How to get to Capones Island

How to get to Capones Island

Via Bus
Ride Victory Liner bus bound for Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales
Go down at San Antonio Proper
Ride tricycle to Barangay Pundaquit. Trike fare cost P80
At Barangay Pundaquit there are several boatmen who are willing to transfer you to Capones Island

Self Drive
Take NLEX and exit at SCTEX
From SCTEX exit at Subic
Subic exit at Kalaklan Gate
Follow the highway the going to San Antonio, Zambales
There are paid parking lot where you can leave your car or van
At Barangay Pundaquit there are several boatmen who are willing to transfer you to Capones Island

Capones Lighthouse Window

Capones magnificent view from the Lighthouse's window. The climb to the Capones Lighthouse was done in stages that had their own characteristic.  Stage One was walking across a bed of precarious rocks and like an omen just before we crossed over to the next stage, there was an abundant sea of slippers, sandals and shoes all with one pair missing strewn across the rocks.  Stage Two was finding a trail that led to the cemented stairs up the steep mountain.  The missing trail was probably a cemented sort of driveway once but over time, it could have fallen prey to landslides and falling rocks.  Stage Three was the cemented stairs and it was probably the easiest one to finish.  Stage Four was finding the trail that led to the small forest that hid the lighthouse from view.  We were already on top of the mountain and we could see the islands of Zambales and the blue sea and it was simply magnificent.  The strong wind blowing provided relief from the heat of the sun behind us and soon we completed this stage.  Stage Five was the final stage before the lighthouse.  If we had gone up at night time.

A canopy of trees greeted us just before the high rusty gates of the lighthouse. We stopped, entranced by the sight of a Spanish style plaza with overgrown plants entwining themselves around the stone bases and iron gates.  It looked like it had been abandoned.  I was under the impression that lighthouses were still in use and thus, maintained if not restored to its former glory.

Capones Beach

We got to the white sand of Capones Island behind a huge rock near the shore.  The whole island seemed to be made of piles and piles of boulders of sand and the water, steadily rising to meet the high tide, was as relentless as the sun.

Visit at Capones Lighthouse

The bone shaped Capones Island is accentuated by a dramatically weather beaten Spanish lighthouse, Faro de Punta Capones, built in 1890. The beautiful structure, sitting above the island's crown of wild grass and low lying trees, served to warn passing boats of the dangerous, rocky coastline. Today, it is powered by two large solar panels. For the adventurous soul, climbing up to the top of the lighthouse is a must! From the top one can admire the impressive precipices, stony inlets and the foggy mountain range along the mainland in the distance.  

Capones Light House

We traversed Capones Island rocky shores, climbed its mountain and found its crown jewel, the Capones Lighthouse, together with a magnificent view of the ocean and almost the whole of the island. Indeed we found a treasure that is worth finding, and better taken care of to be appreciated by many. 

A must see in the island is the old aged Capones Lighthouse which was built in the 1800’s together with the magnificent sight of the ocean and almost a 360 degree view of Capones. But finding the trail to the lighthouse is quite difficult and it took us more or less 2 hours looking for it, so asking your bangkero for concrete directions would definitely be an advantage. However, you can also ask your bangkero to bring you to the lighthouse himself.

Capones Island

Capones Island is one of the main attractions in Pundaquit, Zambales. The island is actually a big lump of rock formation with very little soil. Beaches around the island aren’t that homie for the usual tourist mainly because of the sand and rock mixture from the crashing waves of the open ocean.

One of the best things to do on the island, aside from just hanging around and not being able to enjoy the beach, is go up and take a tour of the lighthouse. The lighthouse is at the back of the island when you’re facing the open sea. The steep steps up to the lighthouse is no walk in the park.

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