Travel Guide: Hundred Islands National Park (Alaminos)

The most popular tourist spot in Pangasinan, Hundred Islands National Park is a group of islands in Lingayen Gulf, Alaminos City. It is made up of 123 islands and islets (124 on low tide), believed to be formed more than two million years ago.

Hundred Islands

Only five hours away from Manila, Hundred Islands is a perfect retreat from the busy city life. A cheap and fun way to experience the tropical Philippines, be it for a day tour, camping trip or overnight accommodation on any three developed islands – Quezon, Governor’s and Children’s Islands.

With more than a hundred islands to choose from, that harbor white sand beaches, caves, limestone rocks and cliffs and rich marine life, Hundred Islands guarantees a well worth visit.

How to Get There

Alaminos City is the gateway to the Hundred Islands National Park. It is five hours by public bus from Manila. Victory Liner, Dagupan Bus, Five Star Bus and Philippine Rabbit have daily trips to Alaminos City. Aircon bus fare as of June 2010 is at approximately P350.00 one-way Manila to Alaminos, while ordinary (non-aircon) bus fare is around P250.

Barangay Lucap lighthouse

From Alaminos City proper, ride a tricycle going to Barangay Lucap, this is where the Tourism Information Center is located and the jump-off point to the Hundred Isles. Tricycle rate is at P60-P80 per ride that can fit three people.

The tourism office set standard boat rates to the park from Barangay Lucap (as of April 2012):

  • Day Tour (With P20. entrance fee per head)
    Small Boat (1 to 5 persons) – P800
    Medium Boat (6 to 10 persons) – P1000
    Big Boat (11 to 15 persons) – P1100
  • Overnight (With P40. entrance fee per head)
    Small Boat (1 to 5 persons) – P1400
    Medium Boat (6 to 10 persons) – P1800
    Big Boat (11 to 15 persons) – P2000

Where to Stay

Quezon, Governor’s and Children’s Islands have cottages and rooms that can be rented for those who want to stay indoor.  Rates and packages are posted on their website – http://www.hundredislands.ph. For inquiries, booking and reservation, please contact the Tourism Office at (75)551 -2145 or (75)551- 2505 or email at hinp.to@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, campers can choose from any of the islands allowed for camping.

Camping on the other side of Governor’s Island

Activities

  • Island hopping and boating
  • Beach bumming
  • Jump to the water from the 20-feet high cave in Marcos Island
  • Trek to the peak of the cliff in Governor’s Islands to see the unobstructed view of the park
  • Dive or snorkel to see the giant clams, coral areas and variety of tropical fishes
  • Camping
  • Kayaking
  • Sunset/sunrise watching
  • Visit the beaches of the neighboring towns – Bolinao, Tondol and Dasol (Culebra and Tambobong)
  • Drop by at Our Lady of Manaoag Church considered by Catholic as a miraculous church

Tips

  • The best time to go here is from November to April or during dry months
  • Bring your own mask and snorkel set, rental is at P100 a day
  • The ideal time to leave Manila is at 12 midnight to reach Barangay Lucap by 6AM and to start island hopping early
How to Get ThereAlaminos City is the gateway to the Hundred Islands National Park. It is five hours by public bus from Manila. Victory Liner, Dagupan Bus, Five Star Bus and Philippine Rabbit have daily trips to Alaminos City. Aircon bus fare as of June 2010 is at approximately P350.00 one-way Manila to Alaminos, while ordinary (non-aircon) bus fare is around P250.From Alaminos City proper, ride a tricycle going to Barangay Lucap, this is where the Tourism Information Center is located and the jump-off point to the Hundred Isles. Tricycle rate is at P60-P80 per ride that can fit three people.

The tourism office set standard boat rates to the park from Barangay Lucap (as of April 2010):

  • Day Tour (With P20. entrance fee per head)
    Small Boat (1 to 5 persons) – P800
    Medium Boat (6 to 10 persons) – P1000
    Big Boat (11 to 15 persons) – P1100
  • Overnight (With P40. entrance fee per head)
    Small Boat (1 to 5 persons) – P1400
    Medium Boat (6 to 10 persons) – P1800
    Big Boat (11 to 15 persons) – P2000

35 Comments on “Travel Guide: Hundred Islands National Park (Alaminos)

  1. Hi! Would 4k be enough for 2days 1night vacation? Including food, room rentals and everything? Thank you…

  2. Hi! Would 4k be enough for 2days 1night vacation? Including food, room rentals and everything?

  3. Thanks for this very informative blog. We are planning to go to alaminos, pangasinan for island hopping. While doing this activity, where can we safely store our luggage if we are not going to rent a hotel/house since it is only one day tour, and we do not have car since we just commute/travel by bus.
    Another question is, for a day small boat rental which costs 800, may kasama nap o ba yong tour guide/driver? If we decided to go snorkelling, may tour guide po ba to assist us since we are not good swimmers?
    Last question is, after island hopping in alaminos pangasinan, we plan to go to Baguio, how can we get to baguio from alaminos? What bus are we going to ride and where can we find this?
    Hope to hear from you soon, since we are planning to have this summer escapade first week of May…. Thank so much….

