Zambales Travel Guide

Itinerary, Things to do, How to get there and more

Home to Aeta people, Zambales was explored in 1572 by Spanish conquistador Juan de Salcedo. The name of the province come from the word “samba”, which means “worship”, because the Spanish found the natives worshipping their “anitos” during their exploration in the place. Zambales is located in Central Luzon Region with Iba as its capital. It is the second largest province in Central Luzon and noted for its mangoes.

Where to go in Zambales

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AEH Sports Complex

Purok #4 RH 5 Subic Baraca National Hwy Subic, Zambales, Central Luzon, 2209, Philippines

All Hands Beach Subic

San Bernardino Road Olongapo City, Zambales, Central Luzon, 2200, Philippines

Amparo's Place

100 Baloy Long Beach Rd Olongapo City, Zambales, Central Luzon, 2200, Philippines

Anawangin Cove

Anawangin Cove, Pundaquit San Antonio, Zambales, Central Luzon, 2206, Philippines

Arizona Dive Shop

47 National Hwy | Barrio Barretto Subic, Zambales, Central Luzon, 2209, Philippines

Bacala Guesthouse

San Salvador Island Masinloc, Zambales, Central Luzon, 2211, Philippines

Bakasyunan sa Baybay Dagat

Amungan Iba (capital), Zambales, Central Luzon, 2201, Philippines

How to Get Here

Getting Here
With five terminals scattered in key cities of the metro, Victory Liner Bus Company services the province of Zambales and provide daily departure from Manila. It is a 5 hours travel time, depending on the traffic, to reach the province’s capital, Iba. Fare is less than Php 350.00 per head (one way) to Iba and less than Php 450.00 to Sta. Cruz, the last municipality of Zambales that comes before Pangasinan province.

Popular Food

Zambales’ star product is the sweet, luscious mangoes. The most popular mango variety grown in the province is the dinamulag variety that is among the tastiest in the world.

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A native delicacy of the town of Sta. Cruz, ginipang is made of dried grains and flavoured with sweet mixture. It is one of the province’s preferred and affordable pasalubongs.

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The municipalities of Iba and Palauig produce one of the best tasting pastillas in the country. Made from fresh carabao milk, cooled and then wrap in white Japanese paper and sealed.

What to Do

Learn surfing
A favourite surfing destination near Manila, the town of San Narciso is a haven for the surfing enthusiasts. The spot is a great place for novice and even expert surfers. Zambales offers a year round of good decent waves, especially on the months of May to November.
Explore the beaches and coves
Zambales is for the beach lovers and weekend warriors! Home to some of the finest beaches and coves, get the most out of the calm waves, beautiful sand and scenic views in one of the country’s popular yet underrated tourist destinations.
Experience jungle safari
See different exotic and wild animals up close and personal in the 25-hectare wildlife sanctuary, Zoobic Safari.
Enjoy a day in a mango farm
Guests can pick sweet, delectable mangoes straight from the mango trees during harvest season at the Rosa Farm, a 12.5 hectare mango orchard in Barangay Luna, located in the boundary of San Marcelino and San Antonio.
Enjoy retail therapy in duty-free shops
One of the best places to shop your favourite imported brands, Subic Bay Freeport Zone has three major duty free shops to satisfy your wants of duty-free goods and treats.

Estimated Costs

Estimated Cost per Person
Getting around
To go to another town or municipality, jeepney is the most practical and best choice to ride; while tricycles are used when travelling within a barangay. Minimum fare per person is Php 10.00.

Cheapest is Php 800.00 and can go as high as Php 5,000.00 per night.

Php 75.00 – Php 300.00 per meal

Average price per day
Php 1,500.00 – Php 1,800.00