Potipot Island is located roughly about 1 km away from the mainland shore of Uacon, Candelaria, Zambales. If you are on tight budget, it is still best that you plan your trip on your own and avoid getting packages.
How did we get there?
First, I asked Victory Liner if they have trips from Pasay (since I live near Victory Liner Pasay Terminal) to Zambales. Some schedules are not listed on their website so it is better to ask them personally via call or twitter. And Yes! They are active in twitter and they responded to all my queries.😀
After getting confirmation from them, on the day of our trip, we went to the terminal an hour earlier before the 1st trip leaves, to buy our ticket. To avoid queuing in long lines, you may reserve your tickets online in their website.
If your desired trip ticket is already sold out, you can purchase the next available trip ticket and then fall in line to be a chance passenger for earlier trip departure. If there are still available seat for sold out tickets, they allow chance passengers to board.
Before our bus left, a guard gets on board to inspect if nothing was suspicious.
Our bus left exactly at 5:00 AM. Our travel time from Victory Liner Pasay to Iba Zambales was 5 hrs and 20 mins. Below’s a snapshot of where we are at certain times:
Please refer to the picture above for the “points”.
At 6:30 AM, we were already at point 1. At 7:20 AM, we were at Point 2 where we had our first stopover for those who wants to buy food and for a restroom break.
After 15 minutes, we departed. At 8:30 AM, we were at Olongapo (Point 3). At 9:20 AM, we were at San Antonio (Point 4) and at around 10:20 AM, we are already Iba Zambales Victory Liner Bus Stop (Point 5).
Then, we rode the bus going to Sta Cruz and ask the conductor to drop us at Dawal Beach Resort, Candelaria.
Here’s a snapshot of our trip:
At 10:37 AM, the bus left the depot. At 10:55 AM, we were at point 2. At 11:35 AM, we were at point 3 and at 11:47 AM, were already at Dawal Beach Resort Candelaria Bus Stop.
There are tricycles waiting at the bus stop. You may prefer to walk toward Dawal Beach Resort or hire a tricycle that cost Php 30 per tricycle.
At Dawal Beach Resort, rent a boat going to Potipot Island. Each boat rental costs Php 400 that can accommodate 6-7 persons. The boat has no shade so be sure to put your sunblock on before leaving.
After 5-10 minute boat ride, we were at Potipot Island. Inform the boat man what time you will be picked up.
Entrance fee at the island is Php 100 per head for day trips and Php 300 per head for overnight stay.
Setting up our tent:
We chose not to stay overnight on the island. Click the link to know where did we stay?
You might also want to drop by The Coffee Shop Restaurant Home of the Jumbo Tacos.