Just 15-20 minutes away from Pundaquit, Camara Island is a good first beach stop in Zambales. It’s perfect for a quick dip and a few photo ops. I can’t imagine staying here long due to the lack of shade and non existent facilities (no cr, no tables, no chairs). Most people would pick Capones over Camara but since the beach in Capones has started charging a relatively expensive entrance fee, I can imagine Camara gaining a bit of popularity. Entrance is free, but the only way to reach this island is via boat and that you will have to pay for.
Boat Rates to Camara Island
- If you’re just visiting Camara Island
- Small Boat (1-4 persons) – Php 700/boat
- Big Boat – Php 150 per person minimum of 10 persons
- If you’re visiting the island as a side trip
- Small Boat +Php200 per boat (on top of your regular boat rate to your destination)
- Big Boat +Php100 per person
Camara Island Photo Gallery
Capones Island is just a few minutes from Camara and is a more popular sidetrip probably because it’s a bigger island and you have both the beach and the light house to visit. Unfortunately, the beach area is no longer free of charge. They are now charging Php 350 per person for day tour and Php 750 for overnight. In return, the owner has provided good facilities to make visits more relaxing and enjoyable.
Capones Light House
The boat will dock in a smaller beach on another side of the island. From there, you will have to hike up a few minutes to the light house. Make sure to visit the light house as early as possible as it may be too hot for hiking if you visit in the afternoon. If the sea is rough, you will have to take another longer route to reach the light house which may take about an hour.
Check out our San Antonio, Zambales Travel Guide for a more complete overview of Zambales.