Punduquit is a small town on the South China Sea that is west-northwest of Olongapo/Barrio Barretto and is about an hour drive from there. It is pronounced “Poon-duck-it” and it’s a barangay of the municipality San Antonio in the province of Zambales. See the maps below…..
Pundaquit Beach is situated between the foot of a small mountain named Mt. Pundaquit and the South China Sea. (see featured photo at the top of this page to view Mt. Pundaquit and the beach) It is one of the first really clean beaches with clean water you will find if you are coming from the Subic Bay area. Subic Bay is very scenic, but unfortunately the quality of the water isn’t what you would like to swim in.
I lived in the Subic Bay area for 5 months, and when I wanted a nice beach to enjoy for the day, I would head up to Pundaquit. By car the drive is about 50-60 minutes with no major highways to travel. You just take a 2 lane road all the way there with stores, restaurants, buildings, open fields or wooded areas, schools, factories and the like to be seen along the way. I went to the beach this one time with my landlady, her daughter and their live-in housemaid. As you get closer to Pundaquit, on the left you can see a small but husky mountain. On this trip we stopped along the way to snap a couple photos…..
As we got closer to the beach, we drove on a small bridge that ran over a little river. Some farmer was growing vegetables hydroponically right in the river by the bridge. This really intrigued me, because in the U.S. the only plants you see grown hydroponically are in greenhouses under controlled conditions. The plants here looked pretty healthy, so I guess growing directly in the river works for them. See a few pics of the plants and also my landlady and her maid…..
Shortly after this bridge we arrived at the beach. We went to one of few resorts there and had breakfast outside on a picnic table by the beach. Then the girls did a little exploring and I snapped a few pics. Here’s what I saw there…..
After we hung out at the resort by the beach for awhile, we hired a banka boat via the resort to transport us to the first island you see off the beach which is called Camara Island. The boat cost us 1200 php roundtrip and the ride took about 15 minutes to get there. Here are a few pics taken on the island and then on the way back to Pundaquit Beach…..
So there you have it. Pundaquit is a mellow little gem of a place with a great clean beach and a few islands close by that are easily accessible by a banka boat. If you have any questions about this post, or should you like to send us a message, you may do so with the form at the bottom of this page. We will gladly answer any queries you may have! Thanks.