HUNDRED ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK
The Hundred Islands National Park is a national park in the Republic of the Philippines. The protected area is located in the city of Alaminos, in the province of Pangasinan in northern Philippines. The islands, totaling 124 at low tide and 123 at high tide, are scattered in Lingayen Gulf covering an area of 16.76 square kilometers (6.47 sq mi). Only three of them have been developed for tourism: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children’s Island. The Lucap wharf in Alaminos, the entrance to the National Park, is about 240 kilometers (150 mi) north of Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
The islands are believed to be about two million years old. They are actually ancient corals that extend well inland, in an area previously comprising the seabed of an ancient sea. The lowering of the sea level have exposed them to the surface. The peculiar “mushroom-like” shapes of some of the islands were caused by the eroding action of the ocean waves.
The Sagip Lingayen Gulf Project is a study done in 2010, implemented by the Marine Environment and Resources Foundation Inc. and funded by the Dutch government, in response to the lack of resources on the terrestrial wildlife of the islands. The study assessed and created an inventory of the flora and fauna of the islands to help the city government create an environmental monitoring program to protect the island’s biodiversity. Some of the wildlife found living in the National Park are:
- Crab-eating Macaque
- Common Palm Civet
- Fraser’s Dolphin
- Monitor Lizard
- Sea turtles
- Green Sea Turtle
- Olive Ridley sea turtle
- a species of Red Turtle
- SnakesVarious Bat Species
- Laticauda colubrina, a species of sea snake
- Reticulated python
- Various Rodent Species
Lucap or Alaminos Wharf, the entrance to the National Park, is about 240 kilometres (150 mi) north from the Kilometer Zero marker in Rizal Park in Manila or about 3.75 hours drive by private vehicle.By public transportation from Manila, the bus ride takes about 5 to 6 hours.
The Hundred Islands is Pangasinan’s best-known attraction. It is located near the city of Alaminos City in the Province of Pangasinan. The One Hundred Islands is considered by many to be one of the seven natural wonders of the World. Because of its special characteristics, scientific importance, uniqueness and high scenic value, the national committee on geograpical sciences declared the hundred islands of Pangasinan as a national geological monument last Sept. 2001.
Hundred Islands is composed of 3 developed islands naming Children Island, Governor’s Island, and Quezon Island for scientific study and tourism. Tourism is an increasingly significant part of the local economy and great efforts are made to balance the desires of visitors with maintaining a pristine and bountiful habitat for the One hundred Islands National Park’s flora, fauna and marine life. The islands were shaped from uplifted coral deposits by the erosional action of rainwater and groundwater. These islands clustered in the lingayen gulf northeast of Alaminos consists of 123 hills of different sizes.
To get there, take a bus from Manila to Alaminos, Pangasinan for about five hours. From Alaminos take a tricycle ride to Barangay Lucap. And upon arrival, savor the city’s unique and dynamic spirit, friendly atmosphere and especially, the beauty and adventure that lies in the hundred wonders that is Hundred Islands.
Pangasinan Hundred Islands Tour
This is a tour that will take us to the City of Alaminos in the Province of Pangasinan. A trip to Hundred Islands National Park and its home, Alaminos City, is a great diversion from the hustle and bustle of the busy, urban life. Breathe in the refreshing views – rice paddies, azure sea – and the rustic and peaceful lifestyle as you make your way to Alaminos City. And upon arrival, savor the city’s unique and dynamic spirit, friendly atmosphere and especially, the beauty and adventure that lies in the hundred wonders that is Hundred Islands. This tour includes visit to the three main islands, Governor ‘s Island, Children’s Island and Quezon Island. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling during the tour.
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