Islands and Beaches

Surf and Dive in Capones Island & Anawangin Cove: A Day of Fun and Spontaneity


Maui Sanvictores
Maui Sanvictores | Sep 09, 2016

It was a drizzly Tuesday when we drove 30 minutes past 3 o’clock in the morning. The weather’s not permissive but we kept at our plan for the day. Driving to Zambales is around 2-3 hours plus the light to moderate traffic in North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). Arriving at Liwliwa in San Felipe, my friends and I were ecstatic to change into our rash guards and catch some waves. Unfortunately, no waves for the three of us, it was flat. Boo hoo!

With heavy hearts, we went back inside the car and hurriedly drove down south, all the way to San Antonio. En route, we were determined to seize the day no matter what.  We walked around for about an hour in San Antonio in desperation, talking to locals, getting info on what better way to spend the day than just mope. Locals were kind enough to suggest activities for the day. With a little nudge from boatmen and hostel owners, we found ourselves hailing a pump boat to and fro the islands of Zambales.

Chilling by the beach of Pundaquit while waiting for the pump boat

Situated in Central West Coast of Luzon, Zambales is a usual go-to province for quick trips, especially since it’s relatively close to Manila. It offers several activities such as surfing, diving, and hiking for those who are down for short weekend adventures. It also is famous for its beautiful coves that offer a safe haven for those who plan to stay overnight near the beach.

Read more: A Pristine Island Across the West Philippine Sea?

Our itinerary for the day was to roam around the islands of Camara, Capones and Anawangin Cove. The waters of Zambales were crystal clear blue and visibility was excellent at depths of 20-30 feet. For skin divers, this place is a dream come true. If you’re up for getting good underwater photos, the waters of Zambales is the place to be. Although it was a bit disappointing that marine life didn’t live up to our expectation, locals say sharks are present at summertime, but you could clearly see that corals are no where near thriving.

Boatman (bottom of the photo) dives with his goggles and hand-made fins from cut-out plastic boards

At lunch time, we reached the island of Capones and settled down at a cave-like rock formation. We noticed several trash was left around the area. To our dismay, locals say this is where they bring guests for lunch that’s why some left-overs were scattered in the island. We were disgusted with how people take this beautiful island for granted. Again, instead of moping, we decided to pick up some trash and collect them in a garbage bag that we usually bring for our personal trash. I guess, not until everyone is informed of the negative effects of such lack of etiquette, we will be continually doing our part; being part of the solution and not adding up to the problem. We insisted to bring the garbage bag to the mainland despite opposition from the boatmen.

Nonetheless, our overall experience of Zambales was remarkable. It’s hues and horizons were nothing short of calming and relaxing; especially at the sight of Mt. Pundaquit with the blue waters as its foreground.

Visit Zambales and experience its beauty. You may also bring a trash bag with you. In case you find garbage along the way, I encourage you to collect them and bring them back to the mainland for proper disposal.

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