Anawangin Cove

Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales

Anawangin Cove
4.2
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Ikuy I.
5.0 Stars
3

Another solo trip that I've done last September. A 5 hours ride from Victory Cubao to Brgy Pundaquit. Trek for about 3 hours at Mt. Pundaquit and travers to anawangin cove. A the place is peaceful a place that I dream of. Its an over night stay that I bring my own camping gear. I enjoy my 2days and 1 night stay in zambales. There's lot of this to do hike,surf, island hopping in Capone's and nagsasa etc. Just hike a boat about 2500 per 5-6 pax.

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Salie D.
5.0 Stars
6

This was my last visit here with my family. I made the review about this place already a few months ago. But since I'm running out of Ipad memory, better share the pictures here on Looloo before it goes to deleted album. 9996🏽️128521

Clearly I captured great pictures during our stay. I'm definitely missing the beach now. And missing all my sisters too. These are the pictures I wasn't able to upload before, I'm sure you'd feel how much we had fun! I also included the cute souvenirs offered in this place.

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Jacob N.
4.0 Stars

Anawangin cove is the most popular island in zambales, maybe because its just a 30 minute boat ride from pundaquit beach, and it is the cheapest one to go to..

It is like the older brother of nagsasa, by older I literally mean older (luma na) 128514. It is smaller and more crowded, I suggest you go on a weekday to enjoy the island more.

It still has the beauty of the mountains crumbling to the sea, its just that I went to nagsasa first (which is alot better) thats why I'm having a hard time to appreciate anawangin.

But without comparing, it is still a beautiful
Island, it has more pine trees which will give you the baguio feel, without the cool temperature ofcourse 128513

I am not an expert in camping but here are some tips :)

1. Arrive early to get the best spot to pitch your tent
2. Bring lots of food, what else will do besides swimming? 128514 eating!
3. Buy fresh produce in san antonio wet market
4. Bring lots of water, nomnomnom
5. Mosquito repellent incase of mosquito attack 128514
6. Marsh mallows and hot dogs for bonfire!
7. Telescope for star gazing
8. Sunblock of course
9. Money for halo-halo 128514
10. A camping guide booklet because my tips are getting useless 128514128514

Okay enough of that, id still recommend this island, but make sure to visit this first before nagsasa and capones 128513128522

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Pam L.
4.0 Stars
3

This review is for my visit last year. I'm only posting it now because multiple photos! Hehe. 128556

Due to its relatively near location and the dirt cheap "accommodations", Anawangin Cove in the town of San Antonio in Zambales has become a super popular beach destination.

There were a lot of people who flocked the cove when I visited February of last year. Considering that it was just a regular weekend then, I imagine that it's really crowded now that summer is upon us.

It's really cool that people are starting to notice our beautiful beaches but it's NOT cool when they throw their trash around! 128545 Please pick up after yourselves!!

Anyway, I really love the scenery here, from the pine trees to the mountains surrounding the cove. It's really beautiful. There's no signal here also so it's the perfect place to relax and appreciate nature. Another reason why I like going to remote beaches like this one is to see the night sky without the light pollution of cities!

There are no real accommodations in the cove, you have to pitch a tent and camp. I don't mind it so much because there are "toilets/bath stalls" (in quotation marks because it's just a bowl with manual flush). I just cannot pee in the wilderness! If you absolutely can't sleep in a tent, there are cheap accommodations at Pundaquit. You can go to Anawangin and its neighboring coves and islands on a day trip.

The waters here are clear and since it's a cove, the currents aren't strong. Watch out for jellyfishes though!

If want a less crowded beach, ask the boat man to take you to either Talisayen or Silanguin (I heard Nagsasa is also crowded now). The former takes an hour from Pundaquit while the latter takes around 2 hours. The boat rental is more expensive but I think it's worth the time and the money. Please don't try to haggle the price of the boat rental because it's their livelihood! To really avoid the crowds, I think it's best to go on a weekday.

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Maureen L.
2.0 Stars

Too crowded and too commercialized if you ask me. Imagine arriving on a beach then a fence greets you. Yes, a fence separating the beach from the other camping site - I guess to ensure tourists "pay" for their visit.

