The Rustic Beauty of Anawangin Cove
by Danny Tariman
My family will always remember the beautiful camp-out experience in this secluded cove in Zambales — the Anawangin Cove. Tall pine trees in the beach front, fine sand beach, and its charming moonlight at night.
Anawangin Cove is accessible via Pundaquit, Zambales. Pundaquit village is about 1 hour drive from Subic, Olongapo. We left Manila early in the morning to maximize our time for touring. We had a good breakfast in Subic Bay Freeport.
We arrived Subic at about 6 in the morning. At that time, most of establishments were still closed. The good thing is we have packed food with us. We stopped at Total Gas station along Subic’s main road, took-out our sandwiches and just bought some drinks. Beside the patio is a man-made lagoon which offered a very refreshing welcome for my traveling family.
We took a 25-minute boat ride from Pundaquit. According to locals, another option is to walk a 4-hour trek to the mountain and down to the cove. We had the easier option — by boat. We had Ate Fe’s boat (mobile phone 0917-667-5374). She was very kind and accommodating, even updating us of the weather situation in Pundaquit, as it was rainy in Metro Manila.
The boat ride Anawangin was a bit wavy, but not much compared to other boat rides we had in the past. While still a distance from the shores, I have noted that in other coves, the trees were usual ones which make Anawangin truly unique with pine trees.
Anawangin has no concrete structure, except for the basic toilet and baths. This cove is really meant for camping.
After we had surveyed the surroundings and settled down, we setup our camping gear: we raised our tents, setup of table, prepare the firewood. It was really a good time for family bonding. My son helping me set the wood on fire, the mother-and-daughter preparing the table, and the sausages for cooking. Indeed, a wonderful experience.
After our dinner, we walked to the beach and had star gazing on a clear sky while sharing stories, dreams, and experiences. We hadn’t this kind of experience in the city. My son was able to get a good shot of
the moon with a silhouette of a boat parked on the beach as a background.
We had a good sleep — had even an extended sleep — despite the 1-hour rain in the evening. Hahaha! Perhaps we were tired.
We hit once again the beach. It was low tide and the waves were quite big. We enjoyed the shallow swim while being tossed by big waves.
Oh! Truly a good time with my family.