Summer's here guys! Do you have plans on how to spend this more than 60 days of fine hot weather? If not, then I have just a perfect spot for you and your friends to bond this summer. Hint: It includes saying goodbye to signal coverage and social media but saying hello to nature and adventure!
Nagsasa and Anawangin Cove are two of the most visited camp sites in Zambales. And last year, we decided to visit the latter just to get our minds off work for sometime. When I posted something about Capones Island recently, one of you guys mentioned(Hi Karen!) that she will need some tips on how to prepare for a camping trip. So her question hatched into this post haha. Here are some of the things you should know when you go camping in Anawangin:
HOW TO GET THERE
Ride a Victory Liner Bus bound to Iba, Zambales then on the counter tell the cashier that you'll be dropping off at San Antonio.(The fare that we paid last year is P275). Alternatively, you can ride a Victory Liner bus bound to Olongapo then ride a regular bus off to San Antonio. Then from there, you need to ride a tricycle to get to Pundaquit Beach which cost us 30 pesos per person. From Pundaquit Beach, you will need to rent a boat to get to Anawangin Cove. We availed a package from my friend's contact so I won't be able to tell you how much it costs if you'll rent a boat on your own.
DO YOU WANT TO AVAIL A PACKAGE?
|Water is cold and refreshing at that part where those people sat (c) Ken|
Our package consisted of the following:
- Boat transfers from Pundaquit Beach to Anawangin Cove and vice versa plus sidetrips to Capones and Camara Island.
- 5 gallons of water
- 1 block of ice
- basic kitchen utensils(pots, spatula, knife etc.)
- Anawangin Entrance fee
All of these cost us 2200 pesos for 4 pax which will cost each of us around 550 pesos each. If you want to avail this package you may contact ate Olive here: 09065156823
IMPORTANT THINGS TO PACK
|The river inside Anawangin dries out at night.|
Camping in the summer heat can be kind of draining especially that you're literally under the sun and you have no appropriate shelter to spare you from getting a heat stroke. To help you beat the heat and hassle while camping in Anawangin, here are the things you need to include when you pack:
- portable fan(sobrang init dun Bes! Magdala ka nito hindi ka magsisisi promise!)
- mosquito repellent
- anti-boredom stuff during the times the sun is in full blast(cards, gadgets, movies, the works!)
- cooler to keep all your refreshments cold and your food from spoiling(we left a raw chicken and ready to cook sisig in the cooler overnight and they did not spoil!)
- lots and lots of ice!
- kitchen utensils(if you won't be availing any package)
- portable gas stove(if you have any. This can lessen your effort in building a fire. Really works!)
- travel bag with a hook(where you can keep your toiletries dahil hindi unlimited yung sabitan sa comfort room)
BIG DECISIONS YOU NEED TO MAKE
Where to setup your tent
|Woke up to this view <3|
There are two camp sites in Anawangin where you can setup your tent. One is near the beach but far from the comfort rooms while the other is far from the beach but a few steps from the comfort room. So it's just a matter of priorities. If you want to wake up with a cool view of the beach like the one below, then choose to camp near the beach. Also, the advantage of camping near the beach is that you can somehow get a glimpse of your things while swimming. But if unlimited water resource is what you needed more then choose to camp in the inner site of Anawangin.
When to do the island hopping sidetrips
The package included two island side trips but we were only able to visit one(Capones Island). Why? It's because the waves turned harsh and we are not advised to proceed to Camara Island. We are offered to do the side trip on our first day because the weather is great that time. But we opted to do it the next day. And yeah the weather became bipolar and it started to rain. So if you want to visit every island you could, then choose the right day to do the sidetrips or better yet do it already when the weather is fine.
|What. A. View|
Create a list of resources to buy in the market and make sure to buy everything you need before you set off to the island.
On your way to Anawangin, the bus will drop you off at San Antonio Municipal Hall. Behind it is a market where you can buy all the resources you needed. There are also convenience stores around the area.
Prepare to be uncomfortable
Comfort rooms in Anawangin are not really that comfortable as compared to what we have in our respective homes so don't expect a lot when you're going to take a bath or nature calls. Since you guys will be camping, expect all kinds of discomforts.
Prepare to be cut off from communication
I did not really believe that there won't be a slightest touch of signal in Anawangin until we got off the boat and my phone became nothing but a camera and a movie player. But in point of view, this is a really great way of spending a vacation because you're also cut off from unnecessary work.
|Missing the island food life <3|
Ready- or Easy-to-cook meals are your bestfriends
None of us cook so well. So just to save us from the hassle of cooking and starvation, we bought ready-to-cook meals like Sisig! Yes! There's a ready-to-cook sisig available in groceries nationwide! We also bought raw meat and condiments in San Antonio market for Adobo. Cook only meals that won't spoil easily. Our Adobo didn't turn out to be delicious LOL. But we salvaged it into barbecue which tasted even better haha.
Go with someone who knows how to camp
This is one of the most important tip I could really give you guys. If you want a hassle free camping experience, be with someone who knows how to setup the tent, build a campfire, is not maarte, and above all, knows how to COOK!
Make sure you've made all things clear with your boatman
Since you will be cut off from any means of coomunication, you will need to set a time for when the boatman will fetch you to get off the island. So be clear and just wait and have faith that he remembers to fetch you. LOL.
|Golden Anawangin Cove during Sunrise. I bet it's even better during Sunsets|
Never forget to see the cove on top of Mt. Anawangin
Wake up early and you'll see the sun rising from the east. The golden rays of the sun made the view of the cove a hundred times amazing. The hike is just around 20 minutes and you won't be needing a guide to go there.
HOW TO GET BACK
You just need to reverse the process of how to go to Anawangin. However, from San Antonio Market, getting a decent seat in a VLiner bus could be difficult because the bus came from Iba so if that happens, you may ride a regular bus off to VLiner Olongapo Terminal then take a bus off to Cubao from there.
Note: All expenses here are as of last year, April 2016. Expect the prices to go a bit higher. :)
Go try camping and live a life outside the Internet! Hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did. ;)