I researched for Pundaquit accommodation two weeks before our family’s trip to the islands and coves of Zambales. Of all the resorts listed in the site, I found Wild Rose Beach Inn good enough to accommodate our family. My parents always have a requirement when our family goes out of town: rooms should have its own bathrooms and if possible, should be air conditioned. A swimming pool is a plus because we love night swimming.

We arrived in Pundaquit at 4 in the afternoon and immediately checked-in at Wild Rose Beach Inn. We were welcomed by the owner, Mama Tess, who talks endlessly. She assigned two rooms for us, exactly what I have reserved in our telephone and email conversations. The rooms were air conditioned, had linens and attached bathrooms. Towels and toiletries were not provided. It may be small but we did not really care as we were more excited to jump into the pool and enjoy the weekend.

I arranged for three meals when I made the reservation. They prepared packed lunch for Sunday because I wanted us to have lunch in Nagsasa, the farthest cove from Pundaquit beach. Meals were on time except for the Sunday breakfast. We had Fried Tilapia and Pakbet for Saturday evening, Tosilog for Sunday morning, and Adobong Sitaw and Fried Tanigue for Sunday lunch. Just regular meals.

All went well with Mama Tess, the owner, except for the boat arrangement. I did not include the boat rental when I confirmed our reservation. Sunday morning came and she insisted that we go with the boatman she talked with when we arrived; she wanted to go with us to Nagsasa. When she learned that we directly negotiated with Kuya Mike Bactad Saturday afternoon, she immediately told us stories of boatmen leaving their passengers on the coves, alcoholic boatmen sailing on open sea leading to accidents, and that still missing person who got lost in Anawangin. When she sensed that we have not been discouraged, she admitted that resorts, or maybe her resort, get commission from boat rentals. She claims that what she get from the boatmen goes directly to her staff as tips. We let her finish her stories, then left and headed straight to Kuya Mike’s place along the beach.

We had peace and quiet during our half day tour and found no problems with Kuya Mike’s friendly crew. Mama Tess was surprisingly silent when we came back at around 1 in the afternoon.

There was never really a problem during our stay at Wild Rose Beach Inn. We had fun on Saturday night! Although next time, I will surely head straight to one of the coves and camp there overnight.

 

Mike Bactad (boatman) – 0928 340 5136 / 0927 780 1312