How to Plan a Trip to 100 Islands Alaminos, Pangasinan Backpacker Style


100 Islands, Alaminos, Pangasinan

100 Islands Alaminos, Pangasinan – Photography by Iza Sanchez 

The 100 Islands National Park is one of the most astounding tourist destinations in the Philippines. It is located in the south western part of the Lingayen Gulf and is composed of 100 to 123 recorded islands and islets. The islands are similar in composition, a hard rocky base with thick vegetation on top. Some of the bigger islands viewed from a distance resemble a giant turtle while the islets all share a peculiar mushroom like appearance. The three most popular islands are Governor’s Island, Quezon Island and Children’s Island. These are also the only islands that have viable surfaces to set up picnic tables, cottages or camping tents. 100 Islands, Alaminos

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  • From Manila take a bus bound for Alaminos, Pangasinan. Several bus liners ply this route the main ones are Victory Liner (Cubao terminal only) and Five Star (Pasay Terminal).
  • Travel Time – 6 hours in moderate traffic and an interminable 7 hours in heavy traffic. To avoid the traffic in metropolitan areas, take the last trip which leaves around 11:00pm to 11:30pm and you will arrive at Alaminos City in roughly 5 hours.
  • Bus fare is around 400 PHP one way and 800 PHP round trip.
  • There are two main bus stops where passengers can get off for refreshments and snacks or to use the restrooms. These are Mabalacat Terminal and Tarlac Terminal. Upon arriving at Alaminos City take a tricycle to Lucap Wharf, the standard rate to hire a tricycle to take you to your hostel is  60.00 PHP.
  • Lucap Wharf and the transient hotels close to it are about 2 to 3 kilometers from the city. The tricycle ride will take just a few minutes. To save on fare, visitors can also opt to share the tricycle with other passengers at a certain trike terminal in the area (which I never found), it will leave once all seats have been occupied. The shared tricycle fare is around 15.00 PHP per person.

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Distance and Travel Time From Other Cities:

  • Dagupan City – 63 kms, 1 hour
  • San Fernando, La Union – 123 kms, 3 hours
  • Baguio City – 136 kms, 3 hours


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Governor’s Island

Popularized by the Pinoy Big Brother TV series a few years back, Governor’s Island is the only island with a complete guest house. The lodge can be rented for 5,000 pesos per night. It’s ideal for big groups that would like to spend a night on the island. For smaller groups, the cheaper alternative would be to camp out on the beach.

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Posing by a rock before the brutal climb up the 123 step staircase.

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The Big Brother Lodge

A viewing deck has been built on top of the island. It will take some will and determination to climb the 123 step staircase to get there. It’s a painful climb but it’s the only elevated area where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the islands. Make sure to bring a bottle of drinking water.

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At the Governor Island viewing deck.

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Across Governor’s Island seats Virgin Island, it was given that name because according to my boatman  it resembles the body of a woman. Although, as hard as I studied it I couldn’t see the resemblance. Virgin Island has a small and quiet beach, a perfect place to escape from the crowds.

It’s also near the helmet diving site where you can go roughly 15 feet deep and view a tiny patch of colorful corals with equally petite fish swimming around it. The helmet diving fee is 300.00 pesos for 30 minutes.

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Helmet Diving Site near Governor’s Island

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Quezon Island

Quezon Island is the most family friendly island with its shallow shores and an established camping site. It was named after the late President Manuel Quezon. The island’s snorkeling area is roughly 300 meters away. Beneath the shallow waters, snorkelers can view the giant clams and a vibrant coral reef which is home to a variety of ecstatic fishes eager for kind offerings of bread or rice. Snorkeling is a standard part of the island hopping itinerary. Rental for snorkeling goggles costs 200.00 pesos.

Read more about 100 Islands’ underwater gems here  – How To Shoot Fish at 100 Islands Alaminos, Pangasinan.

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Feeding fish at the snorkeling area near Quezon Island

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Giant Clams Viewing Area

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Children’s Island

Children’s Island is the third most touristy island. Its shallow waters make it a perfect site for families with small children. Just like Governor and Quezon Island there are cottages and picnic huts that can be rented for a day. 100 Islands, Alaminos (73)

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Standard Cottage and Picnic Table Fees

This is the actual flyer given at the Lucap Wharf Tourism Counter.

