Meeting the Sister Islands: Hermana Menor and Hermana Mayor

Hermana Menor

Zambales is popular with each beaches. However I am sure that a lot of people like me wants to enjoy the serenity of place far from the crowd without traveling too far.

Here is another place where you can enjoy your me time or even with your friends. It’s called Hermana Menor and Hermana Mayor. This sister islands literally mean Younger and Elder sister. They are not as famous as Subic, Anawangin, Nagsasa, Capones, Magalawa, and Potipot. However you will surely enjoy its raw beauty and crystal clear water.

Though Live more Adventures and Tours I was able to visit the smaller island called Hermana Menor. It is also called Makatira Island by the locals.It is a 30 mins boat ride from the port.

When we landed, “Wow!” was the very first word that came out of my out. It has a long creamy white shore surrounded by crystal clear water.  For those who love sand bars, you will surely enjoy it’s long creamy sand bar.

We were not able to visit the bigger island called Hermana Mayor because it is now privately owned by the Toda family.

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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