Philippines, Travel

Zambales: Talisayen Cove

For some, Laboracay has been their tradition for the labor weekend — so did we, for a couple of years. However, there comes a time when you just outgrow the noise and party scene and prefer the peace and quite. very tita of me! haha

Anyway, Zambales has been a prominent destination for those looking after some quiet.. It is a place where you can detach yourself from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a good quick getaway from your daily routine, and just be “in the moment” — no phone signal, no electricity (most of the time), no problem!

We had all grown used to going digital, that even if we are with company, our eyes are always on our phones. So, this trip has been a good detox from everything actually.

Our trip to Talisayen Cove has been easy — it is definitely a budget travel. This is how we spent about Php 2,500 at max for our 3D 2N stay in the island.  (I will give the total break down of our spending per head below)

  • Transportation

We opted to bring our own car, and chip in for gas and toll; two cars was enough for us (group of 10 people). However, there are other options on how to get there:

a.  via Bus – there are buses that travel to Zambales from Cubao and Pasay.

How to get there by bus?

  • Ride a victory liner from Cubao or Pasay terminal stations going to San Antonio, Zambales. (I think the price is around Php 250/head)
  • When you get to San Antonio, you can ride a tricycle that will take you to Pundquit.
  • From Pundaquit, you can find boats that can take you to the different coves (Anawangin, Talisayen, etc.) Be sure to bring your negotiating skills, because you will need it to haggle on the price for the boat ride.

b. via private Van – the price for this will vary, but a larger group will mean more people to divide the total price to.

We left Manila at around 6am, and arrived at the port before 12nn. The travel time is about 3-4 hours approximately, but we had a lot of stopovers (NLEX twice, and in Zambales — wet market).

  • Food and Beverage

Knowing that we are going into an island, our friend called in our contact there to ask about the food. From there, we were informed that we can bring in our own stock for the whole stay, although they do sell food — it will cost us Php 250/meal per head.

We bought in groceries for our snacks and canned food, and there was a wet market near the port where we stopped over to buy some fresh meat, and other things we may need like: disposable plates, spoon and fork, disposable cups, etc.

Cooking utensils are provided in the island, free use of the cooking are + free coal. There’s a gas stove that can be rented for Php 50 per meal or per head. We were also able to borrow a knife, so do not worry about that, they can provide.

There are water gallons sold before you leave the port for Php 150/gallon, we bought ours at the island for Php 100/gallon. They have a stock of ice too — they sell snacks, liquor, halo-halo, etc. They also do cooking service, since we were not able to buy our seafood, we bought it there and asked it to be cooked as sinigang. We opted to bring a stock of our own because it is pricier to buy there. Keep in mind, the island is secluded’ you will need to ride a boat to get to the main land.

  • Activities

Okay, so although we were not informed that there was totally no signal in the island, we wanted to create a vibe. So, we brought with us some cards — hey, it’s a fun game to play with your friends! haha

Then, there are volleyballs you can play with too in the island. They offer in island hopping and snorkeling too for Php 200 only! So without signal, you have to get back to the basics and be creative to have fun — you can swim, and play the games you played growing up. The view is great and so is the company.

P.S. When we were searching on the things we can do in the island, there were some who said you can surf. True enough, our contact confirmed it, but it’s by season. During our visit, there was no waves to play around with a surf board.

Total Spending Breakdown:

  • Kubo for 3D2N:  Php 900 (600 for the first night, 300 for the second night per head)
  • Food (groceries): Php 220 (per head)
  • Food (market):  Php 430 (this includes the meals we had for the 3 days, and utensils)
  • Transportation (we used my friend’s car): Php 823.75 (because there were 6 of us going there, and then 4 of us going back)

Breakdown for transpo:

  • Gas – Php 3,600
  • Toll – Php 45 (Balintawak entrance)
  •        – Php 384 (NLEX exit)
  •        – Php 429 (Zambales to Manila)
  • Environmental fee: Php 20 (per head)
  • Parking: Php 200 (per night)

Interested? You can inquire through our contact in Talisayen: +63 9175919524 🙂



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