Best Things to do in Pundaquit San Antonio Zambales

Travel Guide: Accommodation, itinerary and places to see when planning a trip to Pundaquit San Antonio Zambales

Best Things to do in Pundaquit San Antonio Zambales

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San Antonio Zambales is a 4-hour drive from Manila, the fastest way to reach the town is thru SCTEX, to exit Subic. Zambales lies at the China sea shorelines, the region is known for beaches with fine, grayish sand. But after the Pinatubo eruption, that circumstances uncover the beauty of Zambales. It paves the way to develop Zambales tourism and socio-economic opportunities among locals.

Barangay Pundaquit established its name following the progress of the area, distinctly the nearby islands and the Anawangin zone. The best things to do in Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales aside from beachfront are located on every side of Pundaqui. Explore the Zambales mountains, enjoy the fresh seafoods, tropical fruits, and local kakanin, or engage in island hopping adventure.

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Edenville beachfront Small Anawangin, Villa Janella, and Punta de Uian

Budget Outings Small Anawangin Beach. The resort was established last May 2018. Owned and operated by the Stolk family, who originally hailed from Pampanga. Mr. Stolk is from the Netherlands who used to be a chef/owner of a restaurant. He’s also a handyman, the woodworks and the details of the obstacle course was his idea as well as the glamping house. In fact, when we visited the resort he was at the roof doing the carpentry of the newly installed glamping in preparation for the incoming bookings they have received. As of March 14, 2019, we were told that they are already fully-booked for the whole summer. As for the food in case you want to avail, the chef accepts catering for a minimum of 20 pax. and maximum of 100 pax. The menu serves Filipino fare and typically starts PhP200 and up.

The concept of the resort practically targets the budget beach goers, campers, and backpackers. The convenient accommodations are made from simple cottage hut with nipa roof (with aircon and one communal restroom “buhos type”) and/or what they called “glamping” made of tent or tarp-like material for walls and roof set up in a concrete base (with two aircon, but without restroom/bathroom inside; located just outside are the common bath and toilet.) They also have beach kubos, hammock stations, and open-air pavilion surrounded by pine-like Agoho trees. Peak season is from October to June while the off season is from July to September.

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Budget Outings Small Anawangin

*Indoor accommodation with 136 pax capacity:
Peak season: fan – PhP300 per head; aircon – PhP400 per head
Off season: fan – PhP200 per head; aircon – PhP300 per head

*Rooms with mattress only; beddings are an optional inclusion.
Table/cottage with cooler and grill included per room.
No corkage fee
Charging stations are available with locker.

*Outdoor accommodation (day tour and overnight camping) with over 400 pax capacity:
Day tour
Peak season – P150 per head
Off season – PhP100 per head

Camping fee
Peak season – P250 per head
Off season – PhP200 per head

*Table/cottage with cooler and grill included per room.
Minimum 10 pax
No corkage fee
Charging stations are available with locker.

Small Anawangin dubbed themselves as the best and cheapest place for company and family outings, team building, retreats, weddings, and events. They offer on-site activities such as: Island hopping, hiking, bubble balls, obstacle course, paddle boat rental, kiddie pool, bonfire and more. Rates are as follows:

1-hour Hiking to nearby waterfalls – PhP100 per person; P500 guide fee per group of 10 pax

*Island hopping (minimum of 10 persons)
Camara island PhP150 per head
Capones island PhP200 per head
Anawangin cove – PhP200 per head

e.g. PhP400 for the three islands

*For multiple destination island hopping, the basis for the rate will be the highest rate plus PhP100 for every addition. Rates are based from Brgy. Pundaquit San Antonio Zambales Boat Association guidelines.

Paddle boat – PhP150 for 30 min.
Bubble all soccer – PhP200/ball for 30 minutes
Bonfire – PhP150 per wood bundle

Team Building Services
Team building games includes team bandanas, props and portable amplifier with lapel for facilitator = PhP150/person for 4 games

The resort provides a transport services via van or by bus through the resort’s transport partners. (This are just estimate, they are bound to change depending on pick-up and drop-off points and petrol prices, for updated rates contact the management.)

Rates:
Van – includes driver and toll fees, good for 13-15 persons.
Overnight PhP9,000.00; Day tour PhP7,000.00

Aircon bus– includes driver, does not include toll fees, good for up to 49 persons.
Overnight PhP36,000.00; Day tour PhP25,000.00

How to get there?
Driving hours is approx. 3-4 hours
From Quezon City, take NLEX and transfer to SCTEX
From SCTEX, exit Subic and drive towards Iba/Sta. Cruz route
At San Marcelino, turn left towards San Antonio
From San Antonio, turn left towards Barangay Pundaquit
From the bridge follow the road until the tourism checkpoint
After the checkpoint turn right and then turn to the second left to reach Small Anawangin.

Budget Outings
Edenville Beachfront
Brgy. Pundaquit, San Antonio 2206 Zambales
www.budgetoutings.com.ph
email: tjakoen@budgetoutings.com.ph
facebook: smallanawangin
instagram: @small_anawangin

 

Villa Janella Residences and Beach Resort. Owned by Filipino family, is right beside Small Anawangin. The difference between the two, Villa Janella caters to those who wants straightforward comfort and hassle-free relaxation. They have a pleasant pool and a pavilion for big groups while the accommodation varies from cottage house, family room, family villa, and de luxe rooms.