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Island hopping and Boat fees

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Boat Fees – The boat fees are standard so visitors don’t have to worry about haggling with the boatmen. The boat fees are based on capacity and the duration of your tour. (day tour, overnight). 100 Islands, Alaminos

Basically for the Day Tour there are two options:

Regular Boat

The boatman will take visitors to a choice of three islands. Two of these islands have a limited visit of 15 minutes and the third island will be your last stop where you will spend the rest of the day. Your boatman will leave you there and pick you up at the agreed time.

Service Boat

This arrangement is slightly more expensive but it’s the best option for bigger groups. It’s a whole day tour wherein the boatman will take you to all of the major islands. Visitors can opt to stop at as many islands as they like and for as long as they like.

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Docking area at Lucap Wharf

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  • As mentioned above, if you have opted for the service boat (basically the more expensive tour) some boatmen, may take shortcuts and bypass a few islands to save on fuel. Do consult with the tourism staff at Lucap Wharf about points of interest. Before you leave the wharf agree on an itinerary with your boatman.
  • Instead of hiring a boat managed by the hotel, go to Lucap Wharf and hire a boatman waiting on queue to have an opportunity to consult with the Lucap Wharf staff about points of interest that could be included in your boat tour.
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One of many transient homes along National Road, Lucap Wharf


For the adventurous traveler, the best place to sleep is in a tent on the beach. See camping tips below. The next upgrade from a tent are the countless transient homes along Lucap Wharf which are relatively cheap.

Room rates range from 500.00 pesos to 1,000.00 pesos for single rooms, 1,200.00 to 1,500.00 pesos for double rooms and 2,000.00 pesos to 3,000.00 pesos for rooms good for 4-5 people.

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Quezon Island, Photo Courtesy of Phyllis Abrasaldo



Quezon Island – The main camping site for those who seek an overnight adventure at the islands. It is convenient since it is one of the 3 islands equipped with basic facilities for tourists.

Scout and Lopez Island – Alternative camping sites.


  • There are certain camping rules. One of these is that campers cannot pitch their tents during the day when visitors arrive at the islands. The tents can only be pitched after regular visiting hours, 5:00 pm onward. Likewise, in the morning the tents have to be folded by 6:00 am.
  • There is a fee of 200.00 pesos to camp on the islands.
  • Tents can be rented for 400.00 pesos or visitors can bring their own.
  • There is no electricity on the islands so portable lamps, flashlights and power banks come in handy.
  • Network signal is weak and non-existent in some areas so you would have to forego facebook for a day or two.
  • Campers need to bring sufficient food and water provisions for the duration of their stay. There are limited stores on the islands and items are more expensive.
  • Pick up time from the islands has to be arranged with the boatman.
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Marcos Island, Iza Sanchez Photography



  • Marcos Island – Like Quezon Island, Marcos Island was named after a former president, Ferdinand Marcos. There are no picnic areas, thus tourists only go there for brief sightseeing and swimming. In the heart of the island is a beautiful cavern called Imelda Cave, the president’s widow. At its base is a deep pool that opens up to the ocean. Visitors can enter the cave through an opening on its side where a carved staircase leads to a landing. There, the brave of hearts can leap from a height of roughly 20 feet to the pool at the bottom.
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Inside Imelda Cave

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My boatman after jumping from 20 to 30 feet into the pool inside Imelda Cave.

  • Monkey and Bat Island – Islands inhabited by the animals they were named after.
  • Cuenco Island – Known for its small pristine beaches and a beautiful cave called Cuenco Cave.
  • Romulo Island – Another quiet and sublime island. According to my boatman, Dyesebel (the older version) once graced its shores.

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  • Virgin Island – A neighbor of Governor and Braganza Island, it has nice and quiet shores with a small rocky cave in its interior. Just watch out for snakes inside the caves. 
  • Turtle Island – A small islet shaped like a turtle.

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  • Registration Fee @ Lucap Wharf – 40.00 pesos for a day tour, 80.00 pesos for an overnight stay.
  • Kayaking – An awesome of way of exploring the islands. Perfect for those traveling in pairs or in large groups. The advantage of kayaking is that visitors can kayak to farther out islands which are usually not traversed by the boatmen.
  • Kayaks can be rented for 250.00 pesos per hour and 750.00 pesos for a whole day (good for 2 persons).

