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Zambales for first timers: The Spellbinding Magalawa Island

A joyride to remember and a hypnotising quiet afternoon by the beach. This is how I can recall that recent visit in Armada resort, Magalawa Island. Another must experience for people craving that much needed sanity break this summer.

Non touristy and less crowded beach. Fine sand, crystal clear water, away from the noise and pollution. With its serene and peaceful ambiance an occupied soul can definitely consider this a breather trip.

 

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Crystal clear water

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A quick dip wouldn’t do justice of how alluring the gentle waves are as it crashes while reaching the shore. The beach is entirely untouched and a lot of sea creatures are found scattered underwater, perfect for snorkelling junkies. You may even see fishes while taking a quick swim.

The View

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Blue skies reflect the mirror-like sea, making the afternoon more enchanting. The clock trikes, the sun nods and golden hour begins to perform its talent of magically painting everything with various shades of nature. The horizon cuts the view into half, a bronze coloured ocean and a blushing sky. Perfect intimate sunset afternoon.

Cottages

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Various cottages with cozy spaces for guests wishing to stay overnight is available at a very reasonable price. The rooms are neatly designed to accept travellers and is located just a few steps from the beach. You may also find a mini store selling some drinks and snacks for tourists and travellers in the Island.

For Day-tour guests

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A public shower room can be accessed by visitors after taking a swim. Random native cottages are also found by the beach for guests to occupy during their visit.

 

Activities

You may enjoy a memorable picnic by the beach with family or friends
One may also do snorkelling at some parts of the island.

 

The Island

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Covered in trees , sandwiched by the sky and sea.

 

Cuisine

Here you may also enjoy picked fruits and fresh seafood infused with organic herbs and spices prepared by the amazing local chefs of the Island.

 

A few gentle reminders:

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Given the fact that this beach is quite untouched, guests should take note of the rules and regulations sighted by the management, also one should be mindful of its behaviour when swimming. You may notice signs saying “Do not go beyond this point” for a reason, please do follow this strictly to avoid accidents.

 

How to get here?

Commuting:

From Manila take a Sta. Cruz , Zambales bound bus (Victory Liner)

Drop off point is Brgy. Pangolingan, Palauig (cor Radio Veritas Road).
Take a tricycle going to Oslet Armada Fishdealer Compound in Brgy Luan.
Odet Tricycle TODA station – 09197484325 or 09205105447
From Oslet Armada Fish-dealer Compound, take a mini boat going to Magalawa Island, travel time is approx 10mins.

 

Long Drive with private Vehicle :

Take the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway(SCTEX).

Then, take the Subic Bay Freeport Expressway to connect with the National Road. Follow the signs to Iba.

As you pass by Iba Market, head north towards Amungan Triangle (Palauig Junction 1)
Or keep right towards Banlog Triangle (Palauig Junction 2).

From Banlog Triangle keep right and then head north to Pangolingan by passing Mt. Tapulao signage, Zameco Electric
Cooperative and crossing Brgy Salaza bridge.

After the Salaza Bridge you will see at the right side of the road the “Welcome to Pangolingan” signage.

Slow down while going up to the road and look for the rough road with waiting shed and tricycle  at the left side.

Turn left and take the Veritas Road going to Luan.

Look for the Oslet Armada Fishdealer Compound in Brgy. Luan.

From Oslet Armada Fishdealer Compound, take a mini boat going to Magalawa Island, travel time is approx 10mins.
Parking Fee/Charges: 100/vehicle c/o OSMAN or LET 09166902691

For more details please check their official website: http://magalawaislandresort.com

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