ZAMBALES TRAVEL GUIDE: Magalawa Island

Magalawa Island
After our outreach program held at one of the Aeta Communities in Iba, Zambales, we proceeded to Magalawa Island, an island paradise in Palauig. It's almost three hours travel from Iba passing on the concrete roads by the beach. Since the province is located in the North West of Luzon, facing the Philippine Sea, a lot of gorgeous beaches are yet to be discovered. There are a few stretch of fine white sand and islands beaches that are picture perfect, like Magalawa.
 
Magalawa Island
It was almost eleven in the evening when we stepped on the fine white sand of Magalawa, all of us were tired and exhausted. Upon arrival, set up our tents, prepared our dinner and had socials. As always, Batang Hamog Mountaineers’ social night is always a long story telling, laughter and chikahan until sunrise. Then, took a nap. I was awakened by the hot sun light penetrating the tent’s flysheet. I was somehow re-energized by an hour sleep, prepared coffee and then breakfast.
 
Magalawa Island 2019
 
Magalawa Island resorts
CAMPING BY THE BEACH AT MAGALAWA ISLAND: For accommodation, visitors have options to either camp by the beach, rent a cottage or tree houses - there are two resorts on the island who both offer these. The island is covered with green trees protecting the ground from excessive sun exposure, perfect for camping. Also, the sea breeze is cool and fresh that will definitely make your day a lazy day. There are locals at the village but the ambiance is relaxing and very calm.

Magalawa Island itinerary 2019
THE WHITE SAND BAR OF MAGALAWA ISLAND: One of the picture perfect spot of Magalawa is the famous sand bar. The quality of the fine white sand is almost the same with what Boracay has, though, it's just a few meters long depending if it's high tide or low tide. The island is also surrounded by crystal clear waters which looks like emerald from afar. The horizon, where the water and the sky meet, is stunningly gorgeous, especially during the sun set and sun rise. It’s really hard to explain but photos above will describe it for you – #NOFILTER.

Magalawa Island tour packages
REMINDERS: If you need supplies, there are stores at the village. The people are friendly and accommodating. In the morning, if you prefer a freshly caught sea foods such as fish, squid and others, you can visit the spot where the fishermen are selling what they caught. It is recommended to bring your own water. There are toilet and baths in the area.

HOW TO GET TO MAGALAWA ISLAND: You can take a Victory Liner bus bound for Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Tell the driver to drop you off at the Veritas Road in Brgy. Pangolingan, Palauig, Zambales. Travel time is about 6 hours. Then, charter a trike to the port area for 15 minutes. It's a super rought road, promiss!!! And ride on a boat to either Ruiz Resort or Armada Resort.