Becoming a boat girl a hundred (and twenty three) times

Alaminos City Travel Blog

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sunrise
 
 
3 travbuddies (coffeefairy, JeAr, jennethm)
plus 5 hours drive from Metro Manila to Pangasinan
plus a very muddy encounter in the mountains
plus 2 days and one night in Alaminos city
plus 123 islands to hop
equals?
One fabulous road trip to remember!
 
 
With almost just a couple of hours' sleep, I hoped and prayed that I would be able to wake up at 4 in the morning and make that long drive to Pangasinan.
We planned to have only a day trip to see the Hundred Islands in Alaminos City but thankfully we decided to make it an overnight stay instead at the last minute, otherwise, I think we wouldn't have the chance to enjoy the islands since it was cloudy and raining when we arrived in Alaminos on Sunday morning and it rained most of the day.
 
Since I wasn't familiar on the exact route to go there, I was a bit surprised that we managed to find our way by just following the some improvised and some almost invisible signs along the road and from asking people a few times. However, our luck ended when we reached Alaminos City and we took a  dirt road saying "to Hundred Islands" via Bolo beach. As I drove farther, civilization seemed to also become farther, with almost no houses around but just trees, land and it seemed we were going into the mountains! The drizzle also made it worse and at one muddy rural village, I successfully trapped ourselves in the mud! I had a bit of a scare there because I thought the car would turn over.
there are actually 123 islands in this park
But a big thanks to the very kind and helpful residents there, they helped push the car and saved us. (Mental note: I need to improve a lot on driving on reverse!!!) 
 
Anyways, the correct route is to go Barangay Lucap, and when you reach St. Joseph's Cathedral turn right at the intersection, and a good 3 kilometers straight would be the Tourism Welcome Center where you could inquire and pay for the boat tours and overnight accomodations in the islands. The rates are regulated and centralized here so better be wary of those boatmen offering you their boat for a lesser price, as they may not be accredited by the city government. You can stay overnight on an island but we chose to just spend the night in Villa Antolin, one of the hostels along Boulevard Street, just a few meters away from the Tourism office. We decided we would just do the island hopping tour early the following morning.
 
It was a good decision indeed, as the following day the sun finally showed up and we were able to spend the whole morning going to the 3 major islands: first to Governor's island, the biggest of the 123 islands and where you could go up to it's highest point and have a spectacular view of the islands from there; then in Quezon Island where we spent most of the time because here you could have a swim in their nice beach, do some snorkling (we didn't) and find some giant clams (we didn't get to see one because the waves were too big in that part of the sea where the clams were located) eat (we had a yummy brunch here of corned beef, meatloaf, eggs and tons of rice!!! :) and have some revealing photo opps (*wink wink* :p ); and then there's Children's island where there was a cave.
Quezon island
 
We didn't go to any other islands besides these three as we were already satisfied so we went back to the city and headed back home. It was another very good decision because just right after we got back from island hopping, the rains poured heavily again. It seemed like it just stopped that morning just for us to have the opportunity to see and enjoy the islands. I guess, luck was still with us after all.
 
 
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Official website of the City of Alaminos:  http://www.alaminoscity.gov.ph/index.aspx
 
