Here’s a small collection of photos taken from our recent mini holiday at Pundakit, Zambales. The small town is located Northwest of Manila with the shoreline facing the West Philippine Sea. We took a Victory Liner bus from Monumento, Caloocan for a four and a half ride up to San Antonio Zambales. From the town proper we were picked up by new friends and was taken to Pundakit. Local tuktuks can also bring you there for only Php 60. We were brought to and stayed at a humble resort called, Little Villa. It was a period in between the storms Glenda and Henry so we did not have electricity until about 8 in the evening. We had a good, chill night with our friends, exchanged stories over two bottles of Emperador Light, two Red Horse grandes and candle lit grilled fish.
The next morning we climbed up the falls and had a cold dip at the small pools. The water was fresh and clean coming from the mountains. The bottom was a mix of light sand rich in iron and smooth, cold rocks. The falls is just about a 10 minute hike from the resort we were staying at. Although climbing up the falls was quite a work out. Not really for the faint of heart as well people with poor balance.
That arvo we decided to head off to the Magic Cliff on Southmost corner of the beach. The area receives great waves heaps ideal for surfing with heights that ranged up to 8 feet that day. It is also where the water from the falls finds its way to the ocean.
Expenses for this trip amounted to about Php 6,000 inclusive of transport, accommodation and food for the both of us. Prices were relatively cheap with Php 15 burgers for snacks, Php 50 meals, and Php 14 coffees. We also bought fish directly from fishermen fresh from their fishing trip for Php 100-150 per kilogram.
Pundakit, Zambales was cozy and quiet, and we are sure to come back. Not just for the missed out island hopping and surfing experience but as well as the people and the over-all feel.
Thank you to our noble guide and companion, Stanley. 🙂