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.
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How to Get to Anawangin Cove?
By Bus From Manila
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.
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.
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.
- 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)
- 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.
This attraction is always open.
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.
Consuming alcohol is allowed at this attraction.
Pets are allowed at this attraction.
Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.
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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