8 Things To Do In Magalawa Island

While most travellers book their vacation ahead in anticipation of the long Holy Week holiday, my job has refrained me from planning for this long vacation. My trips during this time has always been impromptu just like my adventure in Central Luzon. Magalawa is an island barangay off the coast of Northern Zambales that boasts of creamy white sand beaches on both sides extending and meeting at the sandbar.

Magalawa Island
Magalawa IslandMagalawa Island
Magalawa Island

The island is similar to other coves I have been to in Zambales but is more developed since it is a mere ten minutes from the mainland. I have to admit, this was off my radar but I actually enjoyed my overnight stay here. Here is a list of things you can do when you visit Magalawa Island:

1. Camp in the island


camping

There are two resorts in the island: Ruiz Resort and Armada, but I highly recommend camping since it is much cheaper and it brings you closer to nature.

2. Sit and play on the sand


sit on the beach

You did not go all the way here just to sleep, so enjoy and make the most of this trip.

3. Walk around the island


exploring the island

If you and your friends are the adventurous type, then a walk around the island is inevitable. Explore the whole island in less than 2 hours. Meet and mix in with the locals in the community.

4. Jet ski tubing


Jet ski tubing
Jet ski tubing

I did not actually expect that there would something like this in the island but for a fee of Php 200, try this water activity. Hold on to the handles of the life buoy while a jet ski pull you around the the sea for 10 minutes or at least before you fall from the bouy.

5. Swim and play in the cold water


swim

Swim and play in the cold water of Magalawa island. It may not be crystal clear, but its definitely a refreshing experience.

6. Search for starfish underneath


starfish
starfish

While you are swimming or enjoying the beach, you might as well look for starfish around the sea. There are plenty and they are very visible.

7. Eat at the floating cottage


floating cottage

Around 100 meters from the island, there is a floating cottage where you can eat and relax. The water is still shallow even beyond the hut. You can also paddle a kayak all the way here.

8. Relax and enjoy


relax

Amidst all these activities, one can simply enjoy the place and relieve all your stress. Best of all, you Wait for the sun to set in the west.

How to get to Magalawa Island:





Side Road leading to Luan Port


Rough Road

By Private Vehicle

  1. Take the NLEX-SCTEX route or Jose Abad Santos Avenue via San Fernando, Pampanga Exit going to Subic.
  2. From Subic, follow the National Road leading to Zambales-Pangasinan Road. Paluig is the 8th municipality from Subic and is next to Iba.
  3. A Y-intersection is ahead once you see an Iglesia ni Cristo church on your left side and the Amungan Barangay Hall on the right side. The left road leads to Palauig town proper. Take the road to the right.
  4. Continue driving until you reach a side road on the left side with a waiting shed and tricycle terminal on the corner. This is the road leading to Brgy Pamolingan. At the end of this road is Luan Port.
  5. Park your vehicle at Luan Port and take the 5-minute boat to Magalawa Island. Round trip fare is Php 100.
  6. Travel time takes around 4 to 5 hours depending on what time you leave Manila.

By Pulic Transport

  1. Take the bus going to Iba or Sta Cruz, Zambales routes. Check for schedule here.
  2. If you take the Sta Cruz trip, inform the conductor to drop you off at Brgy Pamolingan. If you take the Iba Trip, alight at Iba town proper and take the buses going to Sta Cruz or jeepneys going to Masinloc. Do not take the jeepney to Palauig since Magalawa Island is in the other side of the town. A waiting shed and tricycle terminal can be found once you get off the bus.
  3. Take the tricycle to Luan Port. Get the name and contact details of the driver so he can fetch you when you are going back already. Travel time is around 20 to 30 minutes on rough road.
  4. From the entrance, walk your way to the ferry and take the 5-minute boat to Magalawa Island. Round trip fare is Php 100.
What You Should Know

  1. Entrace fee is Php 100 per person.
  2. There are two resorts in the island namely Ruiz Resort (Mang Mulo - 09288568242 and 09294670505) and Armada Resort.
  3. Accommodation rates start at Php 1,200 while tent rental is Php 300.
  4. Camping rate is Php 200 per tent.
  5. Food and supplies can be bought when you reach Iba town proper. There are also food and supplies in the island but expect to pay more.
  6. Electricity in the island is only between 6:00PM to 7:00AM. A powerbank will come in handy if you will only use tents.
  7. If you rent a cottage, charge your gadgets while there is electricity. It is also advisable to bring an electrical extension cord with multiple sockets to charge all your devices simultaneously.
  8. One way tricycle fare from Pamolingan junction to Luan Port is Php 100 per person. If you are by yourself, expect to be charged with Php 100.
  9. Round trip boat fare from Luan Port is Php 100.
  10. There is a grill area in the resorts.
  11. Fishermen sell newly caught fish in the morning.
  12. There is a rip tide on one side of the sand bar. A warning sign is located at the exact location.
  13. Make sure to keep your food somewhere safe that cannot be accessed by animals before you sleep.
  14. There is a deep-well pump in the area.
  15. You cand ask Mang Mulo for islang hopping at San Salvador Island. There is a sandbar there with a rest house in the middle, a giant clam sanctuary and school of fishes in the island.

