Potipot Island is Better than Boracay, Hands Down.

Many people, locals and foreigners alike, are in awe with the beauty that is Boracay. I have to admit, I was one of those people, until I got there. This is not to say that the island is ugly, because it is exactly the opposite.

What turned me off was the multitude of people that flock there. It was crowded, busy, and just not the way I would want to spend my vacation. It was worth one trip, nothing more. A lot of people are telling me to give it another chance, maybe I will, but not anytime soon. No sir.

So, in my quest to finding a nice beach where I could relax and not have to bother with a lot of people, I found Potipot Island. Well, I didn’t really find it. It found me. Haha.

I’ve been to this island twice, and on both¬†occasions, I wasn’t disappointed. If you’re looking for a less expensive, less crowded, more peaceful vacation, you should go to this place.


You should know that there are no hotel accommodations on the island. The last time I was there, they had built cottages along the beach, but I’ve never had the chance to try them out and stay in the island overnight.

We stayed in a resort in Candelaria, Zambales called, Isla Vista. Their group packages range anywhere from P4000-P9600 for groups of 8-22 people. You can get more information on their website which I’ve linked in the beginning of this paragraph.

Potipot Island is a 5-10-minute banca ride away from Isla Vista. The boat rides are also available through the resort with a choice of a smaller or a bigger banca.

The resort offers facilities for cooking, although you will need to bring everything you need to cook your food as they don’t have cookware and all that stuff. Which is better, in my opinion, for hygienic purposes.

I’d certainly come back to this island. In fact, I recommend it to friends who are looking for places to go on a vacation. And I suggest you do too! HAPPY TRIP!

Discovering Playa La Caleta (Now Oyster Island)

About two months back, my friend and I were looking for a great travel deal that could get us to a beautiful place not far from the metro but wasn’t too costly either. We were kind of in a celebratory mood and wanted to give ourselves a treat; to unwind and relax. After a few days of searching, we found Playa La Caleta.

Playa La Caleta is a remote island in Bagac, Bataan. It was pretty easy going there by public transportation. We took a bus going to Bataan, and from there, we took a jeep going to Bagac. Our tour guide Michael Apostol met us in the terminal, and together we rode the banca to get to the island.

If you’re looking for a place to just get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the perfect place for you. Cellular signal is close to none in the island, there is no electricity- just the calming sound of the waves and the wonderful scenery. What more could you ask for?

Be prepared to go camping as there are no hotel accommodations available in the island. Bring a tent and a sleeping bag/mat with you. If you don’t have any, one will be provided by the ever-reliable tour guide.

You may be thinking: “what makes this different from any other camping trip?” And I have an answer to that. THE FOOD!!!

Michael’s idea is to have people enjoy the atmosphere of a camping trip without having to worry about preparing your food. It was like having a hotel experience sans the hotel.

There are other activities you can do in the island to while away your time. You can go on a hike or go biking in the mountains, snorkeling or fishing, island hopping, boat cruising, among many others. For photographers, it is also a perfect location for a shoot. In fact, it is also known to be one of the shoot locations for the television series Dyesebel.

Your budget can range anywhere from P1800-P2750 for a 2D1N stay and P3000-4250 for a 3D2N stay. The more people you can tag along, the less money you spend.

If you’re loving the place so far, and you’re thinking of going there with your friends or your family, make sure to do it now as there are news of closing the island to the public soon. HAPPY TRIP!!!

PS

This post used to have pictures, but I lost all of them when I moved my blog.

To book a trip, contact:

MICHAEL M. APOSTOL
Tour Organizer/Adventure Consultant/ General Manager
Contact Nos. 0908.6474895 | 0915.4411875 | 0922.7908874
Email: greenpiece.eductours@gmail.com