Did I actually expect bus schedule will be followed during peak season? Spoiler alert - there was no bus at the terminal. The dispatcher at Victory Liner Cubao couldn't give an ETA. But let me just cut the story short. We found a different bus, took a longer route and still managed to reach our destination - Candelaria, Zambales.
Tita teacher guided us to the jeepney stop going to Candelaria
We stayed at Isla Vista Resort in Brgy Uacon. It's quite old and dated but very affordable. We only needed a place to sleep and put our stuff. So this works.
Resort is facing west so I was anticipating beautiful sunset. I was not disappointed. Thanks Zambales.
No Jhell, sunrise is on the other side ;p
The resort has their own outrigger that took us to Potipot Island which was only about 10 minutes (or less) from Isla Vista.
Swimming was cut short because sister Jani accidentally stepped on a sea urchin. We all panicked!
Jani had difficulty in walking so we all just sat there under the trees shade for about couple of hours which was actually very nice and relaxing. Talk about beach bummin.
What we paid for:
>Bus fare ~ I dont remember sorry but I think it was around 450php (Cubao to Sta. Cruz, Zambales)
>Jeepney fare 13php (Sta. Cruz to Uacon Candelaria)
>Tricycle ride ~ also can't remember
> Room for 4 pax 5000php for 2 nights
> boat ride to and from Potipot Island 400php
> food ~ spent a lot! The prices at their restaurant is quite steep, from 95php for breakfast meal to almost 200php per entrée; almost 300php for seafood yummeh stuff ~ except for breakfast meal, they're all for sharing
> Mangoes! 60php per kilo :)
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