It is no longer a secret haven because I heard it from friends, watched on documentary show and read in travel blogs. The place I call paradise, Anawangin Cove and Capones Island.
Summer is almost over when we finally decided to spend our annual getaway in Zambales. I read a lot from people who have been there and witnessed the beauty of nature. I got amazed when I see the island myself. Heaven, just heaven!
We always spend our annual summer getaway in Batangas or Laguna hot springs or just somewhere near around. Our kids then enjoyed our vacation as long as there is water they never mind if we chose the same destinations over and over again. Since they're all grown ups now, we let them organized and planned the trip and we just followed and agreed to what they have set in. Originally, we rented a coaster van and it could have been more fun together but the resort owner told us that it's wasn't available so we ended up to two vans instead. Our driver also served as our tour guide in our two-day trip.
So there, off we went to Zambales. We stayed in one of the dormitory rooms in Sir William's Cottage with a capacity of 20 pax. We left Manila at 5am and reached the destination at around 10am. As soon as we arrived, we were welcomed by the owner himself, Mr. William and showed us the room where we would stay. The dormitory type room has 3 double size beds and 2 double size double deck beds with pull-out, split type air-con, cable T.V. and a comfort room.
After we settled ourselves we then asked the boatmen for island tour package. We were given the following options: P450/head Anawangin Cove, Camara Island, Nagsasa and Capones. P300/head Anawangin Cove, Capones Island and that includes entrance fee of P50 to Anawangin Cove. 400/head Anawangin and Nagsasa Cove. The rate depends upon the size of the boat and how many islands to visit.
Because we only have little time, we settled for two islands and charged us P300/head including the entrance fee to Anawangin then off we went island hopping. I suggest to waterproof a gadget especially if one is going to take a small boat.
It took us more or less thirty minutes on the boat to reach Anawangin cove. We rode a mega boat that can accomodate 35 pax. We were only about 20 or less and the rest were left in the cottage. I chose to stay up on the deck and had a smooth sailing all the way to Anawangin. I captured the better view from the second deck. Though there were some waves, it was a calm boat ride because our boat was big and didn't easily sway in.
The view on our way to Anawangin was just so wonderful. I am running out of words to describe it. I was quite entertained on the boat ride and did not notice the time. It was the shortest boat ride I've ever had in my life. I used to be always in panicky state when taking a boat ride, not this time. I can't help myself but be amazed and behold of the beauty of Anawangin. Magnificent paradise, wonderful!
Just perfect. I took this shot just before we landed the shoreline in Anawangin. We did not go up hill but it could be more breathtaking to take a photo from above. I never knew there is such place in the Philippines like this, so beautiful. I hope that this little piece of paradise be spared from commercialization and stays this way forever. I've read in some blogs and saw the photos years ago. If I may compare, the place is already far different. It is no longer a secret paradise and is is being discovered slowly by many beach goers and campers.
This is mandatory. Haha. In all the places we've been, they need to jump shot for me. Hurrah!
It was my first time to see Singkamas this white. I may sound like a fool because I even asked the local what he was selling. He said that singkamas is white when freshly harvest and just turns brown when delivered to Manila.
Because it was weekend, there were a lot of campers as expected. I could imagine a more serene view on a weekday where there are lesser people on the island.
Btw, there are no faucets, electricity, network signal and hotels here. When you need to wash the salt and sand from your body, you need a little effort to get some water from the pump.
I took more shots before we left Anawangin Cove with high hopes that the scene I captured today would still be the same tomorrow. It was so beautiful but I wasn't really convinced with my photos. I have no view from top and panoramic view of Anawangin. The photos here were captured along the way and viewed just a few meters from our picnic hut. I could have taken more beautiful shots if not because of hot temperature that added up to my pms-ing mood that day.
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The sky was blue and perfect to sail when we went to Capones. I was glad that my lens captured this beautiful sight. The color of the sky reflects in the sea that turned so blue as we sail the boat. Just wonderful!
Off to Capones Island
Capones Island is just about twenty minutes away from the mainland. I asked the boatmen about the place and gave me a few information. The island is owned by the government and maintained by navy forces. There's an old ruin on the western part of the island, unfortunately we did not see it and the abandoned lighthouse. I just took some photos from where I was seated and did not explore the island anymore because I traveled with a group and I have to look after my two children and two nieces. We just enjoyed the fine white sand and clear blue water at Capones Island.
The view as get closer to the island. Breathtaking!
and more beautiful as we get closer...
There were some foreign and local tourists who just set up their tent in the island. There is no entrance fee here. You just need to find a place and set yourself where you want to. We have no tent so we just stayed near the rock that gave us a temporary shade.
My daughter was amazed by the fine sand. I put a life vest for my niece just in case a heavy waves sway her in the deep. She enjoyed the water a lot.
I should have explored more of the island. I couldn't believe it that I have no single photo here. I honestly got overwhelmed with the view.
On the next day, on the shore of Pundaquit, we spent our remaining hours doing other activities like swimming and playing volleyball.
I know I missed a lot in this travel like trekking, going up hill in Anawangin Cove, camping out in one of the islands, exploring Capones, Nagsasa Cove, Camara and Magalawa island and more. There could be other reasons why. The nature may have some explanation for me and so I'll just wait for that answer to come. teehee.
I documented the fun and uploaded the photos here. The rest of the photos are on my mind stored to last forever, memories.
How to get to Anawangin Cove
By private vehicle. Anawangin is located in Pundaquit Zambales. It will take about three or four hours from Manila. You may opt to stay in a resort in Pundaquit or just go directly to Anawangin cove where you can set up a tent. Head to end of NLEX and pass DAO exit. Follow the signs to SCTEX then Subic which is heading to the right. Exit Subic. Turn left when you reach Olongapo Public Cemetery. Towns to pass by: Subic Town, Castillejos, the San Marcelino. There is an intersection at the public market in San Marcelino. Turn left to San Antonio. Follow the signs to Pundaquit.
By public transportation. Take Victory Liner from Pasay or Cubao Stations going to San Antonio, Zambales. From San Antonio, take a tricycle ride and ask the driver to bring you to Pundaquit. From Pundaquit, get a boat that will take you to Anawangin or any islands. I heard that there is a standard boat fare now so you wouldn't need a good negotiation skill to haggle for a lower price.