My First Trip to Anawangin Cove

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Back when I was in grade school, we annually had a camping trip in our school's farm. I remember learning how to start a fire, knotting, how to manually cook rice, etc. I even remember bringing canned pork and beans (the ultimate canned camping food! Haha!) and forcing myself to like it because it looked good... Yep, that's just me being weird. Honestly, I already forgot most of the things that I learned in camping (oops). If you're the type of person who doesn't mind sleeping in a tent and having no mobile signal, then Anawangin is a place you must visit. If not, you can stay at Pundaquit and take a day trip to Anawangin/Capones/Nagasasa Cove instead.

How to go to Anawangin?

You can ride a Victory Liner bus going to Iba, Zambales.

From Pasay Terminal - Php357 (via Sfdo) or Php384 (via SCTEX)
From Cubao Terminal - Php347 (via Sfdo) or Php375 (via SCTEX)

Let the driver/conductor know that you'll get off at San Antonio Public Market. From San Antonio Public Market, ride a tricycle to Pundaquit. This would cost around Php30/person. Once you reach Pundaquit, you can ride a boat going to Anawangin or Nagsasa Cove. You can also go trekking to Anawangin Cove which would take around 4-5 hours according to our tour guide.

Met up at Eton Centris

If you are a big group, you may opt to hire a van instead. You'll most likely shell out around Php1,000 per person which is not that bad since total costs for transportation (via bus and tricycle) will cost you roughly around Php800 (round-trip). By adding a hundred or two, you have the luxury of stopping over anytime, anywhere. Plus, no hassle of transferring from bus to tricycle.

Est. travel time: 4 hours

Day 1 (Saturday)


Pundaquit Island

We left Manila at around 1:30AM and arrived in Pundaquit at around 5:30AM. We arrived a bit too early so we had to wait for awhile for the boat that would take us to Anawangin.





Upon arrival to Anawangin, there was a miscommunication between our tour guide and the person in-charge in the camping site. Apparently, our tour guide already reserved and paid a slot for us but the person-in-charge gave it to someone else. So, we ended up moving our tent three times.



Time's slow when you're in the beach. We spent the whole morning and afternoon playing cards and swimming (though the water was quite rough).



We were told that we would either go island hopping by 3PM (and go hiking the next day) or go hiking at around 5PM (and go island hopping the next day). It all depends if the boat will arrive. We ended up hiking at around 5:30PM which I think was a better choice because we ended up witnessing the sunset on top!





We didn't have any hiking shoes with us so we all went up wearing slippers. It was tiring (and hard) but seeing this view was worth the struggle!


Campfire! The night was spent drinking and talking. It was full moon that night but too bad the stars decided to hide. Haha!

Day 2 (Sunday a.k.a our last day)

I didn't bring a sleeping bag with me so I wasn't able to sleep quite peacefully (way to go, self!). We woke up pretty early because we had to leave Anawangin by 8AM to go island hopping.

Capones Island




Spent the whole morning swimming and snorkeling! Hence, my skin color. Hahaha! Our tour to the light house was cancelled since our tour guide and boat man had a quarrel. We tried to get a discount since we weren't able to visit the light house but, oh well.


So, after Capones Island, we headed straight to Pundaquit where we ate our lunch, took a bath, and rode the van going back to Manila. It was a great way to spend the weekend!

Our travel tour to Anawangin was c/o Bakasyonista. Although there were quite a few mishaps during our trip, I'd like to believe that it was something that was beyond their control. Due to what happened, they treated us with two bottle of beers (which we drank during night time) and free use of goggles during our trip to Capones. Plus points for their food, too!

Photos c/o me, Froi, and Bec

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