Wreck Diving Capital of the Philippines. Gifted with natural beauty of its surroundings, it has been touched by modern civilization yet has maintained its rustic glory and beauty. The Zambales coastline is known for its gray sandy beaches and deep blue sea teaming with coral reefs. Mt. Pinatubo, world-famous for its 1991 eruption, is found in the town of Botolan. Visit Zambales during their annual Mango festival to have a taste of their sweet mangoes.
With a land area of 3,700 km, Zambales is the second largest among the six provinces of Central Luzon. With 173 kilometers of beaches and about 3 to 4 hour drive from Manila, it is a popular destination for people who wants some quick escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Zambales is more accessible now with the finished SCTEx, the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway. SCTEx is a 94-kilometer four-lane expressway where its southern terminus is at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales. It passes through the interchange with the North Luzon Expressway near the Clark Special Economic Zone in Angeles City, and its northern terminus is at the Central Techno Park in Tarlac City, Tarlac. Travel time from Clark to Subic is about 30-45 minutes, so it cuts the road trip to Zambales by about 1-1.5 hours shorter.