Finally after an hour of sailing from Nagsasa, our boat approached the vicinity of the bone-shaped Capones Island. Everyone was excited to set feet on the shore. Our boatman then asked us if we'll still be visiting the lighthouse, we answered yes, of course. At first they were hesitant because we left Nagsasa late, but the adamant us managed to convince them in the end.
|Welcome to Capones Island|
|approaching the island|
So they asked us whether we'll trek or we'll swim.
Getting into this old lighthouse may be done in two rough ways, either you trek or you swim:
We opted the latter because we're running short of time.• Trekking will be done if your boat docks on the eastern shore of the island. It will be a 30 minutes trek on the island's grassy hills and rocky cliffs. sounds good but time consuming.
• Swimming, on the other hand, will be done if the boat stops near the southwestern shore of the island. The rocky characteristic of the western shore makes it unfavorable for the boats to dock, hence swimming must be done to reach the island. It's a short 50 meters swim but huge strong waves won't make it easy for you.
We wore life vests and pulled ourselves to the coast via the rope tied by our boatman. Most of us, including me of course, dared to bring our cameras to the island. I placed the small point and shoots inside my ziploc bag while Chino risked his large DSLR (which cannot fit in my ziploc) all the way to the shore.
At last we all made it to the island, safe and sound. The cameras were safe too, as well as the DSLR, which was half-wet along the way, (it was still working very fine).
|battling the waves|
From the rocky shore, we walked for about 5 minutes along the old stone stairs along the island's rocky coast, then on a grassy/bushy trail that led us to the gate of the old Farola (I will make a separate post about the lighthouse's history for my Farola Series).
|excited to visit the lighthouse|
|tumayo balahibo ko at first sight|
|only the lantern of the farola is being maintained by the Philippine Coast Guard|
|the rest are left to rot|
|though old and in ruins, Faro de Punta Capones still has an enchanting beauty|
|Back side of the Capones Lighthouse|
|this is the coast where the boats are stopping and where the swimming will begin|
|on the beach seen on the middle of the photo is where the boats will dock and the 30 minutes trek will begin|
|the farola is situated on an elevated part of the island.|
|the lantern is powered by these solar panels|
|one person at a time, medyo shaky yung karag-karag na spiral staircase|
|the original lantern was dismantled and was replaced by this one.|
|top view of the Farola Compound|
|Batang Lawatsero conquered his 3rd Spanish Lighthouse. Photo by Joan|
As soon as we're satisfied with Capones Island, we went back to our boat and battled again the strong waves.
It was past 3 pm when we got back to Pundaquit Beach.
3 in 1 Lakwatsa sa Ikalawang Dekada turned out to be successful and memorable trip. It is so far my best birthday celebration, thanks again to my ka-lakwatsas.
We settled everything with Mang Mike as we reached the Pundaquit Beach. I highly recommend his service, reach him through these numbers: 09283405136 and/or 09277801312.
After a little trouble on the road, we came back to Manila safe and sound.
Viaje Zambales: Mt. Pundaquit-Nagsasa-Capones
Mt. Pundaquit Traverse to Anawangin
Nagsasa Cove Camping
Capones Island Advenure
Itinerary | Mt. Pundaquit-Nagsasa-Capones