and they don’t have a card terminal.
- Bring sunblock to avoid skin damage from the direct sunlight
- Bring your own power bank since island hopping activity is all day long.
- I suggest bringing your own snorkeling gear if you have one since snorkeling gear rental fee is PHP 250 per head.
- A waterproof bag or dry bag is very useful for your gadget, especially during island hopping.
- If you want to lessen your expenses, buy at the wet market and cook your own foods.
- Don’t go there during peak season as the island will get crowded.
- Take your trash with you.
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