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    More Than A Hundred Islands Tour and Resorts in Pangasinan

    Pangasinan, a province whose name was derived from asin (salt) due to its salt-making industry, more popularly known for its bangus and the Hundred Islands National Park, a cluster of more than a hundred islands off the city of Alaminos in Lingayen Gulf got a brief visit from Tutubi

    After the Dagupan bangus overload, a sidetrip to the market for the famed Alaminos longganiza, a so-so lunch at Maxine By The Sea Lodge and Restaurant (not recommended, food is not "pwede na" for the price), a trip to the Hundred Islands National Park for a three-hour boat ride, sadly, due to limited time, weren't able to get wet and wild :(

    Pictures as usual:

    hundred islands pangasinan One of the group's boat anchored on Governor's Island
    View of some of the islands on the viewdeck of Governor's Island and in front of Pinoy Big Brother House
    the cavernous hole of the so called Cathedral Island (didn't have a lens hood for this one, sorry)
    Quezon island teeming with people frolicking on the beach. The island is only one of the three islands with facilities like decks, toilets and picnic sheds. The other two are Governor's Island and Children's Island with bathrooms, camping and sleeping areas.

    Quezon Island Bridge to nearby island

    hundred islands pangasinanA view from inside the cave of Cuenco (PADI) Island. Also a nice camping site.

    Quite a crappy picture but it includes one of Tutubi's target destination: the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

    It's also in Hundred Islands and nearby Bolinao where giant clams (Tridacna gigas) can be found.

    By the way, the trip, food and even the bangus/longganisa pasalubong were paid for by Tutubi's company :P

    For details on accommodations, rates including resorts and rooms for backpacking and budget travelers, click here. Information on snorkeling, diving and other water-sports equipment rental and telephone numbers. Not much information on cheap resorts though.

    Where to Stay in Hundred Islands Resorts and Hotels:

    Helden Resthouse
    Hundred Islands Pension House
    Maxine by the Sea Lodge and Restaurant
    Rose Plaza Inn
    S&R Homestead
    Seaside Haven (LS Marina 100)
    Ted's by the Sea Lodge and Restaurant
    The Hundred Islands Resort Hotel
    Villa Milagros Pension House
    Vista de las Islas Hotel & Restaurant

    How to get to Hundred Islands in Alaminos City, Pangasinan:

    Commute: Victory Liner in Cubao and Pasay has buses going to Alaminos City. Trip is about 5 hours. In Alaminos, hire a tricycle to take you to Lucap pier where you'll hire boats for the island-hopping trip.

    Related Posts on Pangasinan:
    Alaminos Longganiza
    Our Lady of Manaoag
    Dagupan Bangus, Dagupena Restaurant

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    posted by GingGoy @ 9:34 PM,


    At Oct 16, 2007, 5:13:00 AM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    I saw photos of this place recently, didn't see the lighthouse, though. Looks like a unique corner of the world!

    At Oct 16, 2007, 5:56:00 AM, Blogger carlotta1924 said...

    my friends and i hung out at quezon island on good friday two years ago. sobrang dami ng tao. i think it's always best to go to the beach on the off peak season.

    this post reminds me to post my long-delayed pangasinan adventure. =)

    At Oct 16, 2007, 8:58:00 AM, Blogger - said...

    wow buti ka pa nkapunta ka na sa islands sir..d bale nakasama na din ako sa mga litrato mo.salamat sa byahe sir.

    At Oct 16, 2007, 11:10:00 AM, Blogger Resty Odon said...

    i [heart] hundred island, although meron din daw area jan na nag-a-undertow.

    eniway, here's my te-ma-arts account of that trip:

    gosh, pano ba mag-link dito?

    At Oct 16, 2007, 7:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Ay naku, eto na nga - ipinost mo na ang Pangasinan adventure mo. hehe.

    It is sad - but I personally am not proud of our tourism management in Pangasinan. Needs a lot of improvement, don't you think?

    At Oct 16, 2007, 7:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    pieterbie, the lighthouse is quite far from the islands so it would be another trip for me.

    carlotta, good friday ba naman e talaga a dami tao :(

    germs, natupad din kasi tagal na rin wish pero i was somehow disappointed :(

    baldgyi, just use normal html (the a href= thingie)

    rhodora, not only pangasinan but the whole philippines is not being marketed well. i'm thinking of posting a philippine tourims rant na rin. dapat palitan na gobyerno i-privatize na rin :)

    At Oct 17, 2007, 12:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I need to escape to a beach right now. But anyway, the photos are good enough to be my imagery beach right now!


    I've a friend who hailed from Dagupan but is staying in the US now.

    At Oct 17, 2007, 1:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    you should get some freebies from the phils gov't for promoting our well/less travelled tourist spots.

    thanks for visiting my blog.


    At Oct 17, 2007, 7:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Island Hopping is great!

    At Oct 17, 2007, 8:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I love that photo from the cave!

    At Oct 18, 2007, 2:55:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    What a lovely travel report and with great pics - as always.

    You know I've never been there but seeing it through your eyes is very exotic to a Norwegian.

    Btw: Thanks for your nice comments on my JazzBrunch post and for your linking - I've updated my blogroll too :D
    Nice to know you have heard of our national writer too - have you red something of him?

    At Oct 18, 2007, 8:50:00 AM, Blogger Abaniko said...

    Hundred Islands is a great destination especially for those who love water and the beach. I wonder if there are interesting places near the Hundred Islands to visit so the trip to this area is sulit.