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  • Snorkeling is a “must do” activity. It’s one of the main attractions of the 100 Islands National Park. A vibrant marine ecosystem beneath the waters between Quezon and Coral Island are very visible and the fish are rather friendly. Snorkeling goggles can be rented at the wharf for 200.00 pesos
  • For picnic tables and huts, rental fees range from 200.00 pesos to 600.00 pesos per day. (Please see rates in the photo above).
  • A maintenance fee of 5.00 pesos for usage of toilets is charged.
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Canteens “Carinderia” at Lucap Wharf


  • The cheapest place to eat is at Lucap Wharf carinderia or canteen station. A full meal will cost roughly 100.00 pesos. To be specific: Ulam – 60.00 to 65.00 pesos, a cup of rice – 15.00 pesos, a small bottle of soda – 15.00 pesos
  • 1000 ML Bottled Water – 40.00 pesos, bottled water is rather pricey at the wharf so if you have a private vehicle it might be worthwhile to buy a lot of drinking water in town.
  • Allocate at least 300.00 pesos a day for food.

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Note: On the morning of my Island hopping tour I had breakfast at one of the stalls at the wharf. When I returned for dinner, the same food was on display. I had a feeling that the same food would be served the next day. Since I am accustomed to carinderia food I didn’t have stomach troubles though.

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But just a tip, if you have a sensitive stomach, you might be better of eating at your hotel or if your hotel does not have a restaurant, bring and cook your own food.

On a positive note, the carinderias at the wharf were clean and decent. I only had qualms about the freshness of the food served.

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The viewing deck and light tower at Lucap Wharf

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Photo Courtesy of Phyllis Abrasaldo


  • Travel at night to avoid traffic and crowded buses. Aside from the traffic the buses stop to pick up passengers along the route which prolongs the travel time. But, there are lesser travelers at night so a late night trip will be much faster and more comfortable.

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  • The best time to travel is from December to May when the weather is dry and warm.
  • Bring a lot of food and water for your island hopping.
  • A lot of sunblock and a summer hat would come in handy.
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  • Forget about fine, white sand beaches, the beaches of 100 Islands National Park have many stones and surf shoes will certainly make your feet much more comfortable.
  • Bring an underwater camera and make sure to rinse it with fresh water after snorkeling or diving.

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    Snakes in a cave. 

  • Watch out for snakes inside the caves. I almost stepped on one.
  • Do not leave any rubbish on the islands.
  • There is not much to see at Lucap Wharf, in fact the area could use some improvement. The main attraction of the site are the islands and a one day island-hopping tour will suffice. No need for a long term stay. After you’ve seen one island, you’ve pretty much seen it all.
  • If you’re not pressed for time and have extra money, brisk off to the neighboring beaches of Bolinao. It’s only one hour away from Alaminos City. Bolinao is another popular tourist attraction in Pangasinan.
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  • It’s not unusual for the front desks of hotels to be unmanned or non existent. I have tried to make inquiries at several hotels but couldn’t since no one was around to speak to. Also, anyone can walk into a home without the homeowner having a clue. This is typical in Philippine provinces where people still trust each other.

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The 100 Islands National Park is a sublime, unique and intriguing tourist attraction. It’s definitely a site to visit at least once or twice. Spend a weekend there and you’ll surely gain wonderful memories that will stay with you forever.

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Iza Sanchez is a freelance ESL Teacher, adventurer and moderator of Take The Travel. She writes about solo-backpacking, travel saving tips and other awesome travel resources.

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71 Responses

  1. lloyd subaldo says:

    how much i can spend to travel going to hundred island?

  2. Malou says:

    Hi how much all expenses for package?

  3. Ethel says:

    Gdpm ask ko lng mgkno po rent if mg overnght po

  4. lee marwin says:

    is this updated

  5. Ken Chew says:

    I Just went there recently as may 2016.. the price is the same and everything is good . But pls do ask for a good packages from taking tent and those fishing rod and cooking stuffs

  6. EJ says:

    From Lucap Wharf may white sand beach na ba? or need talaga magboat to get to white beach? if ever ilang minute boat ride?

    I’m travelling kasi with a baby. I wonder if is it possible.

    Thanks! Nice blog, so informative <3

  7. Dee says:

    Really helpful! Thanks so much for posting!

  8. Tere says:

    hi. pano po malaman kung available po ung lodge sa governor island? meron po ba sila contact number for reservation? thankss

  9. Raj says:

    Really very good information thank you very much

  10. salve says:

    Thanks for the info, might be an option of where to go trip with my friends this augost……

  11. John says:

    Hi just wondering if the helmet diving activity has optional photo and video services or do we really need to bring underwater cams to capture the moment?

  12. John says:

    Hi just wondering if the helmet diving activity has optional photo and video services or do we really need to bring underwater cams to capture the moment??

  13. Dante C. Cruz says:

    Greetings from Boracay Island!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Travels!

