An island with a figure of a man’s face on its side, white sand and green clear waters compose one of the hidden beauties of the Paradise Philippines…the Capone’s Island! It is also known for an old lighthouse built during the Spanish era which will bring you back in time for sure. With a 5 hours drive from Manila to San Antonio, Zambales… going to Capone’s Island is a bit tiring but one of as kind adventure. It is located exactly as part of Barangay Pundaquit in San Antonio, Zambales. From the shore of Pundaquit, it’s a 15 minute boat ride before reaching the island’s beachfront.
Further south in the town of San Antonio is a bigger paradise called Capones Island. Located in Barangay Pundakit, this place is legendary for its lighthouse built during the Spanish era around the year 1890 by Filipino hands. It raises high over the cliffs like a cinematic picture right from the movies and lures people to marvel both at the structure and the enchanting panorama of the sea and the sky.
Compared to Potipot Island, Capones Island is larger, with cliffs and rocky shores on one part and white, sandy beaches on the other. But once again, you’ll find yourself spellbound by the sheer beauty of its shores and the turquoise waters surrounding it.
It is quite impressive how nature can sculpt and make lovely island destinations such as Capones. The island’s raw and even rustic simplicity is a sight in itself to take pleasure in. going deeper into the island, I find myself heading out to the lighthouse. However, the path is not always easy so if you want to visit this architectural and historical monument, ask the boatman if they’d be kind enough to show you the way. Be sure to bring some drinking water with you since going to the lighthouse requires a quick hike. The heat can turn up too and it’s best if you have plenty of provisions to replenish your thirst.
Similar to Potipot Island, Capones Island is immaculate. There are neither resorts nor inhabitants on the island, so tourists can enjoy it for themselves. Boats can be arranged to take you to the island from the mainland resorts of Pundakit. Tourists are permitted to stay overnight provided that you bring all your gear and a boat ride have been pre-arranged to fetch you back.
Be sure to come at the right time, too. Capons Island has a moving beach which means that the white sand is present at one particular side for a few months and then moves on to a different part of the island the next. But once the right season sets in, Capones Island serves up a different attraction to look forward to. Capones Island, between the months of June to December, is a surfer’s destination. It provides surfers with the right swells or waves to catch, all in the backdrop of an island all to your own. – tourism.zambalesnow.com
Photo from: kanoilander.com