Zambales Province

On Road from Subic to La Union

(from a 1999 issue of Here Philippines)

 

Just north of Subic Bay is Dogs Offshore, gateway to the Capones Islands.  A “must stop” for diving.  Boats out to the Islands and mountain walks add to the attractions. International cuisine and a bar overlooking the beach.

 

The local FRA branch 367 (the hardest working little branch in Asia) in San Antonio is a good stopping point north.

 

Just before you get to IBA, Rama International Beach Resort is a well run Aussie owned resort. Owner Roger will arrange boat trips and scuba diving on request, and a visit to the mysterious local mine workings where electric torches just will not work.

 

There are several other beach resorts in the area above Iba, but Palmera Garden and Beach Resort – run by the Sunset Gardens/ Premier Resort guys from Angeles (and the former Rama Resort) is the pick of the bunch. Tourist attractions are Ramon Magsaysay’s house, the ruins of the 1500’s Spanish Governor’s residence, and the aforementioned gold and chromite mines. Dive sites include the SS Reindeer wreck (the bottle wreck) and a WW2 Japanese wreck.

 

The other side of Masinloc offers the relaxing Puerto Asinan Restaurant, built on piers over the sea – almost totally mosquito free.

 

Alaminos is the gateway to the famed 100 Islands. A little way out of the town is Lucap pier, where you can hire a bangka out to the Islands. Most popular (and crowded is Quezon Island), but my favourite is Governor’s Island, which has a small bungalow the DOT rents out by the

day/night.

 

Sual has the Forestside Restaurant, which is a welcome stop for refreshments, and the views across the Gulf.

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