Ever been to La Union? You’ve probably never heard of Immuki Island. And that’s fine because now you have a reason to go back to La Union! *wink
If you’re looking for a new place to visit in La Union, Immuki island should be on your list! Here’s what to expect.
Immuki Island: What To Expect
Immuki Island is your next go-to destination if you’re not into surfing. This small island is located in Brgy. Paraoir, Balaoan, La Union just 30 minutes away from San Juan.
Locals visit the island mainly for its three big lagoons that are perfect for swimming and cliff jumping. The first lagoon is 9 to 10 feet deep while the second one is 8 ft deep. Lastly, the third lagoon is 12 feet deep. Experience natural swimming pools at its best.
Surrounded by mangrove trees and filled with bantigue plants, Immuki island is a treat for nature lovers.
During low tide, you can easily walk from the shore to Immuki island. And on high tides, it’s only around 5 feet deep so it’s possible to swim across. Don’t worry, the island is only a few meters away from the main shore.
Be sure to use aqua shoes for your trip as there are several dead corals around the island which can hurt a lot if you stepped on them. The island also mainly consists of rocks with sharp edges so don’t even think of walking barefoot.
- Entrance Fee: 10 pesos each
- Tour Guide: 150 pesos
- Rafts/Balsa: There are also rafts you can rent for 250 pesos per 1.5 hours (good for up to 6 persons) if you want to take in the sights around the island before stepping on the island. (optional)
- Life Vests: 20 pesos each (optional)
- Cottages: Donation only type of payment
- Goggles: 20 pesos each (optional)
Fun Things To Do
Swim and Cliff Jump
What else is there to do in the lagoons than to swim and cliff jump?
Jumping into a pool of turquoise water goodness shimmering with the sunlight is sure to give you pure bliss!
Don’t forget to snap a photo of you floating on the lagoon to remember Immuki island by!
You can go fishing near the island. Simply bring your equipment to start.
When the waves are calmer, rent a raft and ask your guide to bring you to the best snorkeling spots. Don’t forget to bring your snorkeling gears.
Grill and Picnic
What’s a trip without food? If you’re traveling in a group, settle in one of the cottages and bring out all the food you brought for a buffet lunch. There are grills you can borrow so feel free to bring meat!
Important Things To Know
- There are showers near the island so don’t forget to bring a towel, soap, shampoo and dry clothes.
- Smoking and drinking are prohibited. Only smoke in designated areas.
- Bring enough cash. There are no ATMs nearby.
- You can rent umbrellas and slippers here.
- There are no nearby restaurants or establishments so bring food.
How To Get There
Buses don’t pass by Brgy. Paraoir so you’ll have to ride a jeep after the bus.
From Manila, ride a bus heading to Vigan or Laoag and tell the bus conductor you’re going to Brgy Paraoir, Balaoanan, La Union so they can drop you off the nearest place where you can ride a jeepney going to Luna. You can also ask to be dropped off at Bacnotan public market where you can ride a jeep or charter a tricycle to Brgy. Paraoir.
Travel Tip: Check schedules and availability of buses, ferries, taxis or flights to book online with 12Go Asia.
What I’d suggest, though, is to include Immuki Island as a day trip in your La Union itinerary. You can book a room at San Fernando or San Juan. Then, schedule your trip to Immuki Island. A half day trip would be enough. You can visit early in the morning and swim to your heart’s content then proceed to the other La Union tourist spots.
When I asked our tour guide, he recommended that the afternoon is the best time to visit Immuki Island and catch the sunset from the shores.
Anyways, from San Juan or San Fernando, La Union, simply ride a jeep heading to Luna and ask to be dropped off at Paraoir Brgy Hall.
Where to Stay
San Juan, La Union
The Escape San Juan
If you’re traveling in a group and looking for a place to stay the night, this hostel in San Juan offers a bar, shared lounge, garden, and free WiFi. You can even rent a bike or a car to make it easier for you to tour around La Union.
Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel
If you want to just relax during your trip, Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel’s laid-back ambience is sure to make you want to extend your stay. Complete with colorful decors, you’ll definitely fill your phone’s storage with IG-worthy memories!
Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa
For that much-awaited luxurious getaway, you can’t go wrong with Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa. Every cent spent is worth it with the stunning infinity pool, delicious food, and lots of activities to choose from!
There’s a reason why this hotel’s name is Awesome. Boasting of a beachfront location, Awesome Hotel is a luxurious resort offering a Kubo Garden where you can enjoy the best of what the sea has to offer. Don’t forget to experience the hotel’s jacuzzi, fountain and the swimming pool!
San Fernando, La Union
Aureo La Union
If you want to stay in San Fernando, Aureo La Union is one of your best options! It’s a beachfront accommodation offering a bar, restaurant, and a garden. The outdoor pool is sure to give you a refreshing dip after a hot day at the beach.
White House near Thunderbird Resort
Want to stay near the Thunderbird Resort? White House provides you with the best location. Relax at the pool or go out and enjoy the top spots in La Union, it’s up to you.
Thunderbird Resorts – Poro Point
Well known for its Santorini-like designs, Thunderbird Resorts – Poro Point will give you the highest standards of luxury and comfort in La Union. Once you check in, you’ll never want to check out.
Airbnb La Union Philippines
Aside from hotels and resorts, you can also opt to stay at an Airbnb.
Nearby Tourist Spots
- Paraoir Man-Made Forest (3 minutes drive)
- Darigayos Beach (5 minutes drive)
- Bahay na Bato (11 minutes drive)
- Urbiztondo Beach (30 minutes drive)
Responsible Travel Tips
When traveling to one place, make sure you practice responsible tourism. Here are some tips to do so.
1. Respect the environment
Don’t litter. Please hold onto your trash until you find a garbage can.
2. Avoid single-use plastic
Bring your eco bag and refuse single-use plastic.
3. Shop local
Keep the traditional crafts alive and support local artisans. Buy from them. And try not to haggle, P20 may seem small to you but it can mean a lot to them.
4. Always ask permission
Be sure to ask for permission first when taking photos or videos especially when it comes to children.
5. Don’t bring home sand and seashells
Take nothing but photos. Removal of seashells can harm the ecosystem and endanger creatures such as hermit crabs. You’ll often also find seashells sold as decorations, ornaments, or keychains. Please avoid supporting these and don’t buy.
What to Pack for Immuki Island
- Eco-friendly Reusable Water Bottle
- Aqua Shoes
- Dry Bag
- Universal Waterproof Phone Case
- A Change of Clothes
- Microfiber Towel
- Travel Insurance
- Reusable Straw and Reusable Bag (no to single-use plastic!)
- Snorkeling Gears
Related Article: The Only Travel Packing List You’ll Ever Need (Trust Me)
Our Camera Gear
- Mirrorless Camera: Fujifilm XT3
- Lenses: Fujifilm Fujinon kit lens (18-55mm) | Fujinon 35mm f2 | Fujinon 50mm f2
- Drone: DJI Mavic Pro 2
- GoPro: GoPro Hero Black 7
- Power Bank: Romoss Powerbank
- Camera Backpack: Case Logic Camera and Laptop Backpack
- Monopod: Ifootage Cobra 2 a180
- Mic: Rode VideoMicro
- Gimbal: Zhiyun Weebill-S
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Johanes is a digital nomad and a web content writer who loves to go on spontaneous travels. She also likes to go camp under the stars and play with her dog and cats.