Magalawa Island, Zambales

May 5, 2011 § 9 Comments

Magalawa Island, Palauig, Zambales

Date: April 30-May 1, 2011

It’s summertime once again! Almost everyone wants to take a break from work or school and soak up under the sunny weather. It’s quite a blessing for Filipinos like me to live in a country surrounded by beautiful beaches. From cozy sandy beaches, to extreme surf spots; from pristine white sand beaches, to salt and pepper coves, you name it, the Philippines probably has it.

Last weekend, my friends and I visited a white sand/coral beach in the province of Zambales called Magalawa Island. We came across the place on Facebook; for details and rates, please visit this link.

The boat transfer from Zambales mainland to Magalawa island costs 100Php per person but this rate is already included in the package our group purchased.

The boat ride takes about 10 minutes to and fro.

Accommodation options: Guests can avail of rooms with airconditioner, which comes with a private comfort rooms. A manual water pump and public bath and toilet are for the guests who opt for kubos, electric fan rooms, and tents.

Since Magalawa Island’s rooms and rentable tents were fully booked, we brought our own tents to pitch.

The beach is just wonderful.
Snorkeling comes free with the package we purchased. If you’re not comfortable with wearing the island’s snorkeling gear, bring your own.


1.Commuting: Make sure you come early to buy tickets for the bus. There are only limited trips going to Sta.Cruz and since most guests come in large groups, the seats can be sold out fast.

Head start: The trip takes about 7-8 hours. Make sure you don’t drink a lot of liquids to prevent the need for using the comfort rooms during the trip.

The tricycle fare from the National Hi-way to the shore used to be only 25php per person but recently, some oppotunistic drivers ask for 75php per person.

2.Food: Most of the food served were seafood dishes so if you have allergies, better have your medicines in handy.

A public grill is placed along the camping grounds for guests who want to prepare their own food. Just make sure the food won’t be spoiled after the 7 hour trip to the island.

3.Camping Must-haves: tent (if you’re not renting),flashlight, insect repellant, pocket knife, extra food

A long walk to Magalawa’s other side where mangroves flourish.Watch out for: Starfishes and the Mangrove stretch on other tip of the island. Also, stay up late at night to lay on the sand and go stargazing.

This trip is recommended for the budget conscious crowds. It’s fun, it’s cheap, and it’s not overly crowded. I will be visiting Coron, Palawan next weekend, please watch out for my upcoming post about it!


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