Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales
First time kung makakapunta ng Zambales so i'm so excited to witness the hidden beauty of this particular province. Ang exact destination namin ay sa Pundaquit,San Antonio,Zambales.
Sumakay kami sa pasay kung saan merong terminal ng Victory Liner na ang biyahe ay papuntang Iba,Zambales 3-4 hours ang biyahe. Aaminin ko na noong una naisip kong baka masyadong hassle ang biyahe papuntang Zambales pero dahil maganda yung aircon bus na sinakyan namin hindi ko naramdaman yung 4 hours na biyahe dahil komportable ang mga upuan sa bus ng Victory Liner and the good thing is hindi na namin kailangang pumila sa terminal dahil nagpareserve na kami ng sit thru online para sa aming tatlo kaya pagpunta namin ng terminal inantay na lang namin yung bus na sasakyan namin then uupo na lang kami sa mga # sit namin kaya kung ayaw niyong mahirapan pa sa pila i suggest na magpareserve na lang kayo lalo na kung super peak season and take note nagawa ko pang maginternet gamit ang phone ko sa bus dahil merong free wifi ang aircon bus nila.
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|Victory Liner Bus|
Mga around 11:30pm kami umalis ng Manila then nakarating kami ng 3am sa San Antonio pero dahil maaga pa nagstay muna kami sa 7/11 para kumain at magpalipas ng oras dahil hindi pa bukas ang palengke sa oras na yun kaya ang nangyari nakipag-chikahan muna kami sa guard at mga tao sa 7/11 ang masasabi ko lang pinatunayan lang ng mga tao doon sa akin na ang mga pilipino ay sadyang mababait at hospitable. Sa oras din na yun plinano ng dalawa kong kasama ang mga lugar na pupuntahan actually meron na kaming specific na lugar na pupuntahan pero ang pera ang binabudget nila dahil baka magshort kami sa mga babayaran like foods rent sa bangka papunta sa mga island na makikita sa San Antonio,Zambales at mga amenities na gagamitin sa pagluluto ng tanghalian sa Anawangin cove. Pero dahil merong kaming nakilalang mabait na manong na nagbigay sa amin ng tao na marerentahan ng murang bangka mas nakamenos kami sa pera at nagawa pa naming bumili ng mga pagkain na sapat sa aming tatlo.
|Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales|
San Antonio is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Zambales in the Philippines.
Pundaquit: Nestled in the navel of the Zambales coastline, a Spanish Light House from the 1800s is found atop the "Islas de Punta Capones." This is reminiscent of places such as "Sierra Leone." Zambales is also home to the famous Crystal Beach surf in the quaint town of San Narciso. Reference
So back to my blog, first activity na gagawin namin dahil sa 1pm pa naman kami magche-check-in nag-Island hopping na muna kami at ang first Island na pupuntahan namin ay yung Nagsasa Cove dahil yun ang pinaka malayo na aabutin ng one hour na biyahe via boat.
Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales
|Picturesque views while traveling from Pundaquit, San Antonio to Nagsasa Cove|
It was first called Nagzasa. During the time of the US Naval base in Subic Bay, the cove was used as a practice shooting range. The locals, mostly Aetas who have long been living in the cove, tell of stories when combat & battle ships would anchor at the cove's mouth & fire missiles toward the mountains. Attack helicopters would hover above the cove & drop bombs. Snipers would position themselves in one of the cove's mountain tops & shoot at a far away target. Long before entertaining beach goers, some locals earned their living by collecting scrap metals from detonated bombs, missile casings & empty gun shells and selling them to scrap metal dealers in town.
But that's more than two decades ago. Now, there are only waves crashing & pine trees swaying. Reference
Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales
Laze around all day & take in nature! See how the sand, sea & mountains converge in one awesome cove! If you feel like walking, hire a guide & hike up the water falls or stroll to the farthest left side of the cove and walk up the hill for an amazing view of the cove. At night, fire up some wood & enjoy the warmth of a bonfire.
A TIP: For a more serene & peaceful experience, schedule your trip to Nagsasa on a weekday (Tues-Thurs). There's hardly tourists around, only the friendly locals so you have the whole cove all to yourself!
What should I bring?
Aside from the camping stuff--- food, drinking water, tents, first aid kits (especially burn ointments), bring flashlights or any source of light as there is no electricity at the cove.
Don't bring: electronics. You probably won't need them at the beach... well, except maybe for the most important thing next to food: the camera. Seriously though, salty air or salt water are not best pals with your electronics. If you do bring any, when you get home, wipe your electronics with damp cloth to remove salty residues.
How do I get there?
By Private Car:
For a more direct route, from NLEX, go all the way to the last exit & take the SCTEX to SBMA, exit thru Kalaklan gate and follow the Zambales National Road going north to Iba until you reach the town of San Antonio. Go straight past the municipal hall. At the dead-end/ fork, turn left at Zambank, slow down until you see the sign pointing to Pundakit. Turn right. Go straight until you reach the second arc (blue arc), where the Pundakit resort signs are. Turn left. Stick to the main road until you reach the village of Pundakit. You can park & leave your car in one of the secured private parking lots in Pundakit for a fee (P100-day parking, P200-overnight). From there, you can rent an outrigger boat to Nagsasa. Our basic rate already includes the roundtrip boat fare (Pundakit-Nagsasa-Pundakit).
For more direct travelling, hop on a Victory Liner bus that ply the Iba/ Sta Cruz route. Get off at the town of San Antonio. Fare is under P400 per person for air-conditioned bus. Ride the trike/tricycle going to Pundakit. Fare is officially P25 per person (it's what locals pay), P50 if you're riding alone. Rent an outrigger boat to Nagsasa. Our basic rate already includes the roundtrip boat fare (Pundakit-Nagsasa-Pundakit).
Check out Victory Liner's fares & schedules: Victory Liner
Pleases call your terminal of origin for available trips, as some are not posted on their website.
You can also take the Victory Liner, Genesis Transit or Saulog bus to Olongapo City. Ride another bus going to Iba/ Sta Cruz, get off at San Antonio & ride the trike/tricycle going to Pundakit.
You can also hike from Brgy. Cawag in the town of Subic for 2-3 hours on a moderate hike path. Hike fee + guide is P600 one-way, P900 if you're hiking back. If you're not hiking back, you can rent an outrigger boat from Nagsasa to take you to Pundakit.
for more info visit and like this page : Nagsasa Coveto be continue...