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Budget Travel Guide: Anawangin, Capones Island and Pundaquit Beach

Zambales brought me into its hidden paradise. No doubt why people visit this one amazing province in Central Luzon. If you want to see more of this breathtaking site, check out my the previous post about Anawangin, Capones Island and Pundaquit Beach.


View from the Summit of Anawangin:)

Before you start your trip to Zambales, see first the guide, activities, tips and suggested itinerary below:

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Surfing, Island Hopping, Trekking, Snorkeling, Diving, Swimming, Skimboarding, etc…


  • Since there’s no electricity, bring flashlights and power bank. No mobile networks and signals in Anawangin cove. You may get a network in Capones Island but might still be a poor connection.
  • Bring sunblock to protect your skin
  • Bring mosquitoes repellent
  • Bring ropes – you’ll use it for hanging your wet clothes
  • Bring cameras, blanket, pillow, zip lock bag, toiletries, and goggles.
  • Opener, knife (for opening cans, bottles)
  • Bring food and water if staying overnight. Stores are available, however, it’s pricey. (Note that our tour operator provided food and water for us).

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From Manila- Zambales

Ride a Victory Liner bus going to Iba, Zambales, and ask the driver to drop you off to San Antonio. From there you can ride a tricycle going to Pundaquit (P60.00). Rent a boat going to Anawangin or Nagsasa Cove. Boat rates range from P1,000.00 to P1,500.00 depending on how many islands you want to visit.

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You may also opt to avail tour packages, like what we did.  We get the package from BOOK WITH US PROMO:

Package inclusions: (P1,499.00 – 2D1N Anawangin Joiner Tour)

✪ Roundtrip Van Transfers (Manila-Zambales-Manila)
✪ Round trip Big Boat Transfers with Life Vests
✪ Woods for Bonfire
✪ Cooking Wares
✪ Drinking Water
✪ Charcoal
✪ Iced tubes with Cooler
✪ Sidetrip in Capones Island
✪ Sight-seeing Camara Island
✪ Private Tents (2-3 pax)
✪ Entrance fees
✪ Shower Area
✪ Parking fee
✪ Drivers food
✪ Toll Fees and Gas
✪ Trekking to hilltop

Additional P300.00/person for the meals (Optional)
Day 1
Lunch: Chicken adobo and Buttered Veggies
Dinner: Sinigang na Isda and Inihaw na Liempo
Day 2
Breakfast: Hotsilog and Coffee


DAY 1:
2:30AM – Assembly Time at MCDO MRT QUEZON AVENUE
3:00AM – Departure
6:00AM – ETA at San Antonio, Zambales Public Market
7:00AM – Meet our tour coordinator in Zambales
7:30AM – Boat transfer to Capones Island
8:30AM – Departure from Capones to Anawangin/Nagsasa Cove
9:00AM – ETA at Anawangin Cove
12:00PM – Lunch Time
1:00PM – Trekking to Hilltop (15 mins)
7:00PM – Dinner Time

DAY 2:
7:00AM – Breakfast Time
9:00AM – Departure from Anawangin/Nagsasa Cove to Pundaquit Beach
11:00AM – Departure from Zambales to Manila
3:00PM – ETA in Manila (McDo MRT Q.Ave)
Note: Itinerary may change depending on the weather condition.
For more info visit or call BOOK WITH US PROMO:
Reservation Landline numbers
(02) 501-2199
(02) 738-1522
Reservation Mobile numbers
Email at:
Their office is located at Unit4A 2F Kaminari Bldg., Banawe St. Quezon City 1114
Mon – Sat 9:00am to 6:00pm


Anawangin, Capones Island and Pundaquit Beach

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