Potipot Island is so small, you can walk around it in about 20-30 minutes. The beach area is not very difficult to traverse despite the rocks and fallen trees; in fact, the driftwoods and different kinds of rocks and coral stones make beautiful photography subjects. As an option, if you don't want sand grit on your feet, you can walk on the sides...more
Potipot Island is an ideal place to go for swimming. The sands are so beautiful, from pinkish-cream to opalescent white. The waters are so clear and clean, the sky is so blue with beautiful clouds, and the island is green with trees and vegetation. Entrance fee is only P50/person for day tour. Native huts can be rented for day tour or overnight...more
We had late lunch at Dawal Beach Resort; we chose the place because we didn't have packed lunch for Potipot Island. The restaurant was airy since it wasn't an enclosed room (see photo). The dining tables had attractively set tables. Their menu offered a wide selection of Filipino, Chinese, Japanese and Continental fare. Each member of your family/company will sure find something to your liking.
Favorite Dish: We ordered beef with oyster sauce, grilled "talakitok" (jack fish), "sinigang na sugpo" (prawns in sour soup), "sisig" (chopped pork cheek, ears, etc in special marinate, topped with egg and mixed with butter & kalamansi), tempura, and chicken-pork "adobo" (combined cihcken & pork stewed in vinegar, soy sauce & garlic). The adobo and sinigang were winners; no leftovers! Actually, we liked all EXCEPT the "sisig" because of tough meat, and the tempura which was more like soggy "camaron rebosado".
To go to Potipot Island, you will have to get a "banca"/boat from a beach resort. We got ours from Dawal Beach Resort. They call their boats "Usad" which, in the vernacular means "move ahead"). The Usad boat can bring you to Potipot Island in 3-5 minutes, depending on the weather. We reached Potipot in 3 minutes only. The Usad boats will fetch you...more
There is only one way to get to Potipot Island - by motorized wooden boat/banca. Travel time between the "mainland" and the island is around 7 minutes.Standard round trip fare is P400 per boat upto a maximum of 6 persons per trip. The normal practice is to arrange a pick up time with the boatman before or upon reaching the island. Payment is given...more
Driving in the National Highway enroute Candelaria requires a lot of patience and defensive driving skills. You have to have a safe distance from public buses. I noticed that the Victory Liner makes sudden stops on the middle of the road (no, they won't bother pulling over to the shoulder) when passengers go down, or when new passengers are picked...more
The beach at Potipot Island is very clean and clear, but a word of caution: DON"T GO FAR! We were cautioned that the deep blue waters mean a sudden drop in sea level so if you are not a good swimmer, or if you are travellng with children, stay only in the "whiter" portion of the water. And even if you are a good swimmer, do not swim beyond the...more
I've never been to Potipot Island before last week, I've only heard about it via friends and my fiancée and seen lovely photos taken there. A tiny (1km in circumference) island just off the west coast of Luzon, with nothing but a tiny strip of white sandy beach, trees, and grass. At least, that WAS Potipot, in 2007. Unfortunately, like many many beautiful places in Philippines, once the "jologs" heard about it, the charm disappeared.
Even from the mainland you could see people dotting the entire beach like ants on a sandwich, a sight I never saw in any photos of the island. When we set foot on Potipot after the 4 minute bangka ride, it because even more apparent that the place was simply crowded now. People everywhere, ice cream and crappy jewelry vendors pacing up and down the beach like vultures, with their extremely annoying bells, and worst of all LITTER EVERYWHERE! Plastic soft drink bottles, plastic bags, and unsurprisingly, plastic ice cream wrappers, on the beach and in the water. I was deeply disappointed that we travelled over 5 hours from Manila to witness this. All of my travelmates, who all have been there previously, were equally frustrated.
To add insult to injury, the island's entry fee (it's privately owned) has gone up from 50 pesos a year ago, to 100 pesos today. So, they have WAY MORE visitors than ever before, they charge twice as much as before, and yet they can't find the resources to keep the place clean and keep the vendors away?? Well, it's a typical story of greedy owners, and uneducated uncivilized jologs too lazy to keep their own backyard clean (there were no foreign tourists on the island at all when we visited).
So stay away from this place unless you aren't pissed off by seeing garbage everywhere and if you're not annoyed by evil ice cream vendors.
Fun Alternatives: Just stick to the mainland's beach, it's bigger, and even less crowded and Potipot's!
Luggage and bags:
Small backpack & beltbag; dry gear bag
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Marine shoes or sandals/flipflops, swimwear, shorts & tees, sarong, hoodie, hat or scarf, shades
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock, shampoo & conditioner in sachet packs, hand & body lotion, alcogel, first aid kit, your maintenance medicines
Photo Equipment: Tripod, digicam &/or videocam with spare batteries & memory cards, lenses, filters
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Beach mat, small tent, lifesaver/float, snorkeling gear
Miscellaneous: Mini-cooler with water & your favorite drinks
Tucked away from the town proper of Candelaria is Potipot Island. Still undeveloped and without any facilities, the island boasts of fine, almost white sands. Very ideal for swimming and snorkelling.
A fee of P20 per person is charged by the "self-appointed" care taker. To maximize your fee, ask the care taker to look after your belongings...;-)))
Two of our photo buddies who are also divers explored the waters around Potipot Island. They snorkeled and found some interesting corals and marine life.
Equipment: Fins, snorkeling gear