Although it is called hundred, the Hundred Islands comprises 124 islands at high tide and 123 islands at low tide. However, only 3 of them have been developed for tourists, namely: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children's Island.
This was actually not my first time in Pangasinan. I've already been to Anda, Pangasinan (known as the "Mother Island of the Hundred Islands") in 2009 because this is my friend's province and she invited our group to visit her hometown. We were still in college back then and have a limited and tight budget. Island hopping was just a dream. So now that we are all professionals, we're proud to say that "it's pay back time".
|During our 2009 visit (photo from Gladys Dizon)|
|Look at us now! 2012 visit ;] (photo from Edward Calugtong)|
How to get there?
One can take a ride going to Anda, Pangasinan at Five Star bus terminal situated in Rotonda, Pasay. Travel time is about 5-6 hours and the fare is 410 pesos. From Anda, Rina (a friend who invited us) used her connections to rent tricycle at Anda terminal that took us in the port where our Hundred Islands hopping will start. From the port, we rented a boat from a local boatman. It's just a matter of bidding. A good bidder will save more in this trip. Back and Forth, both the tricycle and boat ride only cost each of us 500 pesos. Well, it's quite reasonable for a small group like ours. Note: we brought our own food in this trip because the food in the island will be so much expensive.
|One of those 124 islands (photo from Gladys Dizon)|
The Children's Island is the ideal island for family getaway especially for those who have children with them. Children's Island beach water is suited for children because there are lots of shallow spots in this island compared to Governor Island and Quezon Island. Parents and guardians will not worry as their child/children swim and play along the shore. For adults, you can just go further until you reach your desired water level.
|Children's Island is crowded during our visit (photo from Gladys Dizon)|
|Look at those golden kids swimming alone (photo from Gladys Dizon)|
|Trail going to the view deck (photo from Gladys Dizon)|
|Governor Island's view deck! (photo from Gladys Dizon)|
|That's Julius and can you spot my friend Byron? (photo from Gladys Dizon)|
|The Governor's House also known as the PBB House (photo from Gladys Dizon)|
|Port of Quezon Island (photo from Gladys Dizon)|
|Look who we bump to! He's Buko de Ap! Hehehe (photo from Gladys Dizon)|
What's good in this trip is that since we took the Anda route, Tondol beach is just a few distance away. Tondol beach is one of the best, if not the best beach in Pangasinan. It has been called as the little Boracay of Pangasinan. A good side trip isin't it?
By the way I also had a photoshoot with my model-esque friends, Paula and Gladys at Governor Island.
|Doing it like a pro!|
|Natural wind in the air|
|Senioritas of Governor Island|