Skip to toolbar

On the Edge of Paradise – Anawangin Cove, Zambales, Philippines

dsc1489.jpg

“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.” – Mary Davis

Tranquil, calm and beautiful. Three words that best describe Anawangin Cove, Zambales. No electricity, no fancy hotels, no phone reception- just you and the nature. It will literally free you from agitation of mind and spirit. It will allow you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Moreover, Anawangin Cove is a perfect package- the charming beach, the mountains, the river and the bustling forest, it is really the place for you to witness a thousand miracles.

DSC_0251

Anawangin is a cove with a white sand beach surrounded by low hills not too far from the shore. Anawangin Cove is located in San Antonio, Pundaquit, Zambales.

HOW TO GET THERE?

Travel agency

  • DLC Travel and Tours/ Clique Travel Services

We availed 2D1N Anawangin Tour for only P1,499.00.
PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:
*Manila-Zambales-Manila via Hi-Ace Van Aircondition Transport
*Tour to Anawangin
*Tour to Capones Island
*Sightseeing to Camara Island
*Trekking to Hilltop (Anawangin)
*Trekking to Lighthouse or Capones Whitesand (Capones)
*Environmental Fee
*Entrance Fee/Overnight Stay Fee
*Roundtrip Boat Transfer with Steward/ Bangkeros
*Assistant/Staff
*Tour Guides
*Set of Bonfire
*Tents
*Enough supply of ice
*Charcoal (Uling for Cooking)
*Grill, Caserole, Laddle, Palayok, Chopping Board, Knife
*Free Use of Camp Tables/ Chairs
*Distilled Water
*Free Drop By at Royal Subic Bay Duty Free
*Gas/Toll Fees/ Driver/ Driver Meals/ Accommodation
ALL IN TOUR PACKAGE NO HIDDEN CHARGES

Do it Yourself

  • From Baguio City:
  1. From the Terminal of Victory Liner- ask for a bus going to Olongapo. The fare is about ₱450.
  2. Upon arrival at Olongapo, ride a Victory Liner bus going to Iba or Sta Cruz. Both trips will pass by San Antonio. Travel time is about 2 hours.
  3. Drop off to San Antonio Public Market. You can buy your foods here for the whole stay at the cove.
  4. Ride a tricycle going to Pundaquit beach. The fare is ₱30 per person.
  5. From Pundaquit beach, hire a boat. A small boat can carry 5 to 6 persons which can be rented for ₱1,500 to ₱2,000. NOTE: Ask for a discount.
  • From Pasay, Cubao or Caloocan:
  1. From the Terminal of Victory Liner- ask for a bus going to Iba, Zambales. The fare is about ₱270. The travel time is 3.5 to 4 hours
  2. Drop off to San Antonio Public Market. You can buy your foods here for the whole stay at the cove.
  3. Ride a tricycle going to Pundaquit beach. The fare is ₱30 per person.
  4. From Pundaquit beach, hire a boat. A small boat can carry 5 to 6 persons which can be rented for ₱1,500 to ₱2,000. Big boats can carry 10 to 15 people which ca cost you ₱3,000- ₱4,000. NOTE: Ask for a discount.

Note: The entrance fee to the cove is ₱100 for overnight and ₱ 50 for daytour.

DSC_0157
Arrival at San Antonio, Zambales
DSC_0152
Pundaquit Beach

WHAT TO DO THERE?

  • Camping

The place where you can install tents is spacious, their camping area is covered by evergreen pine trees.
DSC_0176
Tents are provided by the travel agency, upon arrival, we set up our tent. We had the freedom to choose where to set it up. After that, we cooked food for lunch.

  • Beach Bumming

The beach is refreshing, it perfectly matches the hot weather. As for me, I submerged myself in the beach, I don’t mind being sunburned or “baka umitim ako lalo” since I was born “maitim” already and it will ruin the fun, I just want to enjoy the beach. (Haha!)
DSCF4913

  • Trekking

For you to see the panoramic view of Anawangin cove, you need to have a mini hike going to the peak of Mt. Anawangin. The hike is not hard, it’s just simple, but of course, tiring. It is a 20-minute or less trek.

DSC_0246
The majestic view after trekking Mt. Anawangin
  • Viewing the Sunset

Before the peaceful night awaits, wait for the sunset along the seashore.

  • Others:

Activities like Diving, Island Hopping to Capones or Camara, trekking the mountains of Pundaquit (4-6 hours) are some of the fun filled activities you can do in the cove.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

  1. No electricity.
  2. No cellphone signal.
  3. DON’T expect a luxurious travel experience. Everything you see and experience in the island is like a survival game, but an enjoyable one.
  4. ADVENTURE
  5. FUN

TIPS and NOTES:

  1. Explore the area. Don’t just stay in your tents. We explored the left most part of the island and this is what we saw:

DSCF4849
2. There are sari-sari store and swim gear rentals in the island but they have expensive prices. Better bring your own.
3. The people/ boatmen/ store owners are hospitable and trustworthy. There are also caretakers assigned to watch over the camping area whenever you are away for the beach activity or during night time.
4. Enjoy the Bonfire. Have some S’mores 🙂
_DSC1502
5. Take lots of photos for memories.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Food supply (you can buy in the San Antonio market)
  • Hydration
  • Spoon/Fork/Plate/Cup
  • Clothes
  • Swim Suits
  • Swim Gears
  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Travel Pillow/ Sleeping Bag
  • Camera (best is to bring an underwater camera)
  • Flashlight
  • Powerbank
  • Toiletries
  • Grill/ Charcoal/ Matches/ Items for cooking (it was provided since we availed a tour promo)
  • Plastic Bags for your garbage. REMEMBER: Leave nothing but footprints.

Anawangin is one of my favorite get-away places, it is totally lovely. I love how I witnessed the thousand miracles Anawangin Cove has to offer.

MORE PHOTOS:

_DSC1462
An island to pass by before reaching Anawangin
_DSC1468
Reaching the Anawangin Cove

When we visit a place, let us all adhere to the motto:
“Take nothing but pictures. Kill nothing but time. Leave nothing but footprints.”
If you have questions, ask me and feel free to leave comment in the comment box.
Thank you for reading, please check my other blog entries too!

About the author

Aspiring to travel as much as she aspires to pursue her dreams, Hannah is fascinated with planned adventures and shares tidbits of her travel experiences and photographs on this website. Outside of travel, she mastered finishing an entire season of a TV series in one go or replenishes her soul by indulging herself in reading well-written novels and substantial non-fiction books.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *