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Anawangin Cove

Written by Patrick

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OVERVIEW

Camp site in Anawangin Cove

Caption: Camp site in Anawangin Cove

Located in the province of Zambales, Anawangin Cove is a popular tourist attraction in Luzon.  It is approximately 4 to 5 hours from Metro Manila hence a favorite weekend getaway of city dwellers looking to momentarily escape the urban jungle.

Anawangin Cove is a testament that a disaster has the capacity to create something beautiful as this beauty is what it is today due to the deadly eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991.  This crescent-shaped beach, originally with rocky shore, now has white to grayish sand that came from the mouth of Pinatubo.  Agoho trees (sea pine tree) eventually grew in the area therefore creating a perfect spot for people who want to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of nature.

The cove is hidden behind the mountain and the easiest way to get there is by boat as trekking to the area could last for hours.  Aside from enjoying the water and chilling by the beach, you can explore the cove and inlet, climb the hill, set up a tent for camping, marvel at the beautiful night sky, and visit nearby islands and coves.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Anawangin Cove
Type of Attraction:
Address:
Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales
Website:
None
Phone:
(0947) 913 3015
Hours:
Always open
Closed:
Always open
Best Time to Visit:
December to April
Food & Drink:
YES
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person:  $15+
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
20 pesos ($0.4 USD) – Municipal environmental fee
1,200 – 3,000 pesos ($24 – $60 USD) – Small boat rent (good for 4 persons)
300 – 750 pesos($6 – $15 USD) – Big boat rent per person
500 pesos ($10 USD) – Tent rental per night
50 pesos ($1 USD) – Entrance fee day tour
130 pesos ($2.6 USD) – Entrance fee overnight
200 pesos ($4 USD) – Small cottage rental fee (daytime)
350 pesos ($7 USD) – Small cottage rental fee (overnight)
2,500 pesos ($50 USD) – Kubo rent per night
Notes:
The area is powered by generator only and electricity is available from 6 PM to 5 AM only. Make sure to use your electronics accordingly. You may also want to bring your own flashlights and extra batteries so you will have something to use when needed.

There is no phone signal or internet in Anawangin. Before leaving, let your loved ones know where you are going so as to save them from worrying when they cannot contact you.

Bring enough drinking water, food, knife, can or bottle opener, and other things you think you might need while in Anawangin.

Don’t forget your sunblock, mosquito repellent, and first aid kit.

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This attraction is located on Luzon Island in Zambales Province.

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NEED TO KNOW

How to Get to Anawangin Cove?

By Bus From Manila

Step 1
From terminals in Cubao, Caloocan, Earnshaw, and Pasay, ride a bus bound to Iba or Santa Cruz in Zambales. Fare is between P270 ($5.4 USD) and P360 ($7.2 USD) depending on your place of origin in Manila. Let the driver/conductor know that you are getting off in San Antonio, otherwise they’ll charge you more thinking that you are going to Iba. Travel time is between four to five hours.

Step 2
Get off at San Antonio Public Market and take a tricycle to Pundaquit. One way tricycle cost is P80 but you can split the cost if you are sharing the ride with one or two other passengers. Travel time is around 20 minutes.

Step 3
In Pundaquit, pay the P20 environmental fee and negotiate your ride to Anawangin Cove. There are two options to get to Anawangin Cove – by sea or by land.

  1. By Sea

    Small Boat Rental (good for 4 persons)
    Anawangin Cove – P1,200 ($24 USD)
    Anawangin + Capones Island – P1,500 ($30 USD)
    Anawangin + Capones + Camara – P1,800 ($36 USD)
    Anawangin + Nagsasa – P2,400 ($48 USD)
    Anawangin + Nagsasa + Capones + Camara – P3,000 ($60 USD)

    Big Boat Rental (good for 5 persons, rate per person)
    Anawangin Cove – P300 ($6 USD)
    Anawangin + Capones Island – P300 ($6 USD)
    Anawangin + Capones + Camara – P450 ($9 USD)
    Anawangin + Nagsasa – P600 ($12 USD)
    Anawangin + Nagsasa + Capones + Camara – P750 ($15 USD)

  1. By Land
    Anawangin Cove can be reached by hiking over Mt. Pundaquit, usually after four to five hours.

Airport Closest to Anawangin Cove

Clark International Airport (IATA: CRK), formerly called Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, is the airport closest to Anawangin Cove. It is located more than 100 kilometers away which is approximately two hours drive.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 10:00 AM.

Closures

This attraction is always open. 

Fees

Fees require payment in cash.  Credit cards are not accepted at this attraction. 

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the attraction are allowed at this attraction.

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

The Philippines are beautiful islands … let’s all ensure they remain this way. 

TIPS & HACKS

The following are recommended items for this experience: 

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS

CamelPack

I always carry a Camelbak Hydration Pack with me when traveling. Not only does it allow me to pack all my daily gear and snacks, but it also has a 3-liter water bladder which holds enough water to get me through the entire day.

Bluetooth Speaker

Compact yet mighty, a bluetooth speaker setup is a breeze, and the sound quality it delivers for its size is nothing short of impressive. Beyond its audio prowess, it boasts exceptional durability, making it an ideal companion for outdoor adventures.

UV Shirt

UV Shirt is an essential when travelling in a tropical country. Providing reliable protection during long hours in the water, not only comfortable but also ensures a secure shield against the elements.

Snorkel Gear

For my island-hopping escapades, a snorkel gear set has become indispensable. Designed to enhance the joy of snorkeling and free diving, each piece ensures comfort and functionality. Together, they create an immersive and enjoyable underwater experience.

Adventure Camera

As a long-time enthusiast of GoPro cameras, I can attest to their user-friendly nature, excellent image stabilization, and impressive footage quality. Waterproof and rugged, the GoPro is my reliable companion for capturing adventures in any environment.

Aqua Shoes

When it comes to beach footwear, aqua shoes offer exceptional support, breathability, and overall comfort. Well-crafted and sturdy, it provides effective protection against rocky terrain, quick drying for added convenience, and easy maintenance. A must-have for any outdoor enthusiast.

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Photos

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Videos

The following is a video of this attraction.

NEARBY

The following are other points of interest nearby:

  • Destinare Beach Resort and Campsite
  • Mansayon Beach Resort
  • Nagsasa Cove
  • Capones Island
  • Talisayen Cove
  • Agnain Cove

READ MORE: Zambales Province

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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