I was looking for an information center at Lucap Wharf in Alaminos, Pangasinan for the Hundred Islands National Park 4 years ago. I’ve heard that there exists of an information center but due to the persistence of our lodging I never got to visit the information center nor was the center easily visible. Fortunately, on my second visit in the park there was a big improvement, the information Center is now very visible and they call it the Tourist Welcome Center.
The Tourist Welcome Center is open 24 hours everyday according to the brochure that they gave me.
You can find the following in the Tourist Welcome Center
– Automated Teller Machine
– Information on the rates when you do island hopping in the Hundred Islands National Park
– Contact Numbers and information on the lodgings
Another plus is that they now have a centralized location for the food and souvenirs. On my fist visit here, there was still no facility where we can go to check out souvenirs and very affordable cooked food.
There’s also a very visible comfort room and shower area near the Tourist Welcome Center where you can rinse after a day of island hopping.
What I do not like in the Hundred Islands National Park
But there is still something that I do not like about Hundred Islands National Park, it’s the fixers. On the first time that I was there, there were a lot of fixers and after 4 years there were still many fixers! They were the really persistent ones.
When we arrived at the Tourist Welcome Center the fixers were flocking around me. Even when I was talking to the staff of the Tourist Welcome Center I was still surrounded by fixers and they would cut our talk just to say that I should get a boat from them. They did not stop even when I raised my hand as a sign that I do not want to hire their services. Irritating!
It seriously affected my mood during my conversation with the staff but it was a lesson learned. I should still keep my positive mood even when fixers are around as I do not want to ruin a perfectly happy travel just because of them.
I did see an improvement on the system of the Hundred Islands National Park as they require now every visitor to pay the entrance fee and write on the boat manifest in the Tourist Welcome Center. Many of the fixers before overcharge, but when visitors go to the Tourist Welcome Center they would be equipped with the knowledge of how much the rates are inside the park.
For more information about the Hundred Islands National Park you can contact them through
By the way, you can also check out the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) that is located in front of the Tourist Welcome Center.
This post is a part of my 12 for 2012 Travel Project that aims to document 12 local destination in the Philippines in 2012 to help travellers plan their trips faster.
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