Zambales- the name Zambales came from the word zambal which is a Hispanized term for Sambali . Zambal refers to the native language spoken by the early Austronesian inhabitants of the place. Other version states that the name was derived from the word samba, meaning worship. The province is home to the Aetas, the original people of the Philippines who share African-ethnicity descent.
The Aeta people are the first one who inhabited the Zambales. Tagalog people displaced the Sambal people in southern Luzon due to the migration of the Malays. It led to the arrival of the Sambal people into present-day Zambales.
1. Subic Beach
Subic Beach- It is pretty famous for its beaches and a first class town in Zambales, Philippines. It holds the real beauty of nature where you can relax. This beach is also considered to be one of the hidden gems of the nature’s creation. The scenic view of the beach gives the most elegant view. The sound of the tides hitting the shores and the sea breeze provides the most memorable experience.
Fun things to do in Subic:
- Setting up tents on the beach
- Camp under the trees
- Get Wet at Inflatable Island
- Play with Dolphins at Ocean Adventure
- Bird Watching
Beach Resorts in Subic:
- Wild Orchid Resort
- Blue Rock Beach Resort
- Camayan Beach Resort
- Orchid Inn Resort
- Green Canyon Leisure Farms
- Mangrove Resort Hotel
- Wild Orchid Beach Resort
- Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks
- Moonbay Marina The Villas
- Whiterock Beach Hotel Waterpark
- Hotel Kamana Sanctuary Resort and Spa
2. Crystal Beach Resort
Crystal Beach Resort- This resort is pretty popular in San Narciso, Zambales because it has a natural beauty and they are able to maintain the vicinity properly. The shore is lined with pine trees which gives a solemn nature effect and a place that feels like "home away from home." It is surely the perfect place to create memories that will truly last a lifetime.
These are the photos of my closest friends who enjoyed their vacation in Crystal Beach Resort. They said that the place is also perfect for picture taking as it holds amazing views. I would love to go to this place and want to experience how elegant the place is. It is 4-5 hours away from Manila and it offers different accommodations.
Fun things to do in Crystal Beach Resort:
- Seeing sunrise and sunset
- Surf session
- Bonfire camp out
- Picture Taking
3. Hermana Menor Island
Hermana Menor Island- It is a privately owned island which is now open for public. They have decided to share the elegant beauty of Hermana Menor to the tourists. You can enjoy the pristine beach when you visit. Only day tour is allowed as overnight stay is prohibited. It's only for short visits and make sure that if you go there be a responsible visitors because they want to ensure that the island will stay pristine. Do not leave a trash.
The island also has the sandbar surrounded by coral reefs which makes it stand out. The sandbar was clean, wide, and clearer.
4. Camara Island
Camara Island- is an eye view from Pundaquit Beach. It has a clear water touching fine cream sand. It’s wavy and has a big rock formation in which waves crash into it. Just like Hermana Menor Island, it's also has a pristine white-sand beach and a sandbar that submerges when the level of tides changes. The island also has a nice spots for sunbathing, shallow waters, and a scenic seascape which makes it an ideal for summer photo shoot.
5. Capones Island
Capones Island- is next to Camara Island and also an eye view from Pundaquit Beach. It is a bone-shaped and boasting with white sand. Majority of the island is marked by rocky cliffs and rocky shores. It’s a good place to spend a few hours, especially if the water is calm. There is also a lighthouse in which its structure is old Spanish and it was built in 1890. This historical lighthouse was built to guide vessels entering and leaving the country.
Actually, I went here in Capones Island last April 2019. I'm with my friends at that time. We had fun and enjoyed the rock formation & mountainous view of the Island. It was included in our itinerary and part of the island hopping tour. When we went here, We didn't trek because we only have 30 minutes to tour the island. By the way, I'm the one who's wearing black shirt hahaha.
Fun things to do in Capones Island:
- Take lots of photos
- Swimming and Sunbathing
- Snorkeling and Diving
- Trekking to the lighthouse (Take note: it is better if you have a guide or someone who knows the trails and the way around the island)
- Overnight stay
- There's no comfort rooms and electricity here
For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.
- Does Zambales beaches and Islands amaze you?
6. Anawangin Cove
Anawangin Cove- is popular for camping especially with the locals. There is a forest and a lake behind. You have a space for swimming and the water is so calm in this cove. This cove is particularly well-loved by people who want to go away for a while because it’s the nearest and the most accessible.
It’s the perfect place for disconnecting to your world because there is no electricity in and no phone signal in Anawangin. My friends and I went here we have fun doing some of the activities like trekking, kayak, and camping.
Fun things to do in Anawangin:
- Island Hopping
- Playing Volleyball
7. Potipot Island
Potipot Island- is a perfect summer destination for everyone. It’s quite a small island but the beauty of it has a stunning sunset view. It's also one of the most popular beach in Zambales because this island is pretty accessible. The best time to visit is on weekdays as it can be a bit too crowded on weekends. If you're looking for a great place to relax, this island is highly recommended.
Being a tourist spot it is fortunate that the island is completely clean, neat and in fresh condition.
8. Talisayen Cove
Talisayen Cove- probably the least visited of the mentioned island. It’s so quiet in Talisayen. You can bring a cradle with you and hang it by the trees if you wish to relax. They said that the water isn’t as clear as the other famous beaches in Zambales but it’s clean enough to go for a swim. Many tourists said that the cove is also perfect for star gazing as you can witness millions of stars at night.
There is no electricity and phone signal in the island
9. Silanguin Cove
Silanguin Cove- The whole island is gifted with trees and an ash-laden beach front. The cove is lined with open cottages that you can rent to spend the day or overnight and and sunsets are amazing in this place. It’s a quiet, peaceful and fresh air where you can just relax. It bears many similarities with its neighbors (Anawangin, Talisayen, and Nagsasa Cove). If you want peace of mind, this might be the best San Antonio beach in Zambales for you.
10. Pundaquit Beach
Pundaquit Beach- is the beach where you can start the island hopping in Zambales. There are a few places to buy food and drinks around to prepare to your island hopping around the beaches. It is particularly well-loved by people who want to go away for a while because of its closeness to Manila. The beach is good for surfing because of its waves. Its volcanic ash on the beach is what makes it unique to visitors.
Travel is better with friends.
Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photos, kill nothing but time.
Wanderlust isn't about running away from it all. It's about experiencing the outside to discover the inside.
© 2020 Nekomander
Nekomander (author) from Philippines on January 07, 2020:
Thank you Liz
Liz Westwood from UK on January 07, 2020:
These look amazing. This is an extremely well-illustrated article.