Thursday, January 31, 2013

Experience Anawangin Cove of Zambales

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Zambales has a lot of beautiful islands and coves... and Anawangin Cove is one of them. Despite of being turned as an almost commercialize site, Anawangin is still recommendable for those who wanted to go out of town and have an amazing nature trip.

Big waves were hitting our boat
How to get there?
Take the victory bus either in Cubao or Caloocan  and tell the bus conductor to drop you off at San Antonio. Travel time is 4-5 hours so don't forget to bring your music gears just in case you get bored during the travel. From there take a tricycle to Pundaquit and the jump off point going to Anawangin (15 pesos per head) and then look for boat that will bring to the cove. Be very picky in this part. Get a boatman that will cost you less. The standard rate for a boat that could ride 4-5 person is around 1,800 pesos (back and forth plus island hop on Capones island)

Enjoying the water
The boat ride trip to the island take 15-20 mins. You will be amazed by the view in this boat ride. You'll pass through  lots of rock formations and deserted islands which will make your shutter button crazy if you have camera with you.

As you hop in the island, you can breathe in the freshest air, experience a crystal clear water and see lots of pine trees in the area. Yes, there are pine trees which is a good niche to take pictures on aside from the beach side.

Anna, a friend of mine enjoying the sun (photo from Gladys Dizon)
Amenities
There is no hotel in the island. If you are planning to stay overnight you can bring your tent or just rent it from there. With regards to food, I suggest to bring your own. There is a market in San Antonio. Buy your food there instead in the island itself. Reason why is, the food in the island cost big time and stores there are unpredictable if they will be open or not on the day of your visit. Bathrooms/restrooms are available in the island. Just don't expect much but it is decent enough.

Souvenir shops and tent rentals are available in the island
My batchmates in Adamson University
Just plain happiness
There are bunch of beautiful spots in the island. So don't just sit while you are there. Move and explore the whole island. If you're not sure where to go. Talk to locals and ask for some tips and suggestions.

A small body of water behind the campsite
View in the other side of the cove
Trek uphill to see Anawangin Cove in Bird's eye view
Anawangin is a fascinating place so just relax and enjoy while you are there.


Breakdown of Budget:
Bus Fare (MNL - San Antonio, roundtrip) - 530 pesos
Tricycle (going to Pundaquit, roundtrip) - 60 pesos
Boat Rental (to Anawangin Cove, good for 5-8 pax) - 1,500 pesos (includes island hopping)
Overnight Fee - 100 pesos
Food - ***
Tent - ***

Me and Pepay back in 2010, still friends back then. I didn't know we had a photo like this. Good thing I browsed Gladys FB album of this Anawangin trip. Please don't be mad Baby ko 'coz I posted this (photo from Gladys Dizon).

18 comments:

  1. Nice post! This is one of the places I wanted to go to. :)

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    1. Plan and go! you'll never regret visiting this place.

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  2. May you have more places to share in your blog... thanks for a detailed tips for an Anawangin trip!

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    1. Welcome po and thank you for the kind words.
      Yup! More blog post to come :]

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  3. 5-8 PERSONS n ung boat? mura dn pala. :)

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    1. Yup, mas marami kayo mas makakatipid po :]

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  4. If were bringing our car San kmi pwd mag park?

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    1. There's a parking space in Pundaquit (Pundaquit is the jump off point going to Anawangin). Fee ranges from 100-200 pesos. Lambingin nyo nalang yung nagbabantay dun para mas maging tutok siya sa sasakyan nyo. :]

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    2. Thank you so much :)

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  5. Balak namin pumunta ng misis ko kasama ng 10yo daughter namin.. safe ba ksama ang bata magcamping dun? May byad ba ang bata? Thanks

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    1. yup may bayad po ang bata kaso di ko po sure yung age range ng free at yung with pay pagbata.

      Yup, safe naman po magcamp sa Anawangin plus for sure mageenjoy ang anak nyo sa trip na to ;]

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  6. hello Geejay.. dati ko pa gusto pumunta dito. niyaya na nga ako ng boyfriend ko kaso hindi kami natuloy. pero this time aayain ko sya para ituloy na. ask ko lang about sa expenses. kadalasan kasi group ang nagpupunta dito. advisable din ba na kahit dalawa lang kami pumunta is okey pa din? I mean in terms of transportation, rent ng boat, overnight??

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    1. Hi! yup ok pumunta dito kahit dalawa lang kayo. Pero siyempre mas mahal ang bayad sa rent ng boat kasi 2 lang kayo na maghahati. Overnight, wala ding problema for as long as na ready kayo like flashlights, etc...

      Note: make sure nyo lang na maganda ang panahon. Never take risk pag may bagyo or kahit LPA palang. Mahirap po makipagsapalaran sa alon.

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  7. Sir Geejay. tatanong ko lng po kung dun na po ba sa pundaquit mag rerent ng boat? o kaylangan po namin ng contact bago po pumunta don? Thanks. btw we are in the group of 8 pax.

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    1. Geejay nalang po. :] On your question, Yup, pwede na kayo mag walk-in sa Pundaquit kahit wala kayong contact. Marami namang bangkero dun pati di naman peak season kaya for sure may makukuha kayo na pwedeng magdala senyo sa Anawangin. Hanap lang kayo ng malaki-laking bangka para di nyo na kailangan magrent ng 2 boats.

      God bless and have a safe trip!

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  8. hello kuya geejay ask ko lang po kc mag isa lang akong pupunta sa san antonio may flight sched na aq ask ko lng may mga travel agency po ba dun na pwidi ako mkpagbook pagdating ko para ma ijoin nila aq sa group tour?wala po kc qng idea qng panu ako makapagtour duon kc mag isa lang ako please advice thanks


    ella

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    1. To be honest po Anon, I have no idea po on your question. Di ko po alam kung may mga agencies na pwedeng pagbook-an to tour you on the islands of Zambales. But what I've noticed sa pangpang na kinukuhaan ng bangka, is may mga small groups dun na nagaantay ng other small groups para sabay sabay silang magtour. Pero swertihan lang po yun kung may makakasabay. There's no guarantee na may makakasabay. Ayun po

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