    • You may ask Tourism Information Center of Hundred Islands if you can leave your stuff in their office. FOr boat rental, tour guide is not ioncluded and I guess not necessary, the boatmen will act as your guide and they know where to take the tourists, they will also keep watch on you while you are snorkeling. Going to Baguio, you have to go to Dagupan and catch a bus to Baguio froom there.

  4. hello all. pls help po kung may time. :) we’re planning to go to Hundred island this early April 2014. it will be our first trip there since mahilig po kami sa boracay.Were planning to bring our car as it is more convenient for us rather than commuting through buses..Problem is we dont know whats the best route that we can take. manggagaling kami from manila. thank you po.. xD..

  5. hello all. pls help po kung may time. :) we’re planning to go to Hundred island this early April 2014. it will be our first trip there since mahilig po kami sa boracay.Were planning to bring our car as it is more convenient for us rather than commuting through buses..Problem is we dont know whats the best route that we can take. manggagaling kami from manila. thank you po.. xD

    • U can find a routw thru google maps of ur smartphone. Vey convenient

  6. Thank you for sharing this. It’s a great way for tourists to have a birds eve view what to expect at hunrded islands. BTW: there’ll be great changes in this place and hope to finish before summer of 2014. You may search – Gov’t Of Alaminos Started Clearing Hundred Islands ‘EYESORES’

    • Hello! My family and I are planning an overnight trip (party of 10, children included) on May 15th or 16th, 2014. I was wondering if I can get some detailed information about lodging (preferrably in the islands, if any), prices, tour packages and detailed information about available “things to do” in the islands’ resort. Also, do you know of a good email address for the hundred island? The ones they have on their site are a bust… Would you prefer touring the 100 islands on your own or getting one of the tour packages?? Does the PBB house in Governor island have separate bedrooms and how many are they?? Im sorry for the “100″ questions and Thank you so much for your time.

  7. hi,

    if I may please post, or please feel free to delete.

    just in case anyone is interested, we are doing a fund raising event for BOHOL called #stroll4BOHOL. It will be a trip to Pangasinan on Nov 16-17, 2013. Cost is P2500 iniclusive of food, transpo to and from manila, accomodation, boat, and entrance charges.

    For details, pls go to the ff event, or txt 09186625987 or msg me in fb: Ian Limbonis

    https://www.facebook.com/events/553417658062691/?ref=22

    Regards,

    see you

  8. Is there a map of the Hundred Islands, or an aerial/satellite photo? It would be helpful to identify the different islands, the ones that have names, which ones are developed and where are they, etc.

  9. Is there any transient house that we can rent in, hopefully this holy week? Any suggestions, thank you!

    • Hi there carlaloo! I know this is way late but for the sake of future inquiries we’d like to share some relevant info. Like most of the travel sites in our country, hundred islands is always fully booked during holy week. Hence reservation must be done at least 1 month. There are tons of transient houses hear the area you can ask tryk drivers and even boatmen along lucap wharf. Rates tend to boom up during holy week. One room may increase up to Php4,000.00 but your bargain skills is crucial on this part.

      Like we normally advise whether considering directly going there or taking a package. It would depend with current weather and your intuition. There are pros and cons either way hence it would depend on your character. If you’d love to meet new challenges and choose to be happy when issues arrives then go w/o one. Should you wish to have a less stress getaway but will increase your costs then get hundred islands tour package. NOTE: there’s nothing wrong by making tawad.

  10. How was it, staying overnight sa island? Musta ang pag ligo and pag cr?

    • There are no fresh water at any of the islands with exception of governors island of which if a group will rent the island fresh water shall be provided. Otherwise salt water and pangbanlaw. Cr’s are the common ones. We’re not sure yet if it’ll be replaced as well just as what’s going on right now where nipas have been eroded which will be replaced with concrete ones. You may read – Gov’t Of Alaminos Started Clearing Hundred Islands ‘EYESORES’

  11. As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, I never expect Hundred Islands to be really that beautiful. This place is a must-to-see when visiting pangasinan!

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  13. How about if I bring my own kayak? Will they allowed me to paddle and camp in one of the islands? Saan ba kelangan magbayad ng fee if someone will stary overnight?

    tnx,
    g300

    • do you still operate during holidays? we might be going next week monday (august 27)

    • Hi Don! Unlike in other travel sites where there’s a tour guide plus boatmen. In hundred islands your boatmen is your tour guide as well. They will assist along the way but they’re not your nanny nor your cook unless otherwise you have spoken with someone to be a sidekick perse or whatever your intention maybe.

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  15. Hi gusto ko lang po mag inquire if point of origin ko po is manaoag pangasinan how many hours po?

  16. sir nag paplan kami na magpunta ng mga kumpare ko sa alaminos sa hundred island.
    gusto ko lang tanung kung anu anu ba kelangan lang dalin dun at yung way kung panu kami makakarating sa hundreds island kasi meron kami service na sasakyan..
    plss pahelp nman po..

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  18. How about if we stay two nights? will the boatman then wait for us after two nights?

    • The boatman will come back to pick you up on the day and time that you request. Most of them have cellphones so be sure you get his contact number in case you want to change your schedule.
      I have been camping on the islands almost every year for the past 25 years with my wife and children, often with friends.
      Email me at rzs47@yahoo.com if you want detailed tips.

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