Potipot Island, the lone and pristine island in the blue waters of Candelaria, Zambales. Often called as “little boracay of the north”, its powdery white sand, clear water and beautiful greeneries has attracted hundreds of visitors to explore its hidden beauty.
Since I want to maximize my 5 day vacation with my family, we’ve decided that we’ll have our outing in this island.
Located in Candaleria, Zambales you can reach the island five to six hours travel from Manila and four hours from Clark Freeport Zone. The island is small where you can literally walk around it in just an hour. The island shore have fine white sands and multitudes of tropical fruit-bearing trees and shrubs can be seen as you stroll the island.
(Relaxing green colors of the trees, shrubs and grass meets the blue hue of the sky and the sea)
There is an entrance fee for the island, 100php for day trippers and 300php for overnight campers.
There are two options for you in visiting the island:
- You can stay in one of the hotels across the mainland in Brgy. Uacon for accommodation and have the bangkero drop you off and fetch you by nightfall or whatever time you want to. (Potipot is just a 5-10 minutes ride from the mainland).
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- Go camping in the island and have the bangkero fetch you the next day. In this option, you can enjoy sleeping with the blanket of silence and peace as Potipot is regarded as a virgin island—no electricity, no major infrastructures or hotels.
(Campers are all around the island. If you wanna savor the taste of paradise in this island, go camping!)
(Coral formation in shallow parts of the island. Snorkling anyone?)
(Enjoying the white sand in my feet. Instant Foot-spa.)
(Pimple-alert! Tanning time!)
How to get there?
1. Ride a Victory Liner bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Zambales.
2. Coordinate with the bus conductor to drop you off in Brgy. Uacon, Candelaria or in Dawal. If you haven’t bought your supplies, you can ask the conductor to drop you at Candelaria Public Market and just ride a tricycle to bring you to the resorts in the area.
3. Upon finding a resort of your choice, hire a bangka (boat) going to Potipot island.
- Use the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) all the way to Dau exit then continue to the Subic-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).
- Travel all the SCTEx till Tip Exit, passing through the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and on to the Subic Town.
- Take the National Road where in you will pass the towns of Castillejos, San Marcelino, San Narciso, San Felipe, Cabangan, Botolan, Iba, Paluig and Masinloc before reaching Candelaria. You can easily ask for the directions/suggestions for accommodation.