If you're thinking of camping here, do so maybe during normal days. But definitely not weekends nor holidays cause you're going to lose your mind with the sea of people! 128514

Beach isn't as clean as Nagsasa as well, most probably because of all the vacationers 128533

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Salie D.
5.0 Stars

Happy 1000th! 128525

I still have too many pending reviews to make and I chose this special one to be my favorite!
Family is the best group to be with when going out of town for an adventure! Adventure kasi, we still don't know where the road will lead us...a niece of mine suggested a place near Olongapo but weren't sure what's gonna happen. I was half excited and at the same time, tamad the night I was told that we're going to the beach early next morning. There was even an unavoidable event that night and I knew I'd have a lack of sleep.

Came the morning of the trip, I woke up early and hurriedly go to QC where all the Balikbayans in our family are staying.
I really enjoyed the road trip every single time...whether it's a bad traffic or not, It's always just fun right?!:) especially that I'm with my sisters and their families...ang saya talaga!

Before we get to our destination, niece looked for a new place after finding out that the Resort we're aiming to visit is fully booked. Thanks to waze and Looloo of course! You're a big help in times like this!

Thankfully, we were able to call a Resort near this Island. We rented two rooms for a night and additional mattresses for 100 bucks each.

The same day, we get to rent a boat after lunch going here in this Island. It includes bringing all of us to Anawangin for a swim and an Island hopping where it took us 30 minutes or so going around the Beach Islands nearby. The experience I must say is a bit tiring but adventurous and new to me. I've always been afraid of riding a boat, fyi. 128513 But honestly, it's all worth it!!!! We are beyond blessed to have these Philippine Islands! The view from the boat approaching the Island made us more enthusiastic on landing ashore...It is absolutely gorgeous!!!!...and the 360 degree view from the boat is astonishing!

We stayed swimming and sun bathing and picture taking for ate least an hour, there are locals selling souvenirs and cottages for rent. Before it gets dark, we were all forced to go back into the Resort. We were "safely" brought back by Manong who was smoking in the boat while occasionally fixing the boat's engine when it stops..sigh128513

I have taken so many beautiful pictures with this trip. I wish I could've post more. 128525

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Chrisalyn T.
4.0 Stars

My friends and i planned to go to this place, which was only 3.5-4 hours away from the Metro. We didn’t want to travel by bus, so all 4 of us girls decided to drive ourselves all the way to Zambales. We had a few stopovers of course for some bladder break, lunch and last minute wet market shopping for our meals.

On our way to Zambales, instead of passing by Pampanga. We drove pass Subic, Olongapo towards Zambales instead. It had a faster route, less traffic and stop lights. But as soon as you reach Olongapo, I suggest you drive carefully and just avoid breaking the rules. Don’t swerve, don’t keep changing lanes and so on because they are quite strict with it. Who would want to be asked to stop on the side of the road by an officer right?! It would be such a hassle.

As soon as we arrived to Zambales, we parked our car near a wet market, where we were able to buy our charcoals, veggies, eggs, some canned goods, rice and seasoning for our dinner and breakfast for the next day. We arrived around 1pm, so we weren’t able to buy any meat at all. The only meat left had flies flying all over it, that is why i suggest you go early in order to get the freshest meat they have on that day. Be sure to buy food that are easy to cook and enough to keep you full. Be sure to buy enough charcoals too, as charcoals sold in the island are a lot more expensive than the ones at the wet market.

After doing our food shopping, we decided to head on to our boat. It took us probably 20 mins long to get there. As soon as you reach the place, you’ll notice that the water on that island looks clean, the place had a lot of trees too, which made it look like a great place for camping and gives you that you are in a forest kind of feeling. You can bring a tent with you or even borrow a tent from them. They will even help you set it up, but renting a tent requires you to pay for it. As for the kitchen utensils, we just borrowed them from our guide. We had a spatula and a really dull knife. I suggest you bring your own or just bring something to sharpen it. Anyway, we were also provided with drinking water, enough for drinking and for cooking only. I suggest you bring a pail with you that is if you want to take a bath and such, because you have to line up and get your own water probinsya style. Make sure you get your water before dark, as you might ran out of water by then and well there are just less people lining up around 4 or 5pm, so it would be easier for you to collect pails of water. As for your meal, i suggest you cook as early as 4:30 or 5, because it will be dark out if you cook later than that. It was hard for us to prepare our food, especially with a dull knife and our crazy idea of wanting to make GINATAANG PINAKBET for dinner. We even boiled our own rice and even prepared an extra dish too, which was the SALTED EGG, ONIONS AND TOMATOES SALAD. Honestly, our dishes were just based on what we were able to find in the market. It took as a while to finish cooking, but it was all worth it. Our food was delicious. For breakfast, we just cooked SARDINES WITH EGGS. You could also buy a cup of 3 in 1 coffee there or even some cup noodles if you don’t feel like cooking at all.

