Potipot: An Island Paradise
by Danny Tariman
Potipot is an island off the shores of Candelaria, Zambales. It is a short 15-minutes boat ride from the shore. From the grey beaches of Zambales, you are transported into the white sand beach of the island, which is also called ‘Boracay of Zambales’.
We traveled to this island paradise for almost 5 hours from Manila. From Subic Bay in Olongapo City, it is about 2 hours drive. This was my first time to travel this road. I would say that the roads are well-paved and nice for speed driving, except that I have to slow down in urban areas where jeepneys and tricycles are reigning the road.
The sights are nice too. You will see at the right side of the highway the volcanic lahar-covered rivers which is greyish in color on both sides of the river bank.
Upon reaching the Candelaria, we looked for a place where we can safely park our car. The good thing is that, with prayers, we were able to locate a very nice hotel-resort – Dawal Beach Resort. It offers free parking if you avail of their services (of course!). We rented the boat from this hotel and we were able to use their bathroom and parking facilities for free.
He hotel itself is very nice – by provincial standards. Large pavillion, clean courtyards, and clean rest rooms too.
In no time, we hopped into the boat at the beach front of the hotel. In about 15 minutes, we reached the island surrounded by white-sand beach. Truly fascinating because, from a grey-colored shores of Candelaria, we were in a fine white-sand beach of Potipot.
My family enjoyed the swim in its crystal clear waters and frolicking along the beach. We walked around the island which took us about 30-40 minutes to circle. Of course, we had some photo shoots as we toured the place.
At the other side of the island is the iconic fallen tree truck. It is a mistake that you will not take photo of this fallen tree as most of the photo blogs of the island has this view. The entire perimeter of the island is fine white sand beach and swimming area, except for some patches of small rocks that are gathered in a small side of the island.
One thing that you should not forget: bring your food and drinks to the island as there are no restaurant (yet, as we went to the place late 2014) in the island. But I had noticed there are some developments going one – construction of additional huts, landscaping, etc. So maybe by this time, there might be some nice facilities.
Potipot island is indeed a great place for family outing – especially if long-distance driving does not bother you. It is worth the trip!