Zambales Islands Hopping
Zambales is a province in the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region in the island of Luzon.
Its capital is Iba. Zambales borders Pangasinan to the north, Tarlac and Pampanga to the east,
Bataan to the south and the South China Sea to the west. With a land area of 3,830.83 square
kilometres (1,479.09 sq mi), Zambales is the second largest among the seven provinces of
Central Luzon. The entire stretch of the Province on the west is rimmed by the crystal clear water
of vast China Sea.
The sprawling towns dotting the province from north to south, most of them along the shoreline are:
Sta Cruz, Candelaria, Masinloc, Palauig, Iba, Botolan, Cabangan, San Felipe, San Narciso, San Antonio,
San Marcelino, Castillejos and Subic.
In our time, all towns of Zambales are accessible by land through its yawning concrete highway which
runs from the City of Olongapo to Sta. Cruz exiting to Pangasinan. The Zambales road is also known
to be one of the Philippines best scenic highways.
The Freeport Zone (SBMA) of Zambales is host to many tourist attractions which include casinos,
beach resorts, parks, beachside huts and cottages and historical sites.
ACTIVITIES YOU CAN ENJOY
• Surfing at the Crystal Beach • Scuba Diving • Jetskiing
• Sandcaslting • Beach Volleyball • Mt. Tapulao Trekking
• Boating • White Water Rafting & Paragliding
• Visit the President Ramon Magsaysay Ancestral House and Museum
• Casa San Miguel (Center for Culture & Arts in Zambales)
o Capones Island
o Anawangin Cove
o Potipot Island
o Hermana Menor Island
o San Salvador
The annual event is celebrated every April in Iba, Zambales, the beach capital of Central Luzon. The festival not only promotes the mango industry in Zambales but also its culture and natural beauty including the beautiful and pristine beaches of the province.
A yearly celebration created to promote the mango industry in Zambales and to show the Provincial Government’s support to mango farmers ad other stakeholders.
With the province’s richness in natural wonders, cultural and historical heritage, every summer, Zambales beaches have been overflowing with the local and foreign tourists and is now one of the favorite alternative tourist destinations in Central Luzon.
PAMANA ISLAND – One of the tourists’ destinations in Subic. Formerly called Sneak Island during the time of Subic naval Base wherein it became the favorite hangout of Americans. The island also home to a resort with first class amenities & accommodation.
LOOC LAKE – An ideal haven for tourists’ just 26 kms. north of Olongapo. For nature lovers, one can find a cool and serene place where anyone can enjoy fishing ride the so-called “balsa.” It is a quiet place for family hangout, picnics and get together of friends.
RAMON MAGSAYSAY ANCESTRAL HOUSE – This house is famous historical landmark in the town of Castillejos. It houses the memorabilia of the most loved president of the Philippines, President Ramon Magsaysay, “The Man of the Masses,” whose greatness in humanity gave pride to the Municipality of Castillejos.
TIKUB’S POND, POOL & PARK RESORT – A nature designed resort situated just a few minutes away from the town of San Marcelino. It is a great venue for nature lovers and picnic goers.
CASA SAN MIGUEL – A venue for the annual Pudaqui Arts Festival. A center of chamber music in San Antonio. It is set amid a mango orchard nestled between the mountain and the sea. Casa San Miguel is also known to be Zambales’ own version of Center for Culture an the Arts.
PUNTA DE UIAN – An exotic, relaxing tropical paradise situated at Barangay Pundaquit in San Antonio. It is also known as a perfect site for television and/or film locations.
CRYSTAL BEACH RESORT – One of the resorts in Zambales that offers surfing for beginners and enthusiasts. Great big waves await thrill-seekers and surfers who want to enjoy surfing in Zambales
PHILIPPINE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY – The PMMA is the premier maritime institution in the Philippines. It is globally known for quality and good performance with standards of management and training comparable only with the best.
CENTURY OLD TREE – San Felipe is the pride of all Zambaleno’s for bagging the cleanest and greenest town in Central Luzon for 3 consecutive years. A Century Old Tree in Brgy. Maloma adds attraction to this progressive town.
MANGO CAMP ADVENTURE & LEISURE FARM – A premier, family private retreat. It is also suitable for corporate tem activities. With its amenities and recreation facilities, this is your idyllic abode to refresh and to take some time off from the daily humdrum of city living. This is the best alternative to world class, yet congested of resorts and beaches.
BOTOLAN WILD LIFE FARM – Different kinds of animals such as tiger, deer, snake, ostrich, birds and rare species of plants and orchids can be found here.
INA POON BATO – As Aetas referred it as “Apo Apang.” It is regarded as the oldest image of our blessed mother which has brought about a combined undeniable proof that with this image, the Filipino people has powerful and beloved instrument for real peace among all races.
IBA BEACH – A long stretch of pristine beaches can be found in Iba. It is also home to Zambales’ best sunset view and clean beaches.
ST. AUGUSTIEN CATHERAL – A church built out of corals and limestone in 1703. it is the bishop’s seat of the province.
MT. TAPULAO – The highest peak in Central Luzon can be found in Palauig. It is 7,200 feet above sea level and it is colder than Baguio City. Explore different species of flora and fauna that includes bonsai, century old trees, ferns and wild orchids.
COTO KID’S POOL – Offers a nature designed swimming pool overflowing with crystal white-cool spring water located near the foot of a forest reserve. Enjoy also the view of the 20-feet Coto’s waterfalls.
POTIPOT ISLAND – One of Candelaria’s main tourist attraction. The island is surrounded with pure white sand coral beaches and it is easily accessible by boat. The fact that you can walk around the whole island in less than 30 minutes makes the place more magical.