There are no dive facilities yet but there are beautiful coral gardens just 50meters off in front of the Ruiz Resort. Rent some snorkelling gear and go!
The coral formations have slowly regrown now that dynamite fishers have been meticulously eliminated.
You can go island hopping and checkout the nearby islands like "Balaki Island" (goatfish island) and San Salvador Island. Just ask Mily or Albert Tordillo.
There is no nightlife on magalawa island but if you wish, one can easily invite a few of the locals for a drink.
Zambales Mangoes are the best in the world. They are rated as the sweetest and creamiest of all mangoes in the Philippines and in the world.
What to buy: Its best to buy them by crate (about 20kilos) to get a good price. They may go from as low as 20pesos/kg to 40pesos/kg during the Philippine summer months.
Just ask Mily Tordillo.
What to pay: average of 30pesos/kg if you get a crate
There are sandflies on the island. Please bring appropriate insect repellent.
Locals call them niknik.
Make your own repellent by mixing 1part baby oil, one part alcohol and one part lysol.
I spotted some Crown of Thorns feeding on the corals. Please DO NOT TOUCH them if you don't know how to handle these.
THEY WILL SUCK YOU DRY (and smile while they do it).
Beware of these unscrupulous owners Grace and Boy Armada (Armada Resort) beside the campgrounds. Don't allow them to bully you. They are just SQUATTERS on the island. Professional LAND GRABBERS who just showed up one night without papers and cleared of a small portion of the BACK of the island.
Unique Suggestions: Do not give them any down payment. They close up when the real owners arrive. There were incidents when the real owners headed by Madam Ruiz visited and ordered the illegal ARMADA RESORT to CLOSE and all guests to leave.
Fun Alternatives: Just go to the Ruiz Resort Camping Grounds. It's safer, cooler and it is being run by Magalawa Locals like Mily and Albert Tordillo. Unlike Grace and Boy Armada who are not from the island but from elsewhere.
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: wear slippers, the ferry to/from the island will require you getting WET !
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring the usual meds. bonamine for seasicknes, loperamide or imodium for LBM, iodine and caladryl.
Photo Equipment: Be careful when you board the banka. Make sure your photo equipment are strapped in.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring mosquito, sandfly repellent. Flashlights and/or Coleman lamps.
Make your own sandfly repellent by mixing 1part baby oil, one part alcohol and one part lysol.
Miscellaneous: There are lots of sari-sari stores on the island in case you run out of snacks, food, drinks.
Get some of the local kids to fetch some sawaki or sea urchins for you! Just open them, take out the reproductive organs and wash with cold water.
Ready your wasabi and kikkoman soysauce! DELICIOUS!