It has been a family habit to go out of town in a convoy. And boy does the image of that make my heart pumping fast with excitement and fond memories! 3-5 vehicles one after the other– chasing each other(!), play Fast Car soundtrack now please! Coordinated stop-overs at express way gas stations make for a good memory, too! Leg stretching, bathroom break, long-table meals, life in travel is great!
The other weekend, the entire family went to Pundaquit, Zambales (in a convoy, of course!) way ahead of me. I had things scheduled prior so I had to follow in a public transport on my own. Much less fun but gets me there, too, so I’m all good.
Here’s a quick Zambales Travel Guide to help you plan your own trip!
How to Get There
- Buy a ticket (P260) to Iba or Sta Cruz, Zambales in one of the 5 Victory Liner terminals that pass by San Antonio, Zambales. Bus leaves hourly. Last trip is at 9PM.
- Befriend the bus conductor and ask that you be dropped off at San Antonio Municipal Hall.
- Get a tricycle to get you to the resort of choice. Tricycles are available almost 24 hours a day in front of San Antonio Municipal Hall. Fee is P60 for 2 passengers. Add P30 for an extra head. Travel time is 10 to 15 minutes.
- From Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway or NLEX and take the San Fernando Exit then head southwest the road to Olongapo.
- Before you reach Olongapo town proper, take the shortcut route going inside Subic Base Metropolitan Authority or SBMA. Save time from traffic and the winding roads pass Olongapo’s busy street.
- Exit SBMA, head northwest passing by the towns of Castillejos, San Marcelino and San Antonio.
- In San Antonio, ask the locals for directions to Pundaquit. Or hire a tricycle driver to lead the way to your resort.
Where to Stay
Pundaquit, although not as popular as other beach destinations in the country, is fairly developed for tourism. Resort options abound. Search from Trip Advisor, Subic.com, or from this note for which suits your lifestyle best.
Where We Stayed
Punta de Uian Resort and Hotel
Punta de Uian property is beautiful as a whole. It needs some major housekeeping and a change in management, though. It felt like some millionaire bought the land, designed it amazingly, and just left it for anyone to manage. It’s disheartening and such a waste of potential. Brilliant idea, subpar operators.
Our beach-front cottage has bathrooms the size of what can be another room. Furniture selections were grand and tasteful (albeit worn down). Kitchen was more than spacious! It could’ve been a dream rest house. The view, oh the view, it makes life happy and blessed.
What to Do
Swim/ water activities
Hop islands (Camara, Capones, Anawangin, Nagsasa, Potipot)
Pundaquit is the jump-off point to several islands in Zambales. Each of this popular islands has adventures to offer on their own. Depending on the duration of your stay and your intentions, you may create (or search) hundreds of itinerary variations that can make your trip the best one yet!
Buy heavenly mangoes
Side trip to Subic
The Philippines has more issues than vogue as a country but 1 thing that’s great about her is that you will never run out of places to go here. Even in areas you think there’s nothing to see, the locals can still lead you to paradise.
That’s why we will never give up on her. That’s why you should see the Philippines once in your life.
You may start in Pundaquit, Zambales where it’s just 3-4 hours away from Manila.