Everytime I want a “momentary escape” from the chaotic city life, I just click and envision! It is one of my hobbies to search the net for white sand, beautiful beaches and islands here in the Philippines and imagine or hoping being there. :) From this constant search, I learned about Magalawa Island. And last week, at looong last, I went there with my partner in all adventures. We stayed in Armada Regent Resort, the only accommodation in the island. The entire stay was great not only because of the island’s beauty but also because of the wonderful treatment of the resort’s staff (They're absolutely NICE!) and the food – a feast of sea foods! Here are the things you should know about this island..
Magalawa is a small island located in Brgy. Pangolingan, Palauig, Zambales.
We reached there through: Iba, Zambales line bus (Victory Liner); from Iba, we took a Sta. Cruz bus and dropped off at Brgy. Pangolingan, Palauig cor. Radio Veritas Road; rode a tricycle to Armada Fishdealer Compound; 10-minute boat ride to Magalawa Island.
The creamy white sand and clear water of Magalawa
This is the best part of the island for swimming. One part is restricted for swimming due to strong wave/sea currents while the other parts are mangrove area and sea grass bed.
Lush sea grass and mangrove
Magalawa is really rich with star fishes of different colors and with its clear water you can see them easily. :)
The floating cottage for snorkeling
This floating cottage (with the help of the boat of course) will take you to the part of the island for snorkeling. Aside from snorkeling, you can also try their bamboo raft ride. There are other things you can do, just unleash the explorer within you. =)
Getting ready to shine
Sunrise is something you shouldn't miss in Magalawa Island.
Beautiful Magalawa sunrise
Early morning scene in Magalawa
Sand name building
Visit Magalawa Island and you'll sure enjoy it's beauty.
For accommodation, Armada Regent Resort offers various types of accommodations like aircon and fan rooms, kubo, and tent. They also have package tour which includes 2-way boat transfer, meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and snorkeling/rafting with gears. For more info visit their Facebook fanpage - Magalawa Island or you may contact Ms. Grace Armada at 0920 9483303.
Love your own. Explore Philippines. Explore Magalawa Island.
And YES, It's more fun in the Philippines!