Our team was the first to arrive at Anawangin, we thought there were games at Tinukib Festival but there was none. Well, while waiting for the party, we went for a dip at the pond! :) This photo shows me and my new found hiker friends :)
Tales of the olden structures are enchanting, especially aged ruins of the days when the lighthouses are standing proudly, guiding shipping vessels.
Visit these place to learn the story of its magnificent past. Explore and take a lot of pictures!
Aside from the beach area, explore the surroundings and take a dip in the river.
Have an extra battery for your camera, sure you'll want to take more pictures of this pine tree rich cove.
Toilets are old fashioned, fetch water from the deep well and be sure to lock your door. LOL.
Just a few meters away from the beach, a small hill is overlooking the whole cove. It's about 15-20 mins hike to the top. Path is a bit steep but manageable. Just don't forget to wear proper shoe wear (e.g., hiking sandals/shoes). You can watch the sunset or sunrise from the summit.
Capones Island - The island is actually a big lump of rock formation with very little soil. Beaches around the island aren’t that homie for the usual tourist mainly because of the sand and rock mixture from the crashing waves of the open ocean.
The lighthouse is at the back of the island when you’re facing the open sea. The steep steps up to the lighthouse are no walk in the park. So be ready and carry only what you need. If you do need to carry a lot of stuff like camera gears, make sure you put them in a sturdy bag with a strong strap.
Anawangin Cove - is by far the most popular destination for campers and beach goers alike. A trip to Pundaquit is never complete without feeling Anawangin’s mixture of volcanic ash and white sand beneath your feet.
It is unfortunate that structures such as cement houses or buildings can’t be built behind its shores, due to the fact that seasonal rain and monsoon softens the ground beneath it and waves brought about by the typhoons can easily reach the main campsite. Also, a stream flows from the mountains and through it’s banks during the rainy season.
It is surrounded by mountains of rocks theoretically known to be formed by ages of volcanic activities in the past. But the most surprising phenomenon which has occurred in the past years was the growth of pine trees just behind the banks of the cove. The seeds were brought there by the memorable eruption Mt Pinatubo together with the ash fall.
**Entrance fee for day tour is Php 50and for over night stay Php 150. You can rent tents for Php 250.
Camara Island - The island has a great view of the open ocean. It has two sides separated by a white sandbar that becomes visible during the lowtide and disappears during the high tide.
Boat ride for all these places mentioned above starts at Php 1,500.
***You can contact Jerwin to arrange the whole tour for you. He was the one who arranged ours, we were a group of 12 and he only charged us php12,000. Inclusive of van transfers from Manila to Pundaquit / boat ride to said Islands, and entrance fees to anawangin. He even included 2 tents for free.
The province of Zambales is located in the western side of the Central Luzon Region in the island of Luzon, Philippines. Wide range of beaches that you can choose. From it's southernmost tip (Olongapo City) to the northernmost town of Santa Cruz, cool breeze will encourage you to dive to it's clear and clean waters.
We went to Anawangin, Camara & Capones Islands and Potipot one weekend. I'd like to share with how we went about it:
Day 1, Saturday, we went to Camara & Capones Islands, and Anawangin Cove. My husband & grandson pitched a tent at Anawangin Cove where they camped overnight with some photo buddies, while my daughter & I went back to Pundakit at about 5pm to spend the night at Canoe Beach Resort.
Day 2, Sunday, my husband & company went back to Capones Island early morning for more picture-taking of the lighthouse, and headed back to Pundakit at about 10:30am. We went to Candelaria, Zambales and had late lunch at Dawal Beach Resort in Uacon, where we also got our boats to Potipot. Potipot is only 5 minutes boat ride from Dawal. We spent only about 2-3 hrs in Potipot for swimming, snorkeling and photo shoot. Then we headed to Subic for an extended vacation.
We were supposed to take a boat ride to Anawangin Cove but the waves were too high and the weather didn't comply with our plan. We decided to go straight to Capones Island instead. The island is very deserted, very clean and relaxing. We shared the island with 2 other korean families, who put up their own tent and had lunch there.
There are no huts, toilets or resorts in there so be ready and bring your banig/tents. We opted to stay there for a few hours (not sure if you could stay there overnight). We also had lunch there. We bought food from a carinderia in Pundaquit Island before riding a boat to this island.
It was super duper fun!!!
Zambales is a fast becoming a favorite of photo enthusiasts because of the diverse subjects and locations one can choose to create beautiful shots. Before, we went to the different towns of Zambales for a swimming holiday. Now, we go to Zambales not only to swim and have a vacation; we go to Zambales for a photo safari. We never run out of subjects and places to think of.
The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTX) has cut traveling time to Subic by more than one hour because travelers don't have to pass by McArthur Highway which usually has heavy traffic especially near the poblacion and public market areas. I suggest you take the SCTX whenever you go to Zambales, you will not only cut your traveling time, you will also enjoy the scenery.
This activity will take roughly 4 hours. Approx 2 going up, 2 descending.
If you plan to do a day trip, better be in San Antonio before 5am, so you can enjoy the cool air of dawn. And if you arrive before sunrise, the wide black sky dotted with millions of bright stars would be a sight to see. Actually, the earlier the better, so you can avoid the morning to mid-day sun. Just make sure you have a flashlight on you.
You will be lead by your guide from the Pundaquit beach, so the first terrain you will encounter is all sand and grass. You will be crossing a river during the first leg on the way up. If you're lucky enough, the river should be dry during sunny periods. But be careful especially if the weather has been showering rainstorms for the previous days, you may encounter some water.
The mountain terrain on the way up is generally grassy. Tall clingy weeds on the way. On the way down is rocks and carabao poop. It's an easy enough hike, not too steep. Just make sure to prepare for it physically and you're goo to go. Ü
There are spots on the beach which have been used for setting up campfires and grills. Best to use these spots than create a new one, for environmental purposes.
You may bring or have your local contact bring some coal, barbecue sticks and your food.
You might the idea of grilling vegetables very handy, that is if you like veggies. We actually grilled eggplants and tomatoes ala kabab and had a great meal on the beach.
Capones is a small, undeveloped yet promising island destination. Some say this is where some of the scenes in the famous "Marimar" teleserye was shot. You may enjoy swimming in the crystal clear water along the beach, snorkel, explore the surroundings by kayak or simply walk around and discover the natural beauty of the island. I decided to climb up a nearby rock formation and believe me, the scenery up there is awesome. Reaching the top is easy but going down is another story. Just be careful because the rocks are quite slippery.
To the left of anawangin cove, after passing the swamp, there is an established (though unmarked) trail to the other uninhabited cove adjacent anawangin. You have to climb up on the side of cliff before you can descend to the other cove.
After about 10 minutes of trekking, the cove can already be seen from an arched cliff marked by a lone tree. The 360 view from this vantage point is magnificent. You don't even have to continue on to the other cove if your energy is already spent. Anyway, this area is a perfect spot for rest and relaxation.
Apart from swimming in the beach, you may likewise enjoy anawangin by walking along it's long shoreline. Pick a not so sunny hour to do your walk -- before 9am or after 4pm. Be sure to have your camera with you because the images to capture are plentiful.
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