The term I used from the previous post ‘conquering’ was completely unfamiliar to me. Am I really conquering myself too? Then I started to think I am deeply in love with the mountains too. Why should we absolutely go to the very summit?’ Now I understand. So I was really trying to conquer myself.
Getting into the summit of Mount Pundaquit was a very spectacular experience for the first timer like me.
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The weather is exceptional and I feel so powerful. I can’t explain it here but the feeling is really indescribable!
Obviously, I can’t imagine myself reaching the summit of Mount Pundaquit.
And from the summit of Mount Pundaquit, I was totally overwhelmed by seeing the coves and the outer islands below. It was almost late in the afternoon when we reached the beautiful cove of Anawangin.
Anawangin is well-known cove with a prominent white sandy beach. One of the things you will notice, white sand and a beautiful stretch of sandy beach dotted with pine trees which is very unusual to me.
It’s very unique. I just find it so hard to believe that the sand of Anawangin is mainly or partly Mount Pinatubo Lahar. Learning from our guide that these Pine trees were never here before until the Mount Pinatubo erupted a few years ago.
Going to the beach is more fun in the Philippines. Imagine the number of beautiful white sandy beaches in Ilocos Norte, Cebu, Davao, Zambales , Quezon and a lot more destinations hidden somewhere in the Philippines waiting to be explored.
These are the things you need to consider when you plan to camp in Anawangin. Your mobile phones are totally useless because you can’t find a signal in this area of Zambales.
There’s no electricity, bring your own tent, pillow, hammock, although you can rent one. The weather is always unpredictable so I strongly suggest you bring a tent. Bring a jacket and extra clothes, camera, flashlight, lamp, candles, lighters, charcoal, grill or pan, food, swiss knife, water and whatever you think is necessary for camping.
Anawangin can be accessed by a thirty to forty-five-minute boat ride or passing across the mountains of Pundaquit to Anawangin. A boat ride is indeed an exciting experience but I guess, the adventure you can get out of trekking is also different.
Seeing those colorful tents made me think I was in fantasy land!
Despite being so crowded in the cove of Anawangin, the entire place is more than enough to accommodate campers and explorers like us.
After meeting Aling Ligaya who owns the store selling assorted stuff, from iced-cold drinks to anything that you could not possibly buy on an island, she has everything.
We wanted to stay for a few moments in the cove of Anawangin however we planned to stay longer at the Nagsasa Cove.
Getting to Anawangin and nearby islands is very easy. I strongly suggest you go on a weekday because the cove and the rest of the islands get crowded during weekends.
How to get to Anawangin
One must take the Victory liner Bus either in Cubao or Edsa Monumento to Iba, Zambales. The fare is approximately PHP 260.00 or $6.06. Get off at the San Antonio Main town. Walking distance is the Public Market, pharmacy and other stores but please be aware that items being sold here are too expensive.
Take a tricycle to Barangay Pundaquit. It costs PHP 30 or $0.70 and it takes roughly 15-20 minutes.
If you drive a car you can follow the same direction, there are parking areas in Barangay Pundaquit where you can park your vehicle.
You will be welcomed by the small fishing village where boats sail to prominent coves and other islands in Zambales.
From Pundaquit, hire a boatman that will take you to Anawangin, Nagsasa, Capones, Camara and other places. Boat ride as of this writing normally costs PHP 1000 or $23.31 to PHP 1500 or $34.97 depending on the space and will take you approximately 20-30 minutes to reach Anawangin.
If you want an exciting adventure, then you can also trek to Anawangin. You can hire guides in Pundaquit.
Kuya Mike really took good care of us. Let me know if you have plans so I can give you his number.
Read our simple itinerary to Zambales.
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