I and my siblings decided to go to Zambales for two days and one night. We picked Zambales not only because it’s convenient but because it offers a lot of activities and adventures besides its well-known beaches. It is located in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines, and it only takes 3-4 hours to get there.

We arrived in Zambales around 6:30AM, and we went straight to the tour organizer ‘s house at Barangay Pundaquit which is the jump-off point going to Anawangin and Capones Island.
After the briefing, we went to (Pundakit) Pundaquit beach where the boats are located. This is our first stop and you may opt to swim and stay here if you want.


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Since there are a lot of people, we didn’t follow our itinerary and decided to go to Anawangin Cove instead. On our way to Anawangin, we saw the amazing rocky mountain surrounding the sea and it’s nice to see a stunning place like this few hours away from the busy city of Metro Manila.

When we reached the cove, we’re struck by the white sand, the clear and emerald-green water of Anawangin. One will definitely enjoy it.


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We settled and waited for the tour organizer’s provided tent. We had lunch and our delicious food was provided  by the travel agency. If you did not avail any tour package, you need to bring your own food.

At the Anawangin campsite 🙂

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Due to very hot weather, we did the trekking around 4:30PM. The trek was steep, so everyone should be careful. It was a short trek (less than 30 minutes) going to the summit of Anawangin. One may get tired  and stress from climbing but once you see the view and sunset from the summit, all the stress and exhaustion you have will eventually disappear.


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Who would think that this most visited cove, surrounded by pine trees and a rocky mountain was formed after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption a few years ago?

After the trekking, we decided to swim and enjoy the sunset. We had bonfire during the night and had another delicious dinner c/o Book With US.

Stunning sunset was taken at Anawangin’s summit 🙂

We left Anawangin cove around eight o’clock in the morning. We went to Capones Island which is 30 minutes away from Anawangin Cove. You may choose between Capones Light House or the island. Since we are on this group tour, we all decided to go to Capones Island. If you want to visit both, you need to pay extra or rent a boat for a private tour.


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Capones island is an island with a man’s face figure on its side. It has nice blue-green water, white sand and it’s a good site for those who love snorkeling. Just bring your own snorkeling masks.

For suggested itineraries and travel guides, click the link below:

Budget Travel Guide: Anawangin, Capones Island and Pundaquit Beach


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