Experimental outing to a virgin place in zambales

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anawangin cove zambales
capones island

Flag of Philippines  , Pampanga,
Sunday, November 28, 2010

how can we enjoy and relax staying in place isolated from foods? no potable water for drink? 
no electricity? no mobile signal? and no comfortable bathroom?

Beau (Lloyd) and I really wanted to go somewhere that we really dont know. some place that is exciting. something extraordinary. something unforgettable. we searched in google several places to go and we came out to a place called "Anawangin Cove" in Zambales.

To give you short description of anawangin.

Anawangin is the nearest cove from the town proper of Pundaquit. It also is currently the most visited and developed amongst its neighboring coves. Owned by a local family who also lives in Pundaquit, they make sure that the place is well maintained  and the shores are regularly
cleaned by it’s caretakers.
It is unfortunate that structures such as cement houses or buildings can’t be built behind its shores, due to the fact that seasonal rain and monsoon softens the ground beneath it and waves brought about by the typhoons can easily reach the main campsite. Also, a stream flows from the mountains and through it’s banks during the rainy season.Anawangin is surrounded by mountains of rocks theoretically known to be formed by ages of volcanic activities in the past. But the most surprising phenomenon which has occured in the past years were the growth of pine trees just behind the banks of the cove. The seeds were brought there by the memorable erruption Mt Pinatubo together with the ash fall.

We arrived in Anawangin at around 3am. For the normal route you need to travel from Pandaquit
to Anawangin Island by boat but we ended crossing the island by trekking. Its a long walking
travel for almost 4-5 hours. It's a summer time so the scenery is very beautiful and fantastic.
The grass are dry. So the mountain itself is red. . I saw a dry river bed beyond the thick bushes and trees, and the contour of the mountain finally unfolded before me.
We passed through trails surrounded by shrubs, grasses and some interesting ornamental plants with the backdrop of hills and mountains from the other side. No matter how many mountains I climb, a new one never fails to amaze me. 
Finally, we arrived at the peak where the 2-3 hours of descent starts.  I was still catching my breath from the steepest part of our climb so far, but I didn’t pass up on the opportunity to climb some more to a higher elevation to get a better view of the cove.

afte a long walk of trekking. we ended in anawangin cove itself. white sand. blue water. sorrounded
by red mountain. the place is so beautiful. The beach was everything that I expected it to be.  A mixture of volcanic ash and white sand, pine trees just behind the banks of the cove and the mountains of rock blended perfectly.

The place has no electricity to use at night. no cellphone signal to contact your friends and tell them how perfect the place is. No water to drink in the place except you will buy in a small store that is so expensive. theres only one bathroom. but inspite of this the experience is the best.

at night with the full moon the night is very expressive and very proud. we walked at the seashore.
drink.smoke. and photo shoots. we slept at the seashore as well.the night is unforgettable.

we stayed in anawangin for 3days and 2 nights full of enjoynment , satisfaction and love.

until the next travel.


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Ryamond on

May iba pa po kayong option maliban sa resort nila Grace Armada na yan.
May camping area po sa harap ng isla kung saan mas malamig at may mga
cottage din. Nakapunta na ba kayo ng Anawangin or Nagsasa cove? Parang
ganun din ang style. Mahangin din at mas maganda ang Magalawa Island
hindi naman sa nagyayabang...
Kung gusto niyo pong i-try na pumunta tawagan niyo po ako sa Manila at
tutulungan ko po kayong magcoordinate sa caretaker na isla na uncle ko din
na si Uncle Mulo. Ito po yung landline number ko sa Maynila (02)983 0432 or
sun number 09222688111 or smart number 09093414621 hanapin niyo
lang po si Raymond (ako po yun). Ang number po ni uncle Mulo ko sa
Magalawa ay (smart) +639294670505.

Ito po ang presyuhan doon sa campsite :

Boatpick up (2 way)
-- 100/pax-kung galing luan
-- 200/pax-kung galing masinloc

Entrance fee 100\pax overnight,

Cottage 1000\night (kasya 6pax)

Kasama na po sa entrance fee ang paggamit ng cr at maintenance ng lugar.
Ingat lang po na huwag magkalat masyado kasi po maliit lang po na isla yun
at mahirap kung magka garbage-problem. You will be spending about 300 or
less for food siguro. Maraming nabibilhan ng pagkain sa loob ng island.
Puwede rin po kayong magpaluto for a small fee. No available rental of
snorkel/mask/fins dun for now so its a good idea to invest on a good set
nalang. Wala pa rin po available na rental ng tent pero malapit na po. Mag
inquire nalang po kayo kung may available na pagtawag ninyo. Kung
magdadala po kayo ng sarili ninyong tent ay libre na po ang puwesto kasi po
kasama na po sa entrance fee yun kaya entrance fee nalang at boatride
nalang ang babayaran ninyo.

Ang puwesto na kung san nakatayo ang resort nila grace armada ay may
problema kasi lumalabas na nagsquat lang sila dun.Dahil dito tuwing
pumupunta ang may ari ng isla na si madam L.Ruiz ay pinapasara nila pang
samantala ang resort nila Grace Armada. Dahil dito ay kailangan mag ingat
kayo lalo na kung hinihingan kayo ng deposit ni Grace Armada. Kung
magkabulilyaso tulad ng nabanggit ko ay hindi niyo na makukuha ang
deposit niyo.

Basta tawag lang po kayo sakin o sa caretaker na si mang mulo.

kung gusto niyo po makita yung beach namin pls visit this blog.

http://angislako.blogspot.com/2011/05/magalawa-island.html

or this blog.

http://libot.blogspot.com/2011/05/beatiful-magalawa-island-in-zambales.html

thanks.

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