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“Nature and history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Capones Island

Capones Island
San Antonio, Luzon, Philippines
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Type: Islands, Outdoors
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Quezon City, Philippines
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Nature and history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

The island boasts of white sands and clear blue waters. it highlights the Capones lighthouse which was built during the 1890's. to get to the lighthouse, one has to hike up a moderate trail. once there, the first thing to see is the big, vintage gate. people are cramped inside; busy taking pictures and some - like me, just can't help to stare in awe with the beauty of the place.

Visited May 2013
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Quezon City, Philippines
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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“Great Beach!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We went to this island as a part of a boat tour. It was really nice because of the fine sand and clear water. It does not have any accommodation or anything. It's just a small island you can visit during the day, swim for a bit, and then leave. This proved to be the best beach we went to on the boat tour that we had (Camara-Capones-Anawangin). Unfortunately because of the strong waves, we weren't able to see the other side of the island which is known to have a light house. We still enjoyed swimming in the beach though. I'd recommend visiting this place if ever you visit Pundaquit.

Visited March 2013
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Manila, Philippines
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Went here on a perfect time. It's a perfect place to chill as it was quite near to Manila. We came here from pundaquit where we surfed. We hire a boatman to bring us to this island which you actually get cheaper if you go with a group. Fine sands, discreet area. No phone signal so you can actually forget your modern life for a while. You have to have a tent to stay over night here. A must see island in Zambales.

Visited September 2012
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Quezon City
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“Escapade and endulge beauty of nature”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

To rich this place, Manila to Pandaquit Zambales you can explore this place. dont forget to hike for capones tower, just few minutes of walk but great view must see. Its best travel with group and explore Capones Camara nd over night in Anawangi.n. Best to stay here for your lunch, if you can cook will its perfect, they have guad around. Visit the place during summer to enjoy month of march april and may good schedule.Dont forget to capture your smile for memories.

Visited June 2012
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Manila, Philippines
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“Don't be discouraged by the huge waves, trek through the pebbled beach instead”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We left 5:30am for Capones Island for the sunrise. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any. Since the waves were quite strong (according to the boatman), we weren’t allowed to dock. I insisted that I really want to see the lighthouse, and he told me to just take a photo from afar. What a disappointment!

Maybe because of my insistence, the driver relented and said that there is an alternative route going up to the lighthouse. We crossed a pebbled beach, saw some great views of huge boulders, and climbed through some dangerous paths (dangerous for someone like me who’s accustomed to walking on flat cement and tiles). But really, it’s not that dangerous at all because we all arrived safely at the top after an hour of trekking.

Climbing the Capones lighthouse is a must. After climbing a spiral staircase and a vertical ladder, you will be greeted by the stunning view below.

Since I had a hard time trekking, one of the guides went back down and asked the boatman to meet us at the shore where the waves are strong. We went down the other trail where there is a clear pathway and there are steps going down. This is way easier compared to the alternative route. It only took us 10minutes to go down compared to the one hour going up. Of course the view is not that spectacular.

The waves were really strong, and we had to hold on to the rope real tight to reach our boat. The shore is full of boulders and rocks, and you might get injured if you accidentally slipped when the waves come crashing down on you. It’s such an adventure for us. We got body aches and muscle pain afterwards, but it’s an experience we will never forget!

By the way, after the exhilarating experience, we also got the chance to step on the other side of Capones which has powdery white sand, and take a dip in its water in spite of the waves.

Visited March 2013
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