Magalawa Island, Zambales, Philippines

It was Labor weekend and my family and I went on another road trip, this time to Zambales!

Since it was a long summer weekend the traffic was expected. Without traffic, travel time is around 3 hours from Pampanga via SCTEX.

Magalawa Island is only a 5 minute boat ride from Luan Port. We stayed at Ruiz Resort, as you can see from the photo above, the island was jam-packed.

It was summer and all the cottages were taken so we had no choice but to sleep in a tent. We were lucky enough to have rented a kubo as well for Php 500. Tents were also Php 500, don’t worry if you don’t know how to set one up, they will do it for you 🙂

Don’t expect too much though, the sand was fine but not white. When I go swimming I usually like to go out in the deep but I couldn’t get passed all the sea grass and sea cucumbers, way too much.


There are also corals that you can look at, but again you’d have to get pass the sea grass and sea cucumbers. My dad had to drag me through the water while I floated on my back just to get to the corals. Other than that, the corals were actually quite nice.

My parents had gone a few months before, they had the whole island to themselves since it was peak season. When they went there were so many star fish! The ones from the photo above seemed to be the only ones left! While we were there we had seen some families take a few, my mum told the caretaker of the island, who then told the families it was not allowed. As soon as she left, they hid them inside their coolers.

Ahhhh, the ignorance of some people and their inabilities to follow simple rules. Such a shame, I think the star fish were a really nice attraction to the place.

Photo above is the port, going to Magalawa Island. Overall, not the best beach I’ve been to however the weekend was relaxing (super hot!) and I still had a good time! I guess because the beach has always been one of my happy places, hehe.


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