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Magalawa Island with its creamy white sand beaches and prestine waters is perfect for swimming, water/sand sports, boat riding, jetskiing, scuba diving, snorkelling or just relaxing on the beach amidst the crystal clear waters and white sand. Another attractions of Magalawa Island are coral reefs, magroves and abundant water resources.

Being the largest resort on Magalawa Island, Armada Resort offers the best views, accommodations, food & services to its clients. Boasting the longest and longest white sand area with its DENR protected corals and beaches right in front of it we at Magalawa Island Resort can assure you that you will enjoy your stay here. Starting as a backpacker and adventurist haven Magalawa Island Armada Resort still offers the same back-to-basics experience that we all love. May it be an escape, in search of peace or a place to unwind from the busy metro life. Magalawa Island Armada Resort would make sure you would get that, with almost untouched yet maintained nature “simple-life” and back to basic experience.


In the early century, MAGALAWA was a part of sitio Luan, Barangay Lipay. The said sitio was bi-sected by a small body of water crossable by people wherein the current flows southeast during high tide and northward during low tide. The current that runs in this area is about to 2 to 3 knots. In that situation erosion made this body of water wider and wider, which later on became a sea. This came when this part of the land was isolated far from sitio Luan, so the inhabitants called in their native word “MAG-LUWA” that means “about two places”. This word passed through generation to generation and was later changed to “MAGALAWA”.


Magalawa is an island barangay lying 6 kilometers, northwest of the Poblacion. Surrounding the island is the vast China Sea. Beyond the north is the San Salvador Island of Masinloc and on the east is Sitio Luan, Lipay. It is known for beautiful beaches. Magalawa is 56 hectares in area.

Although the island is surrounded by the sea potable water is abundant within the island and uses jetmatic and pitcher pumps. The main source of livelihood is fishing and some are engaged in shell craft industry.There is a complete primary school with two teachers. No rice is planted in this area, so the people resort in buying everything they need except fish. Coco trees and century trees are abundant also.


Magalawa is one of the 19th barangay in the municipality of Palauig, Province of Zambales, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 370 people in 71 households.