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The Best Beaches: Exploring the Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Pangasinan - Philippines

Updated on September 22, 2013

Hundred Islands National Park

All four photos were taken at the Marcos Island beach
All four photos were taken at the Marcos Island beach | Source


The Hundred Islands National Park, more commonly known as the Hundred Islands, is a protected area in Alaminos City, Pangasinan in the Philippines. Out of the 123 islands of the national park, only a few islands were developed for tourism including the Governor's Island, the Children's Island, the Marcos Island and the Quezon Island.

How To Get There Using Public Transportation

Alaminos is 5 to 6 hours away from Metro Manila. A number of bus companies located in EDSA Cubao, Quezon City have direct trips to Alaminos including Victory Liner and Five Star. We took the 11:50 pm trip of Victory Liner (there are two Victory Liner stations along EDSA, the one with the trip to Alaminos is the one on the right side of EDSA southbound). By 4:30 am, we were already at the Alaminos bus station. Tricycle drivers welcomed us and offered to take us to Lucap wharf for 90 pesos. Before arriving at Lucap wharf, the tricycle driver arranged for our boat rental. We agreed to take the medium boat (6-10 persons capacity) for a day trip to the islands for 1,400 pesos. Lucap wharf was around 15 minutes away from the Alaminos bus station.

Lucap Wharf

Island Hopping Begins

It took a little while for our tour guides to prepare our boat so it was already past 5 am when we left Lucap bay.

On Our Way To Governor's Island

After 10 to 15 minutes, we arrived at our first stop, the Governor's Island where we had a perfect view of the sunrise.



Governor's Island Beach


After appreciating the sunrise and the Governor's Island beach, we decided to climb up the island. After a hundred and twenty-three steps, we reached the Governor's View Deck where we were able to find a 360 degree view of the Hundred Islands. We also had our breakfast there while enjoying the view.

Governor's View Deck


We left just after sunrise.The next island was only a few minutes away from the Governor's: Cuenco Island was our second stop.



Cuenco Island has a cave tunnel which led us to the opposite shore. We dipped our feet in the waters, strolled a bit, took a few pictures and then proceeded to one of the most developed islands in the Hundred Islands National Park, the Children's Island.


Arriving at Children's Island
Arriving at Children's Island | Source

The beach was quite small but because it was off season when we visited the islands, we enjoyed swimming in the area because we were the only people around!

Still at Children's island
Still at Children's island | Source

There were nipa huts for rent on the island for those who want to spend an entire day on the island.


We didn't want to leave the Children's Island waters yet but our tour guide told us that there were more beautiful beaches awaiting us so we left after staying on the island for about an hour.



Our fourth stop was at Marcos Island, the island with the most beautiful beach according to our tour guide. True enough, its crystal clear waters was beyond beautiful! Our tour guide brought us to the Imelda Cave and challenged us to its famous jump challenge but I was too scared to jump. One of my friends was up to the challenge if only one of us would jump with her but no one did!

Marcos Island Beach


Imelda Cave Jump Challenge

Marcos Island beach
Marcos Island beach | Source

The beach was so relaxing and the entire island was just so lovely. We had so much fun that we did not leave until we were sunburned!

We left Marcos Island at around 11 am, had a quick lunch in our boat and headed straight to most developed island, the Quezon Island!



We were encouraged by our tour guide to snorkel or rent a kayak in Quezon Island. We prefer swimming, however, so we declined the offer. After enjoying the Quezon Island waters, we bought some fresh buko juice which concluded our stay on the island. Quezon Island was refreshing indeed! :)

still at Quezon Island
still at Quezon Island | Source
enjoying fresh buko juice by the sea
enjoying fresh buko juice by the sea | Source

We decided to go back to Children's Island where we spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing, swimming and chatting. The water level was rising and falling occasionally and there was barely enough dry sand to return to at one point that we had to leave our camera in the boat. We stayed there the longest and unwillingly left after another boat arrived because we selfishly wanted the beach for ourselves!

Other Activities

Aside from island hopping, snorkeling and kayaking, tourists are encouraged to dive and see the giant clams and fishes. While there are cottages for overnight trips, some people also prefer camping.


We had our late lunch at around 4 pm in the afternoon. We initially planned to stroll around the town but did not have enough time because we enjoyed and spent too much time on the shores of Children's Island. And because we only planned for a day trip, we had to take the 5 pm bus to Cubao to be back in Manila before midnight.

We went home and told everyone that of the 1,107 Philippine islands, we saw 123 in one day leaving us with only 984 islands to explore!

Do you think the Hundred Islands National Park is worth visiting?

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    • Jay Usta profile image

      N Ustaris 

      5 years ago from Miami, Florida, United States

      Hi guys, we’re plannig to visit pangasinan, I found some information here, but I think it is worth if advice comes from you who already experienced Pangasinan. By the way, could you please mention what are the places worth to visit in the province.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      You have a lot of great photos and good information too. Great for someone planning a trip -- or this hub might just tempt them to go . . .

      Voted up and useful/beautiful

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      5 years ago from Philippines

      "We went home and told everyone that of the 1,107 Philippine islands, we saw 123 in one day leaving us with only 984 islands to explore!" --This line. I'd love to brag like that! haha. Awesome beaches! Gonna visit this soon. :)

    • jabelufiroz profile image


      5 years ago from India

      Beautiful locations. Voted up.


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