Zambales province is about 100 miles northwest of Manila on the island of Luzon. It is just an hour from Clark Airport and easy to get to.
Zambales is known best for the deep water harbour of Subic Bay, but the hidden treasures of the province are in the beaches and mountains which line the coast.
Zambales is home to the Aeta tribe. This group of people are the earliest known Filipino’s to migrate to the islands more than 10,000 years ago. The tribe still lives in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range which forms the coastline of this beautiful province.
The deep jungles in the mountains are a trekker’s dream and the people of the Aeta tribe are friendly and hospitable. In a side note, the Aeta tribe was also responsible for teaching jungle survival to the US Army during WWII. Even today the tribespeople are always happy to share their knowledge – for a fee.
The province of San Antonio in the northern region of the province has numerous coves. The best and most beautiful is Nagsasa Cove. This quite river-fed cove is framed by the high mountains of the Sierra Madre. Facilities are basic, but the natural beauty more than makes up for that.
In this same region lies the Anawangin Cove, another spot worth a visit.
While in the region of San Antonio, don’t miss Capones Island, which is famous for its Spanish-era lighthouse, powder white sand beaches and magnificent surf.
Also worth a visit is Potipot – this small island is one of the closest to mainland and only requires a 15 minute boat ride.