Monol Weekend Trip to Hundred Islands and Bauang, La Union

Read our blog about Monol’s latest trip to Hundred Islands and Bauang, La Union.

Hundred Islands

It’s a new year, and there is a lot of time to create new memories. On January 7, Monol students went on a trip to the Hundred Islands.

Monol wants to create memorable experiences for its students as much as possible. Studying the English language with great dedication from Mondays to Fridays can be quite overwhelming for students, thus, they deserve some time-off to relax. What could be a better way to relax other than exploring the beautiful beaches of the Philippines?

The Hundred Islands National Park is located in Alaminos, Pangasinan. There are about 124 islands at low tide and 123 islands at high tide. Moreover, there are a lot of activities that can be enjoyed. Swimming, island-hopping, camping, and kayaking are among the famous adventures.

Monol students arrived at the Hundred Islands around 9 AM. The temperature was a little over 30 degrees, not too hot, and it was a perfect day to explore the seashore and different small islands. First off, the students went for a cliff jumping activity at Marcos’ Island. This is challenging for first-time cliff jumpers, but at the same time underwhelming as the height is only around 5 to 6 meters high. There are some bats in the cave, which bothered some students, but that did not stop the others from taking a jump.

Next, the students tried riding a banana boat at Quezon Island. According to them, this was the most fun part of their trip. The thrill was seeing who fell off the boat first, as its capacity ranged from 5 to 7 people, which is unusual for the boat’s shape. Lastly, the students could not afford to miss helmet diving. They experienced swimming among the fish and just relaxed while observing the underwater life.

Bauang, La Union

The second weekend trip this year was at Jessica’s Beach Resort in Bauang, La Union. The goal of this trip is to enjoy the weather, swim, play some ball, and watch the sunset.

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The students arrived in Bauang around 2 PM. Upon arrival, the students enjoyed some refreshing drinks at a milk tea shop. While enjoying their beverages, they explored the area and took some pictures for memories and social media. The sun was at its peak during that time, which is why the students decided to rest and enjoy the view for a while.

When the sun’s heat became more bearable, the students started to swim in the pool. There were some local tourists swimming who started small conversations with the students. This is great, as they can practice the skills that they have learned in class. Catching and passing the ball was also a good way to pass the time while waiting for the clock to hit 4 PM. Even if it was a warm up activity, the students seemed to enjoy playing ball.

Now it is time to play the real game. The students enjoyed playing beach volleyball. Even if some students are not good at it, they still showed their effort to work as a team. They played the sport for less than an hour before deciding to take a dip in the ocean.

Enjoying the warm waters and crashing waves, the students got the most out of their trip. Aside from that, the students have been anticipating the sunset. At around 5 PM, the sun started to set, and the students were in awe with how beautiful the view before them was. All the different hues of the setting sun were truly a spectacle.

Finally, dinner time! Monol wanted the students to get the most out of their trip and exposure to local culture. Thus, Naguillan Night Market was included in the itinerary. The students tried eating local foods like empanadas, Filipino barbecue, and different types of silog. After filling up their stomachs, it was time to go back to Monol.


It is just the first month of the year, yet Monol has been quite action-packed already. Beginning the year with an influx of students from different parts of the world makes 2023 quite a promising year for Monol. In return, the academy ensures that students get quality English training and some additional fun. Weekend trips are a way to help students who feel overwhelmed by studying the English language. Aside from that, weekend trips are a great way for students to meet new people and apply what they learn in their classrooms. Now, Monol has already set up and gone to the Hundred Islands and Bauang, La Union. Where could Monol’s next destination be?