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Capones Island (Pundaquit, Zambales)

Part of a group of islands frequented by campers, mountaineers and other city folk, Capones Island and Camara Island are small isles near the Shoreline of Pundaquit in Zambales. A centuries old lighthouse updated with and powered by solar panels stands steadily atop of the island of Capones and is known as Faro de Punta Capones or simply Capones lighthouse.

Part of a group of islands frequented by campers, mountaineers and other city folk, Capones Island and Camara Island are small isles near the Shoreline of Pundaquit in Zambales. A centuries old lighthouse updated with and powered by solar panels stands steadily atop of the island of Capones and is known as Faro de Punta Capones or simply Capones lighthouse. There are two ways to get to the lighthouse, One would be the direct route which would require you to get of the motor boat at waist level waters or go around the island and trek up on land. Both of which are a bit tiring but once you get to the top, all your hard work will be worth it.

While on Capones, make sure to appreciate the Crushed corals and clear blue waters of the island. Bust out your Frogsplash, Fisheye submarine and chase after the creatures of the deep. You can bring your own snorkeling gear or if you aren’t that queasy, just rent from the boatmen. Don’t forget your life jacket as there are strong currents that surround the Cove and the islands. Make sure to bring snacks as you are sure to get hungry after all that camping and swimming. Just lay back, enjoy the sun and wait for your boatman to pick you up.

As there are no hotels or any modern conveniences on the island, tourists opt to stay at the inns on the Pundaquit shoreline or rough it up by camping out at a designated area at Anawangin Cove. To get to the cove one could hike up the mountain or if you’ve got lazybones like me, take a motor boat. See Zoe191’s lomolocation feature via the link below for more information on Anawangin.

Link: http://beta.lomography.com/magazine/locations/2008/04/27/anawangin-cove

written by halfawakehaiku

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