Visiting the Hundred Islands and Other Superb Attractions in Pangasinan

Pangasinan is a superb place to visit, especially because it is home to the Hundred Islands National Park, a protected area that gives us a glimpse of the superb beauty of our archipelago.

Although only 3 of the area’s 124 islands (123 during high tide) are developed for tourism, visitors get to enjoy the spectacular view of the other islands spread across the Lingayen Gulf. While in the park, you get to enjoy the sights and have fun on the beach.

Because it is a protected area, the spot is teeming with various marine species, including the dugong, sea turtles, and Fraser’s dolphin. On its lands are animals like monitor lizards, common palm civets, crab-eating macaques, and various bat and rodent species; though you are not likely to encounter many of these on your own as travel to the undeveloped islands is usually not possible.

Hundred Islands By yeowatzup from Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Hundred Islands
By yeowatzup from Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

But Pangasinan is not just about the Hundred Islands. There are lots of great tourist spots to explore in the area and things to do, whether you are traveling alone or with a group.

Explore the capital, Lingayen. You will find plenty of awesome landmarks to visit, including former president Fidel Ramos’ house. A tour of the Provincial Capitol building is a must-do as well as visiting adjacent landmarks, including the Aguedo Agbayani Park, the Veteran’s Memorial Park, and the baywalk.

Lingayen Capitol

Lingayen Capitol
By IJVelas (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Across the province, you can find lots of great destinations to visit. Have fun spelunking at Angel Cave in Bani and Cacupangan Cave in Mabini or enjoy the Pantal River Boat ride in Dagupan City. Trek the heights of Mount Balungao in Balungao or relax in the tranquil Manleluag Spring Protected Landscape in Mangatarem.

Mount Balungao

Mount Balungao
By Ramon FVelasquez (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Bolinao Caves (Wonderful Cave, Cindy’s Cave, and Enchanted Cave) are also a must-visit! Moreover, if you still have time left to explore this beautiful province, then visit Antong Falls in Sison or the Lisland Rainforest Resort in Urdaneta City.

Of course, like many areas in the Philippines, you’ll never run out of superb beaches to enjoy in Pangasinan. Top choices include Bonuan Blue Beach in Dagupan City, White Beach of San Fabian, Tondol Beach in Anda, and Cabongaoan Beach in Burgos.

Also see – Top 10 Travel Destinations for Summer in the Philippines

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