Travel Guide: Nagsasa Cove
The rise to fame of Anawangin paved the way for other hidden coves in the western coast of Zambales to be known, and one that is fast becoming popular is the Nagsasa Cove.
With sand that is the same with Anawangin, an area twice as big, and perhaps a more beautiful backdrop, Nagsasa Cove promises everyone a more fun adventure.
An hour and a half from barangay San Miguel and Pundaquit in San Antonio, Zambales, the cove offers more than what other coves in the area can offer: a lovely beach on a grayish sand; a lake that reflects the beautiful landscape; a grassy mountains that turn brown on summer; a waterfalls hidden in the mountain’s side; and the serenity and simplicity of life that the place guarantees.
How to Get There:
Going to Nagsasa Cove is pretty similar to Anawangin Cove, and the same applies to Talisayin Cove and even the farthest Silanguin Cove.
To get there, one must go to Barangay San Miguel or Pundaquit, in San Antionio, Zambales, where boats to Nagsasa can be rented for P2000.00, round trip, good for 4 persons. It is an hour and a half boat ride.
To go to San Antonio, ride a bus bound to Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Victory Liner has scheduled trips to those destinations. The earliest trip direct to Iba is at 5AM in Victory Pasay and Caloocan. Tell the driver to drop you off at San Antonio. If you are coming from their terminal in Sampaloc, fare is at P270.00. Travel time is around 2.5 to 4 hours via NLEX and SCTEX.
Alternatively, if you want to leave earlier than the 5AM first trip, you can hop to any Olongapo bound bus. Victory Liner’s first trip to Olongapo is at 2AM in Pasay, fare is P215.
From San Antonio, ride a tricycle to Barangay San Miguel or Pundaquit, standard rate is P20.00 per passenger.
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 accommodation 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 Antonio.
If you are not into camping, you can have a day trip in Nagsasa and stay overnight in Pundaquit or San Miguel where numerous hotels and restaurants can be found. You can have a room for as low as P1000.00 there. here are some of the hotels/inns/resorts in Barangay Pundaquit and San Miguel.
Megan’s Beach Resort
Contact No: (047)6210507, (047)9133784, +639194808520
Nora’s Beach Resort
Contact No: +639182788188/+639196374917
Punta De Uian
Contact No: (047)2522692/+639188888426
Wild Rose Beach Inn
Contact No: +639106615613
- Trek to the waterfalls (half an hour walk)
- Surfing (Bring your own board if you will be surfing in Nagsasa, otherwise you can surf in the nearby Crystal Beach with surfing equipments for rent)
- Skimboarding (Bring your own skim board)
- Visit the nearby Capones Island and its lighthouse, Camara Island, Anawangin Cove, Talisayin Cove and Silanguin Cove
- Trek to Capones Lighthouse
- Taste the sweet mango of Zambales
- Enjoy arts and music at Casa San Miguel
- 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.
- Camping fee in Nagsasa is at P100.00 per person. There is a comfort/shower room and source of fresh water in the area. The fee includes the free use of cottages. A community of Aetas live in the cove, thay have small stores in the area that sell water, chips, candles, canned goods and other basic necessities.
- If you are a first timer, hire a local to guide you to the waterfalls. The rate is P30.00 per person.
- Budget for campers is P1500.00 or less, per person (sharing basis)
- Nagsasa Cove can be reached by land via five to six hours trek from Subic crossing Mt. Nagsasa
- Mang Johnny offers boats to Anawangin, Nagsasa, Capones, Camara, Talisayin and nearby places. He is highly recommended of most travelers (including lakwatsero.com). Contact number: +639202224687
This is our actual itinerary for our Nagsasa weekend camping with side trip to Anawangin Cove and Capones Island.
0000H – 0200H: Assembly – Victory Pasay
0200H – 0500H: Manila to Olongapo
0500H – 0600H: Breakfast in Olongapo/Shop for other necessities
0600H – 0700H: Olongapo to San Antonio
0700H – 0800H: Regroup/Change Clothing/Meet boatman
0800H – 0845H: San Antonio to Anawangin (sidetrip)
0845H – 1030H: Explore Anawangin
1030H – 1130H: Anawangin to Nagsasa
1130H – 1230H: Build camp/Prepare lunch
1230H – 1330H: Lunch
1330H – 1800H: Free time
1800H – 1900H: Prepare Dinner
1900H – 2000H: Dinner
2000H ——-> : Socials/Bonfire/Lights off
0600H – 0700H: Prepare Breakfast
0700H – 0800H: Heavy Breakfast
0800H – 0945H: Free time/Break camp
0945H – 1100H: Nagsasa to Capones Island
1100H – 1200H: Trek to Capones Lighthouse
1200H – 1330H: Explore Lighthouse
1330H – 1415H: Trek back to boat
1415H – 1430H: Capones Island to San Antonio
1430H – 1600H: Washup/Fixup/Snacks
1600H – 1700H: San Antonio to Olongapo
1700H – 1900H: Early Dinner/Rest
1900H – 2200H: Olongapo to Manila
Individual Estimated Cost
Pasay to Olongapo: P215
Olongapo to San Antonio: P41
Trike to Barangay San Miguel: P20
Boat Ride (Round Trip): P600
Nagsasa Entrance: P100
Anawangin Daytour Entrance: ~P50 (can be haggled)
Trike Barangay San Miguel to San Antonio Market: P20
Miscellaneous Expense (foods, utilities, utensils, condiments, tips, etc): ~P300
San Antonio to Olongapo: 41
Olongapo to Cubao: P200
Estimated Total: ~P1587