A stay in any of the beach resorts in Pundaquit (also spelled Pundakit), San Antonio, Zambales is a must if you’re going island-hopping around Capones, Camara and Anawangin, Cove. The number of resorts in the area has really grown and expect a few being built to reach completion as the area becomes a must-visit beach destination. In the days of the US bases, San Antonio was the site of the US military’s San Miguel Naval Communication Station, and even Anawangin was just their practice grounds then.
Our tour guide billetted us at the Canoe Beach Resort. I have no complaints about this place since it was simple and no frills – just the way we liked it. The centerpiece of Canoe is its huge pool, and of course the beachfront. There’s also a large barbecue pit for the use of the guests and it’s good since this means you can cook your food for free! Otherwise, there’s a separate pavilion where the coffeeshop is located. I liked taking my meals here since it has the view of both the pool and the captivating San Antonio mountains.
Here’s one picture I took of the beach after sunset. I like scenes like this since it makes me admire the rustic beauty of this country:
The next day, we went on a day trip to the much-talked about resort in Pundakit called Punta de Uian. At 19 hectares with another 20-hectare expansion, the place is indeed huge. It would tire one to go through the whole property without the aid of a vehicle.
“Grand” is the word to describe Punta de Uian, although it was kinda weird to see religious figurines all over and no recurring theme in terms of the furniture and interiors. Was thinking to myself that this place would really have been world-class if they hired professionals like an architect and topnotch interior designers.
A word about Punta de Uian. The resort is owned by a Filipino who won the lottery in the US so you can just imagine how the money they’ve spent in the resort is just a “drop in the bucket,” LOL. Uian is also the name of their only daughter, and that’s how the resort was named.
Things to do here: see the Igorot Village, use mini-all terrain vehicle and engage in all kinds of water activities.
Canoe Beach Resort
Mobile no. 09178810029
Beachfront room (good for 2) P1,500
Poolside room (good for 2) 1,800
Dorm room (good for 10) 4,000
Punta de Uian
Telephone No. (047) 252-2692
Mobile No. 0918-888-UIAN
Standard room P3,410 ++
Mountain View room 4,180
Suite with jacuzzi 6,600
(other rooms available)