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Capones Island Zambales



Capones Island is one of the main attractions in Pundaquit Zambales. The island is actually a big lump of rock formation with very little soil. Beaches around the island aren’t that homie for the usual tourist mainly because of the sand and rock mixture from the crashing waves of the open ocean.

One of the best things to do on the island, aside from just hanging around and not being able to enjoy the beach, is go up and take a tour of the lighthouse. The lighthouse is at the back of the island when you’re facing the open sea. The steep steps up to the lighthouse is no walk in the park. So be ready and carry only what you need. If you do need to carry a lot of stuff like camera gears, make sure you put them in a sturdy bag with a strong strap and ask your guide (boatman or sometimes another local) to carry them for you.





Boat rides from Pundaquit shores to Capones Island will be about 20 to 30 minutes depending on the weather and water conditions.

Things to remember:

  • Always wear a life vest during boatrides. It may not be the latest fashion but even the most experienced coastguards wear them. Nobody can predict the ocean and wearing them is one of the clear signs you’re a smart traveler and in the worst case scenario, they will save your life.
  • If you don’t have waterproof bags for your gadgets, mobile phones or cameras, bring big ziplock bag or plastic bag with you. They’ll keep your stuff safe and dry. You’ll never know if when and where a big swell/wave or a rain cloud happens to be just passing by.
  • The sun’s rays are magnified a thousand times when they reflect on water. Protect your skin from UV rays and sunburn with at least SPF 30 sunscreen. You can also wear a hooded shirt and a visor/hat during boatrides to protect your scalp.
  • Don’t forget your shades or sunnies. They don’t just make you look good, they’ll also protect your eyes and make you feel comfortable enjoying the view of Pundaquit even if the sun is up with all its glory.
  • If you can bring a magazine or some extra snack with you, the people guarding the lighthouse will surely appreciate your generosity. It is quite lonely staying up at the lighthouse with nobody else to talk to.

Capones Island Zambales photos from our contributing photographers:




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