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.

Filipino Mount Everest
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 reach this gorgeous place.

Beaches Masinloc Zambales
It was almost eleven in the evening when we stepped on the fine white sand of Magalawa. All of us were all tired and exhausted; even though the surroundings are covered with darkness, with full moon on the sky, the cool and fresh sea breeze helped our tired muscles to be relaxed while having our socials and preparing our dinner.

Done with preparation! Then it was followed by late dinner, by the beach, and the extension of our socials. Batang Hamog Mountaineers’ social night is always a long story telling from our previous adventures. That night our social took place until sunrise; we took a nap when the others were already awake.

Scarborough Shoal

Spratlys Island
I was awakened by the hot sun light penetrating the tent’s flysheet. I was partly re-energized by an hour nap then 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 and purchased fresh sea foods.

Batang Hamog Mountaineers

Best Sea Food Recipe

Born to be Wild

Fishermen Village

Breakfast and lunch has been done properly before we started swimming.

Beaches in Zambales

White Beach Palawan

Anawangin Zambales

Potipot Island Zambales
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.

Magalawa Island

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