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Last year, we got the opportunity to travel to a gorgeous island located about a kilometer off the coast of Zambales, and its name is Potipot Island.

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From Baguio City, Zambales takes around five to six hours to travel time,and if you’re commuting, you’re going to have to take three different bus rides – Baguio to Dagupan, Dagupan to Sta. Cruz, Sta. Cruz to Candelario.

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It may sound like a total hassle, but we swear, Zambales has a lot to offer, especially if you’re beach lovers like us. The travel time is worth it.

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In Candelario, we went to Dawal Beach Resort, which offers back-and-forth boat rides to Potipot Island.

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From the boat, we could already feel the excitement of reaching our destination as the island drew closer and closer, and when we got there, we couldn’t wait to get to swimming.

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The island stretches about two kilometers in perimeter, which is a lot of shore space to share, and there are cottages and picnic tables available to accommodate any group size.



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We didn’t want to get a cottage, so we situated ourselves under a shady tree with the perfect view.

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The white sand is magnificent and totally legit. This isn’t one of those beaches that looks great in photos but turns out to be disappointing in real life (much like FB profile pics. Peace.) Potipot is real as real can be.

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The island’s blue waters are teeming with life, and the waves that pummel the shore feel like soft kisses, if that makes sense. However, while wading in the shore, we advise everyone to tread carefully as there are many corals and spiky marine life hiding in the shallow water. One of us had a very unfortunate and excruciating experience of stepping on a sea urchin. Long story short, we had to pee on his foot as a remedy. Hahaha.

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Despite that one misadventure, leaving the island to return to civilization was heartbreaking. But if we didn’t leave, how else would we discover the other beauties of Zambales, but that’s another story.

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Do you have stories about your travels in Zambales? Share them to us!

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