No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent. — John Donne
A trip to Hundred Islands National Park and its home, Alaminos City, is a great distraction from the hustle and bustle of the demanding, city life. The invigorating seascape views – with the islands looking like emerald gems atop cerulean waters and the bucolic landscapes as you make your way to Alaminos City – is a great respite.
The Hundred Islands National Park is a marine park/reserve in Pangasinan, Northern Philippines. The islands, with a total number of 124 at low tide and 123 at high tide, are dotted in theGulf of Lingayen. Four of them have been developed for tourism: Governor Island, Quezon Island, Marcos Island and Children’s Island. The Lucap Wharf in Alaminos, the entrance to the National Park, is about 240 kilometres north of Manila.
The islands are believed to be about two million years old. They are actually ancient corals that extend well inland, in an area previously comprising the seabed of an ancient sea. The lowering of the sea level has exposed them to the surface. The peculiar “mushroom-like” shapes of some of the islands were caused by the action of the ocean waves.
Here’s the list of prices of services or fees you could avail if you are planning a Hundred Islands Tour.
- ENTRANCE/ENVIRONMENTAL FEE (PHP):
– Day Tour – Php 40.00
– Overnight – Php 80.00
- MOTORBOAT RATES:
- SMALL (good for 5 persons)
– Regular – Php 1,000.00
– Day Tour Service Boat – Php 1,400.00
– Regular – Php 2,000.00
– Overnight Service Boat – Php 3,000.00
- MEDIUM (good for 10 persons)
– Regular – Php 1,300.00
– Day Tour Service Boat – Php 1,800.00
– Regular – Php 2,500.00
– Overnight Service Boat – Php 3,800.00
- LARGE (good for 15 persons)
– Regular – Php 1,500.00
– Day Tour Service Boat – Php 2,000.00
– Regular – Php 3,000.00
– Overnight Service Boat – Php 4,500.00
*Day Tour covers island hopping that is limited to three islands including: Quezon Island, Governor’s Island and Children’s Island. 20 minutes only per island, just choose one island were you opt to stay and the boat will leave you and will be there to fetch you upon agreed time.
*Service Boat covers island hopping to all islands you want to visit including caves and coral garden. No time limit and the boat will stay with you until you finish your Hundred Islands journey.
For accommodation rates in the major islands, please do check this site for a complete rate list: http://www.asensopangasinan.com/hundred-islands-national-park-rates-and-rental-fees/
Some of the islands now offer various activities like inter-island ZIPLINE, ROCK CLIMBING AND RAPPELLING adventures.
- Zipline (120m) – Php 100.00 / Jump
- Zipline (546m) – Php 250 / Jump
- Wall Climbing – Php 50.00 / Pax
- Rappelling – Php 50.00 / Pax
- 3 in 1 Package – Php 175.00
Where to eat in Hundred Islands?
You can prepare and bring your own food. There’s a food court in Lucap wharf. There are also fast foods available in the town proper. You can also try some restaurants near the Lucap wharf.
For further inquiries, you may call the Lucap Wharf Tourism Welcome Center: 0928-244-9011
How to get to Hundred Islands…
Public bus lines, like Victory Liner, Five Star, and Philippine Rabbit have scheduled rides from Manila, Baguio, Dagupan, Subic, Tarlac, and Zambales bound straight to Alaminos City and vice versa.
From the terminal, either by private vehicle or tricycle, the Lucap Wharf is only a 10 to 15-minute ride away. You can find boats bound for the islands docked near the Wharf, with the Hundred Islands National Park Center staff eager to assist you with information and other things you’ll need for your island adventure. The nearest islands from the Lucap Wharf are Sulpot Island, Monkey Island, Abad Santos Island and Hernandez Island, which are all 15 to 20 minutes away. The major islands, Children’s, Governor’s and Quezon can be reached after a 25 to 45-minute boat ride.