Magalawa Island is located in Palauig, Zambales. Magalawa is a perfect location to just lounge around and commune with nature.
Magalawa is an island barangay in the municipality of Palauig, Province of Zambales, Philippines. The island covers an area of 56 hectares. Surrounding the island is the vast China Sea and in the north is the San Salvador Island of Masinloc and in the east is Sitio Luan, Lipay. Magalawa island is known for its beautiful beaches.
Magalawa Island is Palauig's uncommercialized island. However, locals are no longer surprised when we inquired about transport going to it. Magalawa has cream-white sands with a dust of leaves here and there and its waters is ideal for swimming. If you get lucky you can see a school of fish and lots of red, blue, green and pink star fishes. The island is about 15 to 30 minutes away from Masinloc Municipality by local motorized boat. It has no facilities, hence, it is advisable to bring packed meals and bottles of water for day swimmers and lots of provisions for over night swimmers. So far, the island is open to the public at no cover charge. Not far from Magalawa, about 15 minute boat ride, is the island of San Salvador, which is more popular. This island is bigger and inhabited. Known to locals as Pulo, it boasts of a marine life sanctuary.
How to get to Magalawa Island thru Barangay Pangolingan, Palauig, Zambales. From Manila, take a Sta Cruz, Zambales bound bus by Victory Liner. Drop off point is Pangolingan, Palauig cor Radio Veritas Road. Take a tricycle going to Oslet Armada Fishdealer Compound in Brgy Luan. Tricycle fare is P25 per head. From Oslet Armada Fishdealer Compound, take a mini boat going to Magalawa Island. Boat fare is P50 per head. Parking Fee/Charges is P100 per vehicle. Then a boat ride will take 10 minutes.
How to get to Magalawa Island via Masinloc Fish Port. From Manila, take a Sta Cruz, Zambales bound bus by Victory Liner. Drop off point is Masinloc Public Market. Masinloc Fish Port is at the back of the Public Market. Take a boat going to Magalawa Island. Boat ride rates is P100 per head or negotiate with local boaters. Boat ride travel time will take 40 minutes.