Potipot Island is a remote Island off the coast of Candelaria, Zambales. It’s a 3-minute boat ride from Isla Vista Resort, and some 10 minutes max from other resorts around Candelaria, and maybe 20 minutes from Sta. Cruz, Zambales (this is the last Victory Liner bus stop).
The water is a beautiful crystal blue, with fine white sand. In comparison, the sand at the coast of Candelaria is smooth and fine, but it sure ain’t white.
Before going to Potipot island:
♥ Plan your day. Granted, I’m not one to talk since our plan mostly consisted of “Relax and chill on the beach.” but we did remember to:
♥ Do some grocery shopping for snacks. You can also bring food to grill (and appliances to grill them with). There are no restaurants or food stalls on this island, so you’ll really have to bring your own. Another option is to have a heavy brunch and a good dinner and just have some snacks at the island (which is what we did). We shopped for snacks at the Candelaria town proper, a 10 minute walk and ~30 minute tricycle ride away from Isla Vista.
♥ Double check your things. Remember that it’s a remote island, so it’s a bit of a hassle to go back to get something you forgot, especially if you’re staying at a resort far away.
Honestly, that’s basically it. We spent the day lying on the sand, enjoying the sun, and taking a whole lot of photos. I’m putting together a mini Project Life album for this day.
OVERALL POTIPOT ISLAND COST: P369 for one day on the island, sans souvenirs and full meals.
P169 for my half of the groceries
P50 for my half of the tricycle ride to the Candelaria Town proper
P150 for my half of the boat ride, to and from. The boat ride costs P300 for 2 to 7 people. Our bangkero was Vincent, who we met on the way to Isla Vista Resort. You can reach him at 09465360866.
*I also bought souvenirs on the island, via a traveling seller, that totalled to P425 for 20 trinkets. It’s pretty pricey as far as souvenirs of that type go, but there wasn’t anywhere else I could buy during my trip.
Bring enough cash! If you’re a foreigner, make sure you already have Philippine pesos with you, as there aren’t any banks or ATMs around the area–both in Potipot or Candelaria! The closest would be an hour’s bus ride away at Iba, Zambales (maybe around 40 minutes by car).