Travel Guide: Anawangin Cove

The eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 changed the landscape of Central Luzon, and among the changes is the emergence of a secluded cove dotted with Agoho trees on ash and sand mixture – the Anawangin Cove.

Anawangin Cove is in the province of Zambales, facing the South China Sea. It can be reached via half an hour boat ride from Barangay Pundaquit or San Miguel in San Antonio, Zambales or via a four to six hours trek of Mt. Pundaquit.

Anawangin

It used to be mountaineers’ secret getaway after a climb,  but today it is a secret no more. The cove is now a famous camping site of tourists from all walks-of-life.

The placid stream that flows directly to the roaring South China Sea is a sight to behold. Through the years, the hidden cove has maintained its beauty and serenity that can be attributed to its remoteness.

Experience a back-to-basic living and fall in love in this secluded cove. With no electricity and mobile signal, Anawangin is your perfect getaway.

How to Get There:

By Land

To get there, one must go to Barangay San Miguel or Pundaquit, in San Antionio, Zambales where a banca to Anawangin can be rented for P1500.00, round trip. It is a 40-45 minutes boat ride.

To go to Pundaquit, ride a bus bound to Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Victory Lines has scheduled trips to those destinations. Tell the driver to drop you off at San Antonio. If you are coming from their terminal in Sampaloc, it will cost you around P270.00 , don’t forget to tell the cashier that you are up to San Antonio only, or they will charge you the full fare to its destination. Travel time is around 3 to 4 hours via NLEX.

From San Antonio, ride a tricycle to Barangay San Miguel or Pundaquit, standard rate is P30.0o per passenger, you may opt to add some tip since it is quite far.

By Air/Water

By ferry, take a Mt. Samat Express (Contact No: 551-5290) ferry ride to Subic in CCP (~P250.00 – P300.00) or the Supercat from Mall of Asia (P300.00) . It is an hour ferry ride to Orion Bataan. From there catch a bus to Subic for another hour or less and then a bus to Iba, Zambales, passing to San Antonio.

By air, charter an aircraft to International Subic Airport, Castillejos Airstrip, or to Iba Local Airport.

Where to Stay:

Since there are no commercial establishments in this island, you may bring a tent or camping equipments (plus foods and drinking water) if you are planning to stay there overnight. Just tell the boatman your planned date and time of return to San Miguel/Pundaquit.

If you are not into camping, you can have a day trip in Anawangin and stay overnight in Pundaquit where numerous hotels and restaurants can be found. You can have a room for as low as P1000.00. For Lakwatsero’s compilation of hotels in Barangay Pundaquit click here:

Activities:

  • Camping
  • Trek to Mt. Pundaquit
  • Swimming
  • Photography
  • Surfing (Bring your own board if you will be surfing in Anawangin, otherwise you can surf in the nearby Crystal Beach with surfing equipments for rent)
  • Skimboarding (Bring your own skim board)
  • Island and Beach Hopping in Camara, Capones amd the nearby Nagsasa Cove, Capones Island, Camara Island, Talisayen Cove and Silanguin Cove
  • Trek to Capones Lighthouse

Tips

Since this area is facing the open waters of the South China Sea, the water is generally rough any time of the year specially during afternoon. Alternatively you can go there by trekking Mt.Pundaquit for four hours.

Camping fee in Anawangin is at P100.00 per person. There are now small stores in the area that sells water, chips, candles, canned goods and other basic necessities.

How to Get There:By LandTo get there, one must go to Barangay Pundaquit, San Antionio, Zambales where a banca to Capones Island can be rented for a standard rate of P700.00 (~$17). It is a 15 minutes banca ride from Pundaquit.

To go to Pundaquit, ride a bus bound to Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Victory Lines has scheduled trips to those destinations. Tell the driver to drop you off at San Antonio. If you are coming from their terminal in Sampaloc, it will cost you P220.00 (~$5.25), don’t forget to tell the cashier that you are up to San Antonio only, or they will charge you the full fare to its destination. Travel time is around 3 to 4 hours via NLEX.

