Anawangin Cove REVISITED

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Situated just a few hours away from Manila, Anawangin Cove is one of the favorite weekend getaway spots for those who like to escape the stressful city. It is specifically located in the town of San Antonio, Zambales. There are no roads leading to Anawangin. It is either accessible by a 30 minute boat ride or a 6-hour trek thru the Pundaquit range. I prefer the first one because I'm not used to trekking :)
Photo from last year
another photo from last year
I've been to Anawangin twice already. The first time was last year when I celebrated my
22nd birthday with my friends. And the second time was this year together with my bf and his barkada. Last year, me and my friends decided to stay in a resort which is Wild Rose Beach Inn. And this year, for the first time, I've tried to camp out. It's been a struggle for me I tell you. Tents are the only form of accommodation you would have in Anawangin. You would have to deal with few restrooms and to wait in line for a couple of minutes just to pee or whatever call of nature you have.
Anawangin Cove from the top :)
But if you are up for adventure, then this is perfect for you! The Cove is far from civilization so there is no electricity or network reception. Whether you are a big or small group, each will have a designated task. There is a small store in the cove selling basic merchandise but it is a bit pricey so I would advise just to bring essential things.
Happy Campers (from rona) :)
So Here's a list of kikay essentials(kikay talaga haha):

1. Tents - as mentioned above, this is the only accomodation you would have in Anawangin. You can either buy or rent a tent. Renting would cost around
P300-P500 per night. You can also opt to buy a new one which would cost around P900.
2. Water - as mentioned above,
basic neccessities in the cove are pricey. You have to make sure you have enough supplies esp if you are staying for 2 days and you have plans for island hopping.
3. Food - bring food items that
are easy to prepare like canned goods, cupped noodles and bread. In our case, we brought combination of cooked food and canned goods.
4. Flashlight - like I said
earlier, No electricity. You don't want to walk in the darkness during midnight.
5. Mosquito repellent - for
mosquito bites of course.
6. Sunblock - for protection from
the sun's harmful UV rays.
7. Camera - you don't want to
miss memorable moments. Extra batteries would also be a good idea since there is no electricity and if you have plans of excessive camwhoring :)
8. Food containers/cooking
utensils/disposable cups and spoon&fork - it's easier to
prepare meals if you have proper utensils. You can ditch spoon & fork if you like
to eat using your bare hands. That would be more fun :)
Soap/shampoo/toothpaste/toothbrush - well of course you don't want to look horrible and smell terrible right? haha
10. Garbage bags - as mentioned
above, the place is far from civilization so don't expect your trash to be collected by a garbage truck. You have to make sure before you leave the place, every trash is collected. This would help locals to collect it for proper disposal. Or better yet, bring them with you when you go back to Pundaquit. Garbage disposal has been a big problem in Anawangin and you don't want to contribute with that. I would like to emphasize this because I've seen campers throwing their trash anywhere! And this could flow out to the sea and could mistakenly eaten by sea turtles and other marine creatures.
11. Medicine - you'll never know when emergency will occur so it's best to pack some meds. Include some paracetamol, anti histamine, loperamide and hydrite tabs.

Things to remember:
  • As cliche as it may sound, but do not leave your things unattended. You have your most precious gadgets, money and camera with a super zoom lens and you dont want to lose any of 'em. If you are going to swim, have someone look at your camp site.
  • Do not drink at night and go swimming. A few people have lost their life because they did this. You can drink at night and be wasted but for fuck's sake, do not go swimming.
  • If you are a camwhore/shutterbug and you like to explore the place, ALWAYS tell your friends where you are going. Or have someone walk with you. Anawangin is not the safest place on earth.
Why choose Anawangin?
Anawangin is a paradise just a few hours away from Manila. It is actually the nearest cove from the town proper of Pundaquit. It is surrounded by mountains and it is facing the South China Sea. You can do a lot of things like water sports, snorkeling, swimming of course, photography, trekking etcetera. You have to plan ahead what to do, mabagal ang oras sa anawangin :)
best place to watch the sunset
Here's the breakdown of our expenses:
Boat rental (depends if you are a small/big group, depends if you like island hopping and it depends on your haggling skills) 
P1500-P2000 for 4-6 people
Parking fee (for areas in Pundaquit where you can leave your car)
P150 overnight
Entrance fee to Anawangin Cove
 P50/head for day trips
 P150/head for an overnight stay

Transportation Summary
You can use this transportation guide if you are going to Anawangin via public transpo. This is what we used last year (1st time in Anawangin). From Cubao or Pasay, take a bus bound to Ologapo City. Then from Gapo, take a bus to Sta.Cruz and ask the bus driver to take you off San Antonio. From San Antonio, take a tricycle going to Brgy. Pundaquit. Public transpo is quite easy and cheap. If you drive your own car, you can also take the same route. That's what we did this year and we just pay for the secured parking in Pundaquit.

Route/Mode of TransportationTravel TimeFare
Bus from Cubao or Pasay 3.5 hours to 4 hours
Bus from Olongapo city to San Antonio, Zambales 30 minutes
Tricycle to Brgy. Pundaquit 15 - 25 minutes

from last year - long hair pa ko jan :)

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