The Rustic Beauty of Anawangin Cove

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 beachfront, fine sand beach, and charming moonlight at night: truly perfect for camping.

My family at the beach.
My family at the beach.

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.

The lagoon at the back of Total gas station in Subic.
The lagoon at the back of Total gas station in Subic.

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 to 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 its pine trees.

The pine-tree lined beach of Anawangin.
The pine-tree lined beach of Anawangin.

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.

My son taking care of the fire for cooking
My son taking care of the fire for cooking

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

Family dinner time at the camp
Family dinner time at the camp

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.

The beach at night.
The beach at night.

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.

Our accommodation for the night.
Our accommodation for the night.

 

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Enjoying the morning waves
Enjoying the morning waves
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