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Location: Province of Pangasinan in northern Philippines. It is located in Alaminos City, Pangasinan.

The islands (124 at low tide and 123 at high tide) are scattered along Lingayen Gulf and cover an area of 18.44 square kilometres (4,557 acres). They are believed to be about two million years old. Only three of them have been developed for tourists: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children's Island. You can rent a motorboat and leave the navigating to a friendly boatman who would indulge your eyes with the best of the 124 islands and islets while letting you in on the secrets and interesting folklore that surrounds them. It is the First National Park in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

To get to the Hundred Islands, you have to rent a boat from Lucap Wharf in Alaminos. For a round trip boat ride, you’ll pay 400 pesos for up to 10 passengers. The entrance fee to the park is 10 pesos.

At the Hundred Islands, you will find giant clams, also known as Taklobos to locals. It is almost one meter long and weighs about 225 kg. About 10 caves have been discovered on some of the islands. They were named after rock formations and local myths. It is home to beautiful and colorful coral reefs.

Out of the many islands, only three are developed, that includes the Governor’s Island, Quezon Island and the Children’s Island. They are trying to preserve the beauty of each of the islands, so the development is minimal. They offer picnic huts and tables, restrooms, some huts and a cottage for overnighters. Everything is pretty basic. Some of the activities to do when visiting the Hundred Islands National Park include: snorkeling, island hopping, swimming and fishing. To protect the environment some islands are off limits for activities.

If you just want a relaxing day to embrace nature at its best, the Hundred Islands National Park is a must-see tourist’s attraction in the Philippines.

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The Hundred Islands National Park is Pangasinan's best-known attraction. A group of small unoccupied islets located a short boat ride from Lucap pier, five kilometers north of Alaminos, Pangasinan. These battered rocky outcrops have a few small sandy beaches that are crowded on holidays.

With the Hundred Island National Parks’s special characteristics, scientific importance, uniqueness and high scenic value, the national committee on geograpical sciences declared the hundred islands of Pangasinan as a national geological monument last September 2001.The hundred islands of Pangasinan were shaped from uplifted coral deposits by the erosional action of rainwater and groundwater. These islands gathered in the lingayen gulf northeast of Alaminos consists of 123 hills of different sizes.

To get there; take a bus from Manila to Alaminos, Pangasinan, 254 kms about five hours. From Alaminos take a tricycle ride to Barangay Lucap, fare about 20 to 30 pesos, pay when you arrive, go to PTA tourist office and they will help you to get a cheaper banca ride to explore the islands or rent a guest house.

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