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    Island Hopping: Camara & Capones Islands

    by cyndymc Updated Feb 2, 2010

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    Camara and Capones Islands can be seen from the beaches of Pundakit. Tourists usually go island hopping to these places before going to Anawangin Cove. We did just that.

    Camara Island, the closest island from the shores of Pundakit, is a big lump of rock with very little soil. Trees & vegetation hardly grow because of the rock formations and the shape/angle of the island. However, the island offers a great view of the open ocean.

    Camara has two sides. A white sandbar that becomes visible during the lowtide and disappears during the high tide links the two sides. During high tide, the other side looks like a separate islet.

    Capones Island, one of the main attractions in Pundakit, is actually a big lump of rock formation with very little soil. Beachcombing reveals interesting stones/rocks, corals, shells, and driftwoods brought by the strong waves of the open ocean.

    The main attraction of the island is the Capones Lighthouse located at the back of the island when you’re facing the open sea. When we first went there, we were not able to explore the lightouse, as we were warned by the boatmen of the high risks involved in walking around the other side of the island because of the strong waves. Early morning of the following day, the sea was calm so my husband and some photo buddies were able to return to Capones and explore the lighthouse.

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    Watch The Beautiful Sunset

    by cyndymc Written Apr 8, 2009

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    Whether you are in a Pundakit beach resort or in Anawangin Cove, the sunset will surely fascinate you. I had the chance to see the golden sunset from the beachfront of our Canoe Beach Resort. The sun sets behind the Camara Island. It was such an awesome sight seeing the sun in its golden, perfectly round shape slowly going down, hiding behind the clouds, and finally vanishing behind Camara Island, leaving a sunburst of golden, orangey colors in the sky.

    I was told by my husband and his photo buddies who camped at Anawangin Cove that the sunset view from their camp was equally awesome. They set their tripods facing the sea, where the sun displayed a beautiful sunburst.

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    Camara Rocks!

    by cyndymc Written Apr 16, 2009

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    Camara rocks- figuratively and literally! As mentioned earlier, Camara Island is a big lump of rock formation.

    To nature lovers, it will always be fascinating to examine the different rocks found in an island. In Camara, you just won't have enough of rock exploration, as each rock has its own beauty and unique features.

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    Discover The Wonders of Pundakit

    by cyndymc Written Apr 8, 2009

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    Barangay Pundakit is a small fishing village in San Antonio, but it has become more popular as the jump-off point for Anawangin Cove, Capones Island and Camara Island. And now, Pundakit has become more exciting when word spread about Nagsasa Cove and Sinlanguin Cove, which supposedly offer a more quiet environment for tourists.

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    Hike up to the Capones Island Light House

    by monina_c Updated May 30, 2008

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    Hire a boat to take you to Capones Island and hike up to the abandoned Capones Lighthouse (more formally named as the Faro (Lighthouse) de Punta Capones on the Island of Grand Capon). It is located on top of the island but it's an easy hike from the beach. There is a rudimentary path following the ridge of the little island. It will probably take you a little over 10 minutes to walk up to the ruins of the buildings through some vegetation if your boat lands on the opposite side of the sandy beach frequented by swimmers.

    How did it come about that there's this little known lighthouse in this spit of rock in Zambales?
    It was because of the results of the study and survey of Antonio de la Camara who undertook the survey in 1884. The construction of the tower itself was only approved after adjustments of location to ensure the safety and integrity of the site and because of the difficulty of bringing the materials and the uncooperative weather, it took almost 7 years to complete the construction of this lighthouse. It was finally completed and Faro de Punta Capones went into operation in July 16, 1890.

    It somewhat resembles the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse (which is 2 years younger) although it is quite a bit shorter. A pity that the lightkeeper's building was left in disrepair. Just like the Cape Bolinao Light House, the tower itself is now powered by solar energy, hence the fact that they no longer need a full time light keeper :)

    The tower itself is beautiful with iron curlicues and trims. Very photogenic. :)

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    Go To The Most Popular Destination: Anawangin Cove

    by cyndymc Updated Apr 8, 2009

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    Anawangin is the nearest cove from the poblacion, and is currently the most visited and developed amongst Pundakit's coves.

    Anawangin Cove is surrounded by mountains that look like gigantic rocks, known to be formed by tumultous volcanic activities in the past. But what amuses tourists is the presence of pine trees neatly lined up in rows (as in a garden or park) just behind the banks of the cove. It is surmised by locals that the seeds of the agoho pine were strewn during the Mt. Pinatubo eruption, and fell on the cove together with the ash fall.

