This is a late post, since I put up Anawangin early on. Pundakit in the town of San Antonio , Zambales is the jump off point for Anawangin Cove. However, from its wide grey sand shores, you could see three islands from a distance. They are the Cameras and Capones Islands.
Going back, getting to Pundakit is easy as I have mentioned in my Anawangin post. San Antonio is just after Subic Town and San Marcelino in Zambales which is like 40 minutes to an hour drive from SBMA. In Pundakit, we stayed at the Canoe Beach Resort, that was fully booked during our stay because of the long weekend. Good thing we made reservations.
The rooms were small and shabby, but alright for just P1,500 a night. We arrived in the afternoon and decided to head straight to Capones Island which is just 15 minutes away from Pundakit Beach. The waters were rough so it took us more than 20 mins or so to get there. The island hopping experience made me feel I was in the Visayas or Mindanao, so doing it in Zambales is a treat.
It was good that we decided to go to Capones Island because there wasn't anyone else on the beach where we had docked. This is probably because people were warned of the rough waters. Good thing for us, as the island looked deserted. We felt it was our own private paradise.
The water was refreshing and clear, making it perfect for swimming. The sand is not white, but the natural preserve makes up for it. It was the perfect beginning for a long weekend with friends. We partied all afternoon and got drunk till nightfall.
With this, I wasn't able to visit the famed Capones Lighthouse, which was on the other side of the island. The waves were strong so the boat wasn't able to dock on that side. Going there would mean an hour hike with a guide. Since we didn't have one, and it was late, I opted to just enjoy the beach were we were in.
The barrio of Pundakit can prosper if they play their cards right in maintaining the beauty of their islands and the Anawangin Cove. Truly, these are gems that are surprisingly near Manila.
CANOE BEACH RESORT
BRGY PUNDAKIT SN ANTONIO ZAMBALES
San Antonio, Zambales