Pundaquit View from Mountains

Pundaquit has fine, clean white-gray sand and clear sapphire blue waters. The atmosphere is very provincial and laid back. It's primarily a fishing town more than a resort town so don't expect parties over the weekend! The accomodations are basic and there's plenty of place to pitch a tent if you're into camping.

Capones Island History

View of Capones Island from Pundaquit beach. This island is four kilometers away from Barangay Pundaquit in the province of Zambales. This is named Capones Island or “Isla de Gran Capon” way back the Spanish government. Its area is a two-kilometer long bone-shaped island surrounded by white sand and rocky shores.

The island offers big waves ideal for beginner surfers; swimming and day picnic, pure white sand conducive for an overnight getaway camping; turquoise water and rich marine life that is great for diving and snorkeling.

Right now, no commercial establishments resides on this gorgeous island and the only building aside from an unfinished one is an old creepy Spanish lighthouse called Faro de Punta Capones that was built long ago, in 1890 to and to warn passing ships of the dangers of rocky shores around the island and guide ships entering and leaving the bays of Manila and Subic. The solar-powered lighthouse is Capones best kept secret, with its original brick house structure still in place, though ragged and neglected, but still draws a dramatic picture.

Pundaquit Anawangin Trek

Pundaquit to Anawangin trek, although the usual way to Anawangin Cove is by pumpboat from PundaquitT There is land route passing by a hilly area known interchangeably called Mount Pundaquit and Mount Anawangin. The trail passes by shrublands and grasslands, affording views of the nearby mountains. Medium sized bamboo and ornamental-looking plants deck the paths, at times transforming the trail into a garden like environment. At first flat and then moderately steep, the midpoint of the trail is the summit of Mt. Pundaquit.

And then the descent goes to the Anawangin side of the mountain. According to the locals, the name Anawangin is derived from the Ilokano word 'nuang' which means carabao. The reason behind this are the wild, sometimes aggressive carabao that roam freely in the slopes. After hours of descent, pine trees would herald the beach, which can glow into luminous white with the sunlight. Basic facilities such as a small store, shower rooms, and huts are in place in Anawangin even as the locals try to preserve its being untouched. The cove is perfect for camping also.

Pundaquit Shore

Pundaquit Shore with mountains as background in Zambales, Philippines

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