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"Potipot -A secluded island ruined by people" Candelaria Tourist Trap Tip by indorock

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I've never been to Potipot Island before last week, I've only heard about it via friends and my fiancée and seen lovely photos taken there. A tiny (1km in circumference) island just off the west coast of Luzon, with nothing but a tiny strip of white sandy beach, trees, and grass. At least, that WAS Potipot, in 2007. Unfortunately, like many many beautiful places in Philippines, once the "jologs" heard about it, the charm disappeared.

Even from the mainland you could see people dotting the entire beach like ants on a sandwich, a sight I never saw in any photos of the island. When we set foot on Potipot after the 4 minute bangka ride, it because even more apparent that the place was simply crowded now. People everywhere, ice cream and crappy jewelry vendors pacing up and down the beach like vultures, with their extremely annoying bells, and worst of all LITTER EVERYWHERE! Plastic soft drink bottles, plastic bags, and unsurprisingly, plastic ice cream wrappers, on the beach and in the water. I was deeply disappointed that we travelled over 5 hours from Manila to witness this. All of my travelmates, who all have been there previously, were equally frustrated.

To add insult to injury, the island's entry fee (it's privately owned) has gone up from 50 pesos a year ago, to 100 pesos today. So, they have WAY MORE visitors than ever before, they charge twice as much as before, and yet they can't find the resources to keep the place clean and keep the vendors away?? Well, it's a typical story of greedy owners, and uneducated uncivilized jologs too lazy to keep their own backyard clean (there were no foreign tourists on the island at all when we visited).

So stay away from this place unless you aren't pissed off by seeing garbage everywhere and if you're not annoyed by evil ice cream vendors.

Fun Alternatives: Just stick to the mainland's beach, it's bigger, and even less crowded and Potipot's!

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  • Written Apr 21, 2010
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