The only available mode of transport to Magalawa is the local motorized boat. Since the island is not frequented by tourists, there is no designated boat terminal nor a standard fare/rental. To arrange for a transport, approach the small houses (mostly owned by fishermen) along the water and inquire from them.
In our case, a relative instructed us to look for the house of Armada, a fish dealer in Brgy. Loaon. We left our vehicle at their yard and rented their fishing boat. One way is P200 (there were 3 of us) and two-way is P300. Actually, the boatman brought us to the island, left and came back for us on our arranged time. Payment was made when we got back to the mainland.
Palauig Off The Beaten Path
Magalawa Island is Palauig's answer to Candelaria's Potipot Island. Unlike Potipot however, Magalawa is still not commercialized. The locals were even surprised when we inquired about transport going to the island.
Magalawa has cream-white sands and its waters is ideal for swimming. If you get lucky you can see a school of fish. The island is about 10-15 minutes away from Brgy. Loaon (pronounced Lu-an) by motorized boat. It has no facilities hence it is advisable to bring packed meals and bottles of water. So far, the island is open to the public at no cover charge.
Not far from Magalawa, about 15 minute boat ride, is the island of San Salvador. This island is bigger and inhabited. Known to locals as "Pulo", it boasts of a marine life sanctuary.Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
Mt. Tapulao rises a little more than 2000 meters and said to be the highest point in the Zambales mountain range. Also called the "high peak", it derived its name from the abundance of pine trees planted in the area known in the local Zambal dialect as "tapulao". It can be reached after crossing 3 minor mountains.
Jump off point is at Dampay Salaza resettlement area which is around 26 kms. from the main highway on rough road. Residents of Dampay Salaza are evacuees from the foot of Mt. Pinatubo and are the "self-appointed guardians" of Mt. Tapulao. According to Mang Bong, the guide who entertained our curiosity, the ascent can be done in 8 hours while the descent can be covered in half the time. Also, all guests aiming to climb the mountain must register at the barangay hall. He also mentioned that guide services are available for a fee - minimum is P300 with free meals.
Farther down the settlement is a trail leading to the jump off point for the Bagsit River white water rafting. This time, Aetas also from Mt. Pinatubo are the ones managing the activity.Related to:
- Mountain Climbing
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