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...more
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.more
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.more
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...more
We didn't get to try some Candelaria's restaurant as we opted to bring our own food and buy some seafoods along the shore for our lunch and dinner. But on our way back to Manila, it is customary for a Victory Liner bus to made a stop over at Double Happiness.
Favorite Dish: They have a lot of food choices but since we only have a 15 minute stop over, we opted to try the famous arroz caldo, dinuguan at puto and barbecue. It was good, though we have to bring our food inside the bus and eat it there as our 15 minute time was over in a flash! Now, imagine eating a very tasty and still hot arroz caldo inside a moving bus couple with a sip of your favorite iced tea. You need to have a good hand and mouth coordination to do that LOL.
In the resort, the only nightlife we can call are chatting under the stars and abusing the microphone of the videoke machine.
I'm not that good in giving directions so I'll just skip to the part where you get to the steel bridge. The first part of the journey, I'll just summarize a little.You'll be taking the San Fernando exit at the NLEX and once past the city, turn right at that soldiers' monument heading for Subic/Olongapo. You can take a short cut through Subic or...more
Going back to Manila, you have to have a good sense of timing. It was mentioned in the Victory LIner website that the last trip from Sta. Cruz to Caloocan is 12 nn and you have to allot a 30 minute gauge of waiting time for it to pass the Sinabacan/Uacon area. And the bus is right on time!If you've missed the last trip, you can always ride the mini...more
Even with a "maintenance fee" of P20 per head, the island is hardly maintained! we saw some garbage left behind by some overnight campers like plastics, beer can, cigarette butts and boxes, styrofoams and even bottles of wine! If only the caretaker can provide a garbage bag in exchange for the fee, garbage, especially in the campsite, can be...more
If you plan to spend the night in Candelaria, don't bother going to Dawal resort or its immediate neighboring resorts. It's very noisy with karaoke and loud music systems. The whole place is cemented and not at all enticing. You can, however, choose to leave your car there or the neighboring resorts for 50 pesos a night if you plan to stay in the...more
They now charge you 400 pesos for a back/forth trip. However, for some reason(economics of need or greed), the rates change if you plan to be fetched the next day. Though it makes no sense at all because you still use up the same amount of gas, we had to pay an additional 50pesos for that. While those planning a day trip are only charged...more
Better bring waterproof backpacks/bags when you go to this island. Better yet, bring garbage bags to stow your things in before boarding the boat. The spray from the waves will drench you and your things in no time. Wear your most comfortable beach gear/clothes and don't forget to bring a cover-up because the sun can be fierce out there! Also...more
First aid kit, a necessity. Cameras, cameras, cameras. Underwater cameras would be cool as well. If you're planning to stay overnight at the island, you can do so. There's a clear area that campers can set up their tents. Make sure to bring lamps and portable stoves for cooking, utensils, etc. Bring lots of water. You don't wanna die of thirst...more
bring a small medicine kit in case you step on thorns or beer bottle caps There is no electricity so bring a kerosine lamp, flashlights and batteries. If you can, bring snorkling gear and flotation devices. There is fresh water on the island via a hand pump. Water is a bit salty but good enough to shower with. Not advisable for drinking. Read...more
Few people stay overnight at the island. We brought some mountain bikes with us so we decided to rent a room in Isla Vista even if we were going camping on the island. This way we could also use the shower the next day before going to Manila and we have a place to store our bikes. Nipa hut room rate is 600pesos a night and can fit 3 people. Nice...more