Top 14 Best Beaches in Zambales: Best time to Visit, How to get there and more

Let the beauty of Zambales take you on a wonderful journey. The province where the tribes of the Aetas can be found in huge numbers is also the place where you can find several beach strips that will have you feeling excited. Most of the beaches in Zambales are untouched or fairly commercialized. It can offer you some quiet retreat for you and your family.

When is the best time to visit these beaches in Zambales?

The best time to visit Zambales is of course during the dry season from November until May but if you like to surf then May to October is the time you should go.


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Magalawa Island

Malagawa Island photo courtesy of AmadaResort.com
Malagawa Island photo courtesy of AmadaResort.com

Location: Palauig, Zambales

You want some surfing? Go to this 56-hectare island laden with hidden coves. People flock there to see fine white sand and its sandbar. There is also an abundance of starfish on the island so it’s sometimes been called ‘The Island of the Stars’. There are two resorts on the island offering tent pitching, meals, boat transportation, and water activities.

Entrance Fee: Php100

How to get there:

Ride the bus from Cubao going straight to Zambales and you will be dropped off at Veritas Road where there is a port where you can ride the boat going to the island. Travel time is 6 hours.

Bacala Sandbar in San Salvador Island

San Salvador Island in Masinloc Zambales photo by Dennis De Castro via Facebook
San Salvador Island in Masinloc Zambales photo by Dennis De Castro via Facebook

Location: Masinloc, Zambales

San Salvador Island is a white sand beach in Zambales and apart from that, a 2-hectare giant clam farm in a marine sanctuary can be found on the island. The sanctuary can’t be touched by fishermen so the marine life in that place is remarkable.

The main attraction of this beach in Zambales is the old stilt house. It stands on clear water where you can see the sand clearly. You can walk through the water to reach the house. Doing this will let you see some school of small fishes. Being inside the house will also let you experience some panoramic views of the sea.

How to get there:

Take the bus from Cubao going to Olangapo and ride the UV Express headed to Sta. Cruz (ask the drop you off in Masinloc bayan). You can ride the boat going to San Salvador Island. Travel time is about 6 hours.

Pundaquit Beach

Pundaquit Beach
Pundaquit Beach

Location: San Antonio, Zambales

While Pundaquit is a jump-off point to other beaches like Anawangin Cove and Capones Island, this beach is particularly well-loved by people who want to go away for a while because of its proximity to Manila. Its volcanic ash on the beach is what makes it unique to visitors.

Entrance Fee: Free

How to get there:

Ride a bus from Cubao going to Iba, Zambales and alight at San Antonio Public Market. Ride the tricycle to Pundaquit. Travel time is about 5 hours.

Camara Island

Camara Island
Camara Island

Location: San Antonio, Zambales

Entrance Fee: Free

You know you’re in Camara Island when you see the stripe green and clear water touching fine cream sand. The place is so perfect that you’ll get lost easily wandering around. It’s not a big island and happy hour is prohibited but the sounds of the waves crashing some rock formations are enough for a natural high.

How to get there:

Board the bus going to Iba, Zambales and ask to be dropped off at San Antonio. Ride a tricycle going to Pundaquit and rent a boat going to the island.

Anawangin Cove 

Anawangin Cove
Anawangin Cove

Location: San Antonio, Zambales

Anawangin is not your ordinary beach in Zambales. In fact, it’s one of the famous because of its appearance. The eruption of Mt. Pinatubo altered what Anawangin Cove is today. The beach is now laden with trees that would make you think you’re in another country. The beach doesn’t feature white sand but volcanic ash from the eruption. The water is blue and clear that you’ll want to take a dip right away.

Entrance Fee: Php50

How to get there:

Ride a Victory Liner bus going to Iba or Santa Cruz, Zambales. Get off at San Antonio Public Market and ride the tricycle going to Pundaquit then ride the boat to Anawangin. Travel time is about 5-6 hours. See Also: How to get to Anawangin Cove

Nagsasa Cove

Nagsasa Cove photo by Nagsasa Cove FB
Nagsasa Cove photo by Nagsasa Cove FB

Location: San Antonio, Zambales

Nagsasa Cove is another one of Zambales beaches that has been the receiver of Mt. Pinatubo’s wrath in 1991. But, there is a silver lining after all. The cove, like Anawangin, has Agoho trees and volcanic ashes that line the beach. Nagsasa Cove is not actually an island but part of the mainland.

Entrance Fee: Php100

How to get there:

Take a bus from Cubao to Santa Cruz or Iba, Zambales. Get off at San Antonio Public Market and ride the tricycle going to Pundaquit. Ride the boat going to the island. Travel time is between 5-6 hours.

Hermana Menor Island

Hermana Menor Island photo via FB
Hermana Menor Island photo via FB

Location: Sta. Cruz, Zambales

Hermana Menor or Makitira Island is a privately owned island which is opened to the public. It’s a well-maintained white sand beach in Zambales that is not that well-known to the public yet compared to Anawangin or Nagsasa so you can enjoy the pristine beach when you visit. You can enjoy a day tour as overnight stay is prohibited.

