Pangasinan boasts of many beautiful beaches, scenic terrains, waterfalls, and other natural wonders. It also has lots of ancient churches that date back to the Spanish times, as well as places for water sports activities.
But one of the most popular destinations in the country’s third largest province (in terms of size), is the famous Hundred Islands of Alaminos City. As its name suggests, the tourist draw is a cluster of islands, in various shapes and sizes, located close to one other.
Officially declared as a National Park in 1940, the Hundred Islands has some very impressive and interesting features. Let’s run down some of them:
- 123: There are a total of 124 islands at low tide and 123 islands at high tide that comprise the Hundred Islands. Scattered northward along the Lingayen Gulf, the islands are actually ancient corals that extend inland, in an area previously comprising the seabed of an ancient sea. The steady lowering of sea levels have exposed them to the elements, resulting in peculiar “umbrella”-like shapes of some of the islands.
- 1,860 hectares. The Hundred Islands spans some 1,860 hectares, or almost 3,500 football fields. In other words, the islands cover a huge area.
- 93,344. The City Tourism Office of Alaminos City recorded 93,344 tourist arrivals in the Hundred Islands National Parkin 2020, 82-percent lower than the 522,907 tourist arrivals in 2019. While that number may further decrease for this year, it’s expected to recover when travel restrictions are eased.
- 2 million. The islands are believed to be about two million years old. Just wow.
- 3. While there are hundreds of islands in this famous attraction, only three of them have been developed for tourists: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children’s Island. Only 30 islets have been named so far.
- 6 hours. Travel time from Metro Manila to Pangasinan can take up to 6 hours, depending on the town you are to visit so plan accordingly.