Alaminos City in the Pangasinan province is home to one of the Philippines‘ most beautiful destinations, the Hundred Islands National Park. Roughly five hours north of Manila, this cluster of over one hundred islands and islets is located in the Lingayen Gulf and is accessible by charter boat from the nearby wharfs in Alaminos. The Hundred Islands National Park is a popular spot to go swimming, snorkeling, and exploring the various caves and islands all around.
Once you arrive in Alaminos, take a break to eat and sit on the dock at Maxine By The Sea Restaurant to get some fresh local seafood with a view straight out to the Hundred Islands. They’ve got a great selection of fresh crab, lobster, shrimp, calamari and oysters, just to name a few. After a quick meal, it’s time to head on over to the Don Gonzalo Montemayor wharf to catch a boat over to the Hundred Islands!
There are three main tourist islands among the Hundred Islands – Governor’s Island, Children’s Island, and Quezon Island. There are a bunch of activities to do around the islands, like hiking up to the top of Governor’s Island to get a great panoramic view of the islands and the area around, exploring all the different little islands and caves, swimming around the coral reefs, or even just sitting around on the white sand beach to relax.
The Hundred Islands National Park is made up of mostly coral and supported by mangrove forests, which creates a healthy ecosystem for both marine and bird life, as well as various lizards and mammals. One of the most popular creatures in the area is the Giant Clam, or locally known as the Taklobos. There are thousands of species of marine life living in and around the Hundred islands, making it a great spot for scuba diving and snorkeling.
There are tons of things to do and great food all around the local area, making the Hundred Islands a great place for a getaway to reconnect with nature and truly admire how beautiful it can be. At a count of 124 islands covering an area of 1,844 hectares, the Hundred Islands National park leaves a lot of secrets left to be discovered.