    The campsite and beach area were quite crowded when we went there, being summer and a long weekend. Tourists swarmed and swam in the beach area; sunbathers basked in the sun and slept on the sand.

    Anawangin Cove is a private property, so tourists pay P50 for day tour and P150 for overnight stay/camping to the caretaker.

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    Travel Light; Buy Your Goods & Foods At The Market

    by cyndymc Written Apr 8, 2009

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    We stopped at San Antonio Public Market to buy fresh fish & squid, pork, eggplants, mangoes, rice, coal for grilling, and other supplies like gas for the portable camping stove and additional drinks.

    If you're early and the public market is not yet open (they open at about 8am yet), a little sweet request or persuasive cajolling might convince the vendor to sell to you earlier than 8am.

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    Befriend Your "Bankero"/Boatman

    by cyndymc Updated Feb 2, 2010

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    Your boatman is not merely the person who will bring you to the islands/cove. The "bankero" is also your travel guide, protector while on the sea, interpreter, and he can also be your camping assistant (he can help you with pitching tents, cleaning up or even cooking your food).

    There are standard rates for renting a banca, so please don't haggle for a much lower price. Think of helping the bankero feed his family through your boat rental, and be generous with your tip if you are satisfied with his service.

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    Explore & Appreciate Pundakit's Flora

    by cyndymc Written Apr 8, 2009

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    I always find it exciting to explore the flora in the new places we go to. In Anawangin Cove, I discovered some beach plants growing in the sandy banks, and with interesting flowers and fruits yet. It is amazing how they can grow and survive the almost soil-less place.

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    Overnight Camping at Anawangin

    by monina_c Updated May 30, 2008

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    If the weather cooperates, it is a good experience to go overnight camping at Anawangin Cove. There is hardly anybody there except other campers and a couple of caretakers.

    It requires an adventurous spirit to enjoy being at Anawangin. There are rudimentary facilities and no electricity. Water comes from a hand-worked pump and the comfort room... will provide you the meanest of comfort :)

    But the views and the surroundings compensate for all the negative aspects of the place. If you want to commune with nature, then this is the place.

    BRING IN EVERYTHING YOU NEED.

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    Go Camping with Friends

    by pres_16 Updated Feb 24, 2012

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    Here in Anawangin Cove was my first ever camping experience. The idea of staying overnight in a deserted island was a new adventure for me. Being a neophyte, I had my apprehension, I imagine things that could happen or go wrong during our stay - heavy rains, typhoon, tsunami, etc. But none of these odd things happened.

    At night, I remember indulging moments of stargazing - the stars seemed closer and bigger to us... and when I went to sleep, sounds of nature like waves splashing on the shore, crickets and other tiny creatures chirping caressed my ears.

    In the morning, again the crickets chirping and birds humming a beautiful tune woke me up. I had a great day and night of communion with nature.

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    Camp Overnight at Anawangin Cove

    by cyndymc Written Apr 8, 2009

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    The adventurous type can camp overnight at Anawangin Cove. Camping offers a different kind of excitement- eating al fresca, sleeping inside the tent or on a hammock, resting and/or meditating with the relaxing sound of the waves.

    The campsite is at the back of the banks. Campers have ample space to pitch their tents. I suggest you pitch your tent near a picnic hut or a bamboo/wooden table with benches. Additionally, I suggest you choose an area near the artesian well, comfort room & shower rooms.

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    Go Hiking/Climbing/Crawling!

    by pres_16 Updated Feb 23, 2012

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    There is a vantage point in this mountain that provides the visitors a whole view of Anawangin Cove and its awesome sorroundings. Go hiking thru a steep trail and reward yourself with the awesome panorama. It feels good everytime I remember this fun climb.

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    MARKET DAY

    by davidjo Written Jul 20, 2013

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    The main market takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays only as traders arrive in town and set up their stalls, which sell cellfones, tools, clothes etc. During other days the traders will set uo business at other towns in Zimbales.
    The market is located in the center of town near the bus stop and town hall.

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    Go Swimming/Snorkeling

    by pres_16 Updated Sep 28, 2008

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    view from the top of Anawangin Hill
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    Go and enjoy swimming with your families and friends here, only that you need to be extra careful... be aware of the strong undercurrent and the depth of the water - note that the slope in not that 'friendly' as it drops off abrubtly into the sea.

    Aside from swimming, snorkeling is another interesting activity to enjoy here, so don't forget to bring your snorkeling gears.

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