The most awaited day has arrived, finally, we are at Magalawa island!
After a challenging night, we were even more challenged by a surprise we have to face- the insect bites, not by mosquitoes, but by sand fleas. We did not bring insect repellants because we knew that there is electricity in the island, but we were wrong. Nonetheless, the day has just begun and the mood should not be destroyed just by those tiny creatures (annoying as they may be).
A deep in the warm water of Magalawa Beach wrapped our morning. After that, breakfast was served.
Magalawa Island has a lot to offer. We tried snorkeling, island hopping, and boat ride. The food that was served though was a highlight, something worth the wait, as we truly enjoyed every dish that was served.
It was my first time to do snorkeling or diving because we don’t have snorkeling apparatus. I saw the beauty of the corals that still exist in this part of the Philippines.
We saw the whole island under the brightness of sun and it was worth the wait – undeniably breathtaking.
One thing that really caught my attention was the island of Bakawan – a type of island that submerges during high tide. If I am not mistaken, it is called sand bars. If you will spend the whole day in the island, you will see the beauty of it. Aside from that, the island was accented by a wooden-house where people can stay and take pictures. According to our tour guide, the house is owned by the Mayor of Zambales, and tourists are allowed to stay in the place, just inform the barangay people.
Visiting Zambales was worth it despite the insect bites. The eight hour travel paid off. I am definitely going back to that place (of course, with better armory).
If you want to detach yourself from the urbanized, hectic, crowded, and busy streets of Manila, Magalawa is definitely the place for you. The rate is truly affordable and the experience is worth remembering for a lifetime.
*special thanks to Ellen who edited this article :O
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