Often called as the "Little Boracay of the north"? But nahh, Potipot has its own identity. Let me give you just 10 reasons to visit this island.
1) 5 to 10 minutes boat ride from the mainland. Scared of treacherous boat rides? Well fret not!
|Potato from the mainland shore of Uacon, Candelaria Zambales|
Entrance to the island is not free though, you have to pay P100 per head, we paid P50 each for the kids for day trip and P300 per head for overnight stay. Just a tip, if you want to enjoy this place more, then avoid the weekends! We literally enjoyed the whole island with just 2 other groups.
2) Accommodations are available for a fee or for free.
For overnight stay they have these well maintained nipa huts "kubo" available for P1,500 a night good for 5 to 10 pax.
Or if you want free accommodation, then bring your own tent.
3) You can tour the whole island in 20 to 30 minutes! Make sure to bring fresh batteries for your camera, a lot of photo ops along the way!
|So what do you think, am I a model material or what? hahaha!! |
4) Trees are everywhere to give you shade!
5) Secured, clean and well maintained island. They have caretakers, at least we know that the entrance fee is well worth it. And you will feel secured too that there are local people there manning the place.
6) Soft and white powdery sand
7) Pristine water
8) Good and safe swimming area
9) Close encounter with nature. Well, you'll never know what else you can encounter in the wild!
10) Location! It is just 5 to 7 hours from Manila, 2 to 3 hours from Olongapo and Dagupan.
How to get there:
If commuting, take the Victory liner bus going to Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Ask the conductor to drop you off at Brgy. Uacon, then take a tricycle from there to Dawal Beach Resort, you can rent a boat from there.
If via private car from Manila, take the North Expressway and SCTEX towards SBMA. Exit at Kalaklan gate then head towards Candelaria. Continue along the National Road while keeping an eye for the signs. Look for Dawal Beach Resort then rent a boat from the resort going to Potipot.