    At Oct 18, 2007, 1:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    kyels, we all need to escape once in a while. i only want it to be too often :)

    nini, the government doesn't care about "low-lifes" like me. all they care about are themselves. The tourism guys, for example, are really too stupid to know how to increase arrivals and more on returning visits

    geri, an island-hopping in less than three hours :(

    toe, yan din gusto ko picture :)

    rennyBA, learn by virtual visitng. hope to visit your part of the world too. I've read about Henrik Ibsen in high school books and some synopsis of his work.

    abaniko, not much time available but there are many interesting places in Dagupan to be explored. as rhoda said, government is not doing enough to promote and attract tourists.

    At Oct 31, 2007, 6:03:00 PM, Blogger Ruy said...

    I love the sunset in Alaminos. Ganda. It's so tranquil and beautiful watching the sun and the sky turn from yellow to pink to fiery red while set against a canvass of blue sky that slowly morphs into beatiful shades of purple...

    I want to try the longanisa. I've never had it.

    At Mar 14, 2009, 9:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    tnx 4 sharin these beautiful fotos of your adventure to Hundred and my family (we have 3 kids) are planning to go there, and maybe stay for 3days....will appreciate it very much if you could give us pointers so we will get the most of our summer escapade budgetwise, and is there a guarded parking while we stay in the islands?

    At Mar 15, 2009, 7:33:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    vldr_ph, choose a good family-oriented resort. i'll be going back to Pangasinan soon but i'll be in Lingayen and intend to skip the hundred islands. you can find parking spaces inside the resorts

    At Aug 24, 2009, 2:55:00 PM, Anonymous Jim said...


    The next time you are in the Hundred Islands please come by to say hi. We would like to Parasail you over the Hundred Ilsands 600 feet above the ocean. The airial view of the islands is great! We are Adventure Oceansports Hundred Islands the only full service ocean sports in the area please visit our web site please come visit us.
    We are also opening in San Fernando La Union in October for Big Games Fishing Parasailing and Extreme Banana Boat rides.



    At Aug 24, 2009, 9:46:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    hi Jim, i'd be delighted to. i've been there again last may on a company summer outing but opted not to drop by hundred islands because i thought there's nothing new there. would to try parasailing over the hundred islands for a change. btw, do i have to look for you? :P

    At Aug 29, 2009, 1:25:00 AM, Anonymous chie said...

    planning to get there for my debut on sept. 20! what ya think

    At Aug 29, 2009, 7:29:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    chie, it's ok if only it's not raining...congrats on your debut

    At Sep 15, 2009, 11:24:00 AM, Anonymous tj said...

    hi, how long is the travel time from dagupan to hundred islands?

    At Sep 15, 2009, 9:59:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    tj, it's about an hour and a half...

    At Oct 8, 2009, 9:56:00 AM, Anonymous dudz said...

    wow how nice long is the travel time from baguio to hundred islands? we are planning to get there on december.

    At Feb 15, 2010, 1:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    where is the best place to stay overnight in Hundred Islands? my family is planning to go there this coming April and i dont have any idea where we will stay. Please give me suggestions. Thanks and more power!

    At Aug 16, 2010, 6:48:00 PM, Anonymous victoria said...

    pano ba ng parking sa hundred island? safe ba?

    At Aug 17, 2010, 9:41:00 AM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    victoria, you park your cars at resorts or at the marina, there are guards there. just don't leave anything valuable visible inside your vehicles that can attract bukas kotse gangs as in most places.

    At Apr 5, 2011, 3:23:00 PM, Anonymous meimei said...

    hi tutubi, do you know any resort in la union where we can have banana boat and parasailing rides? may i know their contact numbers and names or contact persons? how about jim - one who posted something about parasailing ( by the way, tried visiting that site but cannot get through., do you have his contact number? he said that they will open in la union.

    kudos for your site/blog. everytime i go online and search for my next destination, i always come to a point to read your pointers. thanks.

    At Apr 5, 2011, 5:30:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    meimei, sorry but i don't have updated info on la union beach resorts...have yet to fully explore the place

    At Apr 6, 2011, 10:56:00 AM, Anonymous meimei said...

    thank you for your immediate reply.
    how about contact number of jim? (one who posted something about parasailing in pangasinan - hundred islands)

    thanks again. ;)

    At Apr 6, 2011, 11:58:00 AM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    meimei, sorry but i didn't get in touch with jim as this blog's policy is against sponsored trips so as to remain's a hard decision but it's the best

    At Apr 7, 2011, 11:45:00 AM, Anonymous meimei said...

    anyway, thanks for informing me. 'til next time.

    At Apr 7, 2011, 2:24:00 PM, Anonymous Seattle SEO said...

    bakit po hindi kasama ang marinduque dito?

    At Apr 7, 2011, 2:52:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    seattle seo, it's simple, i've never been to marinduque thus i have no posts on the province. I've only been to more than half of the philippines' provinces

    At Nov 1, 2011, 1:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    do you recommend to go to hundred islands this december??? thanks!

    At Apr 17, 2012, 11:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    how much po hire ng boats for the island-hopping trip per person sa hundred islands?

    At Oct 16, 2012, 8:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi tutubi, do you know if we can rent a motorcycle in alaminos? my husband and i were planning to visit the island on december. we are kinda adventurous person..we want to explore some places. specially in bolinao. thanks :-)

    At Mar 3, 2015, 4:30:00 PM, Blogger rocastro said...

    FYI. That 'lighthouse' isn't the famous Bolinao lighthouse as Bolinao is on the tip/other side of the Pangasinan peninsula, more than 50kms away. Most likely, it is the exhaust tower of the Sual Power Plant, which is nearer the Hundred Islands.


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