“There’s an earthquake!” I heard a girl panicking as she felt a sudden shake from where she was standing.
“It’s just me guys.” I replied hastily to calm her down and show that it was just my legs that were trembling which produced the sudden movement. I was on top of the lighthouse in Capones Island during our Zambales Trip, literally.
They were also wondering where the voice came from as they couldn’t see my face. One of the men in charge of the lighthouse pointed his finger towards me to reassure the girl that there was no natural calamity happening at the time.
We were trekking after a photo op with golden cogon grasses in the island of Capones in order to see the lighthouse as this has been a famous landmark which my companions wanted to visit since they’ve never reached the tower.
The sun was scorching hot and it didn’t help that I didn’t bring any sunblock with me – a thought I regretted later on when after the trip, a simple twitch was agonizing because of how burnt my skin was.
Rummaging through trees and bushes to get to the lighthouse, I was happy that there was already a trail left by other travelers so it wasn’t so difficult for us to get by.
Ruins of Capones
We were welcomed by a gate which gave me flashbacks of ‘The Adams Family’ or those Hollywood flicks wherein protagonists would have to enter in order to defeat a dark lord and finally get rid of a curse that’s been plaguing them from the beginning of the story – seriously, I should stop watching B-rated movies.
It did not help that the ruins at the base of the lighthouse gave an eerie effect especially with broken shards and glasses that were left to deteriorate.
The tower was the only structure that was renovated and replaced with a modern set-up in order to serve its purpose; to steer seafarers that a body of land is nearby.
The houses, probably where the caretakers lived, were left to decay in their natural form. One of the things I found fascinating are the red bricks used to construct these houses. Beautiful how they give a contrasting view of the green and blue background.
On Top of the Capones Lighthouse
We went up the tower using the stairs. Some parts were wobbly due to lack of pillars but they still seemed sturdy knowing how many tourists were also climbing their way up and down.
When we reached the top, the lighthouse gave us a scenic 360-degree view of the island and the waters; breathtaking to say the least.
When I found out that there’s another ladder to the roof from where we were already standing, I asked one of the guides if I could climb up. When he gave the go signal, I immediately went for it and had my photo taken at the highest peak of this beautiful island.
What made the situation crazier was how I managed to stand on my feet, and still felt like everything was okay when in reality, it wasn’t. My knees were shaking badly that I even caused other people to worry. What if I lost balance because of the strong winds?
Nevertheless, it was another one of these attempts to find something exciting to do while going out on an adventure trip in this part of the country. By the way, what I did is not recommended, just to clarify things out.
I stooped down in order to get off the roof. After a few more photos, we finally descended back to the shore. We advised our boatman that we’ll be gone for a few minutes but it turned out to be more than an hour considering all the things we did. I was too careless to notice that the boatman didn’t have any shade so he was there under the heat of the sun for a period of time. But he didn’t complain. He must’ve been relieved when it was us he saw going down.
Capones Rock Formations
Our last stop was the other part of the island so we could sit down and have lunch on the beach. We still had grilled fish from the night before in Nagsasa Cove, plus some bread and crackers. We were happy that we bought a pack of hotdog as it was more than enough to keep us full in the next few hours. Only dilemma at the time was our liquid as we only had a liter of water (or soda) left. We were still able to manage our intake, I think.
Most of the tourists took cover underneath the big rock because of the sun except for a few foreigners who were enjoying the rays. We managed to strike a conversation by offering our chips to which they gladly accepted. They were foreign exchange students from France who stopped by Zambales to take a break from school.
A bright and sunny day at the beach is what I needed prior to our Sagada trip the next month.
I arrived in Capones Island with no expectations, no idea even, of a lighthouse. But this island took me by surprise. I still have yet to write articles about the other destinations that we visited (Anawangin Cove and Nagsasa Cove) but knowing that I wrote about this one first just shows how interesting it was for me.
I guess it’s because of golden cogon grasses, standing on top of the lighthouse and the rock formations. Or maybe because this is where I got all my sunburn which left me in pain for about a week? Me and my masochistic tendencies.
All in all, I wouldn’t have had a swell time if it weren’t for Anton and Teresa whom we just met in Zambales. This trip was truly worth it especially for how much we spent. Will talk about expenses soon.
Our guide’s contact number:
0920 222 4687 – look for Mang Johnny
Side Note: Just for laughs as what I always try to put in my posts. There was a well on the base of the lighthouse which spooked me out. I’m a fan of ‘The Ring’ which means I haven’t watched the movie in its full form because of being too much of a scaredy cat. Was trying to emulate the famous “Sadako” pose but it didn’t work out as planned. I’m thinking it’s because of the hair. hehe.
The well was murky and full of algae. It got me thinking though, what if somebody was truly inside and grabbed my feet while doing this pose? – again, I’ve been watching too many movies.
Check out articles about my Zambales adventure trip here:
- Zambales Trip: Anawangin Cove, Nagsasa Cove and Capones Island
- Zambales Trip: An Afternoon Nap Under Pine Trees in Anawangin Cove
- Zambales Trip: Exploring Anawangin Cove
- Zambales Trip: Morning Jog in Nagsasa Cove
- Zambales Trip: Cooking and Camping in Nagsasa Cove
- Zambales Trip: Golden Cogon Grasses in the Island of Capones
- Zambales Trip: Standing on Top of the Lighthouse in Capones Island
- Total Budget Expense in Anawangin, Nagsasa and Capones in Zambales
- Tips and Things to Know about Anawangin, Nagsasa and Capones in Zambales
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