Entrance Fee: Php100

How to get there:

Board a Victory bus from Cubao going to Sta. Cruz, Zambales and alight at Petron station in Barangay Lipay in Sta. Cruz. Ride the tricycle going to the port and take the boat ride going to the island. Travel time is between 5-6 hours.

Capones Island

Capones Island (photo by GreenArcher04 via Flickr)
Capones Island (photo by GreenArcher04 via Flickr)

Location: San Antonio, Zambales

Used to be called ‘’Isla de Gran Capon’ in the Spanish Colonization Era, Capones Island is a bone-shaped, 2 kilometers island in Zambales. The only structure you’ll see is the old Spanish Lighthouse built in 1890. Picnic, camping, and swimming are allowed on the premises. You can also go snorkeling and diving for the waters is beaming with rich marine life.

Entrance Fee: Php350 (day tour) Php750 (overnight)

How to get there:

Take the bus going to Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales and alight at San Antonio. Ride a tricycle bound for Barangay San Miguel or Pundaquit and board the boat going to Capones Island.

Potipot Island

Potipot Island photo via Beautiful Destinations of the World FB Page
Potipot Island photo via Beautiful Destinations of the World FB Page

Location: Candelaria, Zambales

Potipot Island is one of the more popular Zambales beaches. It’s quite a small island but the beauty of it is that it has a stunning sunset view and overnight stay is allowed on the island. Some activities are also allowed like beach volleyball and snorkeling. They also have provision for kayak rental.

Entrance Fee: Php500 for an overnight stay

How to get there:

Take the bus from Cubao to Sta. Cruz, Zambales and get off at Uacon, Candelaria. Ride the tricycle going to the port and ride the boat going to Potipot Island. Travel time is 7 ½ hours.

Crystal Beach Resort

Crystal Beach Resort photo via FB Page
Crystal Beach Resort photo via FB Page

Location: San Narciso, Zambales

This beach resort offers a unique experience due to its black sand. The shore is lined with pine trees which gives a dramatic effect. The resort is the most popular in San Narciso because aside from having natural beauty, they are able to maintain the vicinity properly.

Entrance Fee: Php350 (for day tour which includes food and drinks)

How to get there:

Ride the bus from Cubao going to Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales and get off at San Narciso. Board a tricycle going to Crystal Beach Resort. Travel time is between 3-4 hours.

Talisayin Cove

Talisayin Cove photo by TheLostKids.ph
Talisayin Cove photo by TheLostKids.ph

Location: San Antonio, Zambales

Just a few hours away from the city and you’ll stay witness to a serene getaway that allows you to gaze at millions of stars at night. You can bring a hammock with you and hang it by the trees if you wish to relax. The water isn’t as clear as the other famous beaches in Zambales but it’s clean enough to go for a swim.

Entrance Fee: Php100

How to get there:

Board the bus from Cubao to Iba, Zambales and ask to be dropped off at San Antonio Public Market. Ride the tricycle to Pundaquit and take the boat going to Talisayin Cove. Travel time is between 3-4 hours.

Silanguin Cove

Silanguin Cove photo by El Paradise
Silanguin Cove photo by El Paradise

Location: San Antonio, Zambales

The cove is lined with open cottages that you can rent to spend the day or overnight. There’s no signal so you’re really back to basics when you go there. The whole island is gifted with trees and an ash-laden beach front. It’s a quiet place where you can just relax and count the stars.

Entrance/Environmental Fee: Php20

How to get there:

From Cubao, get on the bus going to San Antonio, Zambales and alight at the public market. Take the boat that goes to Silanguin Cove. Travel time is between 5-6 hours.

Liwliwa Beach

Surfing in Liwliwa, San Felipe Zambales photo by hectorhannibal via Flickr
Surfing in Liwliwa, San Felipe Zambales photo by hectorhannibal via Flickr

Location: San Felipe, Zambales

Entrance Fee: Free

Liwliwa is the beach you should visit if you’re after a long stretch of beach.

You can surf at the beach during surf season while every summer, you can just enjoy long walks and swim. There are quiet spots in the area for soul-searchers but this is a more commercialized beach.

How to get there:

Take the Iba or Sta. Cruz bound bus from Caloocan, Cubao or Pasay. Get off at San Felipe town proper and take the tricycle going to Liwliwa Beach. Travel time is 5-6 hours.

Subic Halfmoon Beach

Subic Halfmoon Beach Resort
Subic Halfmoon Beach Resort

Location: Subic, Zambales

Last in the list of Zambales beaches is located in Subic, Olongapo. Another dramatically colored sand beach, Halfmoon Beach in Subic will have you running to the water to take a dip. Main activities there include Jet Ski, picnics by the beach and beach volleyball.

Entrance Fee: Php120

How to get there:

Get on the Victory Liner bus from Cubao going to Olangapo and alight at National Highway, Lower Kalaklan, Olongapo, Zambales.

You don’t have to go very far from Manila to experience a fantastic beach getaway. The beaches in Zambales are more than enough to satisfy your cravings to go swimming either in the summer or surf sea.

Potipot Island photo via Potipot Getaway Resort
Potipot Island photo via Potipot Getaway Resort

Check out our complete list of recommended Resorts in Zambales or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the province.

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