Magalawa Island Zambales: Island of Stars

by Rizanoia

Because it’s weekend again, here is another must visit place in Zambales, the Magalawa Island!

Magalawa is also know as Island of stars, why? Because there are many starfish in this island.


There are two resort in Magalawa Island, Zambales, the Armada and Ruiz.

We chose Armada Resort for our 2 days and 1 night accommodation. Please see screenshot on their website for the package rate.

2 Days and 1 Night

Package Inclusions:

  • Boat Transpo (2way)
  • Entrance
  • Lunch Meal
  • Snorkeling
  • Accommodation

For other packages and rates inquiry please visit their site or buy a voucher worth of 1,000 php on


fan kubo

tree house

How to get there

  1. Take the Sta. Crus rout of Victory Liner from Pasay/Cubao/Caloocan bus terminal. Drop off in Brgy. Pangolingan, Palauig
    Fare: 300 php
    Travel time: 4-5 hours
  2. Take a tricycle to Armada or Ruiz Compound. The tricycle can only accommodate 2 persons and expect a rough road ride.
    Fare: 100-150 php each
    Travel time: 45 minutes-1 hour
  3. Ride a boat going to Magalawa Island
    Fare: 50 php each
    Travel: 15-20 minutes


Snorkeling – included in the package

Island Hopping – 1,500/6-8pax



Fare – 500 php each for a van rental good for 15 pax (2 way).

Accommodation/food/others – 1,000 php (round-trip boat transfers, environmental fees, life vest, entrance fee, tent, complete meals for 2 days and 1 night are included in the package)

Total – 1,500 php only

We were group of 15 so renting a van was a good idea to lessen our travel expenses.

If you’re going solo and will travel via public transportation, fare will cost 1,000 pesos.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1
4:00 am – ETD from Pasay Victory Liner
11:00 am – ETA at Brgy. Pangolingan, Palauig, Zambales
11:50am – Ride tricycle to drop you off to Armada Compound
12:50 pm – ETA at Armada Compound
1:00 pm – Ride boat going to Magalawa Island
1:15 pm – ETA at Armada Resort
1:30 pm – Check-in at Armada Resort
2:00 – Lunch
3:00 – Free time/ Swimming / Photo ops
7:00 pm – Dinner
8:00 pm – Social
10:00 pm – Lights off
Day 2
7:00 am – wakeup time
7:30 am – Breakfast
8:30 am – Swimming
9:30 am – Snorkling
10:30 – Free time
11:00 am – Wash up
12:10 Lunch
1 pm – Get ready to leave the Island
1:15 – ETA at port
1:30 – Ride tricycle going to main road
2:30 pm – ETA at main road
2:40 pm – Ride bus or jeep going to Iba terminal
3:30 pm – ETA at Iba Victory Liner terminal
4:00 pm – ETD from Iba to Pasay via SCTEX
10:00 pm – ETA at Pasay Victory Liner

The beautiful sunrise that you shouldn’t miss!

My experience staying here in Magalawa Island was so amazing! I got to try snorkeling and sleep inside a tent for the first time.

Magalawa Island
Palauig, Zambales, Philipines
Phone: +63920-948-3303

Other hotels and resorts in Zambales.


Carel Flores October 11, 2018 - 3:33 pm

Hello! Nakalagay sa Fan room w/ CR (group 2-4pax) is 2,300/pax, so per tao yung P2,300? Medyo malabo kasi hahaha Thanks!

Rizanoia October 11, 2018 - 3:35 pm

Yes per pax.

Rizanoia October 11, 2018 - 3:37 pm

Complete package na kasi. Check the inclusions. 🙂


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