Sunday, January 11, 2009

Vacation Spot: Potipot Island

Potipot Island is one of those islands that can be called "paradise." It is a small island surrounded by white sand, calm clear waters, and trees that provide shade along the beach and on the water. To get there, you would need to 5-minute banca (small boat) ride from the mainland shore of the Uacon, Candelaria, Zambales.

The crystal clear water, warm sunshine, and cool sea breeze will give you the feeling of peace and serenity. Potipot Island is the perfect place to relax after a stressful week at work. It's the perfect place to be in touch with nature and with yourself. It's the perfect place to enjoy with your friends, family, and loved ones.

The island itself is quite small that there are no resorts on it. You can easily walk the island's shores for only a few minutes. Visitors bring their own towels, food, and other beach paraphernalia and set up their "camp site" somewhere around the island. They usually stay at the resorts on the mainland, and just hire bancas (small boats) to take them to Potipot island.

One of the most popular resorts in the area is Dawal Beach Resort. They offer decent accommodation and also a package for a roundtrip boat ride to and from Potipot Island for onyl Php 400 (good for 6 guests). To know more about the resort, please visit: www.dawal.com.ph.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Last weekend (2-3 May 2009), we went back to Potipot (and of course, we stayed in Sun Bloom). There were a few things we noticed:

1. There were a lot more trash compared to the last time we went there. [To the tourists, kindly bring your own trash bag and throw your trash bag when you get back to your resort].

2. People were so amazed to see live sea stars (a.k.a. starfishes) that they were taking them from their habitat and putting them under the sun to dry. [Please don't take those creatures home. They're meant to stay in the sea. If you keep taking sea stars, Potipot eventually would have none.]

3. People were stepping on the live corals. [Please don't step on the live corals, fishes live there and they lay their eggs there. If you keep stepping on them, they will eventually die. No corals = no fishes]

4. A lot of people were planning to catch the fishes swimming in the shallow waters. [Please don't try to catch them. Let Potipot keep those fishes.]

5. If people are feeding the fishes, please don't swim where the fishes are. You can check them out underwater but please don't swim right through the fishes. You're disturbing them.



To the owner of the island (if you're reading this), kindly do something about these. We're paying Php50 (day tour) or Php100 (overnight) to be on your island. You can put posters/tarps on the island to remind people what not to do. You can impose rules like these. You can even ask the rangers to penalize tourists who do these horrible things.

malaya said...

as they say, rules are for stupid people. but i guess it would not hurt if tourist would be educated on how to preserve the beauty of the islan. thank you for this and if you don't mind, i'll link up this blog post together with the special advisory in the comment section.

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