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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.
Directions: Rent a boat at Pundaquit (P1000/boat for 4 pax, RT) and ask to be taken to Anawangin and remember to tell the boatman what time to fetch you back on the morrow. There is an entrance fee of P150/pax for use of the island.
Faro (Lighthouse) de Punta Capones
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. :)
Directions: Oh just hop on a boat at the Pundaquit beach and ask the boatman to bring you to the Capones Lighthouse. :)
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