A new summer destination in the Philippines
April 8, 2012 9:14am CST
Well, it's not really new. But it's not as exploited as Boracay in Aklan or the El Nido in Palawan. It's the Anawangin Cove in Zambales, Philippines. If you've ever heard of Subic, it's near there. Anawangin is at least 4 hours away from Manila. From the mainland in Pundaquit, Zambales, you can go to Anawangin either by boat or by trekking for at least an hour in the mountain. When you go by boat, you will be astounded by the awesome rock formations in the mountain which the boat will pass by. There is no resort or comfortable rooms in Anawangin. Tourists only put up tents in between the pine trees up ahead from the beach. There are wooden tables available and there is a water pump where people can get freshwater for washing dishes or clothes. There are shower rooms, comfort rooms and dressing rooms but not the sophisticated ones. Still, they are manageable. Still away from the beach, there is a stream with perfectly clear water and up ahead more is the forest which tourists can explore. By boat, tourists can go island hopping to the two islands near islands, Capones and Camara islands. Capones has white sand beach like Anawangin and perfectly clear blue water for swimming and snorkeling. Camara islands has awesome rock formations and tourists have to go conquer a few to explore the island. This was the part I really enjoyed especially when we had to go crawl in an opening under the rocks to go to the other side of the island. The sand is also white but coarser and the water is also clear and blue which is really good for swimming. Me and my friends really enjoyed the place and two days and one night wasn't just enough so we are planning to go back the next summer.
10 Apr 12
Hi! Sorry for the late response. There were 8 of us and we paid P1,600 per head. That included the van (back and forth, Manila is the pick-up point), the boat, cottage, tents, kitchen utensils, firewood and charcoal, 5gal drinking water, and entrance fee. If there will be 10 of you, the cost will be P1,400 per head.
9 Apr 12
If the weather permits, try the 3 coves next to Anuwangin. Choose from Nagsasa, Talisayin or Sampaloc cove. They are as lovely as Anuwangin but less the crowd. Anuwangin is getting a bit crowded lately even there are not that much accommodations around. But the sight of the beach, the sea and the pine trees really takes my breath away. Sigh...
10 Apr 12
WOW!! Why didn't u tell me earlier, secret?!?! I would love to explore such scenic areas and especially when it's quiet, not widely populated yet! How did u managed to find such a place, secret? ^^ From your description, i'm yearning to visit that place and i'm considering it to be my honeymoon place if it's good. I'm really sucked in by all the amazing formations, clear blue sea water and the most important thing, trekking ^^ Given me, even 7 days 6 nights won't be enough for me :) hehe
12 Apr 12
A friend recommended the site to me. It only gets populated by tourists during holidays. And there are other islands you can go if you want it to be really peaceful. Two days and one night was actually not enough for us. We are yearning to go back.
23 Jul 12
If you love white sandy beaches then Anawangin Cove is the place to take your holiday. The only way to access Anawangin is using a boat which takes 30mins from a place called Pundaquit which is in San Antonio, Zambales or walking for six hours from Pundaquit. Due its isolation Anawangin is not developed, there are no resorts; only a few huts. But it’s a site to behold.