Simple pleasures are certainly the best!
Our boat seemed to be speeding up for a nice 15 minutes until we realized that we are actually running at a normal speed. Our destination? Nagsasa cove in Zambales which is located in the western side of the Philippines boasting with several beautiful coves in the country. To reach Nagsasa Cove one must hop on a bus going to Iba, Zambales from Cubao or Caloocan, ride a tricycle going to Mt. Pundaquit, then hire an outrigger boat going to Nagsasa. If you are up for a challenge one can traverse the wonders of Mount Pundaquit to Anawangin Cove instead. Trekking from Mount Pundquit takes for about 3-4 hours depending on your pace. It would take another 20-30 minutes to reach the island of Nagsasa. Today, non-climbers can now easily get to Anawangin through an outrigger boat. The trip from barangay Pundaquit to Anawangin cove could take approximately 45 minutes which would depend on the water condition.
Paradise is getting close to us and we were very excited about it. It’s an absolute gentle breeze blowing through the trees, and the meadows filled with native grasses. It is surrounded with growing bushes and shrubs which brings natural environment to life. Nagsasa cove is truly a breath of fresh air. We chose Nagsasa over Anawangin for very simple reasons. Tourists in Nagsasa are considerably lesser than Anawangin cove. There is no doubt Nagsasa has long been famous for its exclusive seclusion and simple beauty in the province of Zambales.
I did not like camping. The thought of camping makes me allergic to it. I would rather enjoy a very comfortable bed , good food to eat and relaxing experience. Until , I learned something when we camped there and stayed for the whole night enjoying the wildlife and the beauty of nature. It was certainly one of the best camping experiences.
It was actually late in the afternoon when we arrived at the fine sand of Paradise called Nagsasa Cove. We had lunch in our own suites under those large trees. Afterwards, we began setting our mini camp. Stairing at my friends preparing and setting up our camp site, pitching the tents made me think how simple it is to look at but hard to set up when you are trying to do it on your own. Nagsasa doesn’t offer accommodation. There’s no fan or air-conditioning but nobody needs it anyway . We’ve got fresh air everywhere. It’s a pleasant and relaxing day enough for us to feel the sand between our toes and water on our skin so we decided to enjoy the sparkling blue ocean the next day.
The sun has about to fade so I grabbed my camera and started shooting the sun as it about to turn pale tint of orange. Everyone marveled at the beautiful red and orange colors of sunset. We’re spending the entire night at this island. Our mobile phones are totally useless .Phone signals are out. We hurried and prepared for our dinner. The great part here was, a nice and generous neighboring campers shared us several sticks of barbeques and grilled fish. It was entirely a special evening so we thought of enjoying a conversation with a soft liquor. I found out that a good combination of alcohol to mix with it would be exchanging of horror stories. (LOL)
Nagsasa cove maybe small , but I think it’s definitely far from being boring. We enjoyed the photo shoot, in fact we attempted shooting numerous times. Then we finally made a closer look at Nagsasa Cove. I just love the lake surrounded by a rolling mountains as its backdrop . The lake offers an endless bliss and opportunities for us to enjoy , play and explore nature. I spent the entire morning staring out into the ocean. Stairing at those pine trees as it dances with the wind. I felt the soft sea breeze and gentle warmth from the daylight sun. Looking at these breathtaking view in the cove made me realize that life is so beautiful. The cove is so alive . I joined the rest of the group and tried to feel the cold water. My feet landed in the softness of the sand . I felt the water gently trickling down on me. We really enjoyed the trip. It was really a fun camping environment so I bet you will like it when you visit Nagsasa Cove. I know , I have said these many times already but everything in this world is unique. That sometimes, sitting and watching birds fly or staring at flowers or just by watching a leaf on a tree dancing to the rhythm of the wind makes us feel happy and invincible. Simple pleasure is the best.
Our boatmen arrived at exactly 9:30 but we didn’t want to get out of the water. Getting out of the water was a torture. Next thing we found out , We boarded our boat at Nagsasa and sailed straight away to our next destination. We anchored ultimately on an amazing coves of zambales.I know, I will be coming back. Thanks for the good memories Nagsasa. The next time you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, enjoy a tranquil weekend in the midst of nature at Nagsasa Cove.
How to get there:
Zambales is approximately 3 hours away from Manila to Brgy. Pundaquit in Zambales. Get yourself a ticket to Iba, Zambales or Sta. Cruz, Zambales (PHP250+). Advice the driver/conductor to drop you off the town’s public market in San Antonio. Ride a tricycle to Mount Pundaquit (roughly PHP30+) which takes approximately 30 minutes. Once you reach Mount Pundaquit, hire an outrigger boat that will take you to Nagsasa Cove.
1. Buy your food in town as there may be a huge difference of with their price.
2. Bring your own tents could help cut down your expenses. Tent rentals in Pundaquit costs at PHP200+.
3. Bring your camping equipment and cooking utensils.
Things to bring:
1. Camping gears
2. Water (enough for your group)
4. Plastic bags for your trash
5. Flash lights
Nature communing, island hopping, sun and sand basking. These are among my fondest memories visiting Nagsasa Cove. Nagsasa cove has an awesome atmosphere. At first glance you will think – “Simple pleasures are certainly the best!”. Get to know other campers around and feel the real life of your destination. I miss all our craziness there. The next time I come around Nagsasa, I will bring a couple of bottle of beer. Thanks for the great memories Nagsasa Cove.
This is now a perfect time to plan your special summer getaway. Your summer holiday is precious which should be cherished and only the best will do.