By the way, bring lots of flashlights, better if you could get the one from ace hardware that’s used for mining or construction. As for the restroom, it looks decent enough. They have cubicles and you can just pour in water to flush. I’m not fond of doing my business in public, so it was really a great relief for me that they have that there. You can also pee anywhere hidden if you really have to go, just make sure no one is watching haha. I’ll say it is safer at night because it’s dark out, so no peeping tom on sight. Oh, make sure to zip up your tent every time you go in or out, because insects might go in your tent. Just be prepared that it will be really hot inside, but colder in the morning so make sure you have a jacket or blanket with you. Anyway, i already made my review too long, so i hope it will help a lot on any of you who are planning to go there.

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5.0 Stars

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Agatha S.
5.0 Stars

We took a breather from the chaos in the city and went to this island up north. This is a good place to visit if you want to detach from worldly things and reconnect with your core self. Tag your friends along and share uninterrupted genuine moments - no mobile network connection, no electricity.

Guide: Edison
(Contact me for his number)

Guaranteed cheap rates plus hiring him for your trip will help him finance his studies. His father owns a boat, so you can book him also for your boat transfer.

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Jon B.
5.0 Stars

"Hanggang saan aabot ang 950 pesos mo? It was DIY trip with my hiking group. The suggested itinerary is to ride a boat going to the island, but we took it the other way around. We climbed Mt. Pundaquit traversed to Anawangin Cove for 4 hours. It was a good side trip as you can see the cove from the top. It was a back to basic experience for all of us. You have to detached yourself to gadgets, no signal, electricity, and no wifi, but you will find a good connection with mother nature. I suggest to bring a hammock as there are pine trees in the area and it's much cooler to have a nap here than in the tent. The beach has a grayish sand and the water was just right but not too clear. There are pine trees in the area which makes the place nicer. There's a fence dividing the shore from the camp area and it can get crowded with tent during weekend. There's also a small body of water in the island which you can cross to get to the other part of the camp site. Not to worry since there's a makeshift bridge. You can also rent a cottage for 300 pesos. Landing fee is just 150 pesos for an overnight stay.

The restroom is not very modern and if you're particular about cleanliness, this is not the place for you. There's no faucet in the cubicles so there's no running water. Water for showering comes from a hose and large drums are filled. This is where you will get your pails filled to use in the cubicles. The restrooms are not tiled and not well lighted so bring a flashlight with you. Watch out for frogs near the restrooms128512

It was breathtaking and worth the effort! The combination of the green grassy hills of Pundaquit and the blue waters of Anawangin is enough to take the exhaustion away. Bring water, shades, and hat since it can get really scorching hot. We just paid 1,000 for the boat from Anawangin Island to Brgy . San Antonio Proper.

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Louella D.
5.0 Stars

Best feeling when you reach on the top!

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Jessa Marie L.
4.0 Stars

There's more in this place than meets the eye. If you're looking for an affordable and quick getaway from Manila that would offer you a picturesque view and tranquility, Zambales is one of these superb places. It's perfect for soul searching or solo travel (if weak signal and camping is okay with you).

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Gj A.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Kathleen T.
5.0 Stars

Every provinces in the Philippines has so much to offer, just like what Zambales has! Believe it or not, this is in the Philippines. And it's just 4-5 hours away from Manila. It is one of San Antonio's pride, the Anawangin Cove. It's truly a great place to spend your holidays or weekends because you'll actually feel so far from Metro Manila's stressful surrounding because you won't be needing technology here (well, camera's and ipods are exempted, ahh it's up to you), there's no signal here. Talk to your friends face to face or if you're alone, take some time to soul-search or what ha-ha.

