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Zambales has a natural beauty, it has been touched by civilization yet has maintained its rustic ambiance and beauty. The Zambales coastline is most famous for its sandy beaches and deep blue sea teeming with coral reefs. Zambales is perfectly suited for visitors seeking an authentic view of the Philippines without going too far from the national capital, Manila.
It has many natural and man-made interesting places that you should visit, among them are:
Subic Free Port Zone
Subic Bay Freeport Zone is in Region III (or Central Luzon Region) of the Philippines. It is one of the points in the growth triangle (and an engine for economic development) in the region. SBFZ is a supplier of services and products for the Central Luzon Development Program, a regional growth area composed of the provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bataan, and Zambales.
Subic Bay International Airport
Subic Bay International Airport or SBIA (IATA: SFS, ICAO: RPLB) serves as a secondary airport and a main diversion airport of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It is also the airport serving the immediate area of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and the general area of Olongapo City in the Philippines. This airport used to be the Naval Air Station Cubi Point of the United States Navy. Its airport terminal has 2 gates. Read More…
Looc Lake, in Barangay Looc is the planned site for an open park for all ages and is to be developed as an alternative destination for quality time with nature and love ones.
For several years already, the lake had been adjudged the cleanest and greenest inland body of water in the region under the Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran (GPK) program, formerly known as the Clean and Green program. Located 260 km northwest of manila and 47 km from the provincial capitol of Iba, Uacon is a “must-see” for nature lovers. – tourism.zambalesnow.com
Anawangin Cove is a crescent shaped cove with a pristine white sand beach. What makes the place unique is the unusual riddle of tall pine trees flourishing round its vicinity. There are no roads leading to Anawangin. The cove’s relative isolation has kept it free from development – as of this writing, there are no resorts on this sparkling piece of natural beauty, save for a few huts and deep wells.
Just behind the beach is the pine forest and a marsh, where one can find natural springs feeding to the sea. The area is home to a number of bird species. See Photo Gallery…
Capones Island is famous for its average yet manageable surfs. On the right season, the island’s reefs offer well formed breaks for advance surfers. Pundaquit however has waves perfect for beginners ranging from 3-9 ft during season. This period commonly runs between July and December but the best timing to enjoy such adventure is within few days after a storm.
Mt. Pinatubo and Lake
Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano located on the island of Luzon, near the tripoint of the Philippine provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga. See Photo Gallery…
Potipot is an island off the shore of Candelaria in Zambales. The island is a very small patch of land with white sand and surrounded by gentle waters. It is easily reached by a 5-hour drive and a 5-minute boat trip from mainland Zambales.
Nagsasa Cove which is just across the mountain of the wild tamaraw (Mt. Balingkilat), is just waiting to be explored. The quiet and relaxing scenery of the place, the crystal like blue clear water of the beach is calling you to refresh yourself in the water.
The place is waiting to be discovered. It is just a nice place to hang out with your friends under the bright moonlight, relax and be one with nature.
Camara Island is the closest island from the shores of Pundaquit Zambales. The island, like its close neighbor Capones, is also a big lump of rock with very little soil. Trees aren’t that many but because of the rock formations and angle of the island, it’s not hard to find shade and scenic spots for a great photo shoot.
The island has a great view of the open ocean. It has two sides separated by a white sandbar that becomes visible during the lowtide and disappears during the high tide. Big rocks that dwarf the tourists are plenty on this island. It won’t be long till you find yourself taking photos of them or with them and just be astonished by their size and weight. – pundaquit.com
Unknown to many, Pundaquit has some noteworthy waterfalls that are often overlooked by people who are mostly excited about going to Anawangin. A short 15-minute trek from the main resorts of Pundaquit reveals unnamed, refreshing waterfalls.
Crystal Beach Resort
Crystal Beach Resort is a favorite hang-out for the surfers in the area. The surf in this area breaks left and right and has a sand bank. Under the right conditions, the waves can be pretty big but pretty much inconsistent especially during the months of November to May. Your best bet would be to go from late May to October for better waves.
From Macolcol bridge, looking at the direction of Mt Kimmalogong, at its base below its summit, you can see during heavy rains, a cascade of water. This is the Ang-halo Falls. It falls into a carved out area known as Lubong-Uneg (translated as “inner world” or more aptly “inner bowl”. Then there is Lubong downstream from it. It then opens up into the rice/farm fields of Karampoan. Therefore the foothill just below Mt Kimmalogon.
