Luzon Travel

One Night at Potipot Island

Two years ago, we decided to travel to Potipot Island without any plans. And I know it’s another too late post, so without further ado.

Potipot Island is located roughly 1 km from the mainland shore of Uacon, Candelaria, Zambales. Uacon is about 240+km from Manila by road.

How to get there:

By Public Transportation:

  1. Ride a bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Zambalez. I suggest Victory Liner because they always have schedule on this route.
  2. Get off at Uacon in Candelaria and try to do some stretching.
  3. Walk in or hire a Tricycle to the nearest beach resort.
  4. At the beach, Start swimming to get to the island. Just Kidding. Find and rent a boat, and it will cost you at least Php 400.00 for 4 persons. It may vary depending on the season.
By Private vehicle:
Getting to Uacon, Candelaria by car is easy. It’ll take you around 5-6 hours from Metro Manila depending on the route you take, though.
  1. Take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) all the way to the Dau/Mabalacat exit then continue on to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).
  2. Take the Tipo Exit, pass through the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and on to Subic Town.
  3. Take the national road all the way to Candelaria. Before Candelaria, you will pass by the following towns: Castillejos, San Marcelino, San Narciso, San Felipe, Cabangan, Botolan, Iba, Palauig and Masinloc. Next stop is Candelaria.
  • On the way to Potipot Island, don’t play some old tracks on your stereo. You will get bored by 6 hours of travel time.
  • Always do some Road Check.
  • Better load on gas in Subic. It is much cheaper.


Entrance fee on the island is 100 Php and 300 Php overnight, for what? The entrance fee is for the maintenance of area. That’s nice but wait, in fact that you are collecting an entrance fee it should be clean and well maintained, right? I think it’s just the 10% of the total size of the island is the part that being maintain. Which is that part we always see in Google image.


Anyway, the cottage is about Php 1,500.00 overnight with a lamp. No Electricity, so charge everything, bring a flashlight and a good place to do some creepy story telling. A Grill area for cooking. Setting up a Bone Fire has also a fee but we didn’t pay. Comfort Room check.

Okay, the unfortunate story. We forgot to bring some rice. Forget everything but do not forget the Food. Sorry, I didn’t take too much photos.

PS. Better Clean Up!


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