There are several ways to go here. First is to ride a bus bound to Olongapo City. Saulog Transit and Victory Liner offers trips to this City, and upon arriving at Olongapo, there are buses near Victory Liner going to San Antonio, Zambales. Tell them you're going to Anawangin and they'll drop you off where you can hire a tricycle to Pundaquit. If you have a car, there's Waze.

There are also optional side trips to Anawangin Cove which will be offered to you by your hired boatman. Don't need to worry where you're gonna find them, they're gonna welcome you and bombard you with their boat rental offers. The optional side trips are going to Camara Island, why not this is also a great spot for pictures hehehe, Capones Island where there is an abandoned building made of bricks (you'll have to trek for 15 minutes here as far as I can remember under the scorching heat) and there's also a lighthouse here where you can also snap a bunch of selfiez, aaaand Nagsasa Cove which I haven't visited yet but most people who have been here are telling me that it's prettier here than Anawangin!

Anawangin Cove, a peaceful island where everyone's living because they're not busy browsing or texting (YAY). The local stores here also have tent rentals if you're planning to stay overnight and light a bonfire or what. A pool of pine trees is covering the island with a lagoon in the middle, the beachfront is also a great place to be at during sunset. It'll take your breath away. Being here makes me feel like I'm in Alberta, Canada though I haven't visited that place in my entire existence hahahAaaaaA, but I'm not. I told ya Philippines is a great country, it's filled with breathtaking places like this one!! Here goes my usual review-ender line, you must not miss this place!!! It's not that pricey, too!!!

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Jasper T.
4.0 Stars

This place is good for people who're into camping and not sensitive about public toilets, which I'm not. Just had a day trip, which was a nice experience. Just bring plenty of refreshments.

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Janine R.
4.0 Stars

If you're looking for a quick and affordable getaway somewhere in the north, Zambales has a lot to offer. Just 3-4 hours away from Manila via land, the drop-off point is San Antonio, Pundaquit, Zambales. From there, a 30-45 minute boat ride can take you island hopping to neighboring islands such as Camara and Capones, then finally to Anawangin.

Just recently, a friend and I availed a tour package (2D1N) to Anawangin. Expect 5-star accommodation using the tents for sleeping (camping), with a view of the sea, and cool summer breeze as amenities. If you cannot do away with gadgets and wifi, this isn't the right place for you. Even cell service is non-existent. Perfect for those who want to destress from the busy and hectic city life.

Banana boat and jetski rides are available in Anawangin. Trekking is also another activity to engage in (that's a view of Anawangin from the trekking we had). Drinking and having bonfires is also allowed at night.

Water is GOLD in Anawangin so it's better to bring a good amount of drinking water with you. Consider the amount you need for cooking as well. There are enough comfort rooms and bathrooms in the area, but waiting in line could get edgy during peak season, so might as well consider taking a bath outside with your clothes on along with other people. 128526

I think keeping the area clean and well-maintained should account for the 5 star rating. Overall, my experience here was great!

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Demie E.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Chrislyn F.
4.0 Stars

If you want to escape the toxic and busy city-life for a while, Anawangin is one of the perfect destination. It's just a 2-3 hr ride-away from Manila.
Then a 30 minute boat ride from Pundaquit to the Anawangin cove. Upon arrival, the pine tress are very noticeable. The cozy weather and the sun kissed sand is very relaxing.

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Minami A.
4.0 Stars

Nothing special with the place., a lot of people were also camping on that day.,
I just love the part where there are no electricity on the island and that makes it look so much like a real island adventure coz you can make bonfire at night. Well a lot of people camping there were making bonfires which makes the island so humid, there were not much air circulating the area which makes it harder for all of us to sleep..

We didn't get to enjoy much of our stay on the island coz we were asked to evacuate the area just hours after we woke up. There was a typhoon that weekend and it was affecting most of northern luzon. We took their advice and left the island the soonest. As we got to our bangka big, continous waves greeted us and it was an hour and half boat ride. It was really intense and we were really all praying for it to be over. Felt like we did river rafting. 128563

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King Francis O.
4.0 Stars

Sweet escape to a busy work/grad school life.

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