The Hundred Islands National Park is located in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. There are approximately 123 islands that compose the Hundred Islands, hence its name. The white sand beaches, caves, limestone formations and abundant marine life of these islands can be explored by island hopping in a motorized boat.
All tourists must register with the Tourism Information Center at Lucap Wharf (pictured above). The motorboat rates for Day Tour: PhP 800 for a small boat (1-5 passengers), PhP 1000 for medium boat (6-10 passengers) and PhP 1100 for large boat (11-15 passengers). The boat rates include island hopping to three developed islands for tourists - Governor's Island, Children's Island and Quezon Island. You may choose in which island you want to stay for the rest of the day and inform the boatmen on what time they should pick you up.
The boat rental rates are a bit higher during night trips or when you want to hire the boatmen exclusively - that is, they will wait for you in every island that you want to explore. The rates are: PhP 1400 for a small boat (1-5 passengers), PhP 1800 for medium boat (6-10 passengers) and PhP 2000 for large boat (11-15 passengers).
Since we wanted to explore much of the islands and not just stay in one place, we opted to hire a motorized boat for our exclusive use. Our first stop was Governor's Island.
The viewing deck in Governor's Island, Hundred Islands National Park
We climbed about a hundred or more steps to be able to reach the viewing deck in Governor's Island. The view was awesome but it was too hot! You must bring a hat or scarf and apply sunblock to shield you from the sun's rays. And bring a lot of bottled water; it is too expensive if you will buy in the islands. You may also bring your own food in the islands. Just be sure to collect your trash and take them with you. It is nice to note that the islands are very clean because of strict policies being implemented.
The Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) House in Hundred Islands
Also located in Governor's Island is the only guest house available in these islands - the Governor's House, renamed as the Pinoy Big Brother House after it was used for that reality show. It can be rented for PhP 10000 per night.
Jellyfish abound in Governor's Island. Beware of its sting!
Limestone cliff; the steps leading to the viewing deck in Governor's Island
In Children's Island, there are cottages that can be rented overnight for about PhP 2000. Quezon Island is ideal for picnickers and campers. A tent can be pitched here for PhP 200 overnight (camping fee). Tent rental is PhP 400. We were not able to dock in these two popular islands because they were already crowded with people and there was no space for us. The summer months of March-May are really peak times.
Marcos Island is not as developed as the others but the sand here is finer and whiter. In Marcos Island, the Imelda cave can also be found (but of course!). Tourists/guests may swim in the cave with blue-green waters but be sure to wear a life vest as the water is deep.
Imelda Cave in Marcos Island
The beach in Marcos Island is good for swimming. If it is too hot, you can take shelter under the limestone formation/cliff. It's just hard to find a swimming place when there are so many boats docked on the beach!
Boats docked at Marcos Island
Another stop was Cuenco Cave. It was so cool inside the cave and we stayed here for a while to relax and savor the view. Thankfully, there were no bats inside.
Cuenco Cave in Hundred Islands
We just passed by the Bat Island as there was no docking area here. And that was fine; after all, who would want to stay close to the bats? Luckily, we were able to take close up shots of the bats. They were like black fruits hanging from the trees!
The bats in Bat Island
The Bat Island in Hundred Islands
Where to stay near Hundred Islands?
There are a lot of lodgings or hotels near Hundred Islands but we stayed at Treasures of Bolinao Resort and Hotel, located in the nearby town of Bolinao, Pangasinan.
Here is a list of hotels near Hundred Islands (source: asensopangasinan.com):
The 100 Islands Resort Hotel
Location: Barangay Lucap, City of Alaminos
Phone: (+6375) 551-5753
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Facilities/Amenities/Services: Air-Conditioned rooms,hot and cold shower, cable T.V. Bar, 24 hours security service, mini gym, coco grill, orchard cafe, restaurant, bar and disco.
Island Tropic Hotel and Restaurant
Location: Blvd. St., Lucap, Alaminos City
Facilities/Amenities/Services: air-conditioned rooms, restaurant and bar, free – wifi, wellness center, parasailing, banana boating, kayaking, tour guide, air-conditioned transient house, penthouse room, barbeque grill, function halls, catering service, Islands & Fishing Packages, online reservation
Maxine By the Sea Lodge and Restaurant
Location: Lucap, Alaminos City
Phone: +632 75-551-2537
Facilities/Amenities/Services: Fully air-conditioned rooms, free breakfast, cable televition, hot shower, function halls, catering service, restaurant
Villa Antolin Hotel and Restaurant
Location: Boulevard St. lucap, 2404 Alaminos, Philippines
Phone: 9088960680, +63 75 551-3604, (075) 551-3604
Facilities/Amenities/Services: Restaurant, 24-Hour Front Desk, Hotel is a Non-Smoking facility, cable television, Air-conditioned rooms, Hot shower, Motorboat for rent, kitchen, Breakfast in bed, Food room service, Meeting and Banquet Facilities, Laundry and Ironing services, Photocopy/ Fax, Laptop for business (charges are applicable) Free videoke.
Location: Palamis, Alaminos City
Phone: +63-75-551-3683 / +1-718-255-5894
Email: islandiahotelph.com or islandiahotel_corp[at]yahoo.com
Facilities/Amenities/Services: air-conditioned rooms, swimming pools, restaurant, FREE breakfast,Free Wi-Fi, online reservation, tour guides, educational adventure
Vista de las Islas Hotel and Restaurant
Location: Lucap, Alaminos City
Phone: (075) 551-4455, (02)431-4008;
Facilities/Amenities/Services: Non-aircon/aircon rooms, deluxe rooms, standard rooms, family rooms,function halls, souvenir shops and convenience stores, music and billiard hall, playground for children, view deck, 24 hour securities and water sports facilities.
Barney's Lodge and Restaurant
Location: Lucap, Alaminos City, Pangasinan
Phone: (+6375) 551-6148
Mobile: (+63919) 430-6589
Facilities/Amenities/Services: Air-Conditioned rooms,Hot and cold shower, Cable T.V. Bar and restaurant
For more information on Hundred Islands, you may contact the following:
Hundred Islands National Park
Bgy. Lucap, Alaminos City, Pangasinan
Alaminos City Tourism Office