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Villa Janella cottages
best things to do in pundaquit san antonio zambales
Villa Janella

Peak season is from December to January and February to July while the off season is from July to September.

The big cottage house is made of nipa roof without aircon but with several electric fans. It can accommodate 15 persons with cable-ready TV with USB port, gas stove, refrigerator, long dining table and one communal restroom/bathroom with flush type toilet. Small cottage house with wall fan can accommodate 4 pax, open picnic ground and communal bathroom. While the dormitory room with balcony can accommodate 30 persons with cable-ready TV with USB port, one communal bathroom. The rest of the rooms are the typical inns that can fit in 4 pax (maximum of 6 pax) and family rooms that can fit in 6 pax (maximum of 7 pax). Rates as of summer 2019 (peak season) as re follows:

De luxe room – PhP4,000.00
Family room – PhP5,500.00
Cottage house – PhP2,500.00
Big cottage house – PhP10,00.00
Dormitory room – PhP 25,000.00

Day tour rates includes:
Free small cottage
With use of swimming pool

Adults – PhP450.00
Children (6 to 11 years old) – PhP250.00
Overnight stay/camping from 8AM – 7AM – PhP600.00

Amenities:
Billiards and darts, beach volleyball, swimming pool, grill house and common kitchen.

Villa Janella offers a cheaper rate for island hopping, PhP300.00 per head to all the islands and trekking/hiking to the waterfalls is also PhP100.00 with tour guide fee of PhP500.00 (max. of 10 pax.)

Villa Janella
Edenville Beachfront
Brgy. Pundaquit, San Antonio 2206 Zambales
www.villajanella.com
email: villajanella@gmail.com

 

Punta de Uian. Locals mentioned that PDU is the largest resort in Pundaquit, the resort and farm is located at the rear part of Pundaquit paralleled to Villa Janella and Small Anawangin. Both the exteriors and interiors are well-designed and adorned with Asian (Thai) fixtures and vintage pieces. Although they are utterly huge place, some feedbacks we got was that the maintaining the place was a bit of a challenge for them. Not to mention the accommodation and activities rates are exorbitant compare to neighboring resorts. But if you have the budget, the hotel’s ambiance will suit your style.

best things to do in pundaquit san antonio zambales
Punta de Uian entrance

Room rates as of March 2019:
Beach view (2 pax) – PhP3,800.00
Pine (2 pax) – PhP3,800.00
Garden view (2 pax) – PhP3,900.00
Tiara (2 pax) – PhP3,900.00
Mountain view (2 pax) – PhP4,200.00
Single de luxe (2 pax) – PhP4,400.00
Double de luxe (4 pax) – PhP5,500.00
Lagoon (2 pax) – PhP5,000.00
Island view (4 pax) – PhP7,500.00
Family villa (6 pax) – PhP12,000.00
Duplex (6 pax) – PhP13,000.00

Island tours (good for 5 pax; additional Ph150/pax in excess of 5:
Camara island – PhP1,100.00
Capones island – PhP1,300.00
Anawangin cove – PhP2,500.00
3 islands – PhP3,500.00

On-site activities:
Kayak – PhP500.00 for 3 hours
Snorkel set – PhP500.00 per day
Fishing – PhP200.00 per kilogram

Punta de Uian
Edenville Beachfront
Brgy. Pundaquit, San Antonio 2206 Zambales
www.puntadeuian.com.ph
email: elsa.puntadeuian @gmail.com
facebook: PDUOfficial

Note that all of the resorts charges PhP20.00 per pax for the environmental fee as per Municipal Ordinance No. 068 series of 2015.

Explore Barangay Pundaquit. For food trips, drop by the “bayan” of Pundaquit. From there you can find local eateries and market where you can by fresh yellow fin tuna, squid, shrimps, etc. we recommend the Paraiso ng Pundaquit for very affordable beers and the house best seller, the BBQ ribs. Zambales is known for sweet mango varieties (kalabaw and piko), Indian mangoes, Kinabayo (Thai mangoes), kasuy or cashew, roasted cashew nuts, duhat, mansanitas, singkamas or turnips, suman and kalamay.

One of Paraiso ng Pundaquit’ s bestseller is the dish called “BBQ ribs with side dish and coleslaw,” an American recipe with a Filipino twist using local ingredients, making it more flavorful. This dish is well-known for keto diet lovers.

best things to do in pundaquit san antonio zambales
Anawagin Cove
best things to do in pundaquit san antonio zambales
Paraiso ng Pundaquit
best things to do in pundaquit san antonio zambales
Zambales tropical fruits
Best Things to do in Pundaquit San Antonio Zambales
BBQ ribs with side dish and coleslaw from Paraiso ng Pundaquit

How to get there?
Driving hours is approx. 3-4 hours
From Quezon City, take NLEX and transfer to SCTEX
From SCTEX, exit Subic and drive towards Iba/Sta. Cruz route
At San Marcelino, turn left towards San Antonio
From San Antonio, turn left towards Barangay Pundaquit
From the bridge follow the road until the tourism checkpoint
After the checkpoint turn right and then turn to the second left to reach Edenville beachfront.

Public:
Take the Victory Liner from Cubao or Caloocan, bound to Iba or Sta. Cruz. Fare less than PhP300.00
Take off at San Antonio and ride a tricycle going to Pundaquit. PhP30

 

 

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