Anawangin Cove is a favorite picnic/camping destination in Zambales for local and foreign tourists. The string of mountains around the cove protects from tough nightly winds making it a perfect campground. The nearest kickoff point is Pundaquit in San Antonio, and take a 30-minute boat/bangka ride. Waves are tolerable.
Are you ready to try camping? Get some tips from our adventure to Anawangin Cove.
WHAT TO EXPECT
It’s a camping adventure trip, be prepared to get away from your comfort zone.
- No mobile cellular network. It’s a good retreat from the busy mobile city life.
- On the way, eating in carenderias/eateries by the roadside is highly possible.
- Restrooms in the campsite are very basic. Don’t expect mirrors or anything like that.
- No electricity. Awoo!
- Tent accommodation. Duh.
- You’d notice fences, meaning private property and you’d have to pay a fee for entry to another campsite.
- Crowded with campers, especially on weekends. So expect long queues to the restroom.
- There is a sari-sari/convenience store that sells almost anything. But, you guessed it right, with a 200-300% mark up on the price. Hahaha.
HOW TO GET THERE FROM MANILA
- Private car.
- Head for the SCTEX at the end of NLEX, past the Dao exit. Use new Mindanao Avenue for convenience.
- Take Subic route, not Tarlac. Exit at Subic.
- Pass through and out of Subic and head for the gate at the extreme end of Dewey Street.
- Once you see the Olongapo Public Cemetery in front of you, turn left and keep on.
- Watch out for the town of San Marcelino.
- When you reach San Marcelino, at the public market you will see an intersection. Turn left to San Antonio.
- Head on straight through San Antonio until you see the Municipal Hall and the Church. Turn left by the end of the main road.
- Follow the signs headed to Pundaquit.
- Get a boat from Pundaquit to Anawangin Cove.
- Public transportation.
- Take a bus to San Antonio, Zambales. Approx P250/person for Victory Liner from the Pasay City or Cubao stations.
- From San Antonio, take the tricycle (around Php25.00 per head, or arrange a fixed rate) to Pundaquit.
- Get a boat from Pundaquit to Anawangin Cove.
Depending on the time of day, trip may take approx 3-5 hours. We departed at 10PM, using private transport.
This is our actual itinerary for our Anawangin Cove weekend camping with side trip to Capones Island. (Although the time stamps are just estimates, because you’d tend to ignore the time, until the next day because the boatman’s going to pick you up on schedule.)
|2200H – 0300H: Manila to Pundaquit|
|0330H – 0400H: Meet boatman|
|0400H – 0500H: Zzzzzz….|
|0500H – 0600H: Buying food necessities at San Antonio Market|
|0600H – 0630H: Boatride to Anawangin|
|0630H – 0730H: Build camp/Prepare breakfast|
|0730H – 0830H: Breakfast|
|0830H – 1130H: Explore Anawangin, or catch some “Zzzzzz”|
|1130H – 1230H: Prepare lunch|
|1230H – 1330H: Lunch|
|1330H – 1800H: Free time|
|1800H – 1900H: Prepare Dinner|
|1900H – 2000H: Dinner|
|2000H ——-> : Booze/Bonfire/Lights off (Oh yesh, there are no lights! Hahaha.)|
|0600H – 0700H: Prepare Breakfast|
|0700H – 0800H: Breakfast|
|0800H – 0945H: Free time/Break camp|
|0945H – 1015H: Anawangin to Capones Island|
|1015H – 1030H: Trek to Capones Lighthouse|
|1030H – 1130H: Explore Lighthouse/Camwhoring|
|1130H – 1145H: Trek back to boat|
|1145H – 1215H: Capones Island to Pundaquit|
|1215H – 1300H: Washup/Fixup/Videoke/Snacks|
|1300H – 1400H: Late lunch at roadside Carenderia, Pundaquit|
|1400H – 1900H: Pundaquit to Manila (Stopover at Razon’s in Pampanga for early dinner)|
For our group of 8, excluding driver, our estimated individual cost was approx Php2,062.50.
For convenience, we bought our mealtime requirements at San Antonio public market. We brought some but mostly we arranged to borrow the utensils (and bought water and booze) from our trusty guide.
We rented a Toyota Innova (with driver), Php10,000.00
Boat rental, roundtrip, Php2,000
|Tent rental (3 x Php300/tent)||112.5|
|Food, per person (We’re gluttons!)||250|
|Daytour/Sidetrip to Capones Island||100|
|Estimated, per person||Php 2,062.50|
Enjoy our quick and easy recipes for camping at Anawangin. What we cooked:
- Breakfast 1 – Rice, Hotdogs, Hardboiled Eggs
- Lunch – Rice, Tahong (Asian green mussel), Grilled Fish, Grilled Squid
- Dinner – Rice, Ensaladang Talong (eggplant salad), Inihaw na Liempo (Grilled Pork Belly)
- Breakfast 2 – Rice, Eggs (Hardboiled/Scrambled), Leftover Inihaw na Liempo
WHAT TO BRING
- Clothing & Footwear
- 1-2 change of clothes
- slippers/ sandals
- ziplock/plastic bags to keep your stuff dry
- water and snacks ( while on the road )
- mosquito repellent lotion, sunblock
- flashlight, lighter, and other camping essentials
- other swimming essentials
- personal medication
- Your desire for adventure, open mind and sense of humor
WHAT TO DO
- Trek/Climb. You can climb the hill to the left, facing towards the open sea, to see Anawangin Cove in a different perspective. Opposite it, a lonely patch of beach forsaken because of its rocky seafront, but worth a checking.
- Photography. Camwhoring opportunities abound.
- Bonfire. Socials.
- Skimboarding. Bring your own skim board.
- Sidetrip. Another Php100 can take you to nearby Capones Island. Trek to Capones Lighthouse.
Welcome to the great outdoors!
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