Thursday, February 11, 2016

Byaheng Zambales: Anawangin Cove

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. - T. S. Eliot

Your travel blogger is now on the verge of exploring Zambales for the first time. I have been searching for places that would be a new adventure for me and  I was in a quest of a unique insight and exposure. I came across an image of Anawangin Cove in Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales.

I got curious on how to reach this beautiful island and after several researches, I was ready to disembark from my comfort zone.

How to get to Zambales:

* If you are on a private vehicle, take a 4 hour road trip from Manila to Zambales, passing through Olonggapo City to the town called San Antonio. A "must need to do" once you arrived in the center of the town is to look for their market near the plaza to buy food to cook in the island if you are planning to stay overnight in Anawangin / Nagsasa Cove.
From there, You go straight to barangay Pundaquit, San Antonio for your bangka that will give you a ride towards the coves.

  • If you will be commuting from Manila, you can ride a Victory liner bus to Iba, Zambales, from there take a tricycle that will send you to San Antonio.

*** Tip before going to Anawangin Cove /  Nagsasa Cove - be sure to have a contact person from Pundaquit that will give you a package of the overnight camp to the island and most importantly for you to ask for updates regarding the weather, as sea conditions may change without forecast and may hinder you from pushing through with the island hopping which is really a great disappointment if you have traveled a long way just to get there.

  • My contacts from PUNDAQUIT:  For reservations and overnight package 
1. Nora's Beach Resort: You may look for ate Nancy
Globe #: 0977-812-5506
Smart #: 0918-278-8188
Facebook page: norasbeachresort9
2. Shella Soliman Globe #: 0927-268-4714
            ( She accepts package tour minimum of 5 pax for Php 750/ head) 
Package Inclusions:

Boat ride to Anawangin cove and Nagsasa cove,tent, charcoal,
  drinking water, ice, cooking utensils  and entrance fees to the islands

A 15- 20 minute boat ride from Pundaquit will lead you to the exquisite island of Anawangin cove. You will be reminded of a perfect masterpiece by just looking at the scenery. The cove is perfectly fit for an overnight camp as campsites are impeccably situated in the center of the beautiful pine trees and restrooms are also accessible.

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