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Zambales is a province in the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is Iba, which is located in the middle of the province. Zambales borders Pangasinan to the north and northeast, Tarlac to the east, Pampanga to the southeast, Bataan to the south, and the West Philippines Sea to the west.

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1 - Lake Pinatubo

Lake Pinatubo is the summit crater lake of Mount Pinatubo formed after its climactic eruption on June 15, 1991. The lake is located in Botolan, Zambales, near the boundaries of Pampanga and Tarlac provinces in the Philippines.

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2 - Mount Tapulao

Mount Tapulao is the highest mountain in the Zambales Mountain Range and in the province of Zambales in the Philippines. The peak, which rise to an elevation of 2,037 metres above sea level, and it is located in the municipality of Palauig, Zambales.

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3 - Iba

Iba, officially the Municipality of Iba, is a 2nd class municipality and capital of the province of Zambales, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 50,506 people.

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4 - Mt Pinatubo

Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano in the Zambales Mountains, located on the tripoint boundary of the Philippine provinces of Zambales, Tarlac and Pampanga, all in Central Luzon on the northern island of Luzon.

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Zambales is a province of the Philippines located in the western part of the island of Luzon in the region of Central Luzon. The capital of the province is the city of Iba. The region's natural attractions such as white sand beaches, creeks, islands, and famous mountains make the tourism industry very important for the economy of the region.

The region is best known for its mountain range, The Zambales Mountains, which stretch for 120 square miles (300 square km). The Zambales Mountains culminate at the High Peak (2,037 meters above sea level) but Mount Pinatubo is the most popular in this mountainous region, whose 1991 eruption killed many people and was the second most powerful of the 20th century. It is the center of many excursions. Today it has interesting landscapes covered with volcanic mud and the center of attraction is its beautiful crater lake whose waters change to green, green-blue, or blue depending on the season and temperature. It is considered a very popular trekking destination in Zambales.

Potipot Island is a must-see in Zambales, it is a small island with a fine white sandy beach and crystal clear waters. The island has many trees that provide good shade for camping sites. There are no resorts on the island, but you can find a few cottages there. It is a paradise island for beach lovers who want to stay away from the rush of the city. Anawangin Cove is another famous campground in the province. It is a beautiful crescent-shaped cove with Agoho trees and mountains forming a beautiful landscape. Swimming, hiking, camping, stargazing, and campfires are fun activities to do here. 

For water activities like diving or kayaking, Crystal Beach Resort is a very popular beach, especially for its big waves that bring surfers from all around.

Zambales is a region that brings you closer to nature, you will be able to admire a variety of different landscapes, from the paradisiacal beaches, to caves, to the mountains, you will see all the facets of Zambales.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Zambales

Which cities should I not miss during my trip to Zambales?

Zambales is a big region with a lot of things to discover, there are some cities that you should not miss during your stay like Iba, the capital of the region, the bay of Subic, and the volcano and mountains of Bolotan.

There are different buses that leave from Manila to the Zambales region every day and this is the cheapest option.
Take the Victory Liner buses from Manila and look for the terminals closest to you. The most popular ones are Cubao, Quezon City, or Pasay City. It will take you about 4 hours to get there.

The fastest way to travel between Manila and Zambales is by cab. Traveling by cab, you will reach your destination in 3h. 

From November to May is the dry season when it is pleasant to do tourism and practice all kinds of sports and water activities. 
April and May are the peak summer seasons, which leads to a lot of crowds.
The wet season runs from May to October. It is not the most pleasant weather-wise, but it is the least touristy, so there will be fewer crowds and prices will be more affordable.

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