Zambales is a province the Philippines which lies the western shores of Central Luzon Region surrounded with charming tourist spots. Its natural attractions like white sand beaches, coves, islands and famous mountains makes tourism industry continues to play an important role in its economy.
The capital municipality of Zambales is Iba. The province is bordered by Pangasinan (north), Tarlac & Pampanga (east), Bataan (south) and South China Sea (west). There are around 500,000+ people living here and they speak in Tagalog, Ilocano, Sambal, Pangasinan, Kapampangan and English.
Zambales is around 4 hours travel time from Manila. If you are interested in visiting its beautiful places this year, the following are the top tourist spots in Zambales.
Top 10 Tourist Spots in Zambales
1. Mount Pinatubo
Mount Pinatubo is one of the most popular tourist spots in Zambales. Its eruption on June 1991 is one of the most destructive volcanic eruptions in 20th century which severely damaged the surrounding area. The eruption also made the global temperature drop and contributed to the ozone depletion. Moving on, today it has interesting landscapes covered with lahar and the center of attraction is its beautiful crater lake (formed after the eruption) which the waters changes to green, blue green, or blue depending on the season and temperature. This makes it the most popular trekking destination in Zambales but swimming in the lake is highly prohibited.
📍 Mount Pinatubo falls inside the borders of Zambales and two nearby provinces.
2. Potipot Island
Potipot Island is one of the best places to visit in Zambales, a favorite beach camping destination among locals and tourists. It is a small island with gradually sloping fine and creamy white sand beach and crystal clear waters. The island has many trees providing good shades from the blazing sun and good sites to pitch a tent. There are no resorts in the island but there are few cottages, shower rooms and toilets. It is possible to circle around the island for 30 minutes. This is a paradise island for beach lovers who just want to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
📍 Potipot Island is located in Candelaria, Zambales. If you want to stay in a beach resort in the town and visit the island on a day trip, Potipot Gateway Resort is your best choice. They can arrange your trip to the island and they have a speedboat. From the resort, it’s just around 10 minutes away via speedboat.