Let us say you are on a planning stage and are surfing for more bits of infos as to your target destination: the Hundred Islands National Park. That is why you are here. Right. Otherwise you’re just looking around. The research and planning stage is what I have considered as the two more exciting part of any leisure trip. And none is more convenient when digging for informations about your destination, than to check out the web. Now to spice up your burrowings all the more, I have outlined here some of the facts and figures — from the smallest to the most pressing details –which I personally obtained from a recent tour at the Hundred Island National Park (HINP). And I do hope my facts would be of great use to you. But first a disclaimer: the following infos are from my last visit to the islands which was on March 2011. You see, some things don’t stay exactly the same.
SO HOW DO WE GET THERE? The jump-off point to the islands is the Lucap Warf. To get to Lucap Warf, you must get to Alaminos. To get to Alaminos, you must get to Pangasinan. The road to Pangasinan: From Manila take the NLEX, then SCTEX all the way to the La Paz Toll Gate in Tarlac. In Tarlac City, take the Romulo Highway which is the final long drive that will lead you to Alaminos. Take note of some towns for your pitstops: Mangatarem, Aguilar, Bugallon, Labrador, Sual. (If you fail to pass thru these names, then I have failed you. In other words, you’re lost!)
The sign above, which you won’t surely miss when in Alaminos town proper, tells you you’re on your final stretch to the destination. And here’s the first wave of expenditures when you get there:
PARKING SPACE FEE (DAY TOUR)
- Tricycles 10PHP
- Cars, Jeepneys, Vans 20PHP
- Bus and Trucks 30PHP
STRICTLY PARK YOUR VEHICLES PROPERLY
- Entrance fee for Day Tours 20PHP/PAX
- Entrance fee for Overnight Tours 40PHP/PAX
MOTORBOAT RATES (DAY TOUR):
- Small (1-5 PAX) 800PHP
- Medium (6-10 PAX) 1,000PHP
- Large (11-15 PAX) 1,100PHP
MOTORBOAT RATES (OVERNIGHT OR SERVICE BOAT)
- Small (1-5 PAX) 1,400PHP
- Medium (6-10 PAX) 1,800PHP
- Large (11-15 PAX) 2,000PHP
FIRST THINGS FIRST. When in the Lucap Warf, approach the Tourism Information Center and accomplish your tourist manifesto, pay the entrance and parking fees and secure every official receipts issued to you for inspection around the islands. Present your official receipt to the boat dispatcher who will assign the motorboat for your proper journey to the island of your choice.
Hundred Islands National Park is actually a cluster of million-year old corals, 123 in all, scattered along the Lingayen Gulf. I can’t recite them all to you but I can tell that the usual DAY TOUR consists of a boat ride around the islands and a short visit to Governor’s Island, Children’s Island and Quezon Island.
WHEN IN THE ISLANDS:
- Inform the boatman of your pick-up time.
- Feel free to approach the Tourism Staff in the island who will be happy to assist you with your needs.
- Keep watch of your valuables. As usual, management is not responsible for lost or damaged properties.
In 2005, the Philippine Tourism Authority transferred the management, control and supervision of the HINP to the city government to ensure a sustainable tourism development in the area. Today, according to the city government of Alaminos, the Hundred Islands National Park has become a haven for foreign tourists from 68 countries for its majestic beauty and hospitable people. Koreans were the top visitors in 2010 followed by Americans,Canadians, Australians, Japanese, and Germans. The place is fast becoming a favorite for picnickers and bird watchers.
From Mayor Hernani Braganza: “The safe travel of local and foreign tourists in the area and preservation of the marine resources have made the HINP even more attractive as a destination. The Task Force Kalikasan has also wiped out illegal fishing operations in the area.”
THE FF ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED:
- Improper garbage disposal.This includes the burning of waste materials. Make use of garbage bins and bags located on designated areas.
- Eating/drinking on the shores and in the waters.
- Poaching/collecting corals, shells, marine life, sand and bonsai.
- Fishing of any form around the islands EXCEPT on designated fishing zones.
- Setting up of tents during day time which is from 6 am to 5 pm on the sandy portions of the developed islands.
DAY TOUR TIMETABLE. Our HINP tour took us three and a half hours, give or take a few. Within that, you might say, short time frame, we not only circumnavigated the entire park but we have made short landing trips to three islands inclusive of a visit inside a cave, hike 100+ steps up a hill, a picnic lunch and, of course, the more time-consuming pictorials!
I hope this material fills your wondering mind! For more infos you may contact the following:
ALAMINOS CITY TOURISM OFFICE Tel. 075 – 551 – 2145/ email firstname.lastname@example.org
HUNDRED ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK Tel. 075 – 552 – 2505 / 075 – 552 – 7406
ALAMINOS CITY INFORMATION OFFICE Tel. 075 – 551 – 2249 / 075 – 552 – 7777 local 102 or email email@example.com