From San Antonio, ride a tricycle to Barangay Pundaquit, standard rate is P20.00 (~$0.5), you may opt to add some tip since it is quite far.

By Air/Water

By ferry, take a Mt. Samat Express (Contact No: 551-5290) ferry ride to Subic in CCP. It is an hour ferry ride to Orion Bataan, for around P250.00 (~$6.00) . From there catch a bus to Subic for another hour or less and then a bus to Iba, Zambales, passing to San Antonio.

By air, charter an aircraft to International Subic Airport, Castillejos Airstrip, or to Iba Local Airport.

Where to Stay:

Since there are no commercial establishments in this island, you may bring a tent or camping equipments (plus foods and drinking water) if you are planning to stay there overnight. Just tell the boatman your planned date and time of return to Pundaquit.

Most tourists, however, stay in Pundaquit where numerous hotels and restaurants can be found. You can have a room for as low as P1000.00/~$25 (or even lower). For Lakwatsero’s compilation of hotels in Barangay Pundaquit click here:

Activities:

  • Trek to Capones Lighthouse: If you are coming from the east side of Capones Island, you have to trek for an hour or less, to a rocky shore, passing to an unfinished building and statue of Mama Mary. I suggest you have someone with you who knows the place since the trail up has no signage and you may get lost. But if you are coming from the other side of the island (where Marimar shot some scenes), the lighthouse is already visible so it is easier to reach the place passing through a field, this side of the island however has rocky shore and some huge waves making it impossible for bancas to dock.
  • Camping: Just bring your own camping equipments, enough foods and water supply.
  • Swimming, Snorkeling and Diving: Just bring your own equipments.
  • Island Hopping: You can visit the nearby Camara Island.
  • Aquatic Sports in Barangay Pundaquit: Jetski is available for rent.
  • Visit Pundaquit Falls: Walk along the beach southward towards the Pundaquit river. If your resort is too far north of the river, you can take your vehicle and get back to the main Pundaquit road and head southward until the road ends by the river. From the river, it is only a short walk by the seashore until you reach the end of the beach where there is a cliff and a smaller river (or a big stream, you might say). This small river comes from the falls, so, technically speaking, just follow the river upstream for about a hundred meters and you will end up at the foot of the falls. But remember, you may have to cut your own trail or walk along the shallow portions of the stream to get there. As you explore the falls, it gets more interesting as you climb from cascade to cascade. This falls is worth going to only during the wet season (or a little after the wet season) when there is plenty of fresh flowing water filling up the numerous “tubs” along the stream. Too little flowing water during the dry seasons makes this falls nearly stagnant, dirty and even stinky. (Source: waypoints.ph)

Lakwatsero Experience:

Lakwatsero has been to Capones in 2008. Watch out for the narratives of his travel in “My Travels”.

389 Comments on “Travel Guide: Anawangin Cove

  1. Good day,
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    Thank you.

    • we’re planning to go in zambales this coming saturday April 19, 2014, can u give me ur package pls..ty

  2. Hello po,
    Sa mga nagnanais po na magbakasyon o magrelax, Tara na sa Zambales para makita ang kakaibang ganda ng Anawangin, Nagsasa at iba pang malapit na lugar dito.
    We offer Boat tour packages para hassle free ang inyong trip. Kaya tawag o txt na po para sa karagdagang inpormasyon. 09486964471, ako nga po pala si LIZA. salamat po.

  3. hello po,

    we offer tour packages for Anawangin, Nagsasa, Talisayen, Silanguin, Capones and Camara island. So inquire na sa 09065279503 and look for Gerlie.

