Having close encounters with the Taklobo or Giant Clams, colorful corrals and vibrant schools of fish are the highlights of my recent journey to the Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Pangasinan (a calm and peaceful province north of Metro Manila). I was so glad to have the opportunity to snorkel in the deep blue waters (of the Coral Island) in this portion of the Lingayen Gulf. I have been a couple of times to this gorgeous protected national park and I am glad that the islands were still jarringly beautiful.
I really like the fact that it would be very difficult for people to stay overnight in the islands because there are no luxurious room facilities available in these islands which would tend to spoil, destruct and deteriorate the natural splendor of the place.
Among the more than 120 islands of the park I think only four are allowed for tourists to stay overnight. People who would want to stay overnight would only have to settle on pitching their own tent/s and pray that unforgiving heavy rain won’t fall and gust of viscous wind won’t blow during the night. Otherwise, it would be some messy, muddled and shambolic escapade.
Some two-legged squeamish finicky creatures may actually say and declare that they hate the park due to its inadequate or lacking in facilities – like drinking fountains, toilets, luxurious restaurants, air conditioned huts, high-class smooth sailing speedboats, etc. – in the islands.
But for me these add up to the unique charm and appeal of this Philippine tourist spot. It totes up to the rugged virginity of the place. This makes you feel that these harsh islands remains to be untouched, unexplored, undamaged and indeed intact. That the environment and its ecosystem is nothing but ‘natural’. So when you’re in the Hundred Islands, simply embrace nature’s beauty and expect the unexpected! Besides, that’s what fun is about!!!
Hundred Islands is not a fluid, easy and relaxing type of an escapade. It is for the rough, tough and jagged type of an adventurer. This distinct characters of the Hundred Islands makes me love and fancy this erstwhile Philippine tourist destination.
Kakaibang adbentyur… di pwede sa lelembot-lembot…