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nice place but boring
The main market takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays only as traders arrive in town and set up their stalls, which sell cellfones, tools, clothes etc. During other days the traders will set uo business at other towns in Zimbales. The market is located in the center of town near the bus stop and town hall.more
A statue of the towns most famous resident is located in the small garden in front of the Municipal Hall. He was born in the town in 1861 and studied law at one of the best universities in the country (Santo Tomas). He later studied in West London for several years before taking up a position as Resident Commissioner of the Philippines in...more
Here in Anawangin Cove was my first ever camping experience. The idea of staying overnight in a deserted island was a new adventure for me. Being a neophyte, I had my apprehension, I imagine things that could happen or go wrong during our stay - heavy rains, typhoon, tsunami, etc. But none of these odd things happened.At night, I remember indulging...more
With the beautiful panorama of Anawangin Cove and the place being less touristy, this is a great place to try out your skills in photography. We have met one photo journalist here who shared us some of his photo skills.Unfortunately, my camera's memory card was not a good one - it destroyed most of my shots! Thanks to vters for sharing their...more
Camara and Capones Islands can be seen from the beaches of Pundakit. Tourists usually go island hopping to these places before going to Anawangin Cove. We did just that. Camara Island, the closest island from the shores of Pundakit, is a big lump of rock with very little soil. Trees & vegetation hardly grow because of the rock formations and the...more
Your boatman is not merely the person who will bring you to the islands/cove. The "bankero" is also your travel guide, protector while on the sea, interpreter, and he can also be your camping assistant (he can help you with pitching tents, cleaning up or even cooking your food).There are standard rates for renting a banca, so please don't haggle...more
Camara rocks- figuratively and literally! As mentioned earlier, Camara Island is a big lump of rock formation.To nature lovers, it will always be fascinating to examine the different rocks found in an island. In Camara, you just won't have enough of rock exploration, as each rock has its own beauty and unique features.more
I always find it exciting to explore the flora in the new places we go to. In Anawangin Cove, I discovered some beach plants growing in the sandy banks, and with interesting flowers and fruits yet. It is amazing how they can grow and survive the almost soil-less place.more
Whether you are in a Pundakit beach resort or in Anawangin Cove, the sunset will surely fascinate you. I had the chance to see the golden sunset from the beachfront of our Canoe Beach Resort. The sun sets behind the Camara Island. It was such an awesome sight seeing the sun in its golden, perfectly round shape slowly going down, hiding behind the...more
We stopped at San Antonio Public Market to buy fresh fish & squid, pork, eggplants, mangoes, rice, coal for grilling, and other supplies like gas for the portable camping stove and additional drinks.If you're early and the public market is not yet open (they open at about 8am yet), a little sweet request or persuasive cajolling might convince the...more
The adventurous type can camp overnight at Anawangin Cove. Camping offers a different kind of excitement- eating al fresca, sleeping inside the tent or on a hammock, resting and/or meditating with the relaxing sound of the waves. The campsite is at the back of the banks. Campers have ample space to pitch their tents. I suggest you pitch your tent...more
Anawangin is the nearest cove from the poblacion, and is currently the most visited and developed amongst Pundakit's coves.Anawangin Cove is surrounded by mountains that look like gigantic rocks, known to be formed by tumultous volcanic activities in the past. But what amuses tourists is the presence of pine trees neatly lined up in rows (as in a...more
Barangay Pundakit is a small fishing village in San Antonio, but it has become more popular as the jump-off point for Anawangin Cove, Capones Island and Camara Island. And now, Pundakit has become more exciting when word spread about Nagsasa Cove and Sinlanguin Cove, which supposedly offer a more quiet environment for tourists.more
Cafe' Pundakit is Canoe Beach Resort's Restaurant. It shares the ground floor of the main building with the Front Desk, and is just beside the swimming pool. If you're seated near the pool, you will have a great view of the mountain. If you sit at the veranda, you will have a nice view of the picnic cottages, the volleyball court, the beach and the sea.
Cafe' Pundakit lacks the sophistication of other known Beach Resorts in Zambales, but the service of the staff and the volume & taste of the food compensate for it.
The only thing I didn't like about the place is the presence of flies. Since the main door was open, and the side door to the pool was also open, the flies really had a heydey. I asked the waitress for a small candle to help repel the flies; I expected her to put the usual small votive candles in glass holders, but she came with a big white candle (LOL, like the ones we use during brownouts or in cemeteries).
Favorite Dish: Cafe' Pundakit serves local specialties, as well as international foods. I can't specify any favorite dish because we ate dinner and breakfast only. However, I can say that we got value for our money. The price of the viands might look pricey at first, but considering the fact that it's good for 2-3 people (depending on one's appetite), then the cost per head is reasonable.
We liked their "Sinigang na Sugpo" for dinner. Initially, I was disappointed to see shrimps, not prawns (because "sugpo" refers to prawns which are big, while shrimps are smaller) in our sour soup. However, the shrimps tasted so good, you could tell they were fresh because they were "manamis-namis" (sweet). Their sinigang also had enough vegetables (okra, radish,swamp cabbage or "kangkong") which were not overcooked. So for that, I give Cafe Pundakit a thumbs up :)
On the other hand, their Fish & Chips didn't excite our gustatory senses; quite soggy (especially the French Fries which accompanied the Fish, instead of crispy Potato Chips) and too much black peppermill used in the batter :(
The Filipino breakfast was super heavy! I chose Homemade Beef Tapa (Cured Meat), garlic rice and two sunny side eggs with Milo. Quite a hefty serving for me (considering I normally eat fruit, oatmeal and cereals at home), but I had to finish it, as the day's activity would be hectic. The sunny side up eggs were overdone and the beef tapa had some tough parts, but on the whole, I liked my breakfast anyway :)
My daughter was pretty satisfied with her American breakfast of bacon and egg omelette with toasted bread and Milo.
