One Hundred Islands – an amazing place of natural splendour
One Hundred Islands is located in Alaminos City, Pangasinan province, which is located north west of Manila with Lingayen Gulf on the East, and the South China Sea to the west. This slice of paradise is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Philippines and is a protected National Park. The islands and islets are in Lingayen Gulf and total 124 at low tide, and 123 at high tide. However, only three of the islands have been developed to cater for tourism.
The islands are said to date back two million years ago. It was been suggested they were once corals submerged in the sea. Over time, the sea level has lowered. With natural erosion from the sea, it has left mushroom looking mounds protruding from the water.
Island hopping heaven
These islands are a popular place for tourists to go island hopping and enjoy these fascinating islands. Whilst most islands cant be visited, there are several islands that do have small sandy beaches. This is big enough to dock a small boat so you can chill out with a picnic and a few beers and go swimming in the tranquil waters. One Hundred Islands doesn’t quite have as much long open beach like it’s neighbour, Bolinao. However, it is island hopping heaven which Boliano doesn’t have.
When we stayed there, we were fortunate enough to stay at a friends holiday house. Therefore, I’m not so familair with hotels in the area. I do know there are a few low cost hotels and local style resorts around. A quick internet search will uncover some option. You also have the option to camp overnight for a cost of about P200 for those that enjoy the great outdoors, and you can also hire tents for about P500.