Graduation month is here. Temperature outside is rising. You know what these mean. Summer is coming! And before the peak season officially begins, we decided to go and take our well deserved vacation.
We were just being spontaneous and we were thinking of going on a hassle free weekend getaway. Zambales was actually our original plan. Unfortunately, no slots were available in our preferred resort, even for campers. We were really desperate since we already fixed our schedule for the trip. Then I remembered Cagbalete Island which I’ve been in before. I thought it might be time to recolor a memory.
It was Saturday. The four of us decided to leave Manila at 4:00am. Laurence was assigned to be our driver despite the fact that he hated driving. It was a 4-5 hour drive, and as usual, Waze has been a good party member. We reached the town of Mauban by around 9:00am, just in time for us to buy food in the nearby public market and wait for the passenger boat.
The scheduled boat trips from Mauban Port to Cagbalete is 11:00am and 3:00pm. It is recommended to arrive earlier since seats are on a first come first served basis. The trip is approximately an hour.
If one day you find yourself roaming around Pangasinan and your stomach suddenly cries of hunger, you might want to pass by San Carlos City and treat yourself with savory baby back ribs. Casa Bella House of Ribs and Seafoods has tasty treats in store for random wanderers like you.
In comparison with our previous travels, I can say that our Pangasinan trip gave us less hassle. Kudos to Island Tropic Hotel for a comprehensive itinerary and good accommodation.
For the four of us, we were assigned in an airconditioned room with two single beds and one double deck bed. There was a restroom, a cabinet for our clothes, a television, a table, and a sink. They also handed us with towels and complimentary soap and shampoo.
Back when I was a naive little kid, all that I can visualize when I think of Pangasinan are the Hundred Islands of Alaminos. Well, now that I have grown up, it became clearer to me that our country is blessed with a lot of nature’s wonders, and it is almost impossible for a province to have just one tourist destination.
Kilometers away from the City of Alaminos, the town of Bolinao cradles a number of spots that will surely captivate the eyes of tourists. When our group decided to hit Bolinao, we were oriented that most of the activities that can be done here will include water. Oh yeah, I wonder when we will turn into sea creatures.
Before getting wet, our guide took the squad first to Bolinao’s famous landmarks.
Back when I was still in grade school, I have always been curious of the Hundred Islands of Pangasinan. Every time our Social Studies teacher require us to collate photos of the natural wonders of the Philippines, these mysterious landmasses were always included in my album. And now that I am somewhat capable of reaching my dream destinations, I know in my heart that it is impossible to skip these treasures of Pangasinan.
Upon our arrival at Puerto Galera, Ate Maricel (the owner of Lucky Five Garden House) briefed us that as part of our travel package, they will be in-charge of taking us to the different spots in the island. Her husband (I forgot his name) was our driver.
Our first destination was the sandbar in Boquete Island. We rode on a boat to get there. The locals say that the beach front disappears during high tide. It was a good thing that it was low tide when we got there so we had time for picture taking.