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11 Awesome Things to Do in Zambales

Explore the many things to do in Zambales! Go beach bumming, learn how to survive in the jungle, hike with your friends, appreciate wildlife, and more. Indeed, a trip to this place will change you for the better. Check out these activities you can do for a fun-filled Zambales vacation.


1. Enjoy the beach

Friends at the beach

Zambales is a favorite beach spot for many weekend warriors and beach lovers. The municipality of San Antonio is home to some of the famous beaches in this destination including Nagsasa Cove, Anawagin Cove, Potipot Island and Capones Island to name a few.

  • Location: San Antonio
  • Insider Info: Some beaches have entrance fee. Aside from beach bumming, you can go to Liwliwa Beach to surf.
  • Tip: Buy supplies (food and other essentials) in San Antonio Public Market. Make sure to put your important stuff in a waterproof/dry bag if island hopping.


2. Give your two-wheeled chariots a spin

Subic’s rolling hills and smoothly paved roads are perfect for a bike ride. Many mountain bikers go here to practice and to hone their skills. Some of the popular trails include Mt. Samat, Cawag, and Pastolan.

  • Location: Subic
  • Fee: FREE
  • Tip: Wear protective gear when cycling. If you’re riding with a group, make sure to stay in the trail.


3. Explore Mt. Pinatubo

Mt. Pinatubo Crater

Sign up for a day tour of this historic volcano, which changed the areas landscape when it erupted in 1991. A beautiful crater lake rewards you at the top.

  • Location: Boundaries of Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales
  • Fee: Depending on the agency, you can get a whole day tour package for PHP 2,000. In addition, there is a guide fee.
  • Insider Info: The peak season is from October to June. Make sure to book in advance since only 400 guests are allowed.
  • Tip: Get a tour package from an accredited organizer. Wear sturdy footwear and comfortable clothing because there will be around 2 hours and a half of hiking.

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4. Learn survival skills

Jungle Environment Survival Training (JEST) Camp has been teaching survival skills, leadership, and environmental ethics in a forest since the 1960s. Courses last from a full day to three days!

  • Location: Upper Mau, Cubi-Triboa, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
  • Fee: Wild Child and Hunter Gatherer (PHP 650), Survival Bootcamp (PHP 1099), Camp Craft (PHP 450)
  • Insider Info: There are minimum number of participants per course.


5. Gaze at the stars

Stargazing in Zambales

Don’t miss the chance to gaze at the stars, especially when you’re in one of Pundaquit’s beaches or Anawangin Cove. There’s less air and light pollution in Zambales so you’ll definitely enjoy a starlit sky.

  • Location: Pundaquit Beach/Anawangin Cove
  • Fee: FREE
  • Insider Info: The best time to see the sky full of star is between 2AM to 4 AM when the moon is gone.


6. Cool off in a water wonderland

Round up your friends and have fun with the Inflatable Island’s floating slides, towers, human launchers, swings, and so much more.

  • Location: Samba Bluewater Resort, Purok 6, National Highway, Lower Kalaklan, Olongapo City
  • Fee: Tickets range from PHP 499 (one hour pass) to PHP 849 (whole day pass)
  • Insider Info: They have free parking, but slot is first come, first served.
  • Tip: Remove any sharp objects (earrings, rings, clothes with zippers, etc.) before going to the inflatable island.


7. Camp out

Camping in Zambales

Pitch a tent and rough it out amidst the pine trees and clear blue waters of Anawangin Cove and Nagsasa Cove. These are the top places to camp out in Zambales thanks to its picturesque setting and dreamy beaches.

  • Location: San Antonio
  • Fee: Nagsasa Cove Entrance Fee PHP 100, Anawangin Cove Camping Fee PHP 100
  • Tip: Bring fully charged phones and other gadgets since there’s no electricity in Zambales. Prepare everything you’ll need prior because cost of necessities is higher on the islands.

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8. Enjoy duty-free shopping

Established in 1993, you can shop imported goods tax-free at Royal Duty Free Subic. It is one of the best places to shop for your favorite imported brands in the Philippines.

  • Location: Bdlg. 1109 Palm Street, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
  • Insider Info: Commuting? There’s a free shuttle to and from the store in front of the Golden Dragon restaurant.
  • Tip: Check their website for ongoing promos to save more!


9. Go on a jungle safari

See tigers and other wild animals up close in Zoobic Safari! This 25-hectare wildlife sanctuary offers a lot of attractions that children and adults will love.

  • Location: Group I Ilanin Forest, Forest Adventure Park, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
  • Fee: PHP 486 (Day trip); PHP 695 (Night safari)
  • Insider Info: Book online and get 10% off on day tours. Children below 3 feet is free.

10. Surf

Surfer in Zambales

Crystal Beach Resort is one of the most popular surfing spots in Zambales thanks to its proximity to the city and its waves. Whether you’re a beginner or have advanced surfing skills, you’ll have a moment to ride the waves during the surfing season.

  • Location: Purok 1-B, Brgy. La Paz, San Narciso
  • Fee: PHP 895 Day trip; PHP 395 Deposit (Refundable upon check out); Surf rates PHP 400/pax
  • Insider Info: There will be a 30 minute lecture to discuss the basics of surfing.


11. Pick mangoes

See how sweet Carabao Mangoes are grown at Rosa Farms, a 12.5-hectare mango orchard. Guests can pick mangoes straight from the tree during harvest season and buy these at the prevailing rate.

  • Location: Km. 156 National Highway, Barangay Luna, San Marcelino – San Antonio Boundary
  • Insider Info: You need to pre-register if you want to pick mangoes. Slots are limited. Also, it is only available during mango harvest season.
  • Tip: Try their yummy mangoes at their in-house restaurant. Rosa Cafe serves mango-themed Filipino dishes.

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Enjoy a fun-filled trip to Zambales! Check out other tourist spots to visit, restaurants to try and more in the province. Discover cheap Zambales hotel deals and cheap flights from carriers like Philippine Airlines, AirAsia, and more with Traveloka!

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