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White Sand Beach in Camara Island, Zambales

The Philippines now turned to be a must-see destination for many international travellers. According to the Deparment of Tourism (DOT) tourist arrivals rose 17% in January (that is equivalent to 349,713 from 298,119 of January 2010)

The country South Korea remained the top market for Philippines’s tourism as traffic grew 28% (or  92,249) and comprised 26% of the total volume.

Tourists and visitors from the United States reached 63,674, up 15% on year, and accounted for 18% of the total arrivals in January.

Meanwhile, Japan was third with 9% market share followed by China and Australia with 4.5% and 4%, respectively.

DOT reported that January’s tourist count translated into approximately $240 million worth of cash receipts as the Philippines has projected 3.7 million tourists this year.

Zambales is one of the numerous places i’ve visited during my teen-age. Checking it out once more makes me view Zambales in a different, beautiful, hot and exciting way.

Together with colleagues, I got to visit the different islands in Zambales.

Capones Island Girls - Augustine, Tiff, Sarah and Coney

Our first stop was the popular Capones Island. The island was located in the leftmost side of the nearby islands. (Canoe Beachfront as reference point). We rode in a 16-seater Bangka and started the Island Hopping. Thank God that it was a little cloudy, and the sea was a little calm.  I got to visit an Island for the first time. A real whowaw! Capones Island could be an attraction for climbers for they have huge rock formations. The beach sand was a mixed of brown and grainy white sand and of course some lovely sea shells. And more interest thing! If unluckily, your slippers was accidentally broken, you can find some other halfs in the some parts of the island. And also, the island is perfect if you wanna play Survivor and Hunger Games. Just be sure to bring enough water to hydrate yourselves.  Wave Alert! Big waves and hand killer waves can drag you back in the seashore! I got two attempts before I successfully got back to our dearest boat. And oh luckily, one left hand scratch and right hand bruise. It was one of the times that I felt so light weight and totally against the wave

Ready for Beach Bumming? Anawangin is the Cove. The place was pretty much populated compared to the first island we have visited. No doubt, it was popular among tourists visiting Zambales. According to a friend, it was comparable to Alps at Switzerland minus the snow, with its stunning beach, mountaintops and islands on the side.  And I absolutely agree. It was actually one of my favorite place. (aheemm mountaineer bloodline, here we go again..)

My Travel Buddies As We Reached The Mini Anawangin Summit

  1. Try trekking up the hill. It took us 45mins to climb our so called mini-anawangin summit. The trail was pretty hard since you will past a rocky, grassy  (bambooish) highlands of the area and steep terrains. Yet, you can find ridges that afford an excellent view of the coast.
  2. Scenic walk at Anawangin Cove. In itself a sought-after destination for its unque landscape of volcanic white sands and pine trees.
  3. Swim Deep. Beach Bum without Swimming? Oh no. After the painstaking trek in the hillside and walk in the cove, what else would we want? Of course a seemingly refreshing dip in the deep blue sea! Oh wow. Good thing that the sea floor was so smooth and the coast was not too shallow/ too deep.  We spent hours for swimming and fish hunting trying to burn down the calories we have gained with our mouthful chicken bbq lunch.
  4. And of course, what is beach bumming without bumming? BummingJ Listen to Taylor Swift’s Our Song and Black Eyed’ The Time was the best while just doing basically nothing.

Don’t miss the sunset at Canoe Beach resort.

Anyways, I also got to visit the island near Capones, Camara Island. This island has the power of cooling me down with its really stunning beaches and ridges. The water was clear as white and the waves are spectacular; the way they hit the beach front and huge stones, was really awesome. This place is also perfect if you would like to find a good profile picture for your fb account. (haha, this is where I got mine). The water was so damn good, you would like to stay there for hours, and plus the thrill of getting caught by the big waves, so enchanting. Actually, I would like to do camping here at night, do some star gazing and some bonfire. I like this island the best!

Want More? Sadly it ends there, but clearly we saved the best for last 🙂

Thanks to travel factor, my forever game na colleagues and our new found friends for the wonderful experience!

Ready for some party???? Uyeah. Dinner and Socials always come with the tour. Bridge Bonding. Forever win win in the game and handful of time shuffling. The way I like it. Plus party music on the cottage side + 2 bottles of beers, a pitcher of laughter and a glass of bloopers equals, a knock out night!

Ohmyghad. Really longing for the Capones Ruins and Light House. Another Island Hopping Day for us! Hate the colossal waves! Got a picture of the lighthouse yet unable to touch, and physically feel the ancient feel of the other face of Capones. Sad and I blame it to the waves. Plus the burning heat of the sun, oh no. this things is getting into my nerves, HOT!!!!!!!

The Best Island In Zambales, Camara Island

Anyways, I also got to visit the island near Capones, Camara Island. This island has the power of cooling me down with its really stunning beaches and ridges. The water was clear as white and the waves are spectacular; the way they hit the beach front and huge stones, was really awesome. This place is also perfect if you would like to find a good profile picture for your fb account. (haha, this is where I got mine). The water was so damn good, you would like to stay there for hours, and plus the thrill of getting caught by the big waves, so enchanting. Actually, I would like to do camping here at night, do some star gazing and some bonfire. I like this island the best!

Want More? Sadly it ends there, but clearly we saved the best for last 🙂

Thanks to travel factor, my forever game na colleagues and our new found friends for the wonderful experience!