Trip Start May 02, 2008
1Trip End May 04, 2008
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The bus was supposed to leave at 11.45, but due to the inefficiency of Victory Liner's ticketing office in Pasay, duplicate seat numbers were issued. This caused a lot of commotion which was eventually solved 30 minutes later.
We arrived at San Antonio at 3:30 am, which was 2 hours earlier than our expected time of arrival. From there, we rode a tricycle to Pundaquit, where we rented a boat that took us to Camara, Capones, and Anawangin Cove.
The boat was small and we were hesitant to ride it! It was my first time to ride a small boat, and I was really nervous, WE were really nervous!
About 15-20 minutes later, we docked at Camara Island. We were the first group to get there so we had the chance to get the nicest spot. There is this cave-like spot in the island which we used as our dressing area, sleeping area, and shade from the sun.
From Camara Island, we went to Capones Island to check out the lighthouse.
We trekked our way up to the lighthouse, and it was so much worth it!
After our short visit to the lighthouse, we went to Anawangin cove, our campsite. All the while we thought that Anawangin is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. But we were surprised to see that there were actually a lot of people that weekend! Lucky us, we got a space near the improvised CR and poso (well).
I had fun at Anawangin. This is the first time I've set up a tent and actually felt like a real camper! ;p Our trip from one island to another was a real scare and adventure at the same time! Imagine going against the waves, in a small boat, at the middle of the sea! But it was fun and really something worth sharing :)
Among the three islands that we visited, I'd say I had the most fun at Camara Island. The water was cold and refreshing, and the beach is clean. Too bad, this is not a good campsite where one could stay overnight because (1) the place is a bit rocky, (2) there's no one to take care of you, and (3) there's no CR or fresh water.
The locals of San Antonio should take care of their beaches and other natural resources around the place. Tourists should likewise do their part in preserving the beauty of Anawangin (and Camara and Capones too). Everyone should do their share in preserving the place so that a lot more would also be awed by its beauty and serenity. As my fellow campers say: "Take nothing but pictures; leave nothing but footprints; kill nothing but time..."
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