Capones Island

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Capones Island

Capones Island is a two-kilometer long island situated four kilometers off the coast of Barangay Pundaquit in San Antonio, Zambales, Zambales. The bone-shaped island is mostly rocky and barren, and is surrounded by white beaches that shift location due to weather and sea current.


Originally named “Isla Gran de Capon” during the Spanish era, Capones Island does not have commercial resorts and facilities. The island is a big rock formation with high cliffs and little soil, and is joined by a sand bar (which disappears during high tide) to two smaller islands called Camara, which are only two kilometers away from the mainland.

Since the surrounding waters of South China Sea are described to be rough, it is advisable to take a boat ride early in the morning when the sea is still calm.

Visitors may opt to camp in a tent along the beaches if there is no typhoon or stay in the small fishing village of Pundaquit where they can hire a boat to get to Capones.


Although the island is not a typical commercial destination, visitors can still enjoy exploring the island's historic and natural wonders, such as: [1]

  • Trek to Faro de Punta Capones, the old Spanish lighthouse built in 1890
  • Camping
  • Swimming, snorkeling, and diving
  • Island hopping
  • Water sports
  • Visit Pundaquit Falls

Getting there

Visitors may take the North Luzon Expressway, exit at San Fernando, Pampanga, and go to Olongapo City. Before Olongapo's boundary is a bypass way via the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority that leads to the towns of Castillejos, San Marcelino, and eventually, San Antonio. Pundaquit is located southwest of San Antonio, where visitors can ask directions from the townspeople.


  1. ^ "Capones Island," (accessed 19 March 2010)

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