To the right of anawangin cove in Zambales is the rocky edge of the shoreline. Let's just call this place "the rockies" as it has no name. There are interesting nooks and crannies in this area. There is even a ledge leading to the higher part of the rockface. If you're up to it, you may climb to the ledge like some of my friends did. There are many footholds but it's a bit tricky because of the steep inclination.
They say the view up there is great for taking photos of the coastline...
If you're into kite-flying, then this is the place to bring your kites! My friend had his 4-year-old son along so he brought kites for him to play with. As it turned out, his son was not the only one who enjoyed playing with them. =)
Somewhere north of Iba, Zambales Province's capital, is the beautiful town of Palauig. It is your typical rural town with pretty ricefields and just like any other coastal place in Zambales, this town being in the plains has great scenery- the mountain ranges in Central Luzon and shores east of the South China Sea.
If you love nature, Palauig could offer so much. Aside from the mentioned scenery, the roads of Palauig once in a while are bridges as the town is blessed with pure winding canals. And because it is really far from being an urban development, the night skies are so clear you'd see more stars than the usual and if you're lucky enough, you'd chance upon shooting stars once in a while.
If you're looking for pure adventure, Palauig might not be able to provide it but if your main goal is just to spend some time off the busy and fast-paced urban living maybe to reflect, and enjoy with your friends then Palauig comes as one of the top spots.
The development of this town is just enough so that one can have the convenience of not being bothered by the search for necessities. It has its own public market, some sari-sari stores and some decent and cheap places to stay (aka privately owned mini-resorts).
Palauig is not very popular among tourists, unlike Subic and Olongapo in Zambales so one might have its powedery light brown to gray sands and calm beaches all by himself for a certain period of the day when fishermen aren't out fishing.
The waves are calm, perfect for just dipping oneself, maybe for getting a good tan. The coast isn't really long, one can walk through the whole strip easily.
It's probably the next best thing. If you wake up early in the morning, the sun would rise from behind the mountains. Later it's gonna set in the beach's horizon. At night, if you're with your friends, you could build a bonfire, cheap, like a bunch of wood would cost PHP10.00 (something like 20 cents in USD), drink away under the starry dark sky.
Aside from the sweetest Mangoes, Zambales is also famous for its beaches. It boasts of fine sands and blue waters of the South China Sea. Except when there is a brewing storm, the waters are always calm and ideal for swimming.
In some towns, small rivers, bordered by palm or fruit-bearing trees on both sides, meet the sea.
Capones being off the beaten track of Zambales, offers great white sand beaches, that you can reach only by a small boat..
Its great for day trip and got a small swimming area...
The photo is one of the many picnic place around the island..
To go there, you need to rent a boat, 300-500 for roundtrip and depending also on the number of people..
These three islands off the coast of Zambales are known as the Capones Islands. Filipinos who have seen the “White Castle” (liquor) commercial back in the early 80’s would recognize one of them as the white sanded island where a beautiful bikini clad lady gallops through astride a white horse. On second thought, nobody would probably recall the island because I’m sure what would stick to the mind of the viewers would be the lady and the horse. The men were probably thinking “I better buy the liquor so I can get a nice curvy lady like that.” while the women were saying “What the hell is she doing wearing a bikini on top of a horse!” And the children…“I wish I had a pony.”
As is obvious, you would need a boat to get to the island. Boats (operators included) can be rented for the day. There are no restaurants or buildings in any of the island. What you will find instead are a few structures (we sometimes call them ‘shades’) you may use for eating or when you want to take a break from the sun. Bring your own food. You can laze around on the secluded beach. Or take out your fishing poles and try your hand at leisure angling (locals say plenty of fish in the area). Before nightfall, the boat man will ferry you back to the mainland. I guess you can probably camp out there with the right equipment but bear in mind you are practically alone there and if something happens to you, the rest of the mainlanders wouldn’t know how to help you. Really back to nature. No electricity in the area.
Don’t try to swim across to the islands as this is still part of the open South China Sea... you may just find yourself saying hello to Mr. Jaws.
But if you want to take one of the best sunset pictures ever, wait for sunset by the mainland beach. The sun sets between two of the island ensuring a very good shoot.
One of the most famous cove in Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales.
A must see place especially for those who seek's something that our nature can offer.
- Island hopping
Very cheap courtesy of Mang Randy @ 0909-312-0345
P1,300 only for a boat of 4 for the 3 Islands
Potipot island (Mini boracay)
A Small island that has a powdery white sand.. You can have a picnic here. There are small table around the beach and a very nice view of the Zambales.
I have not tried surfing but my friends got a basic course for surfing here. You can ask the front desk to assign to you an instructor which you can get the lesson for a group.
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