Sunday, July 1, 2012

Review: Canoe Beach Resort in Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales

Canoe Beach Resort is where we stayed in San Antonio, Zambales the night before we hop to Anawangin Cove. Located along the beach of Barangay Pundaquit, it is one of the most popular resorts in the area. As the receptionist told us, they are often fully booked on weekends and almost every day during summer season.

 Cafe Pundakit

Canoe Beach Resort is not exactly a budget place to crash in, though it is not too expensive compared to other classier accommodations in Pundaquit. We stayed in their airconditioned beachfront room with a rate of P1,500/night. It has one double bed, a private bath/comfort room, a ceiling fan and a bedside lamp. It is not really a beachfront room as the view of the beach is actually obstructed by native huts and a bamboo fence. For me, the room is a little overpriced as the building where it is located is a bit run-down and the room is not that spacious. It doesn’t even have a closet to properly hang our clothes. The room also has no TV which I really don’t mind as it was the beach and the coves which we came here for. Toiletries only include two small bars of bath soap and a roll of tissue but we were also given two towels when we asked for it from the reception area.

 Swimming pool and the pool side rooms

Cafe Pundakit's menu

Our room is only a few steps away from the swimming pool where we went for a relaxing dip the night we arrived and after coming back from exploring Anawangin Cove the next day. Beside the pool is CafĂ© Pundakit, the resort’s bar and restaurant. The restaurant serves a variety of food choices with prices ranging from 70.00 to P200.00 pesos. We sampled their fish sinigang, honey chili chicken and lechon kawali and I can say that they all taste good. Servings are generous and one dish is already enough for 2-3 persons.  

 Lechon Kawali--mouthwatering...

If you want to go island hopping to Camara, Campones, Anawangin and Nagsasa, the resort may contact a boatman for you. Or if you want, you may just walk to the beach where you can find plenty of boats docked and negotiate directly with its owners. They have a standard fare matrix for island hopping so you can be assured that you will not be rip off.

 Standard boat fares for island hopping

Overall, we had a pleasant stay in Canoe Beach Resort. One thing I like about this resort is that their in-charge replied promptly to my email and text inquiries.  My booking was confirmed even though I wasn’t able to deposit a 50% down payment because my hometown don’t have a BPI Savings Bank branch. They also allowed us to check out at 12 noon or an hour later than their regular check out time of 11:00 am. Take note though that the resort don’t accept credit card payment so make sure to bring enough cash. 

 A view of the Pundaquit mountains from the resort.

*Getting there: From the town proper of San Antonio, hire a motorcycle to take you directly to the resort. Fare is around 60-80 pesos (good for 2 persons) depending on your negotiation, Travel time is about 15 minutes.

Room Rates:

Aircon Rooms Rates    
4 pax room (12 rooms) Pool Area - P2,200.00
2 pax room (3 rooms) Pool Area - P1,800.00
2 pax room (7 rooms) Beachfront - P1,500.00
10 pax room (Dorm type) Beachfront - P4,000.00

Non-Aircon Rooms / Fan Rooms Rates    
4 pax room (4 rooms) Beachfront - P1,500.00
4 pax room (1 room) Pool area - P1,500.00
2 pax room (1 room) Pool area - P1,200.00

Contact Information
Canoe Beach Resort
Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales, Philippines.

Manila Office:

52-A Magsaysay Road Brgy. San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines
Telephone: (63.2) 8683361
Telefax: (63.2) 8683360
Mobile: (63)9393740737(Resort) (63)9228724578(Reservations)


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  1. Lechon Kawali! sarap!! :) Love q ung last photo.. :)

  2. Great picture are here. I will make plane for next tour to this great and beautiful city with family. Can tell, who long to stay here like to see mostly attractive places

  3. Zambales! Nakakamiss naman dito! :) Thanks for sharing this and I appreciate all good shots! :) - Carol @ Beach Resort Philippines

  4. Most people are driving crazy in all there might just to get an income of outcomes. Forgetting to enjoy one selves, for the reason that more awakes on it. That's why they dragged them selves to a resort to make their feelings relaxed and enjoy every moment that they never felt when they are in work. Life is worth enjoying, how can you enjoy if your always getting rid of your work?.

  5. Canoe beach resort, maganda yung lugar, malinis, white sand....problema kulang ng CR, walang security, walang lifeguard,unsafe para sa mga bata, walang safety net sa around swimming area

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  7. Pwede po b kumain sa Cafe Pundakit kahit di nka check in sa Canoe? thanks po

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  9. These pictures of the resort are very beautiful. It is looking very beautiful place. Thanks for sharing the post.


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