Information about Marcos' Island
Marcos’ Island is one of the 124 islands in Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos, Pangasinan. It is also one of the only four developed islands in the park, the others being Governor’s Island, Quezon Island, and Children’s Island.
As the name suggests, the place is named after the former Philippine President, Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. It is home to several comfortable accommodations that tourists can rent for the whole day. The island also boasts cream-colored sand, crystalline emerald waters, and lush greeneries.
The beach here has very fine sand free from sharp rocks or corals, making it ideal for kids to play on. The waves on the shore are also usually calm. Aside from doing beach activities, guests can also trek up the hill on the island. It is a much easier ascent than that on Governor’s Island as it is relatively low and less steep. The top provides a 360-degree view of the surrounding seascape.
The main highlight of Marcos’ Island is the Imelda Cave, named after the wife of former president Marcos. Inside is a natural swimming pool approximately 12 feet deep, depending on the tide. Tourists will have to go down a wooden ladder and jump off a cliff. An opening leads to the sea and back to the coast.
Tickets and entry
To enter the Hundred Islands National Park and enjoy its islands, you must pay several fees first. There is an entrance fee of PhP30 and an insurance fee of PhP10. If you are only visiting for a day, you need to pay an environmental fee of PhP60, but if you are staying overnight, this fee becomes PhP120.
There is also a policy by the local government called “Basura mo, iuwi mo” (Bring your own trash home) that you need to follow. You must pay a PhP200 deposit when registering at the tourism office. You will be given an empty trash bag you can use during your visit to the park. After your trip and once you hand over your trash bag with litter, you will get your deposit back.
Best time to visit
Visit during the dry months of November to May so there’s less chance of rainfall, which means you can enjoy the islands’ tropical attractions better.