Magalawa Island in Zambales is popular among beach campers

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By KC Santos

PALAUIG, ZAMBALES – Aside from Anawangin Cove in Pundaquit, Magalawa Island is another reason visitors go to Zambales.

The 56-hectare island can only be reached after a six-hour trip that also includes a short boat ride. The island’s name was derived from the word “Magluwa”, a local word translated to “about two places”.

According to historical accounts, Magalawa was once a part of the larger Sitio Luan of Barangay Lipay but became an isolated body of water after a series of erosions that took place in the province.

Much like the other islands in Zambales, Magalawa has very few amenities.

Pictures posted by Gay Emami of Pinay Travel Junkie shows how the undisturbed nature of the island makes up for the simple accommodations that can be had there.

Mangroves are widespread in the eastern portion of this island. The blog Anonymous Letter wrote about the other activities that you can do during your stay on the island.

Holy Week is just around the corner so if an escape to Magalawa Island sounds like a good idea to you, you better be prepared. If you’re lucky like Demeter of Libot, you might witness an actual procession of penitents.

The island’s caretakers also assure that packages are available for visitors. There is a Facebook fan page detailing these packages. (Check the Facebook page for detailed directions to the island)

Lakwatsero of My Island Trek wrote that mediocre food aside, he found the experience worthwhile with the island’s beauty as well as the people residing in it.

(Photos taken from the Magalawa Facebook fan page)

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raymond says:

Edit Raymond said…
May iba pa po kayong option maliban sa resort nila Grace Armada na yan. May camping area po sa harap ng isla kung saan mas malamig at may mga cottage din. Nakapunta na ba kayo ng Anawangin or Nagsasa cove? Parang ganun din ang style. Mahangin din at mas maganda ang Magalawa Island hindi naman sa nagyayabang…
Kung gusto niyo pong i-try na pumunta tawagan niyo po ako sa Manila at tutulungan ko po kayong magcoordinate sa caretaker na isla na uncle ko din na si Uncle Mulo. Ito po yung landline number ko sa Maynila (02)983 0432 or sun number 09222688111 or smart number 09475181409 hanapin niyo lang po si Raymond (ako po yun).
Ito po ang presyuhan doon sa campsite :

Boatpick up (2 way)
– 100/pax-kung galing luan
– 200/pax-kung galing masinloc

Entrance fee 100 per pax overnight,

kubo 1000 per night (kasya 4-5pax)

Cottage 700 per night ( pagkainan at pang relaxing )

Kasama na po sa entrance fee ang paggamit ng cr at maintenance ng lugar. Ingat lang po na huwag magkalat masyado kasi po maliit lang po na isla yun at mahirap kung magka garbage-problem. You will be spending about 300 or less for food siguro. Maraming nabibilhan ng pagkain sa loob ng island. Puwede rin po kayong magpaluto for a small fee. No available rental of snorkel/mask/fins dun for now so its a good idea to invest on a good set nalang. Wala pa rin po available na rental ng tent pero malapit na po. Mag inquire nalang po kayo kung may available na pagtawag ninyo. Kung magdadala po kayo ng sarili ninyong tent ay libre na po ang puwesto kasi po kasama na po sa entrance fee yun kaya entrance fee nalang at boatride nalang ang babayaran ninyo.

Basta tawag lang po kayo sakin..

demeter says:

The resort I mentioned above has been sold. Pls DO NOT contact MULO or any of the numbers anymore. Thanks

demeter says:

Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

I wrote some additional info and pictures on Magalawa. Please follow the link below, thanks

for those looking for a cheap package inclusive of transpo, I found this link

demeter says:

Update on Magalawa. I’ve just been there during the weekend and now its similar to Anawangin style. Not a real resort but a caretaker who constructed cottages. I found the number of the caretaker Mang Mulo +639294670505. He can help you. This resort is located right BESIDE the resort of Grace Armada. The big difference is while Grace’s resort is at the back near the Mangroves, this is in the FRONT where its cool and nearer to the beautiful coral gardens. Please confirm this with the caretaker but I estimate your expenses to be around 600/pax if renting cottage. If you bring your own tent its just 300/pax. Inclusive of boat transfers and cr na yun. You will be spending about 300 or less for food siguro.Maraming nabibilhan sa loob ng island. So TOTAL DAMAGE is only ABT.900/pax max na. No rental of snorkel/mask/fins dun for now so its a good idea to invest on a good set nalang. You can get them at 800 per set sa Toby’s I think.

Also, the cottages have no airconditioning. No fans either but when I stayed there malamig naman kasi mahangin. This is because the huts are situated at the front of the island. Yung resort kasi nila Grace nasa likod kaya totally walang hangin.

There is a resort there at the back of the island owned by a certain Grace Armada but I believe they lost the court battle on custody of the area they are currently using? Its really funny because I heard that when the real owner, Mrs.Ruiz, was there, she told all the guests not to pay and closed the resort down for some time. Grace couldn’t do anything kasi nga illegal settlers sila. Imagine something like that happening while you are there diba? Well, I guess the good side is you wouldn’t have to pay for your stay — that is, if you didn’t pay her beforehand.