Somebody added me in Facebook last night, and after approving her, she sent me a message which goes.....
""Hi! Thanks for accepting the invite! Came across your pusang kalye blog through dangkalan resort, we're thinking of staying there next month. Nice blog, I must say! Anyway, I just wanna ask about anawangin, hahaha. The place seems nice, I just wanna ask if may mga ok bang accomodation dun and pano yung transpo? o.o.Sorry if im asking too much. Its just that I looked for your anawangin post and wala masyado details. Lol. Just interested in the place. :) Thanksmuch!""
.......which made me think of finishing my ANAWANGIN-NAGSASA-CAPONES series with more details this time around. I realized that when people google a place and land in my blog, they find it indeed lacking in information which is bad for my site. So aside from the photo teasers, I resolve to give more info on the places I will be blogging about from here on.
Anawangin Cove is a favorite destination in Zambales in the island of Luzon because of it's proximity from the capital city Manila. Victory Liner bus has daily trips to the Zambales. One can board bound Iba or Sta. Cruz. The town to look for is San Antonio which is the 4th municipality from Olongapo City. The trip takes 3-4 hours depending on the time of day you travel. From San Antonio, one can take the tricycle (25 pesos each to San Miguel) to either Pundaquit or San Miguel where boats are available to take you to your choice of destination, either to CAPONES, NAGSASA or ANAWANGIN.. We paid 2,000 pesos for the boat. Good for the 2 coves and Capones na yun.
2. HOW MUCH BUDGET TO EXPECT
The average price for a boat of 4pax is 2,000 pesos which includes all 3 destinations. It's better to contact somebody before going there especially if you are planning on a weekend retreat. My favorite is MANG JOHNY who I always recommend to friends. (0920.222.4687) Add that to the bus fare which is 500 pesos back and forth plus the allowance for food that you can buy from the public market, 2000 pesos per person would be safe enough for a group of 4.
Tents are charged separately if you don't bring one.
Anawangin Cove has become a picnic/camping haven for both local and foreign tourists due to it's proximity to Pundaquit, the nearest set off point. Boat ride takes 30 minutes and the wave is moderate in most cases (compared to Nagsasa Cove). The presence of mountains sorrounding the cove makes it perfect for camping as it provides protection from strong gusts during night time ( compared to CAPONES which is in the open sea)
5. WHAT TO DO AND WHAT NOT TO MISS
I mentioned about the fences a while ago, if you are willing to pay but lacks budget,there is one fun experience you can do in Anawangin Cove that you can do for free ( aside from swimming on the beach of coarse). This is actually one of the highlights of the trip that you should not miss. CLIMBING THE HILL situated on the right side when facing the beach.
No guide needed. It's a moderate climb but be careful, there are sharp rocks which could seriously hurt you if you are to miss a step. The trick is to take your time and enjoy the hike and the view. I guess it took us almost an hour because we paused many times to takes tons and tons of photos.
A pause on the top makes you appreciate how beautiful this place is. I will be leaving you with the photos below to tickle your imagination.
5:00am -ETD MNL via Victory Liner Calocan
9:00am- ETA San Antonio Zambales Buy food/supplies in the public market of San Antonio
Anawangin Cove from top of the hill
again, my favorite contact: Mang Johny: (0920.222.4687)
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