  4. hi there,
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    Contact person: Dindo
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  5. Hello anawangin enthusiast,

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    Contact person: Liezel Nieva/Dindo Nieva
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    Thank you and God bless

    Dindo

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    Experience the beauty of Zambales and its islands… We take you there by boat and spend a night or two in Anawangin’s camping site , gaze thru the beauty of the Nagsasa cove, walk thru Camara island’s white sands and visit the lighthouse in Capones..it’s an adventure you won’t forget..

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  8. Experience the beauty of Zambales and its islands… We take you there by boat and spend a night or two in Anawangin’s camping site , gaze thru the beauty of the Nagsasa cove, walk thru Camara island’s white sands and visit the lighthouse in Capones..it’s an adventure you won’t forget..

    VISIT OUR FB ACCT: anawangin-amazing pundakit boat tour

    for other concern text me or call at 09198437370 &
    look for Anthony…for further discount feel free to call us…

  9. hi everyone,
    if you are looking for a boat and tent to rent, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

    Contact person: Liezel Nieva
    Contact numbers: 09172022692/09995959623

    Thank you and God bless.

  10. affordable package tour and boat rate po ba ang hanap niyo?
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    Contact person: LIEZEL NIEVA
    Contact numbers: GLOBE 09172022692 / SMART 09995959623

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  11. Magandang Araw Po”
    sa lahat po na nagnanais pumunta ng Annawangin,Nagsasa,Silanguin,Capones at
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    Sun;09328695408
    Ako po si Rodel Villanueva taga Pundakit po ako,

    Maraming salamat po”’

  12. How to Get There
    Zambales is 3 to 4 hours away from Manila to Brgy. Pundaquit.
    Just go to one of Victory Liner stations and get yourself a ticket to Iba, Zambales or Sta. Cruz, Zambales (Php 251.00).
    When nearing the town of San Antonio, tell the conductor to drop you off the town’s public market. Then ride a tricycle going to Mt. Pundaquit (Php 30.00 per head) which is 25 to 30 min tricycle ride. Upon reaching Mt. Pundaquit, rent a boat ride.

    OTHER OPTION: EASIEST WAY

    CHEAPEST Anawangin Tour Packages
    WITH VAN TRANSFER ALL INCUDED EXCEPT FOOD
    ===>>>>>P1200/head minimum of 12pax and above..
    ===>>>>> P1300/head minimum of 10-11pax
    ===>>>>>P1500/head minimum of 8-9pax
    PACKAGED INCLUDE:
    *Roundtrip AIRCON Van transfer from EDSA TO ANWANGIN all in
    *boat tour anawangin, capones, camara island OR snorkeling
    *2 days 1 night stay in anawangin-entrance fee-
    *TENT FOR YOUR GROUP CAPACITY
    *gogles for snorkeling-cooking utensils
    *cooler na with ice pa
    *Mineral water(2container)
    *Bonfire woods 1seT
    *KITCHEN UTENSILS(kaldero, kaserola etc)

    We also offers boat package only for those commuters or with their own vehicle…
    Package B Rates
    P 500 per head for 10 pax above
    P 550 per head for 8 -9pax
    P650 per head for 6-7pax
    P550 per head for 5 pax
    Inclusions:
    *Boat ride to Anawangin (round trip)
    *2 days 1 night stay in anawangin-entrance fee-
    *Island hopping (Capones / Camara Island or snorkeling)
    *TENT USAGE FOR YOUR GROUP CAPACITY
    *GOGLES FOR SNORKELING
    *cooking utensils (ihawan, kaldero,kutsilyo,pitsel,etc)
    *Mineral water
    *cooler WITH ICE pA..
    Additional 400 per head for food (4meals)MIN OF 8PAX

    FOR MORE INFO : Smart: 09185595597 or 09399398456 TM: 09358118095 Sun: 09223753555 TExt or please call for immediate response…

    • hi.. can you please text me the details of your tour? we’re planning to go there on Nov. 2 and 3. group of 14 adults and 2 kids. we already have a van. so basically, need namin is tour na lang po with island hopping and utensils & tent usage na din po. thanks. btw here’s my number.. 09423626240. thanks!

