Side trips from Manila: Potipot, Zambales

It would take you about 5 hours to get here by car, however due to the new highway that was built. I heard that it only takes 3 hours to get here to Zambales now. If you’re looking for a place that has a great beach near Manila. Here’s the place for you. Normally people from Manila would go towards Batangas and or Laguna, but I like to head towards the north because I noticed that there is a lot more to discover towards the north. Actually Antipolo I heard is also a good place to drive to with great beaches.


We stayed here at Potipot Gateway resort in Candelaria, Its pretty spacious since we were only two and I’m pretty sure that there was enough room for more people. We had a good stay despite the rainy weather. We arrived here at around 12mdnight but they still accommodated us. They also had wifi per area so It was very convenient.

SONY DSCSONY DSCSo the reason why it is called the Potipot Gateway is because it is a gateway to Potipot Island. They provide a speed boat to get to this beautiful small island and you could request them to bring you there anytime. You could also ask the resort to prepare you lunch at the island.

This island was so beautiful with very fine sand. Different from Boracay or Palawan but still very beautiful and worth the trip to go to. If you have time, you should check out the resort and the island. For busy and adventurous people, here’s another day trip for you around the Philippines.

SONY DSCEnjoy some sun! It will be worth it to come here.

7 responses to “Side trips from Manila: Potipot, Zambales”

  1. Nice photos πŸ™‚ err would you be able to provide the rates or perhaps an estimated budget for an overnight trip to this resort? Now that i’ve read your post, I think that’d make for a good weekend getaway from the city

    1. lenathebackpackingballerina Avatar

      Hi it was about 2900 per night for a room good for 2-4 persons. We got the room at the second floor beach front log house. Its also 350 per person for the tour and island hopping. You can check their website and contact them on hope that this helped.

      1. Thanks thanks πŸ™‚ will definitely check it out :))

  2. Is that what they call ‘head over heels?’

    1. lenathebackpackingballerina Avatar

      What is?

      1. bending like that πŸ™‚

      2. lenathebackpackingballerina Avatar

        Not sure? :)) doubt it.

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