People who visit Pundaquit Island in San Antonio, Zambales are usually up for a camping either in Anawangin or Nagsasa Cove. For their island hopping, they will go to Capones Island and just pass by at the Camara Island. For our trip last week in Zambales, we decided to do it differently and so we just spent almost a whole day in Camara Island. And you know what? We enjoyed it so much. We moved around the island for some picture-taking and then stayed at the perfect spot on the beach fronting the grand view of Zambales Mountain Range.
Most of the time, it felt like we have the whole beach just for us. It was very relaxing. Although the beach is a bit rocky and the sand is not as fine as the other beaches in the Philippines, Camara is still a good place to spend a lazy afternoon – at least once in a while. Yes, you can do that because it is so near Metro Manila where the travel time is just about three to four hours.
From Cubao, Quezon City take any Iba-bound (Zambales) bus (Victory Liner has 5:00 am and 7:00 am schedules) and head to San Antonio proper (Ticket cost is only Php230, as of April 10) from there, take the tricycle and head to Pundaquit Beach (Pho 50 – 80.00). You can take regular accommodation in resorts around the beach or you can just camp out in a tent if you want. In our case, we stayed at Gypsy Beach beside Look Left Resort. Both resorts are highly recommended for your stay in the island. From Pundaquit, you can just ask for boat rentals going to Camara, rate is about Php700.00 to 1,000.00, two-way. The boatman will just drop you in the island and you just have to tell them what time they can pick you up in the afternoon. Don’t forget to bring your food!
There is Php 20.00 environmental fee, even with this, please don’t throw your trash just anywhere the island. Remember this reminder from my previous post: