Hundred Islands (123 of 7,107 Islands)

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During my school days, we are taught about beautiful places in the Philippines. I always saw them whenever my grade school teachers required us to bring posters or postcards. Some of them are displayed inside the classroom. During those years, I dreamed about visiting all these wonderful places. And this dream is slowly about to turn into reality when I got the chance to visit one of them – the Hundred Islands.

“The Hundred Islands National Park (tourist spot) is the first national park and a protected area located in Alaminos, Pangasinan in the northern Philippines. The islands, totaling 124 at low tide and 123 at high tide, are scattered in Lingayen Gulf covering an area of 16.76 square kilometers (6.47 sq mi). Only three of them have been developed for tourism: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children’s Island

The islands are believed to be about two million years old. There are actually ancient corals that extend well inland, in an area previously comprising the seabed of an ancient sea. The lowering of the sea level have exposed them to the surface. The peculiar “mushroom-like” shapes of some of the islands were caused by the eroding action of the ocean waves. ”

-From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

GETTING THERE: In order to get to Alaminos, take the Victory Liner Bus from its station in Cubao (not Kamias/Kamuning, this can be quite confusing). Upon reaching Alaminos City Proper, walk towards the public market beside Nepo Mall where you can find the right tricycle terminal to Lucap Wharf to save you from overpriced ones around town.

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We had an amazing 2 days filled with swimming, snorkeling, hiking, camping, cave exploring and many other fun things! When we left the beautiful Hundred Islands National Park, we were so tired and sunburnt but glowing with happiness from our perfect days spent outdoors enjoying nature. It was the perfect getaway from the busy city of Manila, and I know that I, for one, am definitely looking forward to returning there one day!

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