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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