Tricycles to Pundaquit will cost 30 pesos per person and you will see many trikes parked in the main street waiting for passengers.Victory Liners frequently travel north to Santa Cruz and Iba, and local buses will go as far as Olongapo while the Liners go to various parts of Manila.more
From Pundakit to the Islands, you will have to ride in a banca. We rode in a small banca when we went to Camara & Capones Islands, then to Anawangin Cove. Tourists are usually fetched and brought back to Pundakit by the same boatman. Boat capacity is 4-5 persons, depending on the weight; baggage & supplies will use another boat.Standard rates for...more
If you decide to commute going to San Antonio, you will have to take a tricycle going to Pundakit. We brought our own car going to Pundakit, San Antonio, but for the sake of commuters, I asked about commuting around. I learned that tricycle are everywhere almost 24 hours a day. In fact, before you find them, the tricycle drivers will likely call...more
"Bayanihan" spirit (helping each other) is still alive in Pundakit. I witnessed this when we returned to Pundakit from Anawangin Cove; upon seeing our banca about to dock in the beach area, "bankeros" called the attention of swimmers in the banca's route, then approached our banca to help us get off and wade safely to the shore, and when we finally alit, they helped our boatman bring the boat to the shore.
I witnessed the "bayanihan" spirit again when boatmen helped a fisherman pull his banca to the shore.
It is common for swimmers and snorkelers to use goggles to protect their eyes...but you'll need goggles to protect your eyes against irritation during your boat ride. Going to and from Anawangin, waves can be very rough, and with a speeding boat, your eyes will inevitably be splashed with sea water. Regular shades/eyeglasses won't protect you....more
A friend of ours who frequent Anawangin Cove warned us NOT to pitch our tents in the middle portion of the Camping Area where the pine trees are so close to each other. He was already forewarned by his friend-'bankero" to always pitch his tent near the caretaker's house/store, but since he wanted a change of view and experience, he pitched his tent...more
Our friend who goes to Anawangin almost every other month warned us to keep watch of our tents, and not to leave personal things, including our portable gas stove unattended even for a short time. In our group, we agreed to take turns in keeping watch of our tents and camping gear. Another concern is the "unsolved" cases of tents being damaged by...more
Small backpack & belt bag, and drygear bag to put camera bag, backpack & beltbagwhen riding the banca. swimwear, beachwear, extra underwear, marine shoes/sandals, hat or scarf, shades, hoodies sunblock, mosquito repellant, hand & body lotion w/ sunblock, shampoo & conditioner in sachet packs, bodywash/soap, hand sanitizer, first aid...more
Backpacks, beach bags swimwear, comfy shirts, extra clotheschoice of rubber shoes, sandals, rubber slippers emergency/first aid kits cameras, extra batteries, ziplocks tents, sleeping bag, blankets, jacket, head lamps, flashlights, extra batteries - no electricity in Anawangin Covesunblock lotion, snorkeling gearseasy to cook foods, canned...more
Travel light, as much as possible put everything on your backpack, and it is also advisable to put your things first on a plastic before packing them inside your backpack. shorts, dri-fit shirts and sandals are the most ideal. a raincoat can also be helpful in case of rain. your camera, a tripod and if possible, a waterproof casing to protect the...more
Most visitors of Anawangin are so focused on the beach, mountain view and the campsite that only a few know about Anawangin Lake.Anawangin Lake is not only a photographer's must-go destination; it also offers the common traveler a postcard-perfect view of the lake's jade green water with reflections of the pine trees, the sky and the mountain.A few...more
When you're on Capones Island during your island hopping activity, you can climb up the Spanish lighthouse complex located at the west peak of the island. The path leading up begins from the rocky beach on the northside and is somewhat difficult to find (looking for the way up is an adventure by iteself). Give yourself at least 2 hours.Once you're...more
There's a lot of beaches that san antonio could offered, but if you like to enjoy your swimming in clear water with white sand, try anawangin beach in one of your island hopping. No resort facilities around the place, just a water pump available in the area if you need tapwater. In case, it is broke down, there is a clear water river near the...more
My favorite thing? This particular signage on the beach at Anawangin!!! (this tip is dedicated to little matt gonzales) :PAs I said in another tip, the facilities at Anawangin Cove is rudimentary, especially the toilet and bathroom. :) You have to grin and bear it. Bring a lot of tissue paper!more
Anawangin Cove is a beautiful secluded place which is starting to become a destination of choice for nature lovers coming to Pundaquit.But there is no grabage facility on the cove. We have to be responsible for our litter. Please do bring your garbage back with you from Anawangin. Don't be a litter bug and destroy the Anawangin experience for those...more
Hi! Just got back from Anawangin today. The weather was fine but it started to rain as we were going home. The place is so beautiful.Just so you know, 1)there's no potable water there and no place to buy anything so please bring everything you need. 2)please be sure you have an all-weather tent because it has been raining (although it just drizzled...more