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. Hello po,

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    Dindo

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  3. hello po sa lahat ng gustong magpunta ng pundakit…
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  4. We are offerring packages going to anawangin cove, …

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  5. dindo January 6, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Campers,
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    Please let us know by calling or texting us.
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    Contact Person: Dindo or Liezel Nieva
    Contact Number: 09172022692
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    Dindo

  6. Hi”Happy New Year to All!
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    Salamat po and God Bless;;;

  7. SPECIAL PROMO FOR ANAWANGIN Tour Packages
    WITH FREE SNORKELING OR LIGHTHOUSE TOUR

    PACKAGE A
    >>>>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 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:(Pick up point: Town proper of San Antonio, Zambales)
    *Boat ride to Anawangin (round trip)
    *Island hopping (Capones / Camara Island)
    *Entrance fee / Environmental fee
    *TENT USAGE FOR YOUR GROUP CAPACITY
    *GOGLES FOR SNORKELING
    *cooking utensils (ihawan, kaldero,kutsilyo,pitsel,etc)
    *cooler WITH ICE pA..

    Additional 400 per head for food (4meals)MIN OF 8PAX
    FOR MORE INFO look for ALAN ARLANTICO: Smart: 09185595597 or 09399398456TM: 09358118095 Sun: 09223753555 please TExt or call for immediate response..
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  8. SPECIAL PROMO FOR ANAWANGIN Tour Packages
    WITH FREE SNORKELING OR LIGHTHOUSE TOUR

    PACKAGE A
    >>>>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 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:(Pick up point: Town proper of San Antonio, Zambales)
    *Boat ride to Anawangin (round trip)
    *Island hopping (Capones / Camara Island)
    *Entrance fee / Environmental fee
    *TENT USAGE FOR YOUR GROUP CAPACITY
    *GOGLES FOR SNORKELING
    *cooking utensils (ihawan, kaldero,kutsilyo,pitsel,etc)
    *cooler WITH ICE pA..

    Additional 400 per head for food (4meals)MIN OF 8PAX
    FOR MORE INFO look for ALAN ARLANTICO: Smart: 09185595597 or 09399398456TM: 09358118095 Sun: 09223753555 please TExt or call for immediate response..
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  9. hello naman po para po sa gustong mag punta ng anawangin at nagsasa cove!.

    pundakit to anawagin with capones 200 per head ( 10 to 15 persons)

    pundakit to nagsasa with capones 400 per head ( 10 to 15 persons)

    try nyo po mag-eenjoy po kayo
    CONTACT US at: 09173809125 or 09094989480

    Sa mga nais pong magtanong kung naka package kami….
    hindi po kami naka package…salamat po “,)

  10. hello po sa lahat ng gustong magpunta ng pundakit…
    nag-o offer po kami ng boat ride sa anawangin at nagsasa

    boat ride from pundakit to anawangin 4 persons 1200
    with capones island and with free ( 1 tent )

    nagsasa cove 4 persons 2000
    with capones and with free ( 1 tent )

    try nyo po mag-eenjoy po kayo
    CONTACT US AT: 09173809125 or 09094989480

    para po sa nais magtanong kung package po kami
    hindi po kasi minsan mas napapamahal po sa package….thanks po

  11. Hi to everyone,
    Anyone who wanted to visit this place, please call nor txt LIEZEL NIEVA at 09172022692 and for further information as well. TENT is available as well.

    thank you and GOD BLESS,
    DINDO

  12. No hidden Charges
    Anawangin Tour Packages 1200….
    P1200/head minimum of 12pax &above..
    P1400/head minimum of 10-11pax
    P1500/head minimum of 8-9pax
    PACKAGED INCLUDE:
    Roundtrip Van transfer all in
    boat tour anawangin, capones, camara
    island
    -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 5gallons
    -Bonfire woods 1set
    -KITCHEN UTENSILS
    Additional 400 per head for food
    (4meals)
    for more info contact us at:
    Smart: 09185595597 or 09399398456
    TM: 09358118095
    Sun: 09223753555

  13. Anawangin Tour Packages 1200….
    P1200/head minimum of 12pax &above..
    P1400/head minimum of 10-11pax
    P1500/head minimum of 8-9pax
    PACKAGED INCLUDE:
    Roundtrip Van transfer all in
    boat tour anawangin, capones, camara
    island
    -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 5gallons
    -Bonfire woods 1set
    -KITCHEN UTENSILS
    Additional 400 per head for food
    (4meals)
    for more info contact us at:
    Smart: 09185595597 or 09399398456
    TM: 09358118095
    Sun: 09223753555
    TExt or please call for immediate
    response..
    we also offers boat package only for
    those commuters or with their own
    vehicle…
    For reservation required 10%
    downpayment:
    Metrobank ALAN ARLANTICO :3283328656168 Subic
    Branch
    or
    BDO :7700006382 Olongapo Branch,
    savings acct.

  14. Hi’Good Day!
    sa lahat po n gustong pumunta ng Annawangin,Nagsasa, silanguin Cove at Capones Island,
    mag text o tumawag lang po sa mga numerong ito;
    smart:0939413900
    talk n text:09078145375
    sun:09328695408
    ako po si Rodel Villanueva taga Pundakit,Lunes hanggang Lingo ang serbisyo nmin
    salamat po,=) god bless…

  15. Hi’Good Day!
    sa lahat po n gustong pumunta ng Annawangi,Nagsasa ,silanguin Cove at Capones Island,
    mag text o tumawag lang po sa mga numerong ito;
    smart:0939413900
    talk n text:09078145375
    sun:09328695408
    ako po si Rodel Villanueva taga Pundakit,Lunes hanggang Lingo ang serbisyo nmin
    salamat po,=) god bless…

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    • CHEAPEST Anawangin Tour Packages
      ===>>>>>P1300/head minimum of 12pax and above..
      ===>>>>> P1400/head minimum of 10-11pax
      ===>>>>>P1600/head minimum of 8-9pax
      PACKAGED INCLUDE:
      Roundtrip AIRCON Van transfer all in boat tour anawangin, capones, camara island -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 5gallons
      -Bonfire woods 1seT
      -KITCHEN UTENSILS
      Additional 400 per head for food (4meals)

      FOR MORE INFO :
      Smart: 09185595597 or 09399398456
      TM: 09358118095
      Sun: 09223753555
      TExt or please call for immediate response..
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      We also offers boat package only for those commuters or with their own vehicle…

      Package B Rates:
      P 600 per head for 10 pax.
      P 600 per head for 8 pax
      P700 per head for 6-7pax
      P600 per head for 5 pax
      Inclusions:
      (Pick up point: Town proper of San Antonio, Zambales)
      *Vehicle service from San Antonio to Pundaquit where the Boat ride station is located
      *Boat ride to Anawangin (round trip)
      *Island hopping (Capones / Camara Island)
      *Entrance fee / Environmental fee
      *TENT USAGE FOR YOUR GROUP CAPACITY
      *GOGLES FOR SNORKELING
      *cooking utensils (ihawan, kaldero)
      *cooler WITH ICE pA..

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  19. Thank you po Sir Mj na nagustuhan nyo po ang serbisyo namin, balik po kayo anytime, maraming maraming salamat po ulit…
    Anyone who wanted to visit this place, please call nor txt LIEZEL NIEVA at 09172022692 and for further information as well. TENT is available as well.

    thank you and GOD BLESS,
    DINDO

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