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This was my first-ever visit to this wonderful province of Zambales. It was actually a spur-of-the moment decision that my cousins and I decided to drive there from our hometown province of Bulacan. It would be a nice day-trip we all said... Even though we started out around 5 a.m., I think it took us at least a good four hours drive or so, considering we got into some traffic. One of my cousins has a friend who lives in the village of Pundaquit. He had been here before and was enticing us about islands with white sand beaches off the Pundaquit coast. I have always love islands and beaches. One of my travel wish list is to at least visit a white-sand beach so here was my chance...
In the small town of San Antonio, Zambales, an hour north of Subic, you can catch a Jeepney heading southwest to a small fishing village called Pundaquit. We drove to Brgy.Pundaquit but asked around for directions at the village proper since the winding roads were a bit circuitous. The scenic route on the way to the coast was idyllic provincial life. The majestic Zambales mountains stayed on our left as we passed by a little river. On its rocky banks were charming little bamboo sheds. Next scenery, a peaceful-looking bamboo hut on the side of the road. The laid back lifestyle was how I remembered Philippines.
There are resorts at Pundaquit Bay if you planned to stay over for a night or two. However, since this was just a daytrip, we met up with my cousin's friend. Their family home was only a few yards away from the beach. A rooster and a couple of dogs greeted us. My cousin's friend had a little bamboo picnic shed on the beach and everyone was ready for a late breakfast. After, my cousin and his friend went off to find a boatman to take us to the Capones & Camera islands. We stayed behind and walked around Pundaquit Bay. There were other tourists but maybe not more than a family or two. We saw more of the local fishermen tending to their nets. Soon, my cousin and his friend found a boatman who agreed to take us on his bangka (boat) and off we went ...
Everyone was just giddy seeing the sea and gazed offshore at the islands of Capones and Camera in the distance.
There are three islands on the horizon at the beach at Pundaquit. Capones island (aka the Island of Grand Capon) is actually farther off shore about 5+ km. I have read that Capones is an extremely narrow island and about two miles in lenght. The Camera Islands are much closer at only 2km offshore. These islands lie on the Northeastern side of Capones. Unfortunately, we were only able to go to Camera Islands (pls.see my Warnings/Danger tip). The Camera islands are **actually two rock outcroppings connected by a sandy beach. These islands contain** the most extensive and abundant coral group throughout these chains. Sadly, due to illegal dynamite fishing, some of the coral reefs are badly damaged.
- Pros:Beautiful islands off the coast
- In a nutshell:Loved it! Will definitely come back here
For your use to explore Capones and Camera Islands, ride on one of these fishing boats if you hire a boatman in... more travel advice
While relaxing in the warm torquoise waters, I can't help being awed by the mountain views facing Camera islands. Nature... more travel advice
Written May 9, 2016
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Written May 9, 2016
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