Zambales, the Philippines
Panclaquit Beach achieves the almost impossible in its perfect combination of easy accessibility and a feeling of true get-away¬from-it-all remoteness.
Just a short drive from the popular tour¬ist beaches of Olongapo City and Subic Bay lies the sleepy fishing village of Panclaquit, with its beautiful white sand beach spreading down to the sea. It’s not great for swimming as there’s a steep d ropoff just metres from the shore, but the peace and quiet is what you go for. There is one tiny resort on the beach but even so, tourists are few and far between, and Panclaquit feels like the working fishermen’s town that it is. not a resort area.
A short boat ride from Pandaquit lie the big and small Capones islands. They’re rugged, rocky outcrops with deserted stretches of beach that have the look and feel of a virgin tropical island. You may find yourself sharing the beaches with a few other visitors at weekends, but on week¬days you will probably be alone.
If you’ve always relished the idea of exploring a wild and isolated isle, but don’t have time to spend weeks getting to one, this is the place to indulge your fantasies. The area just around the dramatic head¬lands to the south is ideal for exploring by sea kayak — if you’re fit you can paddle back to Olangopo — and nearby Panclaquit break offers great surfing when there’s a typhoon building nearby.
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