Lost in Zambales: Potipot Island Getaway

*January 16 – 17, 2016: late post*

Five hours away from Quezon City is the beautiful town of Sta. Cruz, one of two jump-off points to Potipot Island, our destination for the weekend.

IMG_8690IMG_0088Potipot is a small island surrounded by clear waters and almost tingly fine sand. One can go around the island in around twenty or thirty minutes – this without the picture taking involved.

We camped out for the weekend. Each of us paid Php300 for the entrance fee. We brought our own tents so we saved up a few pesos plus our own food since there’s no store in the island itself.
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Our trip was the definition of roughing-it-up. It’s been awhile since I slept on a tent, bathed in a common restroom in the dark and just spent the hours of the day doing nothing but stare at the beautiful sea.
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I always feel at home when I’m at the beach. Although I’m not a good swimmer, the sight of the waters always calms me.It’s really the view worth taking in if you live in polluted Metro Manila.
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After a tiring day of swimming, we spent the night lighting up wishing lanterns and bonding over drinks and chips. Since there was no electricity, and really no other distraction other than our phones, spending the night in the island made us closer as a barkada.
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Β The next day, we went around the island and took some more photos. It’ll be awhile again before we get to see the beach again. Looking forward to our next trip together.
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Tips:
1. It’s easier to get to the jump-off point going to Potipot Island by private transportation. We took the longer route which is in the town of Sta. Cruz. The other option is in San Antonio, Zambales.
2. The island is a 5-minute boat ride from the Dawal Beach Resort in Sta. Cruz. A two-way boat ride costs Php400, good for 5-6 persons.
3. It’s advisable to buy food in the mainland before going to the island. There are no stores. There are grills available where you can cook your food.
4. For the ultimate outdoor experience, pitch a tent in the island instead. Rental is Php400, but it’s always better to bring your own. There are cottages worth Php1,500 for overnight stay.
5. Bring rechargeable lamps/flashlights if staying overnight since there is no electricity in the island.
6. Take a lot of photos!
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