My discovery of Potipot island was somehow accidental. It was when me and my friends vowed to travel Zambales first before venturing out of our beloved hometown. As I was looking for resorts in Zambales I stumbled upon Isla Vista Resort which boasts of their closeness to this Potipot Island. Curious as I was, I looked up Potipot Island in Candelaria Zambales and there it was, a promising Island in the middle of the sea.
When we went there, we did stay in Isla Vista resort and sure enough, their resort is just in front of the Island, a mere 5 mins boat ride away and so...we went.
Potipot Island is like a small paradise island. It has white sand and crystal blue waters.It was a bit small, you could actually go around the whole island. It is also becoming quite popular with tourist and photographers alike because of its picturesque scenery, there were also campers in the island but not that much unlike with Anawangin
So if ever you're in Candelaria, be sure to visit this Zambales Gem. You'll not be disappointed
We didn't get to experience the sunset in the island as we came to the Candelaria shore earlier than planned because it became windy and the waves are somewhat bigger and stronger. But we still got to shoot the setting of the sun over the South China sea and despite being a little bit cloudy, it was simply gorgeous.
Being in a beautiful island with its fine white sand and graceful trees swinging to the wind, a couple of dead trees poetically hanging and/or clinging towards the sea, it only means you'll need a spare battery and memory stick and a handy camera for the unlimited photo ops one can have in potipot.
Eating in the island with your packed lunch or having a barbecue in there can be a lot fun, especially with your family or friends. Just make sure that you will not leave any of your garbage in the island.
Although we didn't do this as the sun was so hot in the midday when we went to other side of the island, it is possible as there are a lot of rocky formation on that other end of Potipot. We also saw some alive corals along the shore, some fish swimming on it and even some flying fish can be seen "flying" from time to time. Again, it is advisable to wear a vest as the water can go very deep.
The island offers a calm water, especially in the morning and early afternoon and is suited for swimming. Be warned though as the water can go very deep with just a few steps from the shore. It is advisable to wear a vest if one is not a confident swimmer. Kids should always be accompanied by an adult.
Potipot Island is located roughly 1 km from the mainland shore of Uacon, Candelaria, Zambales. Uacon is about 240+km from Manila by road.
Potipot is a white sand island, only 5 minutes by banca, from Candelaria, Zambales. There is no resort on the island but there are trees that provide shade along the beach. You can walk around the whole island in less than 30 mins.
Most visitors stay in town and hire boats for a day trip to the island. The last time I was there someone from the mainland came over by boat and said that they are representatives of the owner and that all visitors to the island are to pay them minimal amount for use of the beach! I don't know if they are more organized now.
Your stay at Candelaria will not be complete if you will not go to Potipot island with a powdery white/beige sand with clear waters.