Magalawa Island | The Pearl of Zambales

Magalawa Island
Zambales is located in the North West of Luzon, facing the Philippine Sea. This province is one of the most visited provinces of the north in terms of great beaches because of its fine white sand. The high altitude ranges of the province are also in the eyes of many mountaineers for hiking purposes. Some of the famous are Mt. Tapulao, Mt. Balingkilat and Mt. Cinco Pincos. Aside from these ranges, the famous Capones Island, Nagsasa Cove, Anawangin Cove, and Potipot Island are situated in the province which attracts tourists. Tourism plays a huge factor that contributes to the economy of the province.

Magalawa Island: must visit attractions and destinations in Zambales



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After our Outreach Program held in one of the Aeta Communities in Zambales, we proceeded to an island paradise called Magalawa. It is almost three hours travel from Iba, Zambales, passing on different highways by the beach. Most of the highways do not have city ambiance but GPS did not fail us to find this gorgeous place.

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It was almost eleven in the evening and all of us were tired when we stepped on the fine white sand of Magalawa Island. Even though the surroundings are covered with darkness, with the full moon on the sky, the cool and fresh sea breeze helped our tired muscles while having our socials and preparing our super late dinner.

After preparation, it was followed by a late dinner by the beach, and the extension of our socials. Batang Hamog Mountaineers’ social night is always a long story telling about our previous adventures.

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I was awakened by the hot sun light penetrating the tent’s flysheet. I was partly re-energized by an hour nap, prepared coffee and then breakfast. As part of our itinerary, while the others were preparing for breakfast/lunch, Ate Sha, Ginger and I proceeded to the fishermens’ village nearby to purchase fresh sea foods.

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Breakfast and lunch has been done properly before we swimming.

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Ruiz Resort in Magalawa Island, Zambales


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For accommodation, visitors have option to either camp by the beach, cottage, and tree houses – the two resorts on the island both offer these. The island is covered with green trees protecting the ground from excessive sun exposure. These trees also made the air cooler and fresher.

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One of the picture perfect spot on the island is the famous sand bar. Magalawa Island sandbar is few meters long but has fine white sand, like what Boracay has, and surrounded by crystal clear waters. The horizon where the water and the sky meet is amazingly remarkable. It’s really hard to explain but photos above will describe it for you – no filter shoot!

How to Get to Magalawa Island and resorts in Zambales:

We chartered a van from Manila to the jump off. We used GPS for our route.