Hundred islands This is a lovely area on the coast north of Manila. As the name implies the region is dotted with numerous tiny islands. Some have beaches to which you can charter a boat. Typically the boat will leave you for several hours on your own private beach.
Boats can be caught at the "Lucap" wharf, which is 5 kilometres away from the city of Alaminos (which is where the buses terminate).
See the travel section below regarding how to reach here
There are many cities in the province of Pangasinan. They are:
Dagupan City is the main city of Pangasinan. There are several malls, CSI: The City Mall and Nepo Mall being the most popular.
Urdaneta City is tops in finance not only in Pangasinan but the entire Ilocos region. Because of this, Urdaneta in only it's 9th year of cityhood is being eyed for upgrade to 1st class city status, the first in region 1 beating older cities like Dagupan. There are also several malls here, including Magic Mall, CB Mall & CSI. SM Prime Holdings has a 15.6 hectare lot in this city for its future mall. Urdaneta is home to the largest cattle market north of Manila & the largest bagsakan market in the region.
San Carlos City, the Mango and Bamboo Capital of the Philippines, is Pangasinan's most historic political unit as well as its cultural capital. The city dresses up in green and yellow every April when it celebrates the Mango-Bamboo Festival, a festival that showcases not only delicious mangoes and durable bamboo handicrafts but the best San Carlos City has to offer.
There is no airport serving Pangasinan. So, if you are coming from Manila, you are likely to take the bus. Victory liner runs buses every hour from Manila to Alaminos. These buses pass via Dau and Tarlac. If you have a car, you can take NLEX (North Luzon Express Way). If you are willing to spend a lot of money, taxis can also drive you to Pangasinan.
Once you reach Alaminos (which is a moderate sized city, with the mandatory Jollybee!), take a trike to Lucap. Lucap is about 5 kilometres away and the gateway to Hundred islands.
Boats (bangka) can then be taken from Lucap wharf - they are available aplenty. Hiring a bangka for the whole day costs about 1500 pesos - the itinerary can be charted by you - you can point to any beach and stay / snorkel there.
Nuestra Senora de Manaoag is a large church located in the town of Manaoag. It houses the "Our Lady of Manaoag" which is believed to grant wishes and miracles. Many Filipinos visit the church as pilgrims.
Shrine of Senor Divino Tessoro is a shrine located in front of St. Peter and Paul's Parish in the town of Calasiao, Pangasinan. Inside is a statue of Jesus nailed on his cross. It is the second pilgrimage site in the province.
Mountain Hiking in mountains of San Nicolas, Pangasinan.
Picnic in Sitio Puyao, Brgy. Fianza, San Nicolas, Pangasinan.
Go island hopping and Snorkeling in Hundred islands, off Lucap, . Island hopping is an absolute must. The snorkeling here is fine - the marine creatures colourful. There are sergeants, barracudas, zebra fish, cardinal fish, butterfly and angel fish, parrot fish and puffer / box fish. The water tends to be warm so a wet / dry suit is not needed. Lifejackets are available in the boat for non swimmers, but anyway the water depth is between 30 cms to 2 metres only in most spots.
CSI is a very popular chain of malls in Pangasinan. Some of them are CSI: The City Mall in the Lucao District and CSI Square in downtown Dagupan. Nepo Mall is also a main mall that is in Dagupan. Magic Mall , the first legit mall in Pangasinan is located in Urdaneta City. Other Malls in Urdaneta are CB Mall, CSI-Urdaneta, CSI Warehouse Club and Super Magic. There also a Magic in Mangaldan.
Regency Hotel, McArthur Highway, Calasiao.. It is only minutes away from downtown Dagupan and CSI: The City Mall. hotel is not well-maintained.
Puerto del Sol Resort, Ilog Malino, Bolinao, ☎ (075) 6960530 (fax: +632-631-2861), . Mediterranean-style mansion villas and Filipino Bahay Kubo equipped with air-conditioning, cable TV, and private toilet and bath with hot/ cold water, bidet, and complete bathroom amenities. Some of its facilities and services are pool bar, outdoor Jacuzzi and swimming pool.From USD 51.00.
Star Plaza Hotel, AB Fernandez, Dagupan City, ☎ +075-523-4888, . Star Plaza Hotel is located at the downtown area of Dagupan City. The restaurant,named Patisserie,offers a wide range of dishes with specialties from chinese to filipino cuisine.modern style rooms are clean, well-ventilated and affordable.
Star of David Hotel, Sapang Manaoag, ☎ (75)5192871, . Along the road of Manaoag-Binalonan/Pozorubio-Baguio. It is only minutes away from downtown Manaoag.
Villa Antolin Hotel Hundred Islands, Boulevard St. Lucap, Alaminos City, . checkin: 13:00; checkout: 12:00. Villa Antolin is a 20-room hotel located near the Hundred Islands National Park. The hotel offers boat ride services to go to the islands and explore the beaches of Hundred Islands. The hotel can be used for banquets and special events.Php1,600.00.
Jaydees Cottages, 116 National Road Lucap, Alaminos City, ☎ +63 9473172487, . Nice and clean budget accomodation. Walking distance from port to Hundred Islands.Starting from 500 PHP.
Nipa cottages on Quezon island, . Costing 2000 pesos, these nipa huts are plain, simple, with bed and electricity (only 6 pm to 6 am). CRs are common and outside
Maxine by the sea, . Rooms range from 3000 pesos upwards