We had the chance to explore the other resort in Magalawa Island. An entrance fee of P50 per head you’ll get unlimited access to the beach especially to the sand bar. This is where we had dinner and lunch for only P200 complete meal with dessert and oh! my favorite unlimited rice lol. We did not choose Armada because they have higher rates compared to Ruiz Resort and due to their “quiet please” policy as well. We travel to have fun anyway. Here are some of the photos taken at the resort.
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world” – Gustave Flaubert
I love everything in this island, from the ambiance to the sunset and our island getaway to Masinloc Zambales and of course the people I was with. Every trip with #layas is unforgettable. For itinerary and estimated budget, check out Magalawa Island blog.
I thought we are done with September trip after our quick getaway to Stella Mariz Bagac, Bataan last September 12, 2015 but there’s a long weekend due to celebration of our Muslim brothers of Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice. We couldn’t just stay at home and wait for Monday. We actually planned of going to Magalawa Island right after our Bagac trip. Magalawa Island is now one of the newest tourist destination in Zambales.
How we got there:
Reserved a ticket via Victory Liner Pasay bound for Sta. Cruz Zambales a day before the scheduled trip to ensure seats. Just pay for Palauig only, fare is P384. There are only two trips 4am and 4pm, we took the 4am trip.
Tell the conductor to drop you in Brgy. Pangolingan tricycle terminal
Be ready for a 20-30 minutes bumpy ride. The fare is P100 per head one way
We have a reservation in Ruiz Resort so we have contacted Kuya Mulong and he gave us directions to go to Veritas Beach where there’s a boat that will take us to Magalawa Island for around 10 minutes. Round trip fare is P100 per head.
Before going to the resort, make sure to coordinate with Kuya Mulong first – the caretaker of Ruiz Resort. Since we are a group of 10, we booked for 2 fan rooms/cottages good for 5 pax each. The rate of an overnight stay is P1500. There is 24-hours electricity in the resort so don’t worry about your gadgets. There’s also common bathroom free for all the guests. Ruiz Resort doesn’t offer food, you may bring your own and cook it there. But in our case, we ordered lunch at Ate Leny’s canteen. We asked her to cook rice for the ten of us. We also bought water and other stuff in her sari-sari store. For our dinner, we opted to eat in Armada Resort for P200 per pax complete meal already with dessert.
Sharing below our expenses for a group of 10. Went island hopping to Bacala Guesthouse Masinloc, P200 per head. I will post a separate blog. Our budget for this trip is P2,500. Thanks for reading and hope it will help you. Check out more photos at https://instagram.com/wheresjoanne/
Bagac is a third class municipality in the province of Bataan and is the largest municipality in the province of Bataan. This is one of the provinces near Manila that I haven’t explored because I really don’t enjoy long hour road trips before but I guess I have to be more adventurous now and will try to visit other provinces in Luzon. My companion for this trip were Alex, William and Dude Gary. We are all burn out with work and just want to be at the beach.
How we got there:
Meeting place was Genesis bus terminal in Pasay Rotonda (at the back of Sogo Hotel). We took the 6am trip bound for Balanga. It was a 2.5 hours land travel including one bus stop. Bus fare for air-conditioned is P210. Ate breakfast in a fast food chain and took tricycle (P10) going to Bayan where the terminal of jeepney going to Bagac is located. Jeepney fare from Balanga to Bagac market is P47. It took us 30 minutes to get there. Bought food and drinks for lunch and hired tricycle going to Stella Mariz at P50 per head. It will take you 10-15 minutes the resort, entrance fee is P100 for overnight stay. For cottage please contact Ate Delia 0999-438-2963 and Kuya Rudy for tricycle service at 0918-754-3901. Sharing all out photos in the resort – enjoy!
Here are our expenses for this trip:
PASAY – BALANGA
TRYK TO TERMINAL (BAYAN)
JEEP TO BAGAC PALENGKE
TRYK TO STELLA MARIZ
ENTRANCE FEE (OVERNIGHT)
TENT (BRING YOUR OWN)
FOOD & DRINKS
TRYK TO BAGAC TERMINAL
BUS TO GENESIS TERMINAL
BUS TO CUBAO
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On our second day in Botolan, we explored the mountain and chased waterfalls. After our favourite breakfast we went straight to the mountains. It was my first time to go on a trek, well I have no choice but to join them. Sorry guys, I couldn’t give details of this hike as it is a private property.
P.S – after the trek I had chest pains until I got home. It was definitely one of the most unforgettable experience. I’m not really fond of mountains but I love Mother nature. ❤
Instameet – it is a great opportunity to meet new people, share opinions, tips and experiences related to Instagram. Nevertheless don’t forget that it should mainly be about taking pictures and uploading them to Instagram. Source: http://instagramers.com/destacados/how-to-organize-an-instameet/
But wait we are not just taking and uploading photos on Instagram we also build friendship. It all started with Instagram when the members of our group called BNP (Bananas in Pajamas) named us after the characters of a TV series for kids. We are seven (7) in the group and my name is Topsy. We’re always making fun on IG but we haven’t seen each other yet until we met last September 6, 2014.
On our first day, we explored this hidden beach of Botolan – a private property. Luckily we got the access. This place is not just for beach bumming but also a surfing site.Unfortunately, we don’t have boards with us. Here are some of the photos, we took bus bound for Iba Zambales and get off Botolan. Free lodging and contribution for our food. xoxo
Nagsasa Cove will always be my favorite beach camping site. It’s just 5 hours away from Manila. Beach bumming, swimming, trekking, camp fire, stargazing or simply just chilling on the sand with your ice cold beer. If you are planning a trip here, just contact Ate Weng at 0906-4131560. She will arrange everything from your sundo in San Antonio to your preferred food.