Information about Hundred Island National Park
Hundred Islands National Park
The Hundred Islands National Park of Alaminos City is a protected area in Pangasinan that comprises 124 islands spread out along the Lingayen Gulf. It is also known as “Kapulo-puloan” or “Taytay-Bakes." Four of these islands have already been developed to attract more tourists: Governors Island, Quezon Island, Marcos Island, and Children’s Island.
While four of the 124 islands are developed, the rest are left untouched and uninhabited. The islands are spread out on a 1,844-hectare land area. It is believed that they date back to two million years ago and that they are part of the seabed.
The national park offers a wide array a of activities for its travelers such as swimming, island-hopping, camping, and kayaking. When it comes to camping, it's best to check in with the local authorities beforehand to know which of the islands you can safely spend the night on. For those keen on snorkeling, the park is also home to one of the world's biggest bivalve mollusks - the Giant Clams.
Tickets and entry
You need to pay several fees before you can enter the Hundred Islands National Park. If you are just going for a day tour, you need to pay an environmental fee of PhP60, an entrance fee of PhP30, and an insurance fee of PhP10, for a total of PhP100. Those who want to stay overnight will need to pay a bit more, as their environmental fee is PhP120.
There is also a PhP200 deposit that you need to pay when you register at the tourism office. This is for the local government’s “Basura mo, iuwi mo” (Bring your own trash home) policy. You will be given a trash bag that you can use during your visit to the park. When you return with your trash bag filled with litter, your deposit will be returned to you.
Best time to visit
It's best to visit the Hundred Islands National Park during the dry months (December to May) as it's safer to go island-hopping without rainfall.