A Travel Guide to Anawangin Cove and Capones Island, Zambales
How to Get There
From Pasay or Sampaloc, ride a bus bound for Iba, Zambales. Inform the teller, you are dropping off at San Antonio, Zambales; or else, he/she will charge the full fare for Iba. Via NLEx, time travel is around 4-5 hours.
Mine was from Dau Terminal at Clark City. I missed the bus to Iba, Zambales and opted to ride the bus bound for Olongapo City via SCTEx, which was faster and more scenic. It only took two hours. From Olongapo City, I rode a bus to Iba, Zambales and got off at San Antonio.
Once arriving at San Antonio, go to the tricycle parking area by the basketball court. Fare is P25 per person. Avoid being ripped off by asking locals about the fare and share the tricycle with the locals.
For boat rental at Pundaquit, you can call Jovencio Orcino: 09193215252 | 09159599595 for the rates and packages.
Boat Rental to Anawangin – P1000.00 (minimum of 4)
Boat Rental to Anawangin & Capones Island – P1 300.00
Anawangin + Capones + Nagsasa Cove – P900/person
Where to Stay
- Sunset Bay View
- White Rock Waterpark and Beach Hotel
- Treasure Island Resort
- Mope Beach Resort
- Dureme Mansion Hotel and Resort
There are budget inns and resorts at Pundaquit ranging from P1000-P1500 for a room of two.
At Anawangin, tent accommodation is the only available way, so you can rent a tent from the island vendors. To be safer, bring your own tent since they only have a very limited number of tents.
In my case, I had some work to turn in, so I decided to bunk for the night at Olongapo City where the Internet connection is stable.
For overnight campers at Anawangin Cove, bring your own cook set, food, flashlights, insect repellant, and water. Some locals sell basic necessities for a hefty price. Do understand that the place is remote.
Trek to the vantage point where you can see the whole cove. It only takes twenty-thirty minutes, depending on your speed.
Bring your own snorkeling gears. The waters surrounding Capones Island are replete with beautiful and colorful corals.
Visit Nagsasa and other neighboring coves.
Last updated on April 08, 2014