Drop a comment and share your experience in Magalawa Island.






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32 comments:

  1. Planning to go there tomorrow. Got some questions though:
    1. If we go camping, is there a common bathroom/restroom?
    2. Do you recommend an overnight stay or 3D/2N?

    Thanks!

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  2. Planning to go there tomorrow. Got some questions though:
    1. If we go camping, is there a common bathroom/restroom?
    2. Do you recommend an overnight stay or 3D/2N?

    Thanks!

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    1. sorry for the very late reply, been busy and offline lately.

      1. there is a common bathroom there, water is not a problem.
      2. Overnight will suffice and you can do island hopping in the nearby sandbar

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  3. will be going this weekend. do you happen to know if may mabibilihan ng ice don? sensya ang babaw ng question. ;)

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  4. Sa iba po ba may mabibilhan ng uling and may convinience store po pa doon. May mahihiraman po kaya ng ice box? Planning to go this weekend pk salamat

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  5. May convinience store po sa iba market? And may mabibilhan po ng uling? Tsaka may mahihiraman po ba ng ice box dun? Salamat

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  6. Hi ! Kaya b ng 1 day lang sa Magalawa Island? Alis early in the morning parang whole day tour and then come back to Manila at evening? Thanks! Planning to go there on suspended days due to APEC.

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    1. sorry for the very late reply. kaya ng day trip, but it will be very tiring, travel time is 5-6 hours when you leave at around 1am.

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  7. sr saan kayo nag stay at which do you prefer armada o san ruiz

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  8. sr saan kayo nag stay at which do you prefer armada o san ruiz

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  9. sr san kayo nag stay or which do you prefer armada or san ruiz

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    1. its the same naman po sir but i prefer the ruiz resort since because they are more accommodating during my stay there

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  10. Sir safe po ba ang parking? malakas ba ang alon? may kasama kasi kaming bata 4 yrs old. thank you malaking tulong tong blog mo :)

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  11. Ok naman po ba parking dun sir? hindi naman ba malakas ang alon? may kasama kasi kaming bata eh.malaking tulong tong blog mo maraming salamat. :)

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    1. very safe ang parking dun sir, me allotment talaga, just cant remember how much overnight parking fee.

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  12. I am planning an Island trip with my family but I am bit confused about the best islands to visit with families. I need adventure trip so I am thinking about alcatraz island tours San Francisco. Can anyone suggest anything?

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  13. is tent rental and camping rental the same? or magkaiba ng fee?

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    1. i think you are referring to camping fee.

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  16. Paps Mike regarding sa rough road. Mahihirapan ba ang maliit na sasakyan for example toyota wigo? Worried kasi ako baka sobrang mahirapan eh or merong pwede iwanan ang sasakyan tpos mag tricycle papuntang luan port? Thanks!

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    1. di naman ganun ka-rough ang road sir, pero pag lowered car mo, baka sumabit sa mga bato-bato. nung nagpunta kami dyan, toyota yaris ang gamit namin. di naman sumabit sir.

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  17. Sir mike malinis po ba at white sand? Yung beach po maganda? Planning to go there on april 28.

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    1. manlinis po at white sand sir. though may part na may mga sea weeds around 10-15 meters from the coastline during my stay here.

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  18. Magkano na po rate ngaun ? .. nag mahal na po ba kc summer ?

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  19. how can I camping safely in Magalawa Island? can you please explain me in details

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  20. Sir how much po ang rate pag nag island hopping?

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  21. Sir pwede po ba dun room rent lang for overnyt?magkano po charge sa room bale nsa 10 ksi kmi..plan po ksi magdadala b lng ng food den ang babayaran na lng namin yng room pra mkapag charge kmi ng fone ska pra sa mga ksama namin na babae pra mas ok yng matutulugan nila.

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  22. We are planning to go next week ask ko lang sana sir if my strict policy sila dun? Like, are we allowed to make a music sound or not.? How can we get ab electricity even we only rent a tent?

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  23. Sir we are planning to go by next week and we are kind of confused of choosing magalawa island. I would like to know
    if they have a strict policy, like, are we allowed to make a music sound with our speaker or no? How can we get an electricity to charge our gadgets even we are only renting a tent.? Which part of magalawa is allowed for us to rent a tent or to put a tent? Are we allowed ti bring our own tent?

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