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Clave Island is one of the 124 islands that are spread out in the Lingayen Gulf and make up the Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. Clave Island is amongst the islands included in the island hopping tour offered in the park as it is near one of the four developed islands in the national park.
This place is named after an illustrious son of Pangasinan who became a civil service commissioner and an executive secretary during the term of former President Ferdinand Marcos. He was also assigned for the establishment of coral nursery units.
Until 2008, a memorandum of agreement was signed between the Lions Club International and the BFAR’s National Fisheries Research and Development Institute to turn one of the islands in the park into a model for fish conservation. And part of the agreement is to rename Clave Island as Lions Island. The project’s research and development aspect are still ongoing.
Clave Island has a total land area of 28,285.78 square meters. It features a narrow beachfront with fine-grained white sand that is open to beach activities such as sunbathing and picnics. The sand extends into the water, making the sea bottom sandy and ideal for swimming both for both adults and kids.
The water surrounding the island is clear and unspoiled, so snorkeling is also one of the top activities in the area. The island is home to various species of fish, shellfish, marine plants, corals, and other marine creatures.
There are several gazebos in Clave that tourists can rent. There are also big rocks around the place that provide shades for tourists swimming by the shore. There is an arc-shaped rock near the beach where most photo-ops are taken. There is also an iconic lion statue with lush greenery as the background located in the area.