Visiting Makatira Island once again!

I had the chance to comeback in Makatira Island also known as Hermana menor. I missed its white sand and clear waters. When LIVE MORE ADVENTURES AND TOURS had this event I did not hesitate to join. This also served as our reunion for some of my fellow CAWAG PENTA co-participants. There were total 20 of us who went there including the driver.

It was just two weeks have since I was there. It has been two weeks since I  posted a blog entry, shared photos is FB and IG but the Island gained its popularity right away. I saw immediately other organizers created events going to Makatira Island. Some even offered cheaper tour cost but I prefer to join live more for the fact that I am 100% that it is going to be a fun trip. They have never disappointment me. Our trip is alway full of fun and laughter. Some may be strangers from each other for a short while but once you enter the van everyone will surely become friends.

I was surprise when we arrive is the island as I saw the crowd. It has doubled in numbers since the last time we were there. Good thing that we still have our old place were we used to stay. It is the part of the island were there were no other people at all. It made everyone feel that we had the island by ourselves. It was nice to see old face and meeting new friends.

After our day tour we even had a short bonding time with some of the locals who live by the shore. I forgot their names. But there were very hospitable they allowed us to use their restroom  so we can wash up and change clothes. they even cooked Calamares and Fish lumpia for us and it became our instant merienda. It was so good! the squid is fresh and flavorful.

It may take a while before I will come back there but I will surely do!

If you want to know how to go to this beautiful island, just click on this previous post “HOW TO GET TO MAKATIRA ISLAND (HERMANA MENOR)?”

***Photos without watermarks were grabbed from the participants of this tour.***

Travel Guide : How to commute going to Hermana Menor and Hermana Mayor Island Zambales

  1. Take a Victory Liner bus bound for Sta Cruz Zambales. Fare is from P450-490 and travel time is from 5-6 hours. Tell the driver  drop you off at the Petron Station in Brgy. Lipay, Sta. Cruz. Terminal is located in Sampaloc, Caloocan and Pasay.  Note that there’s no direct Sta. Cruz bound bus in Cubao terminal. (Check out their trip schedules)
  2. From Brgy Lipa’s Petron station, ride a tricycle going to the port. Fare is PhP 10 per person and the ride will take 3-5 minutes.
  3. From the port, rent a boat to take you to Hermana Menor and/or Hermana Mayor. Travel time is from  30-40 minutes.  Boat fee is from PhP 1,300-1,500 (two way) with a maximum capacity of  5-6 pax.
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Photo by Chi_Aguanta
Notes :
  • There’s a mini-market just across the gas station. You can buy fish, meat, vegetables and fruits that you can cook in the island just in case you did not bring cooked food.
  • Make sure to bring your drinking water.
  • Water is avalable but for rinsing only. 
  • Hemana Menor entrance fee is Php 100.00 per head
  • Four picnic cottages. You can rent a cottage good for 15-20 persons for PhP 1000. Three cottages good for 8-10 persons can be rented for PhP 500 each cottage. There’s also a Victorian-inspired dining set available.
  • Separate basic rest rooms for men and women is available
  • No store in the island so make sure to bring your basic needs before heading to the island.
  • Camping overnight is not allowed.
  • Leave No Trace Princile