Zambales: Camara Island

Located near the shores of the barangay of Pundaquit in San Antonio in the province of Zambales, Camara Island is a favorite island hopping destination of the province. 



Camara Island is about 2 to 3 kilometers off the nearest shore of Pundaquit. The island is no bigger than a professional football field. 4/5 of the island is dominated by a rocky hill while the remaining 1/5 consists of a stretch of 30 to 40 feet of cream-sand beach. 
That boatman seems to enjoying the island too...
The island also has a picturesque view of Pundaquit and its mountain


The island is home to a few trees and an occasional flock of seabirds. Its surrounding waters is clean and teaming with marine life which is why it is perfect to go snorkeling in it. 
The wave kisses the beach gently...
The beach landing...
Aquaman's secret hideout
A view from the top of one of the rocks
Gotta love the view...
The island also provides a great backdrop for photoshoots and selfies. However, aside from snorkeling and photoshoots, there are only a few things to do in the island (unless you are creative and crazy). Overnight camping is prohibited and so is drinking sessions. It you want to put some excitement on your visit, I suggest you play the modified hide and seek where you hide objects instead of yourself... better yet bring an UNO deck and destroy friendships.
Check out those  small stacked rocks...
Hmmm this one is nicely stacked
...but this one is better.
I got to visit Camara Island with my co-teachers during our group outing. It was the first island destination for our island hopping tour. Like what I have written, we spent our time here doing photoshoots. As for me, admiring the beauty of nature completed my stay in the island.


Getting there:

From Manila, ride a Victory Liner bus going to Iba, Zambales. Tell the conductor to drop you off at San Antonio. From there, transfer to a tricycle and tell the driver to bring you to the resort of your choice in Pundaquit. From the resort, rent a banca that will bring you to the island.

Small banca - P1000/pax maximum of 4
Big banca - P200/pax minimum of 10

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