Sampaloc Cove: A Hidden Paradise of Zambales

Sampaloc Cove is not well known compared to its neighboring coves such as Silanguin, Anawangin, Talisayin, and Nagsasa due to its remoteness when traveling by boat from Barangay Pundaquit in San Antonio Zambales. From Subic Bay, Sampaloc Point can also be reached by boat in almost the same travel time from Pundaquit. Often, it really depends on the speed of the Banca.

Sampaloc Cove Redondo Peninsula
Nice view overlooking West Philippine Sea

We visited this place out of curiosity. A member of the group always opens up Sampaloc Point each time we plan for a weekend getaway. There are only limited pictures of the place on the internet that is why we were hesitant to go. Our jump off was at Driftwood Beach in Barrio Barretto Olongapo City. It was a one and a half hour travel to the cove; long ride but worth it.

Sampaloc Cove Subic
The cove less visited in Zambales
The cove hasn't been developed; isolation and remoteness are evident as we approach the shore. There were nipa huts but none of them was occupied. Coconut and Agoho trees were beautifully standing that serve as shade. We then started to enjoy the turquoise water of the beach, swimming was desirable because of the serene water. The beach was sandy but the shore was a mixture of pebbles and shingles which make the water clear. Pebbles are heavier to be pushed by waves to create cloudy water. Snorkeling on its marine sanctuary is also a good activity and of course fishing! There are three waterfalls in the area to be explored; we visited two of them and the trail was a fifteen-minute walk. If you plan to stay overnight, camping is the only option. The night will be perfect for stargazing under a cloudless sky. Bonfire is also a must-try!

Sampaloc Cove Subic Zambales
The calm water of Sampaloc Point
Sampaloc Cove Waterfalls
Trekking to the waterfalls
Our day tour was not enough to enjoy the beauty of this cove. We didn't have the time to climb its mountains to enjoy the view from the top. If I have the chance to come back I will definitely bring enough food, camping gear, hike its mountains, and visit the third waterfalls of this beautiful place.

Sampaloc Cove Falls
One of the waterfalls of Sampaloc Point

Things To Do in Sampaloc Cove

  • Snorkeling - Bring your own snorkeling gear.
  • Visit the waterfalls - a guide is needed.
  • Fishing - bring your own fishing rod.
  • Explore the mountains - you'll need a guide to do this.
  • Camping under the Agoho trees.
  • Photography with a beautiful backdrop.
  • Swim, swim, swim!

How To Get to Sampaloc Cove:

From Olongapo City ride a blue jeep going to San Marcelino.  You will have to stop at Driftwood Beach across 164 Police Station. You may also go to Baloy; there are boat rentals there as well. You will have to pay Php 3,000 pesos for a day tour but they also offer an hourly rate for as low as Php 300 pesos. I've heard you can get a day tour for Php 2,500 so use your charm. For more information contact Kuya Popoy at   +639295691752.

Map of Sampaloc Beach 

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