Candelaria Travel Guide

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Candelaria Things to Do

  • Crashing Potipot

    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...

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  • Island Hopping

    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.

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  • Sunset tripping

    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.

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  • Endless Photo ops

    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.

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  • Picnic at the island

    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.

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  • Snorkeling

    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...

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Candelaria Restaurants

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    by zippee Updated Mar 28, 2007

    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.

    Doubled happiness Arroz caldo and dinuguan at puto
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Candelaria Nightlife

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    by zippee Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    In the resort, the only nightlife we can call are chatting under the stars and abusing the microphone of the videoke machine.

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Candelaria Transportation

  • Boat for Hire

    You can hire a boat to Potipot from the Dawal Beach Resort. The boats there have uniform rate of RT P400/boat. You can pay the boatmen after you've come back from the island. Just tell them when to fetch you back to the mainland.

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  • Discovering Candelaria

    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...

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  • Going back to Manila

    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...

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Candelaria Warnings and Dangers

  • They'll turn you into jelly!!

    I only know of one danger in Potipot, and that's the presence of jellyfish. When we got there, there was a plastic cup by the beach that contained two small jellyfish. We found others of their kind while swimming. Just don't go near them and you'll be fine.

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  • Garbage!!!

    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...

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  • Noise pollution

    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...

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Candelaria Tourist Traps

  • ENTRANCE FEE

    The entrance fee at potipot island is 50 pesos per person at daytime while if you will stay overnight the fee is 100 pesos. I dont know why they were asking us to pay that fee. Because if it is a maintenance fee why there are many garbage in the island.

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  • island entrance fee and boat fee is a...

    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...

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Candelaria What to Pack

  • Potipot Packing

    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...

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  • Experiencing Potipot

    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...

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  • be prepared

    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...

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Candelaria Off The Beaten Path

  • The island

    the island itself is still on off the beaten track, and not a lot of people know that this exist. but anyone from Candelaria can be asked how to get there and will even lead you to a boatman who can give you a boatride for P350.00 good for six persons.

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  • Camping on Potipot Island

    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...

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