Ever heard of Pundaquit, Zambales? Perhaps many haven’t heard of it yet, especially as it is not as popular as other local beach destinations such as Boracay, Puerto Princesa, Coron, Anilao, Camsur, Caramoan, etc. But perhaps you have heard of Anawangin Cove? Yes, it’s a relatively popular place to go to for a beach-side camping adventure. Pundaquit is the jump-off point to Anawangin, perhaps that’s the most familiar description for it.
A few weeks ago, I went to Pundaquit with my sister and my cousin. There were just 3 of us girls, and we were on a tight schedule and budget. The three of us wanted to go for a beach adventure for the summer, but we opted to go somewhere relatively near, and I suggested and planned an overnight trip to Pundaquit. I’ve been hearing about the place already, although I have not heard any concrete feedback yet. Nonetheless, I pushed through and booked and planned the trip for us three.
The budget was P3,000 per head, for 3 people, to go to a beach area which was roughly 3-4 hours away. The budget was inclusive of transportation (with our own vehicle, passing through NLEX and SCTEX, including toll fees), accommodation (triple sharing for an A/C room), food, and the boat trip for the island hopping.
To be honest, the beach at Pundaquit itself was not that glam and wonderful, and there were not much to see there, except for an amazing view of Capones and Camara islands in the horizon. The sand was gray (more volcanic sand than coral sand), and the waves were quite strong. The accommodations we got at Pundaquit Luxury Resort was basic but clean (two beds, our own bathroom with good running water, working A/C, and just about that), and was just worth it. Perhaps the best thing about the trip was the island hopping.
Our boat trip on the first day was to Camara Island, then to Capones Island, then to Anawangin Cove. Apparently our worst decision was to go to Anawangin Cove. There were far too many people there, and the place have already been too commercialized because of its relative popularity. But I must say that Camara and Capones were wonderful. They were small islands with good white beaches. Because we did not have much time on the first day, we decided to go back to Capones island and hang out some more the next morning.
Beaches on Capones Island have white sand (or coral sand). The waves were also strong while we were there, but gentle enough that we were able to swim and snorkel around. Unfortunately the strong waves also brought in some trash with it, and because of this some areas of the beach had lines of trash brought in by the waves. Other locations on the beach were much cleaner. The scene underwater in Capones Island was good too. The bottom was more sea-grass than corals, but there were a lot of different marine life nonetheless. It was also a good place to snorkel. The crowd at the island was not a lot, especially because there are no established accommodations there. There were campers on the island too. There are some places to trek, and there is also a lighthouse on one side, but we were too lazy to walk around and explore. We basically just stayed around the beach and soaked in the sun.
Overall, the trip to Pundaquit made for a good budget adventure. It was worth going to, mainly because of the islands nearby. It was a good two-day adventure with my girls. 🙂