“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”
― Michael Palin
Potipot Island is one of Zambales’ many valued tourist attractions. It’s pure azure waters, and sandy white sand beach minus the presence of resorts within the island, has lured people to visit. So, if you are looking for a nippy, budget-friendlyt escape, then opt to go to Potipot Island.
Potipot Island is situated in Candaleria, Zambales and will take around five to six hour travel time from Manila. My Potipot getaway on June of 2008 was one happy time. The island, being small in land area, can actually be walked around within an hour. I recommend you do this in the afternoon so it wont be to burning to the skin plus, walking while the sun sets at this side of the Philippines is romantic!
During my stay in the island, my friends and I opted to camp out. We brought our tents with us instead of staying at a resort in mainland Uacon (a barangay in Candelaria that serves as a jump off point to Potipot). However, if you choose to stay in a hotel for accommodation, then ask your boatman to fetch you after sundown. Anyhow, the island is just a good 101-15 minutes boat ride from the mainland.
Some hotel accommodations in the area include Dawal Beach Resort, Puerto Del Mar Beach Resort,Villa Valerio. Trinidada Beach Resort, Sun Bloom Resort, Isla Vista Beach Resort and Potipot Gateway Resort. These resorts can also arrange your boat transport to Potipot Island. Boat rental is around 300-400php depending on your haggling skills (and charm, haha). Please note that there is an entrance fee for the island, 100php for day trippers and 300php for overnight campers.
How to Get to Potipot Island:
From Manila, take a bus bound for Sta. Cruz or Olongapo, Zambales. If you happen to ride a bus to Olongapo only, ride another bus bound for Sta. Cruz. There is a Victory Liner Station in Olongapo that goes to Sta. Cruz Zambales. Inform the bus conductor to drop you off at Uacon in Candelaria Beach Resorts.
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