Monday, February 14, 2011

Hundred Islands National Park, Philippines

After a series of unfortunate events, Jason and I arrived at the Hundred Islands National Park located off the coast of Alaminos City, Pangasinan. The Philippines consists of about 7100 islands. And of these 7100 islands, the Hundred Islands National Park comprises a total of 123 (124 during low tide) of them.

But don’t come here expecting to see beautiful stretches of sandy pristine beaches. They don’t exist. Well, I take that back, there are a few beaches present. Notice the emphasis of the word “few."

The Hundred Islands, which scatter along the Lingayen Gulf, are remnants of 2 million year old coral deposits. And after thousands of years of erosion, these limestone islands have formed into muffin-top shapes – and are mostly inaccessible. In fact, there are only three islands that have been developed for tourism. These include Children’s Island, Governor Island, and Quezon Island.

The town of Lucap, the launching point for the Hundred Islands, is a sleepy hamlet that lacks any sort of nightlife. And since Jason and I hadn't slept in over 24 hours, once we arrived in Lucap we went to straight to sleep. Oh, and I should mention that it was 3 p.m. And we didn't wake up until 7:30 the following morning. That may have been the longest I've ever slept in my life. It was sleep much needed.

The following morning we hired a boatman to take us to the Hundred Islands, about 20 minutes from Lucap Wharf, where we snorkeled, explored caves, and anchored at a few uninhabited beaches.

Good times.


Next Stop: San Juan Beach, La Union.

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