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

100 Islands, Alaminos, Pangasinan

Photography by Iza Sanchez 

The 100 Islands National Park is a celebrated beach destination in Central Luzon. It’s located southwest of the Lingayen Gulf and is composed of not 100, but 123 recorded islands and islets. The unique, mushroom-like appearance of the islands and numerous picturesque beaches are what draw thousands of tourists to the site.

The three most popular islands are Governor’s Island, Quezon Island, and Children’s Island. These also are the only islands that have viable surfaces to set up picnic tables, cottages, or tents.

Getting There

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  • From Manila take a bus bound for Alaminos, Pangasinan. Several bus lines ply this route including, Victory Liner (Cubao terminal only) and Five Star (Pasay Terminal).
  • The travel time is around 6-7 hours depending on traffic conditions. To avoid traffic particularly in the cities, take last trips which leave usually between 11:00 to 11:30 p.m.
  • The bus fare is ₱400 one-way, ₱800 round-trip.
  • Along the way, buses stop at Mabalacat and Tarlac terminal for about 15 minutes, so passengers can get off for snacks and restroom breaks.
  • Upon arriving at Alaminos City take a tricycle to Lucap Wharf; tricycle drivers charge ₱60 for the trip from the city to Lucap Wharf.
  • Most hostels are located at Lucap Wharf which is around 2-3 kilometers from the city.

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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

 The Three Main Islands

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Governor’s Island

Governor’s Island is the biggest island at the site. It was popularized by the Pinoy Big Brother TV series a few years back. It’s the only island with a guest house which can be rented for ₱5,000 per night. It’s ideal for tour groups looking to spend a night on the islands. Alternatively, visitors can camp out on the beach.

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The Big Brother Lodge

There is a viewing deck on top of Governor’s island where you can enjoy panoramic views of Lingayen Gulf. It’s a tough climb but it’s the only elevated spot that offers such views. Before you climb it don’t forget to bring one or two bottles of water.

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At the Governor Island viewing deck.

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Across from Governor’s Island is Virgin Island. According to my boatman  its name was inspired by its shape which from a distance appeared like a woman’s body. Although, as much as I tried I couldn’t quite see the resemblance. Virgin Island is a perfect place to escape from the crowds.

It is also near the helmet diving site. If you want to try helmet diving, there are divers on stand-by in the area who can assist. You can go roughly 15-20 feet deep and observe a small patch of colorful corals with equally petite fish swimming around. Helmet diving costs ₱300 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 because of its shallow shores and structured camping grounds. The island was named after the late President Manuel Quezon. There is a snorkeling area roughly 300 meters from the island where you can view beautiful giant clams and a vibrant coral reef. Snorkeling is a must-do activity at the 100 Islands National Park. Snorkeling goggles can be rented for ₱200.00.

Get a closer look at the coral reefs here  – How To Shoot Fish at 100 Islands Alaminos, Pangasinan.

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Feeding fish at Quezon Island

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Giant Clams Viewing Area

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Children’s Island

Children’s Island is the third most popular island at the site. Its shallow waters likewise, make it an ideal spot for families with small children. Just like Governor and Quezon islands there are cottages and picnic huts for rent. 100 Islands, Alaminos (73)

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Standard Cottage and Picnic Table Fees

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

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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. They are based on capacity and the duration of each tour.

Boat Tour Options

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Regular Boat

For this option, the boatmen take visitors to a choice of three islands. The stopover in two islands is limited to 15 minutes. Then, visitors will be taken to the third island where they can spend the rest of the day swimming and picnicking by the beach.

Service Boat

This option is slightly more expensive, but it’s the better of the two because visitors can go to as many islands as they like. It is a whole day tour.

  • Quick Tip – Some boatmen might bypass other islands to save on fuel, so before leaving the wharf consult with the staff at Lucap Wharf about the various points of interest in the area. And before you leave the wharf make sure you and the boatman agree on the itinerary.
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Docking area at Lucap Wharf

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Where to Stay

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One of many transient homes along National Road, Lucap Wharf

For adventurous travelers the best place to sleep is in a tent on the beach. (See the camping tips below). The next upgrade from a tent are the numerous transient homes along Lucap Wharf. Room rates range from ₱500 to ₱1,000 for single-private rooms, ₱1,200 to 1,500 for standard double-rooms and ₱2,000 to ₱3,000 for larger rooms that can fit 4-5 people.

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Quezon Island, Photo Courtesy of Phyllis Abrasaldo

Where to Camp

Quezon Island – The main camping site.

Scout and Lopez Island – Alternative camping sites.

Camping Tips

  • Camping on the islands is allowed. However, campers cannot pitch their tents during the day when visitors arrive. Tents can be pitched after regular visiting hours from 5 p.m. onward. Likewise, in the morning the tents have to be folded by 6 a.m.
  • There is a camping fee ₱200.
  • Tents can be rented for ₱400, although visitors can bring their own too.
  • There is no electricity on the islands so portable lamps, flashlights, and power banks will come in handy.
  • Network signal is weak and non-existent in some areas.
  • Campers should prepare ample amounts of food and water for the duration of their stay. There are no restaurants on the islands.

