Hundred Islands National Park
Sparkling like diamonds, the waters glisten as the
sun’s golden rays touch the pristine sea. Delightful in
one’s eyes is the powdery blue sky casting a bright
gleam beneath. The spread of white sand shimmers against
the stream that changes hue—from emerald green to
turquoise and azure—as the briny deep goes unfathomable.
A stroll along the beach ends up with a dip into the
soothing warm waters. Colorful tropical fish glide in
somewhat orchestrated manner among a many coral gardens.
Out of the water, discovery envelopes that it is not
only one isle but a throng of numerous islands ambling
along each other.
The count, even greater (actually 124 at low tide and
123 at high tide), sums up the grouping of isles
scattered incidentally along Lingayen Gulf, many of
which are still unexplored.
Covering an area of 1,844 hectares, the islands are
believed to be some two million years old. According to
certain folklore, the islands were tears of a primeval
giant who lost his ladylove. Others tell of tall-tale of
mermaids that once inhabited its seas.
*Getting to the Hundred Islands
From downtown Alaminos City, a breezy tricycle ride
brings you to barangay Lucap and The Don Gonzalo
Montemayor wharf. At the wharf, one can already have a
sight of the inviting islands and the best way to get
there is by chartered boat. The port can serve as a
parking lot for a fee. Outrigger motorized boats can be
rented here to ferry you to a cluster of islands and
islets collectively known as the Hundred Islands.