In the early century, MAGALAWA was apart of sitio Luan, Barangay Lipay. The said sitio was bisected by a small body of water crossable by people wherein the current flows southeast during high tide and northward during low tide. The current that runs n this area is about to 2 to 3 knots. In that situation erosion made this body of water wider and wider, which later on became a sea. This came when this part of the land was isolated far from sitio Luan, so the inhabitants called in their native word "MAG-LUWA" that means "about two places".
This word passed through generation to generation and was later changed to "MAGALAWA".
Magalawa is an island barangay lying 6 kilometers, northwest of the Poblacion. Surrounding the island is the vast China Sea. Beyond the north is the San Salvador Island of Masinloc and on the east is Sitio Luan, Lipay. It is known for beautiful beaches. Magalawa is 56 hectares in area.
Although the island is surrounded by the sea potable water is abundant within the island and uses jetmatic and pitcher pumps. The main source of livelihood is fishing and some are engaged in shell craft industry. There is a complete primary school with two teachers. No rice is planted in this area, so the people resort in buying everything they need except fish. Coco trees and century trees are abundant also.
Magalawa Island is now one of the newest tourist destination in Zambales. An eco-tourism resort thru Magalawa Island Armada Resort, a privately owned resort, has been developed since 2009 and now continually on its rise with its back to basic and nature trip settings. Just recently, to be able to provide and generate livelihood to the island community, management of the Armada Resort have come up with their package which includes meal packages, snorkeling, rafting, boat riding, mangrove trekking to name a few. These helps the community in providing livelihood and help generate income to its barangay and of municipality.
Magalawa Island Armada Resort - with its creamy white sand beaches and prestine waters Magalawa Island is perfect for swimming, water/sand sports, boat riding, jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach amidst the crystal clear waters and white sand. Another attractions of Magalawa Island are coral reefs, mangroves and abundant water resources.