Anawangin and Capones, San Antonio, Zambales Philippines

San Antonio is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Zambales in the Philippines. According to the latest Philippine census, it has a population of 32,494 people in 6,483 households.

San Antonio was a hunting region where indigenous hunters from the northern towns of Zambales would hunt, and gather. The first settlers from the Paoay region of the Ilocos Norte arrived in 1830, and founded the first Spanish settlement that developed into what is now San Antonio.

San Antonio was given the status of district or barrio in 1836. The town mayor in that period was Don Gregorio Banaga. He governed the town from 1836 to 1849. He was succeeded by Don Vicente Lacuesta in 1849, from Teniente Primero to Teniente Absoluto. The last mayor was Don Santiago Ladrillono. He was succeeded by Don Dimas Pascasio as governor in 1856. They selected their leaders every year. In 1891 to 1898, Don Pablo Corpuz was the only Capitan Municipal selected then appointed Don Felix Magsaysay as the first President municipal, and many more followed up to 1931 to 1945.

The town was the site of the United States Navy known as the San Miguel Naval Communication Station. After the earthquake and eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991, the United States Army decided to abandoned their military based in the Philippines.

Featured Tourist Attractions of this Town

Anawangin Cove is a crescent shaped cove with a pristine white sand beach. What makes the place unique is the unusual riddle of tall pine trees flourishing round its vicinity. There are no roads leading to Anawangin. It is only accessible by a 30 minute boat ride from Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales or by a six-hour trek through hot, open trails thru the Pundaquit range. The cove's relative isolation has kept it free from development - as of this writing, there are no resorts on this sparkling piece of natural beauty, save for a few huts and deep wells.

Just behind the beach is the pine forest and a marsh, where one can find natural springs feeding to the sea. The area is home to a number of bird species.Waypoint narrative by: Jay_J 2008
Photos by: Allan A., RP C., Ace P.


Capones Island and a couple of other smaller islands (the Camera Islands) lie a few kilometers from the shores of Pundaquit, Zambales. The Camera islands are 2km offshore and Capones is 3 kilometers farther (5.2 km offshore). Capones and Camera are known for their white beaches, speckled with colorful crushed coral. Clear turquoise waters held us spell-bound. High rock cliffs beckon rappellers. Capones is known for an old Spanish-era lighthouse that brings visitors back in time.

There are no resorts nor facilities on the island. Tourists usually stay at a resort in Pundaquit, a small fishing village about 3 kms southwest of San Antonio where they can hire a boat to explore Capones Island. Waypoint narrative by: EPPGarcia 2002

An island with a figure of a man’s face on its side, white sand and green-clear waters compose one of the hidden beauty of the Paradise Philippines…..the Capones Island! It is also known for an old lighthouse built during the Spanish era which will bring you back in time for sure.

There’s no resorts or any type of establishments on the island, giving you the feel of complete nature. All you can do is to take some walk around the island, take pictures on its scenic views, feel the waters by doing some snorkelling or swimming, just make sure to bring your own stuffs.
Photos by: Allan A., RP C., Ace P.

Expense Summary:


From Manila to San Antonio, Zambales (Victory Liner – 534 pesos/each – round trip)

From San Antonio to Jim’s Beach Resort (Tricycle – 30 pesos)

Anawangin Cove (Boat - 1,000 pesos/group)

Capones Island (Boat - 1,000 pesos/group)

Meal Expenses: 1000 pesos (5 people)

Accommodation: 1000pesos (1night/2days)

Total Expenses (Each): 1364 pesos

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  1. did you take the pictures yourself???

  2. they look awesome! wow!

  3. thanks Irene. pictures are from my camera and my friends camera.

  4. ang galing naman! me talent ka naman pala! hehe...ang ganda promise

  5. hindi ba dito yung me nangunguha ng shoobels? hindi ba orkot dito?

    1. malamang nakarating ka na dto, musta naman ang experience?