We all woke up at about 2am to prepare to go to Eastwood and fetch the rest of us. Millet, Pat, Ate Nerisse, Ate Neysa and I got ready to go to Zambales to have our long awaited out of town.
We arrived at Eastwood Libis to fetch the Neal and his friends and from there we continued our road trippin’ up north. It was a long ride going there and so we had a lot of stop overs and so, we finally arrived at Iba Zambales at about 7am. Breakfast was already waiting for us at Villa Veneranda Resort. We availed of Travel Plus‘ Zambales package and it includes the accommodation, boat rides, entrance fees to islands and food for our overnight stay. They also offer transportation but since we wanted to bring our own vehicle going there, we availed of a customized package for our group.
After we have checked in our room, we ate our breakfast and went back on road for our road to go to our next adventure. Iba is several towns away from San Antonio where barangay Pundaquit is. Pundaquit is the jump off point going to the hidden coves and islands of Zambales. It was another hour ride going there and together with our guide, we all went there.
Upon arriving, we parked our car on the paid parking near the beach. Our guide talked to the boatman who will bring us to Nagsasa, Anawangin and Capones Island.
As soon as it docked, we all ride and our adventure continued. The boat we had was quite slow compared to the other boats that passed by us. All were going to Anawangin and we were the only one going to Nagsasa.
Nagsasa is a less popular cove and it wasn’t crowded like Anawangin. It is about an hour (because the boat is super slow) away form Nagsasa. We had a lot of splashes going there and a lot of sight seeing. The mountains are all magnificent even if they are quite dry because of the summer heat. We all patiently waited to go there and upon arriving, we were all awed by the beauty f the place. The beach is hugged by tall mountains on both sides. The beach is fine and white. The view is just magnificent.
We all settled on a small hut near the shore. The boys went on swimming while we relax. There were a few campers when we got there and they too were enjoying the relaxing place. We all ate our packed lunch courtesy of Travel Plus. It was rice, pork chop, chicken, salted egg and dessert. The cold water was very refreshing. After we had our lunch, the boys came back and they too ate. We get to explore the place and take pictures while they are eating. We admired the tall pine-tree like trees (I am not sure if what tree is it) there. It was amazing that in an angle, they are all aligned. The place is peaceful and relaxing that we all took several minutes before remembering to go back. When we got back, our guide told us that we get to go to a waterfalls there.
We had an Aeta guide that lead us to the waterfalls. It was quite an adventure going there. We get to cross a stream, trek on land while the heat of the sun is directly above us, and climb stones just to go there. It was as if we’re walking in a safari because tall grass are everywhere. There were lone trees on a distance and all you can see are mountains and more tall grass. As we got to the waterfalls, we were disappointed because it was dry. It had a few drops of water left. We just relaxed at the top and enjoyed the view. Our Aeta guide offered us to another waterfalls, a taller one but we declined because we were already tired. After several minutes of resting, we all decided to go back the beach and go to our next destination.
We packed up our stuff, gave the Aeta a tip for touring us around and went back to the boat. We all endured another hour of slow boat ride when we got to Anawangin. It was like Nagsasa but it was more crowded with campers. There are a lot of people swimming in the beach and there are small stores where people do their business. People camp between the tall pine tree-like trees and they place their hammock there. We get to share Ate Christine’s, our main contact at Travel Plus, mat and tables. We get to relax there again. They also swim at the beach while I walked the shore and took pictures. It was a pretty place minus all the people.
After a while, we all went back to the mat and our guide brought us at the back of the cove. There is a small river which was really pretty. It was quiet and peaceful there and the scenery was like that of another country. It was like a dream staying there. We took several photos there as we explored the area. There was another camp site near and a view of the mountain from afar.
After the trip on the river, we went back to the mat and relaxed. After we were complete, we all went back to the boat for our last destination for the day, Capones Island.
It took us several minutes going there. Our goal was to climb up to the light house but the waves are getting higher and our boat cannot dock on the shore near the stairs to the light house. We decided not to pursue because if we take the alternate route, it would take us a long time and it will get dark soon. We just sailed around the island and docked at the other side. We took pictures and enjoyed the beach. There were a lot of people there because they too cannot go to the light house. Maybe next time we can go there but for now, we just enjoyed the beach.
After several minutes, we decided to go back to Pundaquit to go back to the resort. The bankero was pointing us and naming the other islands. The island besides Capones was called Camara and it has a lady’s face on its side. The mountain was pretty from afar and the boat ride was still slow. As we got to the shores of Pundaquit, it was already sunset. We get to take photos of it and after a while, went back to our car.
We were looking for the care taker of the parking area but he was not around and so we get to park there for free. We had another hour ride back at Iba to the resort. Some had a nap and some were telling stories of their experience. It was a tiring and fun day.
We all got to the resort and decided to eat dinner. It was a controlled buffet. It was filling and so, after dinner, we decided to take a dip in the pool. The water in the pool was not clear and so we didn’t attempt to dive in. We just stayed there and played and cracked jokes while we listen to other people in the videoke machine. After a while, we all went back to our rooms and took a bath. We all watched TV and went to bed.
The next day, after we had breakfast, we all went to the nearby beach. It was about 5 minutes ride to go there. The beach had blackish sand and the waves was really high. It was good for surfing. I didn’t want to swim and so I stayed at the shade. The place is pretty and the waves were amazing. After several minutes, we all went back because the boys would like to watch basketball. We stayed on our room and fixed our stuff and prepared to go home. At about 11am, we had our last lunch there and after we had gathered our stuff, we all said goodbye to the staff and the resort. Our guide was still with us because she will bring us to the market where we can find mangoes for pasalubong.
The market had several stores and we got to the one selling mangoes. We bought a lot before we went back to the car and continued with our journey home.
As we got to Subic Bay, we decided to have a stop over and buy pasalubong (again) at Duty Free. We all went there and bought chocolates and food for snack. There is a long queue of people and so we limited the stuff we bought. After a while they decided to try the go carts there. We went to Subic Le’ Mans Go Kart Track and they enjoyed a 10 lap course for P250-P600.
After the boys were done racing, we all decided to have an early dinner at the restaurant besides the track. We all went to Magic Lagoon Grill Bar and Restaurant. It is located at Building 716 Bincentenial Park Rizal Highway Subic Bay, Zambales. The place is like a big garden with lots of geese and other fouls walking around. They also have turtles there which is placed in a small aquarium. There are tables besides the small lake and you can dine in there. There is also some tables under big trees and they also have a bar where people can order drinks. We first stayed at the table beside the lake but when it rained, we decided to transfer near the bar.
We ordered Cheesy Kaldereta, Calamares, Ensaladang Mangga, Sisig and Baked Tahong. We had a tower of iced tea for us to share.
The food took several minutes to arrive and we took the opportunity to go around the place. After a while, the food came. It was all delicious and filling. It was served hot and everything tasted yummy. All the dishes served was enough for us all and the price is just right. It was a bit cheap than what we expected.I give the place a two thumbs up and would recommend it to anyone who goes to that area.
We stayed there for a while and took pictures and then we all decided to go home. It was already dark when we got to SCTEX and NLEX and we all had fun talking about ghost stories on the car. We had our last stop over at NLEX and had a cup of hot chocolate at Gloria Jeans. It was the last time we had to say goodbye because we will all go home and we bid farewell to our new friends, Wilay and Hal. It was a fun trip and even though it was a bit tiring, the fun and friend’s company is all worth it.
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