Sorry for being so busy with work. I promise to buy a new monitor as soon as possible so that updating you will be as easy as 1, 2, 3.. I know this should have been posted a year ago, but as the saying goes.. "It's better late than never", toinks! Okay, enough na ang palusot, eto na, I'll try to remember the details of this tour. Enjoy!. ^_^
A few days before our Hundred Island tour:
Friend: May bagyo ba?
Gina: Meron daw eh, tuloy pa ba tayo?
Friend: Dapat tuloy, pag ang bagyo nasa North, our plan B is to go somewhere South.
Gina: Okay. (Hahah..ang dali kausap!)
On the day of the tour:
- On my way to Victory Liner Cubao I received a text from a friend saying that we should take care because an earthquake happened somewhere in Visayas and there's a tsunami alert. *gulp*
- MRT stopped a few meters before Cubao station for almost an hour. *gulp, gulp*
We arrive ahead of schedule. Kulang nalang kasi paliparin ni kuya driver ang bus. Akala ko may artistang baba sa bus namin sa dami ng tao, yun pala mga tricycle drivers who are trying to get passengers. Good thing we stayed for awhile before hiring, we were able to haggle. For P80, the tricycle we hired brought us to the wet market first to buy our food for our island hopping before bringing us to Lucap Wharf. Lucap Wharf is your drop off point to Hundred Islands.
We registered at the tourism office, paid P25 for a day tour and got a discount for a medium boat good for 6-10 people for P1,600 which is originally P1,800, not bad! We were only four (4) in the group, but because of the weather, small boats are not allowed. Our snorkel mask was also discounted. But it's sill advisable to bring your own.
We decided to have breakfast first at one of the canteens on the side of the tourism office. The food and service is okay but overrated. We changed clothes before starting our island hopping. Rest room fee is P5, and P10 if you're going to take a bath.
At last, we started our island hopping adventure. Walang marunong lumangoy sa aming apat, so we had to put our life vests on.
First stop, Governor's Island. The only island that keeps a guest house. Where Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition was shot. There's also a place where in you get to the peak to get a good view of the neighboring islands.
Marcos Island is one of my favorite because of the sand and crystal clear water that it has. Aside from the fact that I desperately want to learn how to swim now. I guess I just realized that, after what I did. Hehe! I tried to jump from the cave and swim to the shore. From the cave, there's a small hole where you can go out to swim back to the shore. Good thing I have Alvin, our kid guide who helped me swim back to the shore in the middle of the huge waves. I'll never do that again, promise! Well, not until I know how to swim.
When it was almost lunch time, we stopped at Quezon Island to prepare our food. This island is good for pick-nickers and campers. Kayak and some refreshments are also available. Pick nick tables are for rent for P200.
After lunch, we headed to our snorkel site for the giant clamps. Too bad we had to leave soon because of the huge waves.
Our tour guide showed us the cathedral island because of it's large opening that looks like a cathedral altar.
We then headed to the children's island. It's called children island because the water is just waist deep. There are also bahay kubo's for rent for those who want to stay overnight for a minimal fee.
Our last stop is the cave. You need to cross the cave to see the other side of the island.
Our overall experience was fun and tiring at the same time. Maybe because we hadn't got enough sleep. But this didn't stop us to head to our next destination.. Dasol, Pangasinan.