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sunrise
sunrise
there are actually 123 islands in …
there are actually 123 islands in…
Quezon island
Quezon island
breakfast at 5am
breakfast at 5am
breakfast at 5am at Chowking North…
breakfast at 5am at Chowking Nort…
number 64 (take your pick :P)
number 64 (take your pick :P)
a bridge in Tarlac
a bridge in Tarlac
Carabao
Carabao
a long drive
a long drive
the driver
the driver
rice planting
rice planting
the road to nowhere
the road to nowhere
man in red: do these girls know wh…
man in red: do these girls know w…
oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! how do …
oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! how do…
Jay, thats not helping at all! :P
Jay, that's not helping at all! :P
oh yes, im such a skilled driver :P
oh yes, im such a skilled driver :P
our saviors in our muddy encounter
our saviors in our muddy encounter
Mr. Ferman is the man!
Mr. Ferman is the man!
Jay could be thinking of joining t…
Jay could be thinking of joining …
no Jay, dont jump! there is still…
no Jay, don't jump! there is stil…
we are lost, hehehe
we are lost, hehehe
mangroves somewhere out there
mangroves somewhere out there
St. Josephs Cathedral - this is w…
St. Joseph's Cathedral - this is …
Tourism Welcome center - you can h…
Tourism Welcome center - you can …
finally, we found the right place!
finally, we found the right place!
Wharf
Wharf
Jenneth at the passenger seat
Jenneth at the passenger seat
Jay haggling for a good price
Jay haggling for a good price
Villa Antolin hostel
Villa Antolin hostel
presenting Jenneth, the banyo quee…
presenting Jenneth, the banyo que…
burning time while it rains
burning time while it rains
how to burn some time: Jen kept he…
how to burn some time: Jen kept h…
how to burn some time: Jay watched…
how to burn some time: Jay watche…
i am soooo hungry i could eat an i…
i am soooo hungry i could eat an …
helping ourselves with Shakeys mo…
helping ourselves with Shakey's m…
grocery shopping
grocery shopping
the witches of Alaminos (hihihihi)
the witches of Alaminos (hihihihi)
the new promo girls
the new promo girls
star margarine boy
star margarine boy
thats a weird statue
thats a weird statue
boats on low tide
boats on low tide
travbuddies at sunrise
travbuddies at sunrise
sunrise at Hundred islands
sunrise at Hundred islands
early morning fishing
early morning fishing
the suns up
the sun's up
Governors island
Governor's island
Governors island
Governor's island
123 steps going up the peak of Gov…
123 steps going up the peak of Go…
view on the top of Governors isla…
view on the top of Governor's isl…
Jenneth gets too overwhelmed, hehe
Jenneth gets too overwhelmed, hehe
Finally! i saw for real another wo…
Finally! i saw for real another w…
travbuddies in Hundred islands!
travbuddies in Hundred islands!
a cave in Governors island
a cave in Governor's island
Governors island
Governor's island
Quezon island
Quezon island
Quezon island
Quezon island
talikogenics :P
talikogenics :P
Jay, the new model
Jay, the new model
Quezon island
Quezon island
Quezon island
Quezon island
Quezon islands mermaid
Quezon island's mermaid
thinking...thinking...
thinking...thinking...
i wanna see some giant clams!
i wanna see some giant clams!
but the waves were too big!!
but the waves were too big!!
Jay, dont think of jumping again,…
Jay, don't think of jumping again…
Jay gets too comfy with the mermai…
Jay gets too comfy with the merma…
Quezon island
Quezon island
Quezon island photo opp (hehehe)
Quezon island photo opp (hehehe)
brunch at Quezon island
brunch at Quezon island
Quezon island
Quezon island
Childrens island cave
Children's island cave
Childrens island cave
Children's island cave
Childrens island cave
Children's island cave
Jay: im king of the islands!!!
Jay: i'm king of the islands!!!
scandalizing Childrens island :P
scandalizing Children's island :P
Jen
Jen
Jay needed a toilet
Jay needed a toilet
happy from the island hopping
happy from the island hopping
our boat and boatman
our boat and boatman
presenting: coffeefairy as your bo…
presenting: coffeefairy as your b…
the new boat girl
the new boat girl
on our way back to Manila: raining…
on our way back to Manila: rainin…
on our way back to Manila: this tr…
on our way back to Manila: this t…
on our way back to Manila: halo-ha…
on our way back to Manila: halo-h…
Alaminos City Hotels & Accommodations review
Clean, pleasant and affordable
Villa Antolin is a cute, clean little hotel that would be a good place to stay if you would like to spend overnight in Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Phil… read entire review
Alaminos City
photo by: coffeefairy