Candelaria, Zambales

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After my wonderful experience in Calayan Island, I invited a friend to go to this island located in northern Luzon.  I also wanted to visit nice beaches in Zambales, so we decided to go to Potipot Island.

Zambales is a province located in the Central Luzon region with Iba as its capital. With a land area of 1,479.09 sq. miles, it is the second largest province next to Nueva Ecija. The province boarders Pangasinan to the north and Bataan to the south.

Zambales can only be accessed through land transportation because there is no functional airport and the closest one is the Clark International Airport. Subic Bay International Airport in Pampanga. The province is merely a coastal area. Most of the municipalities are located near the coast line like Subic, San Antonio, Iba, Batolan, San Narciso and Candelaria. This article will feature Potipot Island in Candelaria, Zambales.

How to get to Potipot Island, Candelaria, Zambales

Candelaria is one of the municipalities of Zambales. It is located 26 miles from Iba and lies along the coastline of the South China Sea. It is also known to have numerous beach resorts and one of those is the Potipot Island.


How to get to Potipot Island, Candelaria, Zambales

Candelaria is one of the municipalities of Zambales. It is located 26 miles from Iba and lies along the coastline of the South China Sea. It is also known to have numerous beach resorts and one of those is the Potipot Island. From Manila, take a bus to Sta. Cruz Zambales via Victory Liner in Pasay, Cubao or Caloocan Terminals. Make sure to go down at Uacon Barangay Hall in Candelaria. The travel time usually takes for about 7 hours. There are already tricycles along the highway  where you can ask to drop you off to the Potipot docking area. You can also walk towards the bay part if you want to save money.

There are already tricycles along the highway and you can ask them to drop you off to the Potipot docking area. You can also walk towards the bay part if you want to save money. It is strongly suggested that you need to buy food first before going to the island because they only have limited varieties.   I suggest for you to drop off to the public market first which is only few kilometers away from the Uacon Barangay Hall to buy food before you go to the island.

Potipot is just an islet. The travel time from the main land is only for about 10-12 minutes. Once you reach the island, you can start looking for place where you can pitch your tent then enjoy the white sand beach and clear waters. But of course, you also need to be careful with ocean water current just to be safe. It is also best to stay overnight at the island to do stargazing.

You can also ask Mr. Boyet Dayto and his wife Dory Dayto to prepare your food. Additional payments is expected since they will cook your food and deliver it to the island.

Contact for Food Preparation:

  • Dory Dayto – 09297249408
  • Boyet Dayto – 09197327715

Travel Expenses:

  • Bus (Manila to Zambales) – php 450 (900 roundtrip)
  • Island Entrance Fee Day Tour – php 100 / pax (day tour)
  • Island Entrance Fee Overnight – php 300 / pax (day tour)
  • Boat Transfer  Round Trip – php 600 / 6 pax
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