The Hundred Islands
Although they have more than a hundred in number there are only three islands which have been prepared for tourism. These are namely the Governor Island, Quezon and Children's Island. But even so, one can still explore all the other islands any time. Tourists enjoy the discoveries of marine life and the fun of soft powdery sands. Aside from that, delicious spices and dishes are offered such as Pangasinan's famous shrimp paste (bagoong). The Hundred Islands is located in the Lingayen Gulf of the Philippines. It is found in the province of Alaminos, Pangasinan with an area of 1,844 hectares or 4,560 acres. During low tide the islands have a number of 124. The high tide on the other hand sinks 1 of them. They have shapes that resemble those of mushrooms due to the erosions caused by the ocean waves. They are now called the Hundred Islands National Park and is used and developed for tourists. It is also the first Natural Park established in Southeast Asia.
The islands are said to be about two million years in age. Researchers have found out that the islands are originally corals that extended from a seabed of a sea that existed in ancient times. As centuries passed, the sea-level kept decreasing until these corals were exposed. Now, it is considered to be one of the top wonders of the Philippines receiving thousands of visitors yearly. People can enjoy adventurous activities such as snorkeling and the exploration of caves. Other activities are scuba diving, kayaking and even simple pleasure hopping.
Although they have more than a hundred in number, there are only three islands which have been prepared for tourism. These are namely the Governor Island, Quezon and Children's Island. One can also explore all the other islands any time. Tourists could enjoy the discoveries of marine life and the fun of soft powdery sands. They also offer delicious spices and dishes such as Pangasinan's famous shrimp paste (bagoong).
The three most developed islands are what draws most tourists attention. Quezon Island is known to be very suitable for families and campers. It is famous for having the best beaches, dining and grilling areas. Governor's Island on the other hand is known for the Pinoy Big Brother house built on it which may also be leased per night for PHP 10,000.It is attractive for tourists who are willing to go for an adventure. Finally, Children's Island offers an option for tourists who thrive on a budget watch. It has bahaykubos, bedrooms lighted with kerosene and other simple but comfortable areas. And yet it offers an experience worth having.
Numerous wonders can be found in the Hundred Islands National Park that makes it remarkable. One of them is the Turtle Island which one would pass by from Governor's Island going to Quezon Island. The Turtle Island is famous for its shape. At one side of the island, its shape looks very similar to the shape a turtle with the trees on its tops looking like green shells on a turtle's back. It also has a rock on the front part that resembles the head of a turtle. The Caves on the other hand dazzles tourists who are aware of the theories that scientists have on them. Aside from that every cave has rich myths and legends given to them.
Because of the diversity of luxuries in nature that it offers tourists, the Hundred Islands National Park has marked its rank as one of the seven wonder of the world.