Capones Island (Zambales, PH)

Capones Island, a two-kilometer long, bone-shaped island, is located a few kilometers off the coast of Brgy. Pundaquit in San Antonio, Zambales. Originally called Isla Gran de Capon, this island is primarily rock-strewn and barren. However, it is bounded by white coralline beaches that change place due to weather conditions and aquatic current.

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There are no commercial resorts and facilities. The island’s main attraction drawer is the scenic Spanish colonial lighthouse that stands on the top of a hill. The Faro de Punta Capones was put up on August 1, 1890. It served as a guide to ships to and from Subic Bay or Manila. The view from the hill is more than stunning. The huge pieces of weathered stones bordering the island and the eye-refreshing cerulean sea are just feast to the sight.

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A Capones Island visit is often a side trip after coming from an Anawangin or Nagsasa Cove tramping. It is also in close proximity to a smaller island called Camara.

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How to Get to Capones Island:

By Land: Capones Island is accessible by bus from Pasay or Caloocan. Ride a bus bound for Iba or Subic, Zambales. The estimated time of travel is 3 to 4 hours. Get off at the town of San Antonio and ride a tricycle to Brgy. Pundaquit. The fare is more or less 30 pesos for a 15 to 20 minute drive. From Barangay Pundaquit, boats are available going to Capones Island. The quickest way is to ride a plane to Subic International Airport. Then ride a bus going to San Antonio/Iba. Drop by Sa Antonio town proper and then take a tryke to Pundaquit.

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