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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Where to Stay in Magalawa Island: Ruiz Resort

There are two resorts in Magalawa Island. One is this resort and the other one is Armada Resort. We chose this resort because 1) I knew a lot of people who already stayed here and 2) they offer cheaper rates. It is easy book with them. Kuya Mulo, the resort owner is very responsive to our inquiries and replies in a timely manner.

the beach

Please don't expect too much. It is just a simple resort with limited amenities. The beach was okay. The sand was fine but not white. There were also a lot of sea grasses. I'm not sure if it's the same on the other months. It might be better during summer.

the cottage rooms

There's just one type of room at the resort. Inside, there is a double bed and a fan. But it can accommodate more than 2 pax. There's enough space on the floor for more people if you don't mind sleeping on it. Sorry I didn't take a photo of the room. We slept on a tent. Yes, you can camp out as well.

open cottages

for big groups

There are Open Cottages too. These I believe are for those who will just be spending a day trip in the island. The large one caters to a big group like barkadas and families.

beach volley

The resort also has a beach volleyball court for those people who likes this sport or simply just to have fun. There's also a videoke at the owner's house. Though we haven't tried, I guess you can use it too.

outdoor kitchen ;)

You can also bring and cook your own food. You just have to bring your own condiments and charcoal. They will lend you their cookwares at no extra charge.

pump it up!

For the water source, you can wash your food and your dishes here. Don't worry about the water you'll use in the toilet and bathroom, they'll take care of it for you. :)


There are three comfort rooms in the resort. They are clean enough for me so it was all good.

We had a good stay in this resort. The owner's family were nice and very attentive to our needs. They clean the resort everyday in the morning. There's no electricity in the island. They only turn on the generator from 6pm-9pm or it depends on until when the guests use it. Their location is great because it is just a short walking distance from sari-sari stores. They also don't charge for anything extra that you'll ask from them which is commendable.

How we made it to Magalawa Island:

  1. Victory Liner Monumento, Iba-Sta Cruz Trip (Check Victory Liner website for the sched)
  2. Alighted in Iba for food and supplies
  3. From Iba, we took a jeep bound to Masinloc. (Note: Don't take the one going to Palauig! Don't get confused. We almost did.)
  4. Ask driver to drop you off to Barangay Pangulingan waiting shed where the tricycle terminal is
  5. Tell tric driver to take you to Luan Port. Text Kuya Mulo to pick you up from the port.
  6. Going back, we just waited for a Victory Liner bus bound for Manila from the same waiting shed where we took the tric. Easy, right? :)

Transpo and Resort Expenses:

Php 342.00 - Caloocan to Iba Victory Liner
         26.00 - Iba to Pangulingan Jeep
       100.00 - Tric to Luan Port*
         50.00 - Boat to Ruiz Resort*
       100.00 - Resort Entrance Fee
       200.00 - Tent Pitching Fee (bring your own tent)
       182.00 - Palauig to Olongapo Victory Liner   
       235.00 - Olongapo to Cubao Victory Liner

*These are one way expenses only. We paid for another Php 100 and 50 going back. All indicated amount is per person.

As for the food budget, we just shopped to our hearts' content. We bought whatever we want to eat. It's entirely up to you. :)

Accomodation Information:

Ruiz Resort
Address: Magalawa Island, Palauig, Zambales
Contact No: 09294670505
Room Rates: PHP 1200 per night
Tent for Rent: PHP 300  

Accommodation Rating: ♥♥♥


  1. oohh nice. tagal ko na plano pumunta jan, di matuloy tuloy. hehe

    1. ang sasashal kase ng pinupuntahan mo chyng... char! :p