    Dante C. Cruz

  14. Ray says:

    Yes the diving helmet staff have an underwater camera, they will use your micro sd card to put photos and videos, at no extra charge. Two of their staff go with you one to take shots and one for safety.

  15. frietz says:

    Hi there I am planning to go by my self on my birthday, is there any boat ride for public group day tour? or do I have to rent a boat all by my self? like for example the small boat can I hop on with other tourist boat ride? and pay for just one person?

  16. MYKel says:

    salamat sa info maam! big help po..

  17. Aurora says:

    Thank u sa mga tips na ito..siguradong matutulungan kami nito sa pagpunta ng aking asawa

  18. ghurl says:

    great info / content !!! keep it up !!!!

  19. Serge capulong says:

    Mam, ask ko po anong island ang magandang pag stay for 2 days. Na may hotel na, inside the island

    • Iza Sanchez says:

      Hi Serge, Governor’s Island lang po ang may lodge na pwede irent. No hotels on any of the islands. Sa Lucap Wharf maraming hotels and guest house na mapagpipilian pero hindi ito beachfront. Kung gusto niyo pwede din mag camping sa islands. Bring your own tent or rent.

  20. Lolita viduya says:

    Hello there I’m planning to treat my family and asking what you recommend overnight staying with group of 25 persons. Thank you

  21. Maica says:

    Dear ma’am/sir
    May i ask how much for snorkeling and how about the equipment?. Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon

  22. Mike_M says:

    Thanks Ma’am Iza for the information. My family and i would be going there a couple of weeks from now. Your information about 100 islands is very helpful. Thanks again

  23. Anna says:

    Its too late reading ur tips we enjoy already with close CR limited water, no breakfast sleeping in tent very hot wala kaming beddings hehehe hindu kami prepare but infairness we realy enjoy the place…

  24. Spielberg says:

    wow this is so informative, thanks for this article!
    im making a plan about going to Alaminos with my partner this coming week and this one is on my read for sure
    really, thanks a lot 😀

  25. smash says:

    how about the parking at the lucap wraft if we have our own vehicle….
    thank you

  26. Prescilita M. Villanueva says:

    Hello. The picture of the Lucap Wharf you have shown needs updating. It is very beautiful now. It is a tourist spot in itself.

  27. Trei says:

    Very informative and helpful blog.
    Thank you for posting! =)

  28. Ritchel says:

    Thanks sa info. This coming monday puounta po kami sa lugar na iyan. Ask k lang po san po nag shoshower dyan after swimming. May bayad po ba? Magkano po?

  29. ging says:

    hello po, need po ba reservation since May 1 kmi pupunta?

    • Iza Sanchez says:

      Kapag peak season like Holy Week I suggest mag advance reservation po kayo kasi sigurado puno ang mga hostels at baka wala kayo makuha na rooms kung walang reservation. Hope that helps. 🙂

  30. Pia says:

    We plan to do this backpacker style too in our Bolinao visit this upcoming march 24-26. Yung victory liner ba from cubao has a terminal na right on alaminos terminal?

  31. nestor says:

    is the pricelist same as today?

  32. Recel says:

    Really helpful tips!!
    Need pa po ba magparecerv ng cotage .. Like floating cotage Quezon island

  33. Henry gawan says:

    Can i ask ur cellpon #?

  34. Jp says:

    Hi May I Know the number of the Hotel?. Planning to visit 100 Island in Hokyweek. Need room for 5.

  35. Glen says:

    Very helpful! Thanks!

  36. Marc says:

    Kauuwi lang namin from hundred island. Sus! Sobrang bumi ng mga cr at shower room. Magbabayad k ng 10 bawat tao s shower. Ang haba ng pila. Napaka dumi. Panay tae ang inidoro. Kadiri. Kaya d n kame nag shower pa uwi. Ang island naman. Yung mga portalet. Ganon rin. Nakakadismaya talaga. Suggst ko lang. S iba nalang kayo pumunta. Sayang lang pagod at pera s hundred island tour.

    • @Marc I’m glad you enjoyed your tour at the TOILET. It seems that you had fun visiting all the toilets in hundred islands. Instead of criticizing the toilets, why don’t write something about the actual place? Why don’t you ask yourself 3 things before saying anything bad about the toilets: Did you lift the lid while urinating? Did you try to clean the toilets while you were at it? Did you consider building more shower rooms to accommodate the thousands of people who visit the place everyday?

      By the way, did you see any trash in place? If you did, did you pick it up? If your answer to all my questions are NO’s, then refrain from doing any reviews or comments from any of the places you visit. It doesn’t help tourists.