During dry spells, the waterfall does not dry out. It just goes down as a trickle, but it still flows but no longer seen fron the Macolcol bridge. There is a 20 ft deep swimming hole at the top of the falls, and the legendary “Tugot ni Ang-halo” or “Mark of Ang-halo”. Ang-halo is a legendary giant of an ancient time. The giant knelt down to take a drink of water above the waterfalls and left the imprint of his toes, knee, and hand in the bedrock. – angelfire.com
Hermana Mayor Island
An island in the middle of the sea, located in Santa Cruz. It is popularly known as “The Miss Universe Island” since it was the place where the candidates for the Miss Universe Pageant in 1979 had their photography sessions. Hermana Mayor is owned by a very private family long associated with aviation.
A rare oppurtunity to trailblaze the path covered by the volcanic eruption as one visits a community in San Marcelino town now transformed into a lake-all caused by lahar situation of river channels. Take a boat ride and see more than 600 houses, schools and churches permanently submerged in a huge body of water. From the high trail, one may get a close-up view of the volcano.
Ina Poon-Bato Shrine
Augustinian friars, the first missionaries to arrive in Botolan in the latter part of the 17th century, said they were stunned to find the Aetas venerating a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary even before Christianity made inroads in the Philippines. The oral legend that has passed on to present-day Aetas is that their chieftain Djadig discovered the image while resting near a riverbank after a futile food-gathering expedition during a long drought. The chieftain was awakened by a female voice that said, “Stand up, Djadig. Come to me. Take me home with you.” At home, Djadig’s wife was angry that he had failed to find any food. She threw the statue into the fire. But it was not damaged, and Djadig enshrined it on the rock where he had found it. In 1712, Dominican missionaries installed the image, then called the Nuestra Senora de la Paz y Buen Viaje (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage), in the town’s church, which the Aetas never failed to visit. Accounts said Aglipayans stormed the church in May 1897, and took the image with them after killing parish priest Juliano Jimenez del Rosario. Since then, the image has graced the Aglipayan chapel at the foothills of Mt. Pinatubo. In the 1980s, Zambales Bishop Henry Byrne and his successor Bishop Paciano Aniceto approved the mission to make the image the rallying symbol for the Holy Rosary Crusade for World Peace, a project of the Balikatan sa Kaunlaran Foundation. On the seventh anniversary of Pope John Paul’s papacy in 1985, the image stood beside the Pope’s altar.
San Salvador Island
Every town of Zambales has its own share of beautiful and untapped island. This is Masinloc’s counterpart of the Miss Universe island of Santa Cruz. The island has clean water, smooth beaches coupled with powdery white sand and cool sea breeze.
Santo Nino Cave
Carved out of a fissure on the earth’s crust, this carved measures about 50 by 75 meters. At its central wall sits an altar with the images of the Holy Family. The weird cross in the background is a makeshift of human femur bones.
Endowed with abundant marine resources and wild animals, it is one of five coasts soon to be developed into a fish sanctuary. Naturally, an ideal place to visit for scuba diving and snorkeling.
An island with a complete recreational facilities very ideal place for relaxation. Includes swimming, scuba diving, boating and other water sports such as regatta, water skiing and wind surfing.
World War II Wrecks Diving Sites
Zambales has great wreck diving spots and it is actually considered as the wreck diving capital of the Philippines – with most of it concentrated in the Subic area, the former site of one of the biggest naval bases of the Americans in the area. During World War 2, at least 25 Japanese ships were sunk off the Zambales coast – some of which were probably salvaged immediately during the immediate postwar period to open up Subic Bay for shipping. Rumors have it that there are at least 10 large ships or more that lie in its waters. Aside from World War 2 wrecks, the remains of the San Quentin (sunk in 1898), a wooden gunboat, lies nearby Grande Island. San Quentin is the oldest known wreck in the Subic area. Other wrecks include the USS New York (between Alava Pier and Cubi Point), El Capitan (Ilanin Bay), LST (near Grande Island), Oruku Maru (near Alava Pier), Patrol Boat (Triboa Bay) and LCU Landing Vessel (Triboa Bay).
Sources: tourism-philippines.com, angelfire.com
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