      • THINGS TO REMEMBER @ Anawangin or Nagsasa Cove!!!
        The following is a list of things that would make your stay in Anawangin a smooth, comfortable, and enjoyable. Take note that some of these are optional and it’s really up to you if you want to bring them all. Before deciding which are necessary and which are not, always take into consideration that:

        *There are no resorts in Anawangin.
        *There is no electricity in the place.
        *There is no cellphone signal reception in the area.
        *Merchandise sold on the beach are very expensive.

        Anawangin Checklist

        *Cash – As mentioned, there are no ATMs near the place. All transactions will have to paid with cash.

        *Tent – This is the only form of accommodation in Anawangin. You may choose to sleep outside on a mat but remember that the weather is unpredictable and it gets really cold early in the morning.

        *Blanket – A light one should be sufficient.

        *Hammock – You may want to bring a hammock for relaxation. There are a lot of trees available for you to tie the hammock on to. There are also peddlers selling hammocks for PhP200-Php300 (depending on the season) with “free-installation”.

        *Clothes – Make sure you bring enough for your overnight stay. You may also want to bring a jacket during the Amihan season to protect you from the cold.

        *Goggles/Snorkel gear – There are fishes and sea flora but the place is really more of a swimming than a snorkeling place.

        *Sunglasses – The surroundings can get very bright.

        *Camera/Camera accessories – The place is very picturesque. You may want to bring an extra battery because there’s no electricity for charging.

        *MP3 player/Earphones/Portable speakers – Play music for extra relaxation.
        *Ziplock bag – To keep you belongings, specially gadgets, dry
        *Toiletries

        *Portable lamp/Candles – There are lightweight, cheap lamps sold in Ace Hardware/SM Workshop for less that a hundred bucks. Make sure to bring enough batteries as needed. You can bring candles for additional illumination.

        *Portable gas range/Butane – This will make cooking a lot easier. Portable gas ranges sell from PhP600 to PhP1500 in Ace Hardware/SM Workshop depending on the style/model. Butane canisters cost ~PhP60 in any hardware store.

        *Charcoal – In case you want to cook/grill, bring some specially if you don’t have a portable gas range.

        *Spoon/Fork/Plate/Cup – Bringing your own utensils, plates, and cups instead of using plastic ones bought from the grocery store is always best for the environment.

        *Food/Snacks – Don’t bring too much or too extravagant food. Remember that the place encourages the simple life.

        *Canned goods – Backup food is good to have. You may also live on a diet of canned goods in the place.

        *Can opener
        *Knife
        *Dishwashing liquid
        *Trash Bag – Make sure you bring a big trash bag to prevent litter from taking over the beautiful place. Trash bags can be left with the caretakers before you leave.

        There are a lot of items you can borrow from your boatman, especially if you already built a good relationship from multiple visits. Remember that they lend you stuff out of the goodness of their hearts but giving them a well-deserved tip would be much appreciated.

        Things to do in Anawangin Cove or Nagsasa Cove
        1. Camping. Show us what you learned during your Boy Scout/Girl Scout days.

        2. Island Hopping. Aside from Camara and Capones Islands, and Anawangin and Nagsasa Coves, there’s Talisayin and Silangin Coves as well.

        3. Skimboarding.

        4. Frisbee. Play frisbee ala-Derek.

        5. Photography. Now’s the time to hone your landscape photography skills. And why not bring along your model-friends for portraiture shots.

        6. Trek to Capones Light house. Take the longer route. Seriously.

        7. Trek Mount Pundaquit. Always consider the weather should you decided to do this, guys. Safety should always be a priority.

        8. Swimming. Obviously. :-) or Snorkeling (bring your gear)

        4 more info contact us @
        Smart:09399398456
        TM:09358118095
        Sun:09223753555
        Look4 Jen or Alan Arlantico
        https://www.facebook.com/AnawNagsasa/app_167969729896883 (Share us your FB comments!!!)

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