I frequent the area and I never grow tired of it. It was easy for me make an instant plan because other than me pagka-kaladkarin ang mga friends ko, the place is perfect for a weekend-only getaway.
I was also more bullish this time because I know that the next barangay to Pundaquit (the usual set off point where you hire boats for island hoping( is San Miguel which is a fishing village. Here, there are up to 200 boats ready for you to hire. I have a personal contact here too ---Mang Johny----who took care of me and my blogger friends from Cebu way back 2012. While already in Olongapo that day we set off, I search for my blog post containing Mang Johny's number and gladly it is still working. I called him and instantly arranged for twk boats to take six of us to Anawangin, Nagsasa and Capones. It was another overnight camping, cove slash island hopping with a lot of fun, sun and tan.
Our first destination was Anawangin Cove, the smaller yet more famous cove thanks to a name that is easy to recall. Much has been written about the place so I don't have to make an effort on describing it with superlatives. Know though that it is an easy 45-minute ride from San Miguel where we set off and 30 minutes away from Pundaquit. Its proximity makes it a favorite campsite for many.
We thought about camping here for a change having spent overnight in Nagsasa last time but we had second thoughts. Yes, Anawangin cove makes for a romantic spot but we all agreed that it felt a little crowded so we ended up in Nagsasa cove again. A good decision though.
What has changed? Nothing much, still the Anawangin Cove that you will love except that the beach is fenced this time around. Entering the fence would mean paying the entrance fee of 50 pesos per head. They used to allow visitors tk climb the hill on the right side (facing land) of the beach but is now closed. Good thing we experienced hiking up that hill on our last visit because it allows for a good view of the stretch of the beach below and the surrounding mountain and sea.
We stayed for only a few hours but our eyes and senses were satisfied. Anawangin is always a delight.
By 3pm, we left for Nagsasa Cove where set up camp and stayed overnight. More on Nagsasa Cove on my next post. Cheers! ^^
PS: Thanks to Mang Johny and his wife Ms Peachy for being so nice. Sumugo kami sa Zambales na tent lang ang dala, the rest of utensils we borrowed from them, at napaka-asikaso ng mga bangkero nya. And best of all, nakiligo pa kami sa bahay nila after the tour before returning to Manila. If you are a small group, ayan di mahirap pakiusapan ang mag-asawa. They go out of their way to assist you. Please don't be abusive nalang ha. ^^
Planning a Trip to Anawangin Cove Zambales?
Hope this TRAVEL GUIDE I made a few years ago could help:
5 things to remember when planning to visit ANAWANGIN COVE.
Make your trip easier by contacting Mang Johny of San Miguel