Jeff Hass on the beach Pundaquit, Zambales
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Discovering Pundaquit, Zambales, Philippines: A Comprehensive Travel Guide

Pundaquit, Zambales, offers an extraordinary escape for those seeking tranquility away from the city’s chaos. Nestled in the heart of San Antonio, this quaint fishing village is a treasure trove of natural beauty, cultural richness, and adventurous activities. From serene beaches to exciting island-hopping tours, Pundaquit is a destination that promises unforgettable experiences. This guide, enriched by our personal journey with Take Me Fishing Travel, unveils the best of Pundaquit, making it a must-visit spot for enthusiasts of nature, culture, and culinary delights.

The Journey to Pundaquit

Guided by our experienced driver, JV D. Catahan, in photo is Don, JV D. Catahan and Guy Wann

Our adventure began with a scenic drive from Manila, taking approximately 4.5 hours to reach Pundaquit. Guided by our experienced driver, JV D. Catahan, the journey was smooth, setting a relaxed tone for our trip. Opting for an early morning departure helped us avoid the traffic, offering a glimpse into the tranquil beauty of the Philippine countryside.

Staying at Megan’s Paradiso Beach Resort

Jeff Hass setting next to a hotel room at  Panduit, Zambales

Choosing the right accommodation significantly enhances the travel experience. Megan’s Paradiso Beach Resort, with its commendable proximity to the beach, offered us a comfortable and pleasant stay. Despite its basic amenities, the resort’s affordability and the warm hospitality of the staff made our two-night stay thoroughly enjoyable. Upon arrival, arrangements were promptly made for a fishing boat, setting the stage for our exploration of the local fishing culture.

A Culinary Journey at CMC Bar and Grill / Double Suds Car Wash

Pizza at CMC Bar and Grill

Pundaquit is also a place where culinary adventures await. Among the unique dining experiences is CMC Bar and Grill / Double Suds Car Wash. This establishment combines the enjoyment of a delicious meal with the convenience of getting your car washed. Known for its grilled specialties and a relaxed atmosphere, it reflects the innovative spirit of Pundaquit, making it a must-visit for any traveler seeking to indulge in local flavors.

Island Hopping and Snorkeling Adventures

view from outrigger of  Panduit, Zambales

The highlight of our trip was the island-hopping tour, starting with a visit to Capones Island, renowned for its majestic lighthouse and pristine beaches. The snorkeling adventure at Capone’s Island revealed a vibrant underwater world, with clear waters offering visibility down to 40 feet, showcasing the rich marine life that thrives in this area. Our fishing and snorkeling excursions around the little islands off the coast allowed us to immerse ourselves in the natural beauty and tranquility of Pundaquit.

Exploring the Natural Beauty

Pundaquit serves as the gateway to several stunning coves and islands, including Anawangin Cove, Nagsasa Cove, Talisayin Cove, and Silangin Cove. Each location offers its unique charm, from serene beaches to lush hiking trails. The trek to the Capones Lighthouse was particularly memorable, providing panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and a deeper appreciation for the area’s natural allure.

Sustainable Travel Practices

Throughout our journey, we remained committed to responsible and sustainable travel practices. From minimizing our environmental impact to engaging respectfully with local communities, we believe that mindful travel is essential for preserving the beauty and integrity of destinations like Pundaquit for future generations.

view of beach Panduit, Zambales


Pundaquit, Zambales, is a testament to the Philippines’ natural and cultural richness. Whether you’re drawn to the adventure of island hopping, the tranquility of beachside relaxation, or the pleasure of culinary exploration, Pundaquit offers a diverse array of experiences. Our journey with Take Me Fishing Travel not only brought us closer to nature but also allowed us to discover the warmth and hospitality of the local community. We hope this guide inspires you to explore Pundaquit, embracing the beauty, adventure, and tranquility that this remarkable destination has to offer.

Guy Wann and Jeff Hass on the beach in Pundaquit, Zambales

In crafting this comprehensive travel guide, we aimed to capture the essence of Pundaquit, combining personal experiences with practical tips to create an SEO-friendly article. By highlighting the natural attractions, unique dining experiences, and cultural richness of Pundaquit, this guide serves as a valuable resource for travelers seeking to explore the beauty of the Philippines responsibly and sustainably.

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By Guy Wann

About the Author: Guy Wann's lifelong enthusiasm for fishing traces back to his childhood when he and his friend Jeff Hass embarked on youthful fishing adventures, laying the groundwork for a lifelong passion. Together, they established a fishermen's club, a cornerstone in their lives, reflecting their dedication to the sport. In addition to his love for fishing, Guy is a talented artist, channeling his experiences and emotions into his paintings. His fishing quests have led him to diverse destinations worldwide, from the vibrant canals of Amsterdam to the serene Gulf of Thailand, the lush Philippine islands, the rich Mexican waters, and the picturesque Florida Keys. Born and raised in Ojai, California, Guy has honed his fishing skills in local waters before expanding his horizons globally. Now, alongside Jeff, Guy pours his passion into the "Take Me Fishing Travel" blog, documenting their fishing expeditions and the unique destinations they uncover. The blog not only chronicles their adventures across Amsterdam, the Gulf of Thailand, the Philippines, Mexico, and the Florida Keys but also serves as a platform for their future aspirations. It stands as a tribute to their enduring friendship and shared love for fishing, highlighting Guy's journey from a young enthusiast in Ojai to a worldly fisherman and artist.

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