Thursday, June 3, 2010

Potipot Island Getaway

Together with my office friends, all 13 of us went to Potipot Island last weekend. Left from office at 15 minutes past midnight of Friday and arrived in Candelaria, Zambales market before 5 am. With very little sleep, we waited for the eatery to open and ate “arrozcaldo” for our breakfast.

Arrozcaldo, anyone?

Next stop was at Dawal Resort to prepare for the boat transfer to Potipot Island. Boat transfer cost Php 400, good for 6 persons. Normally, it would only take about 5 minutes to get to the island, but unfortunately our boat had an engine problem along the way and got us stucked at the middle of the waters for 20 minutes!

Finally, we reached the island. Aside from being it my first time to go there, it was also the first time I’ve been to a very small island. Its shape was a bit round (oval), and would only take approximately 30-minute walk to go around it. The beach sand was cream while the waters were clearer (less sea weeds) at the farther side of the island. One need to be careful though since the ocean floor had pointy rocks & corals on it so it would be better to wear aqua shoes to keep your feet protected.

Being a virgin island, there was no establishment at Potipot so we had to bring food from Dawal for our lunch (simple adobo & grilled milkfish). We spent time in the island doing games (relay), playing cards, swimming, picture taking (of course!), and dozing off to regain our energies!

At 4 pm, we took the boat back to Dawal Resort for our check-in. The room we got was nice, (like a dormitory) with 7 beds at one side and 8 on the other side. The room rate was only Php 6,000 which (in my opinion) was quite cheap for its capacity and setup.

After dinner, as early as 7 pm most of us fell asleep. I guess, we’ve pushed our limits from the start of our travel and our bodies were telling us that we had enough for that day. We already left the next day, had lunch along the way, and stopped over at Subic Duty Free for quick shopping. Too bad, we didn’t have enough time left for shopping…. :-( If only I knew we were going in that direction, I have insisted shopping in the itinerary! Haha!

Back to Manila by 6:30 pm of Sunday, went home to rest, and we’re all back to office by Monday. The next item in our get together plan is to go to Pansol in Laguna by September. Looking forward to it!

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