Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Hopping the Hundred Islands

The Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City, Pangasinan is actually composed of about 123 islands and islets. 

Here’s a rundown of some of its islands that we were able to visit in a 2-day period:

Governors Island
It is famous for the 360 degrees view of the Hundred Islands that you mostly see in brochures and websites. However, you must first take the 100+ steps before reaching the view deck but it will all be worth it, I tell you.
Governors Island's beachfront
panoramic view of Hundred Islands

Also in this island is the Pinoy Big Brother transient house used during the 2006 Teen Edition. There’s also the Governors Cave. It is small and quite cleaner than the other caves.

PBB house
Governors Cave

Quezon Island
It is one of the three developed islands, along with Governors and Children’s islands. It has plenty of cottages and grilling area. We were supposed to have our lunch here but it is too crowded.

Lopez Island
For our lunch venue, we settled with this not-so-popular island which is just across Quezon Island. Good thing there were also some picnic tables and monobloc chairs.  It’s a small island with fine sand and clear waters (plenty of jellyfish though). It’s not crowded and we actually loved it here and came back the following day for lunch again.

Century Island
This is my favorite, despite the stinky guano smell.  After a forest-like short trail, you will come face-to-face with a huge dome-shaped cave with massive stalagmite and stalactite formations. Countless bats are either flying around or hanging at the ceiling of the cave. I climbed the steep and slimy formations just to have the photo-op at the left:
Bats hanging on the cave's ceiling

Marcos Island
Another must-visit island is the Marcos Island, famous for its cliff-diving spot. For thrill-seekers, one can go to the top part of Imelda Cave and plunge into the deep water below! I wanted to try it but I just didn’t have the guts, maybe next time. With its fine, white sand and clear waters, we rested here for a while.

Imelda Cave

Cathedral Island
Named as such because it looks like an ancient rock cathedral. It is actually an island-cave with massive and rugged limestone formation. We weren’t able to come closer, but I was able to take some shots of it:
close-up shot at the mouth of the cave

Crocodile and Turtle Islands
We just passed by these small islands. Crocodile Island looks like a crocodile from afar and Turtle Island looks like, well you guessed it right, a turtle!

Look! a crocodile!

Turtle Island

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