Magalawa Island – A day off in the sand

I will always love to spend my vacation on a beach, so I was so thrilled when my friends planned some days off to run barefoot in the sands of Magalawa. This Island is not really our first plan but we needed to re-create this whole new getaway because of a weather problem in the first one we chose. But even with this last minute change, everything went perfect. It’s a place and the vacation really fit to what  I’m looking for, relaxing and beautiful!


About the Island

Magalawa is one of the beautiful Islands in Zambales, Philippines.  I heard more often about Anawangin, Nagsasa and Crystal Beach, but I am happy to first visit this place. I just like how it was so quiet and relaxing.

There are two resorts in the Island: Armada and Ruiz. We stayed in Ruiz as it fits our budget then we availed a day-tour on the other area. Armada has a more appealing cottages, it has a sand bar and we’re able to watch the sunset in their side. While Ruiz offers a neat place in a better price.

How we get there

Our original plan is to go to Calaguas Island, but on the day of our departure, our bangkero (boatman) called that there’s already an advisory to stop any tour because of the weather near that area. But thanks to the adventurers on our group, we didn’t have to unpack our bags and cancel our van. They already set the Plan B, to go North! We still go on a trip and we’re still setting our feet in the sands!

Since our group are mixed of my friends, their friends and friend of their friends, its more convenient for us to rent a service. But if you’re alone or travelling in a small group, it’s more budget friendly to take the bus going to Palauig, Zambales. It’s also important to find a contact from Ruiz or Armada, you have to take a boat going to the Island.


The next day, is a bit cloudy and the waves are heavier. We are so blessed that we’re able to enjoy the sun on the first day. We still played and had lots of fun before we leave the Island.




  1. Julie

    July 20, 2017 at 11:03 PM

    I’ve never been here but I am a beach girl through and through!!! I’d love to visit one day!

    1. Carissa Jane

      July 22, 2017 at 9:03 AM

      hi Julie, i hope you can visit Philippines, we so many beautiful beaches you’ll enjoy

  2. Angela

    July 20, 2017 at 11:11 PM

    I just love island vacations and travel to an island here in Florida often! Your pics are awesome!

    1. Carissa Jane

      July 22, 2017 at 9:05 AM

      thanks Angela! I’ve see your blog and I loved your place also.. I wish I can travel and enjoy the beache there someday

  3. Mellissa

    July 20, 2017 at 11:46 PM

    This island looks soooo beautiful, love all your pics, wish to be here one day!

  4. kennethbrian

    July 21, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Brings back memories my dear soulmate 🙂 hope we can fly somewhere soon and spend our day idling on the beach! Boracay again? Maybe Bohol?

    1. Carissa Jane

      July 22, 2017 at 9:07 AM

      ohh yeah? wanna try bohol and wanna go back to boracay! let’s plan both! i love it! and i love you soooo much

  5. Jeannette

    July 22, 2017 at 7:30 AM

    It’s such a beautiful island. The Philippines look like a lot of fun.

    1. Carissa Jane

      July 22, 2017 at 9:26 AM

      Yes, and sooo much more in the Philippines.Just hope I can visit and have more vacations Thank you so much Jeanette! Hope you can also visit our country

  6. Carissa Jane

    July 22, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Yes, and sooo much more in the Philippines.Just hope I can visit and have more vacations Thank you so much Jeanette! Hope you can also visit our country

  7. Czjai

    July 23, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    This beach is gorgeous! It’s been years since I’ve been to Zambales, and the last time we were there we only stayed in Subic.

  8. Blair villanueva

    July 24, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    I only visited few beaches around the country, and I think I will add this to my list. Where is your next destination?

  9. Sigrid

    July 27, 2017 at 12:27 PM

    Wow! The beach is beautiful! I have never been to Zambales. This is definitely worth visiting. 😀

  10. Eihdra Gatchalian

    July 29, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    OMG! This is just in Zambales? It’s beautiful and well, still clean! Will be putting this in our travel wish list. Thanks 🙂

  11. Mommy Peachy

    July 31, 2017 at 7:24 AM

    We love the beach! I’ll take a mental note of Magalawa Island and will surely visit the next time we’re in Zambales

  12. 예스벳88

    March 4, 2020 at 6:10 PM

    The Philippines should be labeled the summer capital of the world! There’s just soo many beautiful placed to go and visit during the summer.

  13. 카지노 보너스

    May 6, 2020 at 5:56 PM

    OMG! I have been to Palawan at least 5 times and just falls in love with the place even more each time.

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