Travel Guide : Isla De Potipot

 

If you are looking for clear turquoise water and white sandy shores of sugary sands and rough coral stones Potipot island is another place you have to check out. The island is not too crowded with an exception of summer time. The island is very accessible and affordable. This is a nice place to relax and get some serenity.
HOW TO GET TO POTIPOT ISLAND?
Commute 
  1. Take a bus (Victory Liner) going to Sta. Cruz.  Alight in Uacon, town of Candelaria just in front of Petron Station.
  2. Ride a tricycle to the port. Just tell the trike driver you are going to Potipot Island.
  3. Once at the port, hire a boat to take you to Potipot Island

 

Private
  • Drive to NLEX continuing to Rizal Hwy in Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
  • Take the exit toward Olongapo City from NLEX.
  • Follow Olongapo – Bugallon Rd and Zambales – Pangasinan Rd to Uacon in Candelaria.
  • Once in Uacon, ask the locals for further direction to the port or better yet secure a contact person who can assist you when you’re there.

 

WHAT TO DO IN THE ISLAND?

 

  • Photo Ops.
  • Swimming
  • Sunset Viewing if you plan to go fo an overnight
  • Star Gazing when the night comes
  • Beach Volleyball.(bring your own volleyball)
  • Snorkel
  • Ride boat
  • Kayaking

WHERE TO STAY?
There are no hotel in the Island but there are cottages and none aircon rooms (kubo) where you can stay. If you prefer to go camping you can also pinch your own tent. Kubo rates is from Php 1500 to Php 2500 good for 5 to 10 persons and 10 to 20 persons.
If you are looking for a more comfortable accommodation there are resort near the island where you can check in. Please do you research before you there.
Here are some suggestions Potipot Gateway ResortIsla Vista Beach Resort and Sunbloom Resort

WHERE TO EAT?
No restaurants in the Island. There are mini store where you can buy basic stuff. You can either bring your own food and cook there or have your meals in the resorts where you stayed. Kitchen and grilling area is available.OTHER REMINDERS

  • The island has water source and has decent rest rooms and shower area.
  • Electricity is only available during the night but you may charge your phones and gadgets in one of the stores in the island.
  • The 2-way boat rental fee is around  P400  and is good for 5-6 people.
  • Reservation is not necessary but is an advantage especially in high season.
  • Please be considerate of other visitors. Don’t be too loud especially in the wee hours.
  • Please practice LNT

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Lucky Beach Update

Permit has not been released yet but Laki Beach is now open for the public again. However the beach is no longer free. Expect an entrance free of Php 400 as per source.

Laki Beach Update!

As per our source Laki Beach will be opening again this May 10 2015. If you are looking for nice place where you can enjoy the sun, sand and clear water, this is surely a must visit place.

For a hassle free organized event, Live more Adventures and Tours will have a 2 days and 1 night event on May 20 2017. Click here for more information  “Laki Beach (2 days and 1 night)

However if your wish to go solo or DIY, here’s a little help “How to get to Laki Beach in Mariveles, Bataan

How to prevent sun burn?

 

Summer time is when you can feel the sun in it’s full blast everyday. It is the time of the year where everyone love to hit the beach. Weather you choose to go to the beach to mountains it is very important that you protect yourself, protect your skin from getting burned by the sun. Here are some tips on how to prevent from getting sun burn.

  1. COVER UP
    – Wear clothing or outdoor gear specially designed to provide sun protection. Check the label for its ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). The higher the number, the better. Dark colors offer more protection, as do fabrics treated with UV- absorbing chemicals.
    – Aside from your skin you also have to protect you head and eyes. Choose sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection, so your eyes are protected from both UVA and UVB rays. Use cap , visor or preferably wide-brimmed hat.
  2. USE SUNSCREEN FREQUENTLY AND GENEROUSLY
    – Use sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher. If you plan to spend more time under sun exposure I recommend SPF 30 and above. I you have a more sensitive skin SPF 50 and up is highly recommended.
    – Choose a sunscreen that has UVA and UVB ray protection . Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply it every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
  3. AVOID PEAK HOURS
    – If it possible avoid the sun during 10 a.m. and 4 p.m since this is when the UV rays are stronger.
  4. DRINK A LOT OF WATER
    – Keep your skin hydrated.

Calaguas Resback Escapade!

After three failed attempts finally I was able to experience this beautiful island. You’ve read it right! I had three failed attempts just as what I have written in my previous post “Misadventure but not a Misfortune“, but nevertheless it was all worth it.
I traveled with my previous group that we called  the “Calaguas Resbackers”. Because of our previous failed trip last February. This time there were additional people is our group. Apart from Rachel and Gerald, Lea and Homer, Ate MJ, Ate Gigi, Beverly and Kuya Bong which is the original part of the group. Beverly brought her son and her partner with same. Same as kuya Bong he brought his son Kyle.
Our travel time was just the same. It took us just additional 30 mins since Beverly brought some food and we had dinner first before we went head to Vinzon. We left Vinzon via boat about 9:30 am and it took us less than three hours before we get to Calaguas Island. The boat was exclusive for us. The boat ride was really challenging. The waives were so strong when we were in the middle of the sea and the sun is in its full blast.
Were all wet and exposed in the sun. Its a little bit exhausting being exposed under the sun and being soaked in salt water at the same time. After about two hours and thirty minutes of boat ride we finally get to the island. After getting out of the boat the first thing that I did was – lied down on a powdery white sand of the shore and told myself “Finally!”. The long travel time was all worth it as you experience the beauty of beach. The sea water is so cold and refreshing.
When we were in the island we swim, we had island hopping, trekking and took a lot of photos.
Calaguas Navigatours was our tour provider/host. They really took care of us. Thanks to Josh for giving us such a wonderful experience in the island. Aside from being a nice host and very accommodating people, I love the food they served. I love the Pork humba, Buttered Shrimp, Bicol Express and Laing. There are not just authentic and awesomely delicious, it was also buffet. I can’t even remember how many time we had our refill.
Over all the experience was extremely fun!
If you want to experience the same thing don’t hesitate to visit this wonderful Island. For hassle free arrangement you may contact Josh of Calaguas Navigatours. Visit their Facebook to check for the available dates or send him a personal message for easy transaction.