Anawangin Cove | Camping by the Beach
Anawangin Cove highlights beach camping. It is blissfully spared from modern day developments—–no electricity, no cellphone signal, no running water & no posh sleeping accommodations.
Anawangin, derived from a local language “anaowangin” which means “full of carabaos” has been there since the time of the Aeta settlements along the Pundaquit Range. But the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 transformed it into a haven.
The soil from the mountains eroded and pushed the shoreline farther. Tons of volcanic ash buried the tiers of gray sand underneath & swathed it all with white velvety powders. Behind the woody campsite is a mystical picture of a clear marsh decked by a maze of pine-like Agoho trees. At night, fireflies & bonfires illuminate the paradise.
If you are looking for a place to lie on the laps of a different luxurious travel time for yourself, then Anawangin Cove it is.
How to Get to Anawangin Cove
Via Private Vehicle
Take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and connect to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).
Take the Subic Exit that will lead you inside the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) complex, follow the road to the Pier.
Exit left to Subic town proper.
Follow the long road passing by the towns of Castillejos and San Marcelino.
Upon reaching the town of San Antonio, turn left at 7-11. Follow the road signages that leads to Barangay Pundaquit.
Via Public Transport
Take a bus from Pasay or Cubao terminal of Victory Liner to Iba, Zambales. Get off in San Antonio & take the tricycle to Pundaquit.
You may also take other bus lines from Pasay or Cubao terminals to Olongapo. Get off in SM & take the jeepney to bus terminal. From there, take Iba-bound buses & get off at San Antonio.
Bring cash because there’s no ATM even in San Antonio.
Bring the basics especially emergency medicines.
Bring a camera sealed in a ziplocked plastic.
Do not litter in the Cove. Help in conserving the place.
Do not make unnecessary noise in the Cove, respect other campers (seen and unseen).
On Parking & Other Fees
Safe parking is available for those bringing vehicles. Fee of P100/day is collected upon leaving.
Daytrip in the cove is P50, while an overnight stay is P100 per person.
Boat rental can be from P1,000-P2,000. Depending on the size of the boat. Side trips to Capones & Camara Islands will require additional charge.
On Guide Services
Contact Kulot at +639108162974. Or find him on Facebook as Reynald Liwarin.
Discuss with Kulot whether you like to take the 30-minute boat ride or 5-6 hour mountain trek to reach the cove.
What To Bring
Think of going to a camping adventure by the sea for you to know what to bring like potable water, food, first aid kit, tent & cooking utensils.
Some things are available for rent from your guide like tents and utensils. If you are good enough to them, these can be waived.
It is better to meet up with them first in San Antonio to discuss what to expect in the trip and what else to bring.
There is a store in the cove but as expected, prices are way too high.
There is no fixed guide fee. If you are given an exemplary service, return the favor by giving them a generous tip.
For overnight stay in the Cove, bring your tents or you may rent from your guide.
For those doing a daytrip, accommodations abound in Pundaquit proper. Read reviews first prior to reservation.
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