To kick start 2017, we went on a little holiday at Anawangin Cove, Zambales with some of our law school friends. Initially, it was a plan to celebrate our 2nd anniversary (whoa!) but we decided to bring some friends with us for a more fun and exciting experience.
For the trip, I decided to avail one of those Anawangin “tour” services abundant on Facebook. It’s not actually a tour per se but more of a contact person who can assist you for your trip. Our contact person, Jake, helped us eliminate the hassle of renting a boat to and from the island, buying a tent, getting charcoal and wood for camping, renting a space for our cottage, and getting water provisions. There are a lot of tour packages lying around online, it’s just a matter of choosing the cheapest price for the best service. Of course, another pro tip on my part is to ask your contact person where their camp is. Apparently, Anawangin cove has several camps. Some camps have more mosquitoes flying around because it’s near a lagoon and some camps are pretty decent, shaded, and near the beach (like our camp haha!)
It’s also very accessible compared to other destinations! To go to the island, you just need to drive or commute 3-4 hours to Brgy. Pundaquit, Zambales. Afterwards, a 30-minute boat ride is needed in order to reach the cove itself. (I advise taking meds first if you easily get sea sick. The waves are pretty intense in Anawangin!)
Upon reaching the cove, you can really marvel at its beauty. The view is pretty much comparable to beaches outside the Luzon area. The rock formations were really nice and the landscape was just awe-mazing. Scroll down for more pics of our adventure!
We stayed for 3 days and 2 nights in the island. We brought our own food (most of which are canned goods) but we also brought isaw and barbecue for a more fun ihaw and camping experience. Given that all the products that you can buy in the island are worth twice the price from when you are in the city, it was a good call bringing our own beer and ihaw food.
Support their local market as well! Buy goods like halo-halo and beer from their sari-sari stores ♥
If you’re the adventurous type of person (like our group haha) you would surely appreciate the fact that there’s also a trail which can lead you up a mountain to have an overlooking view of Anawangin.
Other than that, there’s not much to do on top of the hill except to take pictures and enjoy the sunset. Don’t get me wrong though, it was quite relaxing!
Overall, it was a fun and relaxing experience. I also forgot to mention that there’s no electricity and signal in the place so best to bring your powerbanks and lamps – and don’t forget to inform your relatives that you’ll be unreachable for a while! (You can also ask locals for a favor to text your relatives when they reach Pundaquit. Don’t forget to give them a tip na lang 😉 )
P.S. Look up during the night! You can see stars clearly from the island. Just cross your fingers that clouds do not block your view when you visit! 🌟
Sorry if this was such a long post but I really enjoyed this trip :)) I’d give the whole experience an 11/10. If you’re into adventures that involve trekking, water, and sun, I’d definitely recommend Anawangin!
If you want to know the contact number of Jake, our contact person, leave a comment down below 🙂
ALSO, as a bonus, we also have an Anawangin trip video! Feel free to check it out! Credits to Martin for the shots!