      • Moana says:


        Some people are lucky, like YOU – bcoz there’s paid CR. Surely, you haven’t gone to other island hoppings; Palawan for instance – or Batangas. You have to check-in at a hotel/ have a transient stay at nearby houses. (5mins away/walking distance from 100 islas). There’s tons of them around the place and the tourism office can even ARRANGE a place for the goers.

        100 islas is one of the BEST. It’s got the beaches with white sand, beautiful marine life, CLEAR WATERS, very kind and accommodating people. They cook really good food. How many times do you have to go to the toilet in a day anyway??? Compared to how many effin times do you actually PLAN to appreciate and enjoy NATURE???


        MONEY – everybody knows that’s important. Do not travel, if you can not afford travel.


        • Marc says:

          I dont care s mga sinasabi mong good better best travel. All i can say is. Mabaho ang portalet s mga island, d hindi k nga maka gamit ng portalet s sobrang baho. Totoo naman n madumi ang island. Pagbabayarin ka p s public cr n pagka haba haba ng pila n ubod naman ng baho at napaka dumi.

          I dont care also if people hates me. Ang sine-share ko lang ay yung nakita at na obserbahan ko. Sana mabasa rin ng mga taga tourism assistance tong comment ko para m improve nila serbisyo nila s island. Thanks

      • Marc says:

        @ true nature lover traveler
        Im talking about actual places in the island.
        Fyi. D ako nag cr. Dahil s sobrang dumi at mabaho.
        Bat ako maglilinis ng cr. D ako pumunta dun para mag linis ng cr nila. At lalong hindi ako magpapagawa ng shower. Hahaha
        At baket ko pupulutin ang trash? Nag punta b ako dun para mamulot ng basura? Ikaw ba namulot k ng basura nung pumunta k dun? Wag mo nga akong tinatanong ng mga walang kwentang tanong.

  37. Eddie says:

    Hi po, ask ko lang kung puwede ang mag bonfire for overnight in Quezon Island . . . .

    • Iza Sanchez says:

      Hi Eddie, hindi yata pwede. To be sure mag inquire na lang po kayo sa Lucap Wharf sa tourism staff on duty. I-advise naman kayo ng rules kapag magccamping kayo. Have fun!! 🙂

  38. Zainal Alieff says:

    Hi. I will be in Lucap Wharf next week. Is it possible for me to find a hostel/guesthouse and check in on the day itself without making prior booking? I kinda have trust issues with making early bookings as I am not familiar with this place. Kindly advise which guesthouse is the best for me to book. We are planning to take 2 rooms.

    • Iza Sanchez says:

      Hi, if you’re going on a weekday I think it’s possible to walk in on the same day. But on weekends especially now that it’s the peak season it’s better to book in advance. Good luck!! 🙂

  39. I believe your info about Bolinao and 100 Islands are quite informative and educational for even an experience traveler. I sincerely thank you for your time and beinf so franc in posting PROS AND CONS.
    No doubt both places will get better at the time passes and tourist leave the benefit of the money behind. Its very needed to educate the average Filipino to travel and tour and in the way you explained does not seems to be more expensive than just staying at home.
    Again, thank you for your time and patience…!

  40. Brian says:

    Can you have fires on the beach?

  41. Vu says:

    I want to go 100 islands tomorrow, and I don’t know how to buy bus ticket from Baguio city to get there. Everybody can give me a guidance about it. Thank you

    • Gregg says:

      Greetings from the USA,

      How do I get from Alaminos to Baguio? Can you supply transfer information including what bus and or taxi service, as well as schedual and costs.

      I would appreciate any information you can supply. I am having great difficulty is getting this information

  42. Khenna says:

    Woh this blog very informative! Thank you!

  43. Gregg says:

    Greetings from the USA,

    How do I get from Alaminos to Baguio? Can you supply transfer information including what bus and or taxi service, as well as schedual and costs.

    I would appreciate any information you can supply. I am having great difficulty is getting this information.

  44. jairo says:

    hi! we are offering one day tour package, from metro manila to 100 islands. 1100 pesos per head, package includes registration, boat ride to 100 island and island hopping!!! and van transport from metro manila to lucap and back to manila…

    • Jiju George says:

      Hai Jairo…we plan to have a trip to 100 islands probably on sept 3 and 4 . There will be 15- 20 members. Would like to know your offer.

  45. Lester says:

    Hundred Islands is, without a doubt, one of the best tourist destinations in Pangasinan. Stunning islands scattered in Lingayen Gulf worth exploring.

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