Of the thousand islands in the Philippines, why not take on a hundred at once (123 to be exact)? Out of all these islands, only three were really developed so you’ll have a lot more to explore. These captivating islets are inhabited by humans, but are teeming with various kinds of plants and animals all waiting to be discovered.
How to get there? Well, since it’s located in Alaminos, Pangasinan and there’s no way to get there through plane or boat, you and your companions need to take a 4 hour bus ride from Manila. Once there, take a tricycle to Lucap Pier, tourists need to pay some fees, but they get to choose from boats or kayaks and even snorkels if they want. Camping at the islands is also allowed, just as long as you pay for the fees and rent a tent, but you can also bring your own.
There are a lot of things to do besides swimming, kayaking and eating. You can tap on your adventurous side and explore the Quirino Caves or any of the 10 available ones. You can find various things in them like native bats, stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations. Though you should keep in mind their golden rule, “look but don’t touch.”
The natural beaches are tempting havens to unwind, relax and catch some sun; the most famous one is Bolo Beach. A trip to the waters isn’t complete without catching a fish or two. Ask around and they’ll help you find the good fishing spots, don’t be sad when you get no luck because the view and the great weather will make up for it. Parasails, jet skis and banana boats are also available for your enjoyment.