LOCAL TRICYCLES--- extremely unconfortable
The local tricycles in this part of the country are extremely small and can only take 3 passengers, (unlike the ones that can take 5 passengers where we live). If you are big (or even not that big!!), like me it is almost impossible to sit in the seat with your wife or partner as there is just not enough room. It is with great difficulty that i managed to squeeze in, but had to tell the driver to stop after a few hundred meters, so i stumbled out and sat on the rear seat of the motorbike, but it was just as bad as i kept hitting my head on the metal frame of the roof. If it wasn't so far i would definitely have walked.
THE TRICYCLE STATION
The tricycle station is easy to find and situated just as you enter the village. There are always 9 or 10 trike drivers waiting their turn to take a passenger. Unfortunately there is a waiting shed which is falling apart, but most trikes have a plastic sheet which will protect passengers from the rain.
Regular fare to San Antonio is 30 pesos.
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LEAVING PUNDAQUIT is not so comfortable !!!!
We had to leave Pundaquit around 7 am to meet a friend in central Luzon which involved taking a bus to Olongapo for another connection. No problem leaving Pundaquit by tricycle to San Antonio but Victory Liners passed by, each of them full so eventually we boarded a local bus to Olongapo which seem to stop every few hundred meters or so to pick up or drop off passengers. Many people were standing as it was 8 am and students and workers filled the bus. The fare to Olongapo was 40 pesos and took nearly 90 minutes compared to the Victory Liner's 60 minutes.
I would suggest that you leave Pundaquit after 9 am to avoid the crowded buses.
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VICTORY LINER IS THE WAY TO GO
Victory Liner leaves from several bus stations in the capital region, but if you are anywhere near the LRT i suggest you take the train to Monumento and catch the bus from there as it may save some time if you have to board a bus in Pasay or Cubao as it can take a while to navigate round EDSA when the traffic is busy. No other bus line goes between Manila and Pundaquit, but you must get the bus that goes to Iba or Santa Cruz and get off at San Antonio (4 hours) then take a tricycle for the last 5 kms to Pundaquit. The fare was around 260 pesos for the trip ant the trike was 30 pesos per person. If you have your laptop with you try catch a bus with free internet access.
A few departure times-
from Cubao to Iba 6am, 7.30 am, 9.30 am
from Caloocan to Iba 7,8,9,10,11 am
from Caloocan to Santa Cruz 7.20, 8.20, 9.20, 10.20 am.
Buses will go later than that but i have not listed the times here.
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Going to brgy. Pundaquit was very easy for me.
I took a Victory Liner Bus at Pasay terminal bound to Iba. There is a schedule for this destination the earliest is 5 AM then the next one is 10:30 AM. Buses bound to Zambalez are new and cozy unlike buses bound to my province Pangasinan. The fair was P266 up to San Antonio, Zambalez. The travel will take 4 hours from Manila. Once you reached Olongapo City, you have 1 hour left to San Antonio. Hopped off to the Municipal Town Hall then from there take a Tryke to Brgy. Pundaquit which costs P30 each.
One can also take a Cut trip to Olongapo City then from the terminal there ride another Bus bound to Sta. Cruz or Iba.
Explore the islands with these...
For your use to explore Capones and Camera Islands, ride on one of these fishing boats if you hire a boatman in Pundaquit. We paid our boatman about 900 pesos for the whole day to bring us to and from Camera Islands.