Potipot Island: Little wonder of Sta. Cruz, Zambales

The province of Zambales is famous with its sweetest mangos, grandest coves, towering mountains, heritage sites and delicacies but a little wonder is waiting to be discovered, Potipot Island of Sta. Cruz, Zambales

Potipot island is positioned at the western part of Sta. Cruz, Zambales. An estimated 6 to 7 hours land travel via Bus and a 20 minutes boat ride off to the small Island. Hush
Potipot Island | Credits to Arem Gelogo
To get there, ride a bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Zambales at Victory Grand Central Terminal (Caloocan) beware of their schedule. First trip is 4am in the morning.
Bus Stop | Credits to Arem Gelogo

Unfortunately we missed the first trip; we patiently waited for the second bus to arrive. Around 6 in the morning we’re headed north for a two days, one night barkada getaway.
After an approximately 6 hours land travel we’ve reached Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Our first goal was to buy food supplies good for 2 days. Group Contribution

We went to the nearest market to purchase meat, seasoning, mineral water and a small kettle right after that we’ve asked the tricycle driver to bring us to the port area.

We rented a small boat for 1 thousand pesos (back and forth) and just in time our foot touches the pristine white sands of Isla Potitpot!
Tracy behind Potipot Island | Credits to Tracy Gonzales
Lets go! | Credits to Tracy Gonzales
Upon our arrival, the caretaker of the said island asked for the registration fee. 150 and 300 pesos for day and overnight stay respectively. Overnight it is
Hello Potipot | Credits to Arem Gelogo
Without further delay we set up our tent and cook for our late lunch. In the middle of the island, located the grilling area and small nipa where tourist can cook and wash their utensils.

Grilled Pork | Credits Arem Gelogo
Just in time, we shared our foods and ate graciously while watching the waves touching the white powdery sands of Potipot. Haven

Right after eating, we jumped into the water and enjoy the heat of the sun. Summer
Black and White

Chillax  | Credits to Arem Gelogo
Vanity Strike | Credits to Arem Gelogo
We roamed around the island while sunset is approaching. Majestic

Boys | Credits to Tracy Gonzales
Julius | Credits to Arem Gelogo
Tracy | Credits to Arem Gelogo
Edward | Credits to Arem Gelogo
Arem | Credits to Arem Gelogo
Baron  | Credits to Arem Gelogo
Cool Shots | Credits to Arem Gelogo
Us | Credits to Arem Gelogo

Took photos to captured memories while having some serious conversation.
Edward | Credits to Tracy Gonzales
During the night we shared a bottle of alcohol to ease the stress of our city life. An endless “same stories”, manly trip and the most memorable about this trip was the star gazing and the glowing water and fireflies. Magical
Shot | Credits to Arem Gelogo
The only girl slept in the tent while the guys stayed at the sands the whole night till sunrise. So cold

 We've watched the sunrise! so relieving.
Good Morning | Credits to Tracy Gonzales
We immediately cooked our breakfast and shared the remaining foods we had. For one last time, we walked and took picture around the grandest of Potipot. There's dead trunk of a tree somewhere around the island, a must see and additional attraction.



Photo Op

Only Us  | Credits to Arem Gelogo
We called it a day. We changed clothes near the tree house and waited for our bangkero in the other side of the Island.
Tree House
Credits to Tracy Gonzales
Our bangkero was kind enough to offer his house and bathroom for us to clean and dry ourselves we paid him with an additional amount to return his kindness.

Tanned | Credits to Arem Gelogo
According to my research, there’s a bus schedule bound to Manila, 8 o’clock for air-conditioned.  Ordinary buses route are only off to Subic. Sta. Cruz Bus Terminal

We had no choice, we took the ordinary bus headed in Subic and from there we took the air-conditioned bus by chance passenger off to Pasay. Standing

To end this blog entry, I must say I've enjoyed every single moment there with my friends. Potipot island caters an exotic appeal waiting to be seen.
Swimming Time
Note: Along Sta. Cruz Terminal, Mango stands are situated. You can purchase it for a very cheap price. Sweetest

Reminder: Please be mindful of the bus schedule

AUTHOR’S NOTE: one of my most memorable travel with my classmates. Wonderful island beyond compare, a must visit for troop. Summer is not yet over. Consider Potipot Island as one of your travel destination this month of May.

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