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Lakbay Norte Day 5 : Tour of Hundred Islands, Masinloc and Subic in Zambales

I can’t forget that tiny longanisa and danggit breakfast that we had in Islandia Hotel yesterday. Surprisingly, different destinations has their own version of Longanisa. Alaminos version looks like the one from Cebu when it comes to size and its probably one the tastiest native sausages in the country.

Islandia Hotel in Alaminos
Islandia Hotel in Alaminos

We headed to Lucap for our Island Hopping Tour in Pangasinan’s famous Hundred Islands and while waiting for the boat, we took the opportunity to shoot, pose and shoot near the Lucap Light House.

Hundred Islands Festival 2010
Colorful Boats in Lucap

We first visited the Governor’s Island – one of the three developed islands where the popular PBB Big Brother house is located. One of the most exciting activity that we had in Hundred Islands is the short hike in the Governor Islands view deck. Upon reaching the view deck, we saw a spectacular birds eyeview of the neighboring islands.

Ida Calumpang in Lucap Lighthouse
Ida Calumpang in Lucap Lighthouse

While heading to our next stop – the Quezon Island, we saw smaller but equally interesting islands like the Bat Island and Cathedral Island. Upon arrival in Quezon Island, we were warmly welcomed by local tourism officials headed by the hospitable Director Martin Valera of DOT Region I. We had an unforgettable lunch at the Gazebo while others are enjoying an iced cold beer and snorkeling in the shallow waters surrounding the pavilion.

view Quezon Island's Viewdeck
Birds Eyeview from Quezon Island’s Viewdeck

Nothing really beats an iced cold bear right beside the beach with so many food in front of you. Picture grilled pork ribs / chops, various grilled seafood, mixed vegetables, steamed prawns, seaweed salad, local rice cakes and fresh fruits for dessert.

Nobody wants to leave:)
Nobody wants to leave:)

Alaminos Government really did their part in the conservation and preservation of the Hundred Islands. By just looking at the shallow snorkeling area, you can see that corals are alive and the sea bed is surrounded by giant clams which serves as a living proof that the marine ecosystem is very much alive.

Lunch in Hudred Islands
Lunch in Hundred Islands

Nobody wants to leave the Island but we have to follow the itinerary and we had no choice but to leave just to catch up with our next set of activities. It has been 5 days, everyone was a bit tired but with all the fun and excitement… there’s nothing more that we can ask for:)

Couple of hours after, we arrived in Masinloc Zambales for a short educational tour. We were supposed to go on Island Hopping but due to lack of time, we just had a short video presentation about the towns marine preservation efforts and some of their Eco-tourism offerings in and around town.

Parish Church of San Andres in Masinloc
Parish Church of San Andres in Masinloc

We also visited the Parish Church of San Andres in Masinloc – one of the most beautiful Baroque Churches of the Philippines. In 2001, the National Museum of the Philippines declared the Parish Church of San Andres as one of the 26 National Cultural treasures of the country.

We boarded the bus after the short church visit and headed to White Rock Water Park and Beach Resort in Subic Zambales. The resort marketing team welcomed us then gave our room assignment and keys. After leaving our things in our hotel room, we left the resort for another adventure packed activity in Tree Top Adventure Amusement and Team-building Park in Subic Free Port.

Stained Glass @ Parish Church of San Andres
Stained Glass @ Parish Church of San Andres

Adventure Tourism is getting more and more popular nowadays. Just like Davao, Lake Sebu, Danao in Bohol and Corregidor, Subic is definitely not left behind in providing a unique activity that provides exhilarating fun and adventure.

The most popular activity in Tree Top is their Zip-line which is currently the longest in the country. Situated in a heavily forested part of Subic Free Port, Tree Top Adventure Amusement and Team-building Park will definitely give you an adventure that you’ll never forget.

Monica @ the Zip-line
Monica Barretto @ the Zip-line

After the zip-line activity and dinner hosted by Tree Top, we went back to the White Rock Water Park and Beach Resort and the marketing team showed us some of their facilities including the wave pool that can accommodate 150 people at a time.

The night is all about Fun, Beer and Karaoke. We left the bar at round 2am… and we will leave the resort later at 7am. More stories tomorrow:)

Up Next : White Rock in Subic, Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac and Tinapa Pizza in Pampanga : Lakbay Norte Day 6

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Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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