Zambales, a Beautiful Western Coast

Festival in San Felipe, Zambales by Reynante Lacbain

Zambales, a province in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines, its provincial capital is the municipality of Iba. Located in the western coastal portion of Central Luzon it is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. Framed by the South China Sea on the west and the lush Zambales Mountains in the east, it presents a perfect fusion of mountainous terrains and serene beaches.

Natural Attractions:

Zambales is famed for its coves, such as Anawangin Cove, which is unique for its ash-colored sand and agoho pine trees, a result of the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991. Nearby, you can find Nagsasa Cove, offering similar landscapes with a more secluded ambiance. For those seeking crystal-clear waters, Potipot Island is an excellent choice for swimming and snorkeling. It’s a small island off the coast of the town of Candelaria, showcasing powdery white sand and pristine waters.

Subic Special Economic and Freeport Zone (SBFZ):

Also known as the Subic Bay Free Zone, is located in Olongapo City in what was once the U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay. Decommissioned in 1992 it was once the largest U.S. military naval base in Asia.

Cultural Heritage:

Zambales has a deep indigenous heritage, most notably from the Aeta people, believed to be among the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines. Several festivals, such as the Mango Festival in Iba, celebrate the local cultures and bounties, especially the sweet mangoes that the province is known for.


The province’s cuisine heavily features fresh seafood and mangoes. Locals enjoy unique dishes such as “tambakol” (yellowfin tuna), “inadsad na bangus” (stuffed milkfish), and various mango desserts.

Travel Tips:

  • Best Time to Visit: The dry season from November to May is the ideal time to explore Zambales’s outdoor attractions.
  • Getting There: Zambales is accessible by land from Manila, with bus services frequently plying the route.
  • Accommodations: From luxury resorts in Subic Bay to budget-friendly hostels in the coves, there’s lodging for every type of traveler.

Visitors to Zambales are not just treated to its natural splendors, but also to a warm welcome from the locals, making it a truly inviting destination for both adventure and relaxation.

When traveling you may need to purchase a few items before you come like a new camera or laptop. It is always a good Idea to be prepared. Also read my blog on What Should You Buy Before Travelling? – Philippine Tourism and Statistics (

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