Pundakit Zambales I think is one of the great beaches that you can go just a few hours away from Manila. Travel time is 3-4 hours, you can either bring your own car or take a bus to Olongapo.
Its not really my first time to go there since my first time was 2009 with my emoteam. I loved the place and I recommended it as a perfect place for our team building.
We stayed at Nora's, they have videoke, billards, air-conditioned and non-airconditioned rooms depending on your budget. I decided to get non aircon rooms because usually we dont sleep in team buildings and if we do, its only just for a few hours.
Here's one room, we got one room with shower for Php 3500 with like 6 beds and 4 fans. (not bad huh?)
shores of pundakit
The bangka would cost around Php 1000-1500 for 5 pax (beware for bankeros na overpricing) That would be for 3 islands, ANAWANGIN, CAMARA, and CAPONES. Another great destination is the Nagsasa Island, if youre interested to visit this island the bagkero would ask you probably an additional P500
The Islands Camara island- nothing special, if your saving time, you can skip this island.hehe Capones- I liked capones island because of the rock formations that is so picture peeerrrffect!
Theres also a lighthouse at the top of the hill, but you need to hike to go there. Anawangin- White sand, pine trees, and the swamp. A lot of campers stay here and set up their tents.
*tip-from Pundakit, bring a lot of food or drinks because the prices in the island is more expensive since they transport the goods from Pundakit.
The beaches in Anawangin and Nagsasa became so popular for the past years and I just hope that the government would do its best to protect them.