Exploring Zambales: Talisayen Cove DIY Travel Guide

If you are visiting Zambales, you probably heard of the town of Pundaquit in San Antonio, Zambales which is the jump-off to the famous coves Anawangin and Nagsasa. Due to popularity of this coves, expect that there are a lot of people during weekends and specially in summer. If you are looking for a place that is less crowded try to visit Talisayen Cove.

Situated between Anawangin and Nagsasa, Talisayen Cove offers you a peaceful atmosphere and since it is less popular it tends to have a few guest even in peak seasons.

How to get to Talisayen Cove?

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Victory Liner Bus Terminal, Cubao

OPTION 1: COMMUTE

  1. From bus terminals in Caloocan, Cubao, Manila, Pasay, ride a bus bound to Sta. Cruz or Iba. Note when buying ticket tell the cashier that you are going to San Antonio. Click here to check schedules of bus terminals.
  2. Alight at San Antonio.
  3. From San Antonio there are tricycles that will offer you ride going to Pundaquit.
  4. At Pundaquit, rent a boat that will bring you to Talisayen Cove.

You can contact Kuya Jay-r Agasa. One of the best boat men at Pundaquit. He is also well-known to the tricycle drivers in San Antonio. Just tell the driver to drop you off at Kuya Jay-r’s place. Contact number of Kuya Jay-r is provided below.

Another option when commuting is to ride a bus bound to Olongapo, just like we did. From Olongapo, there are buses that are bound to Sta. Cruz or Iba. Tell the conductor that you are going to San Antonio.

OPTION 2: PRIVATE CAR

  1. From Manila, drive along NLEX (North Luzon Expressway).
  2. Exit at Dau and enter SCTEX (Subic-Tarlac Expressway)
  3. Exit at Subic and drive to Olongapo Public Cemetery.
  4. Drive straight ahead and you will pass municipalites of Subic, Castillejos, and San Marcelino.
  5. When you reach San Marcelino, turn left and take San Marcelino-San Antonio-San Narciso Road until you reach San Antonio.
  6. In San Antonio near 7-11, turn left at De Los Reyes Street, turn right at Evangelista Street and turn left until you see a sign going to Pundaquit.
  7. At Pundaquit, rent a boat that will bring you to Talisayen Cove.

What to do in Talisayen Cove?

  • Camping
  • Swimming
  • Trek at the overlooking spot in the island
  • Skim boarding
  • Island hopping to nearby coves Nagsasa and Anawangin
  • Side trip to Capones Island and Camara Island
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Over looking spot at Talisayen
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Capones Island
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Hooray for today 😀

Tips:

  • Travel early to avoid traffic.
  • There is a public market in San Antonio where you can buy stuff for your camping.
  • There are ATMs at San Antonio.
  • You will be charge 20 pesos for environmental fee when you enter Pundaquit.
  • 5 Gallons of water, cooler with ice, kitchen utensils, charcoal, tent, and entrance fee are the inclusions of Kuya Jay-r’s Talisayen Package.
  • If you don’t want to avail the package, round trip boat transfer is only 400 pesos.
  • Add 100 pesos to visit Capones and Camara island.
  • Sari-sari stores are available at Talisayen where you can buy stuff but the price is quite expensive.
  • Common CR are available at Talisayen.
  • There is no cellular signal.
  • Electricity is available during night time.
  • If you are going back to Manila. Ride a bus going to Olongapo, then from Olongapo ride a bus bound to Manila. This will save you time waiting for buses in San Antonio going back to Manila. Buses tends to be full when arriving at San Antonio.

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