Magalawa Island is situated off Palauig,Zambales and a ten minute banca ride took us to Armada Resort from the Oslet Armada compound where secure parking was provided for our car. The resort has been sympathetically developed over the last few years,the bahay kubos and the aircon rooms are spaced well apart to ensure guest privacy. Loud music and videoke is not allowed and we enjoyed the silence in the evening,lazing in a kubo and stargazing. We spent three days and two nights on the island and enjoyed snorkelling from the resort's raft at the coral reef and ate fresh seafood. The staff were on hand every morning to brush and rake the sand and remove any debris that was washed ashore.There was an area fenced with netting in the water to prevent jelly fish from entering and warning signs were posted to advise of safe areas to swim and vinegar was on hand to treat any stings. We did not encounter any jelly fish as their appearance seems to be seasonal related to hagabat,tides.weather etc.
The owners do take the safety of the guests seriously,whilst we were there two foreigners decided to swim across to the mainland opposite the island.One of the helpers constantly blew a whistle to alert the two swimmers and launched a banca to assist them but they were very strong swimmers and did not require assistance but it was a very reassuring gesture.
All in all it was a great and affordable experience which we would highly recommend