Hi there! Summer vacation has just ended here in the Philippines and rainy season is in, so without further ado here’s my last take for summer 2015.
If you want to feel like a castaway from the reality TV show “Survivor”, Potipot Island in Brgy. Uacon Candelaria Zambales is one place to go. It took us about 9 hours land travel from Manila so you’d better pack extra patience. Well, long hours travel isn’t a big deal for me especially when I am with my favorite travel buddies. (Thankful for the automotive navigation system directions was never a problem.)
Prior our trip my good friend had arranged everything for us. He contacted Aling Minda where we parked our vehicle for PHP 100/day and where we rented a small outrigger for PHP 400 (good for 5-7 pax) to take us to Potipot Island. Aling Minda’s safe parking space is just across Dawal beach resort.
Aling Minda’s contact number – 0939.323.3459
Other commodities offered:
Tent – PHP 400 good for 6 pax; PHP 300 good for 4 pax
Cooler – PHP 50 small; PHP 100 big
Cooking pot/pan – PHP 100 big; PHP 50 small
Potipot island or should I say Little Boracay of Zambales is only 1 km away from the mainland of Brgy. Uacon, Candelaria. In less than 10 minutes we had our first step on the white powdery sand of the island and felt the small waves gently kissing our feet! (Giddy!)
It was already five in the afternoon when we reached the island so we hurried, looked for a perfect spot where we can set up our camp and cooked our dinner. Oh! Before I forget secure your belongings and foods beacause big black rats are always on the lookout. (I freaked out!)
Note that you have to pay PHP 100/pax for day tour and PHP 300/day for overnight stay. I just heard that Potipot is a private island doubtful I am because they did not issued receipt for the fees we paid. (Hmmm…??? Calling the attention of our Government.)
For those who do not want to set up tents nothing to worry you can rent a simple nipa hut for PHP 1,500 that is good enough for the whole family.
Lavatories, bathroom, restroom, comfort station, or whatever you call it yes surprisingly and fortunately it is made available! Hooray! There is also a common grilling area if you were not able to bring your portable griller. Another good thing is that there are light posts on the island that were very helpful during the evening.
That afternoon we were lucky to witness some fishermen on the process of fishing they called daklis/pukot.
Make a bonfire, eat, drink, and share stories with your friends/family all night because there are no loud parties for you in this Little Boracay of Zambales. If you love to see stars like I do well then you can enjoy star gazing without the hustle of climbing up the roof. HAHA!
In the morning, walk around the island for less than an hour. Sashay on the sand and swim in the clear light blue waters, or snap scenic and creative photos for your instagram and facebook.
Whoaw! Pinoy’s favorite taho had crossed the sea and souvenir vendors too!
To be honest I was expecting a very rugged experience and I even (I thought) prepared myself for it, but its ok (as in totally fine) I don’t think I am 100% ready for a total jungle experience yet. Hihi!
Aww… Summer is over and Potipot Island was indeed a beautiful and simple respite from the urban jungle. More importantly it was an unforgettable experience to wrap up my summer 2015 and I spent it with my favorite travel buddies!
“Hail to your efforts in getting all the power and wealth in life, but your time had passed and soon life will take you, yet still bemoaning you were not able to live your life fully” – Chia