Other Points of Interest

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  • Marcos Island – This island was named after late President Ferdinand Marcos. The island has a beautiful beach and at its heart is a cavern with a deep pool at its base. Brave adventurers can jump the height of about 20-feet from the mouth of the cave to the pool beneath.
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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
  • Cuenco Island – Known for its small pristine beaches and a beautiful cave called Cuenco Cave.
  • Romulo Island – A small and picturesque island once a setting for the film Dyesebel.
  • Turtle Island – A small islet shaped like a turtle.

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100 Islands National Park Fees

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  • Registration Fee @ Lucap Wharf – ₱40 per person for day tours, ₱80 per person overnight stays.
  • Kayaking – An awesome of way of exploring the islands. Perfect for those traveling in pairs or in large groups. Kayaking gives visitors the opportunity to explore farther out islands usually not included in boat tours.
  • Kayaks can be rented for ₱250 per hour and ₱750 whole day (good for 2 people).

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  • Snorkeling goggles can be rented at the wharf for ₱200
  • Picnic tables and hut rentals range from ₱200 to ₱600 a day. (Please see rates in the photo above).
  • There’s a maintenance fee of ₱5 for toilets

Where to Eat

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  • The cheapest place to eat is at carinderias in Lucap Wharf. A rice meal costs roughly ₱100. To be more specific: ulam ₱65, rice ₱15, and soda ₱15. Bottled water is expensive there so if you have a private vehicle it might be cheaper to buy a lot of drinking water in town.
  • Allocate at least ₱300 per 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 used to carinderia food I didn’t have stomach troubles though.

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If you have a sensitive stomach it might be better to eat at your hotel resto. On a positive note, the carinderias at the wharf were clean and decent. I just had qualms about the freshness of the food.

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The viewing deck and light tower at Lucap Wharf

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Photo Courtesy of Phyllis Abrasaldo

What Else Should You Know

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  • Travel at night to avoid traffic and crowded buses. Aside from traffic, the buses stop to pick up passengers along the route which prolongs the trip. But, at night there are lesser travelers so you can expect faster trips.
  • The best time to go there is from December to May when the weather is dry and warm.
  • When you go island-hopping, bring a lot of food and water.
  • Bring sunblock and a summer hat.
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  • Forget about fine white-sand beaches, the beaches of 100 Islands National Park have many stones and surf shoes are a must.
  • 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.
  • Be respectful. Don’t leave any rubbish on the islands.
  • Take a side-trip to Bolinao which is 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 there was nobody at the front desks. Also, you can walk in and out of a home and the homeowner won’t have a clue. This is typical in Philippine provinces where people still trust each other.

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The rugged and ethereal beauty of the islands keeps them on the list of top destinations in the Philippines. 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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80 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
    Greetings!
    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:

        @Marc:

        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???

        ALL – PLEASE DO NOT BELIEVE THE COMMENTS COMING FROM PEOPLE WHO DON’T ACTUALLY KNOW HOW TO DEFINE A “GOOD”, “BETTER”, OR “BEST” TRAVEL. LIKE THIS “MARC” GUY. Please do some research and PLAN.

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

        WE HATE YOU – FROM ALL YOUR KABABAYAN.

        • 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.

  46. Bernard says:

    Hi, ano po kaya ung ideal time of arrival dyan sa Hundred Island para po ma enjoy ung Island hopping

  47. Jun says:

    Good day po! pwede ba ako makahingi ng 3 options of tour package for 24 people, overnight lang po sa
    1st weekend ng October and 2nd weekend ng November. Thanks.

    • marcocholo Lopez Mancilla says:

      hi sir gd day po frm hundred islands po aq..pm nio po aq.eto po contact # q 09478564883..may boat for rent po kmi tour ng hundred islands..

    • cholo says:

      anu like nio mag ovwrnigjt sa mismong islansds or mag stay po sa mga transient houses..
      entrance fee
      daytour 80 per pax
      overnight 120 per pax
      boat rate daytour
      2k largeboat 11-15pax
      1800 meduimboat 6-10 pax
      1400 small boat 1-5 pax
      boat rate overnight
      4500 large boat.
      3800 meduim boat
      3000 small boat

    • marcocholo says:

      hi sir pm nio po aq bigyan q po kau option sa hundred islands ung makakatipid po kau.frm hundred islands po aq

  48. Laizeeeel says:

    Hi mam advisable ba na october kami pumnta i mean last week ng oct. Tpos ask ko lang po mag kano ang ginastos niyo sa service boat.. Thank you

    • marcocholo Lopez Mancilla says:

      hi mam fem hundred islands po aq..ilang pax po kau ..entrance 80 pesos per pax..larhe boat good for 15 pax 2k..

    • Iza Sanchez says:

      Hi Laizeel, yes, ok lang mag byahe doon ng October. Itaon nyo na lang na maganda ang panahon. Check weather forecast. Budget depends on the size of your group. The bigger the group, lesser expenses. If you’re around 2-3, pwede na ang 2-2.5k. Kung 2 gabi kayo mag camping, plus island hopping mga 3-3.5k. Have fun!

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