It’s more than the boom boom pow if you’re planning to go there as a couple. It’s a place that will connect you with nature together with your family, friends or office-mates.
Are you looking for fine white sand, Clear Sea water and a comfortable place to stay? Anawangin Cove Pundaquit, Philippines isn’t exactly the perfect beach island but the experience itself as we immersed in the beauty of God’s creation simply made it a treat for us.
How to get there: We rode a bus (Victory Liner Pasay Terminal) and asked for the trip that goes straight to San Antonio Zambales. The fare is 280 pesos. Me and my wife took the last trip which leaves at around 11:45pm. Luckily we still got some seats. It’s a 4 hours travel time but the good thing is that the bus took us straight to the Municipal of Zambales. (Same place where you can ride a bus back to manila. Fare is 320 pesos which i wasn’t surprise. It usually cost more to get back to manila than to leave.) There we met with our tour guide that assisted us in our trip. We had a package deal from Metrodeal which covered our Boat Transfers and Tent together with Lunch and Dinner. We arrived in front of the municipal at 4am and was suppose to leave not later than 5am but we had to wait for the other groups who weren’t done buying food in the market located at the back of the building.
6:00am came and finally everyone was ready. The guide called tricycles which we paid 30 pesos per head to get to the port where our boat was waiting. It only took 5 minutes to reach the port. We didn’t leave until pass 7:00am. I guess they really like to play the waiting game. Upon arrival to the port a lady approached us asking for 50 pesos per head. We weren’t informed but she said it was for the entrance fee. One main concern while travelling to Anawangin Cove was safety. The life vest smells and were really worn out. I also felt that we’ve overloaded in the number of passengers in the boat we sailed with. Everyone was actually worried because the boat’s motor kept giving out smokes for the first few minutes. Thank God we got to the Island safely. Our Island Hoping was more of a Sight seeing because it was a low tide. The boat couldn’t get near Camara Island and we would have had to swim instead so yeah a Big NO.
It was still pretty early so we had our breakfast. We came prepared thanks to my wife who also made her own research about what to bring.
You can ask for assistance in setting up your tent. The size varies but we settled with this one. They said it fits 2-3 persons but seriously it’s going to be too cramped with 3 people in it.
You can choose to stay away from the crowd or stay near for some companions.
Things to bring: Drinking Water! There’s a 7-11 store near the Municipal of Zambales. Make sure to buy Drinking water since they don’t have some in Anawangin Cove. They have fresh water for showers and comfort rooms only. Bring some snacks or beers if you want. There’s no corkage fee anyway. POWER BANKS! We brought two just to be safe. The night wasn’t as cool as we thought it would be so if there’s a chance you can bring those portable mini fan that would help you stay comfy inside you tent. Flash light would also be quite handy since there’s no electricity there to light your way during those times that you want to go to the comfort room in the evening. Lastly don’t forget to bring your sunblock and mosquito lotions especially if you plan to start a bonfire to roast em marshmallows and hotdogs.
Selfies! The main reason why we needed our power banks LOL. I didn’t bother bringing our camera since it’s not waterproof. They do have a waiver that you need to sign if you want to declare a gadget. You’ll have to leave your gadget to them if you do declare one and they’ll give it back to you after your stay. We brought some Ziplocks just in case for our cellphones.
What can you do in Anawangin Cove?
It’s a given fact that there’s no electricity and signal in the place so you’ll definitely get in touch with some good ol live action exploring. After breakfast we strolled the beach and explored a bit. Our definition of exploring is taking pictures. The place on a closer look seems average to be honest. Like one of the beaches i’ve been to in La Union. Checking out the whole place was definitely worth it. We headed back in our tent to rest up a bit and had our clothes changed. We then later on took a dip in the sea to freshen up and after a few pictures again we decided to do some trekking. It was a cool experience to reach the top of the mountain. (Well not exactly the very top since we didn’t see any other way to go higher) It was a good sweat after being able to conquer our first time trekking.
Lunch was ready when we came back. It was Fried Tilapia and Sinigang na Baboy.
Dinner was Barbecued Liempo and Tomatoes with Salted Egg.
Time actually ran slowly for us. I mean we definitely had fun but the disconnection with our gadgets, internet and work had us spending time more wisely as we hurried to do one thing after the other. Camping in Anawanging Cove Zambales definitely had us unwind from stress.
Slowly but surely night came. It was almost complete darkness if it weren’t for the few bonfires made by campers. A mother with her kid offered us some marshmallows on a stick. It was amazing seeing just the two of them camping. Camping out like this made me realize that there are a lot of things out there that we may think negatively since it might be hard or a pain in the bum but you’ll never know until you give it a try. Bring in the good vibes to see the beauty and fun in all things.
Camping in Anawangin Cove (Pundaquit, Philippines) will help you disconnect from material things and helps you connect to what’s really important. Your love ones~