0 Escape to Anawangin Cove (Zambales, The Philippines) Part 3

Anawangin Cove is the most popular, most visited and most maintained amongst its neighboring coves. It's also nearer to the town of Pundaquit so supplies like food and drinks are available yet a little bit pricey.

According to the boatmen, Anawangin Cove is owned by a local family who also lives in Pundaquit. They are also responsible for making the place well maintained and they have employed caretakers to make sure the shores is regularly cleaned.

There are many things to do in Anawangin, aside from getting your tan or sleeping under the pine trees. You can hike up the hills and view the ocean from afar or you can hike and follow the shallow stream at the back of the camp area.

Starting a fire was a challenge, luckily, one of my friends brought a lighter. I was so fun cooking and eating under the moonlight. We had a blast and we partied with only the music coming from a cellular phone! Did I mention that there's no cell phone signal at all?

Going to the beach will never be complete without getting wet. And I brought several swimsuits that I loaned to my friends. Don't hate us if we spent all morning just posing for the camera, every girl dreams of becoming a model, haha!

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The camp area was well maintained by caretakers. Every camper must do their share in making sure to clean up after themselves and dispose their trash properly. Look at the camp, it was so clean and peaceful. A nice place to just forget all your troubles for a couple of days.

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0 Escape to Anawangin Cove (Zambales, The Philippines) Part 2

Before going to the camp site (Anawangin Cove), it's better to visit the islands in the morning where the water is not as rough as in the afternoon.

The two islands, Camara and Capones can be seen when you board the boat from Pundaquit beach. Camara Island is the one closest from Pundaquit beach. Just like Capones, Camara is big lump of rock with very little soil and greenery. 

Capones island island is about 20 minutes boat ride away from Camara island and is a perfect place to have a 360 degrees view of the place via the light house.

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0 Escape to Anawangin Cove (Zambales, The Philippines) Part 1

I really like the outdoors. And spending a couple of days away from the busy city is one way for me to recharge my batteries. If your idea of spending a weekend is to relax by the beach and sing around the campfire like me, then I bet you'll love Anawangin.

Last week, myself, my hubby and a couple of friends just decided to pack our bags and experience what Anawangin Cove has to offer.

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There are several ways to get to Anawangin, one by car and the other by bus. There are several bus stations that caters to travelers, one of which is Victory Liner. Zambales is only 3 hours away from Manila, but Pundaquit beach (where you'll hire the boat to take you to Anawangin Cove) is about a couple of hours from Olongapo.

My hubby drove us to Subic via the North Luzon Expressway and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway. We had our breakfast in Subic then drove us to Pundaquit passing the towns of Castillejos, San Marcelino and  San Antonio.

We have made arrangements the week before and we got a fairly good deal. For ten (10) persons or more, the package is only Php 500.00 per person! And that includes the tents (good for 3 persons), firewood, stove, lamps and cooler. All you have to do is bring blankets, food and lots of drinking water for an overnight stay.

The boat ride from the Pundaquit beach to Anawangin Cove is around 20 to 30 minutes, depending on water conditions. Always wear your life vest while you are at sea and remember to put on your sunblock (I used Beach Hut) before going on board the pump boat.

NEXT: Island hopping

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