When I first declared to the world that I would be starting my own travel blog, and would be traveling cheap constantly, a lot of my friends raised their eyebrows.
Some were even brave to honestly comment that I wouldn’t be able to maintain it for very long solely on the grounds that I am used to comfortable living and traveling.
Backpacking and staying at cheap hostels is not my thing, they say and that I wouldn’t get used it.
Well, I am proud to say that all these doubts were completely unfounded. There may been lulls along the way, but I am proud to say that I was able to maintain it for the past two and a half years and I love it. Also, I have braved a lot of uncomfortable living and traveling arrangements; from cheap hostels to couches to airports to internet cafe rooms.
And now, I am proud to say that I was able to conquer a new destination that I consider to be one of the most challenging. I have conquered Anawangin Cove in Zambales.
All right, all right, Anawangin may not be the last frontier and it may not be too far flung like Africa. But like the said continent, there is no electricity in Anawangin Cove. And for someone who’s used living it comfortably, this is as rough as I could get, hahaha.
I had the chance to explore Anawangin during the Tinukib Music festival organized by the couchsurfing community and it was definitely an experience I will treasure.
First of all, I have been wanting to go to Anawangin cove for the longest time but my friends are too prissy and were afraid to rough it out in the island.
As mentioned, there is no electricity in the cove and there are no hotels rooms either.There are nipa huts and tables, though. But basically, you have to bring your own tent if you want a nice sleeping area.
And Thank God, there are restrooms and water too.
But all of the discomfort are easily trumped by the gorgeous cover. Pure, white sand, a shallow river and a pine forest. Wow. It’s really gorgeous, I tell you.
There is a wooden bridge that connects the beach to the pine forest where the camp site is located. The wooden bridge stands on top of a shallow freshwater river.
There are basically two campsites and there’s not much of a difference except for the restrooms. The left campsite has better restrooms.
There is no running water as well in Anawangin cove. but there’s a water pump and a caretaker fills large drums of water which visitors can use. The water is sterilized every morning.
I spent most of the day reading and relaxing at the beach front and the fact that there are small nipa stores along the beach made me daydream that I was living in a coastal town.
At night, a generator is used to power small light bulbs scattered around the cove.
One of my worst fears is the fact that there’s no AC in the cove and I might stay awake the whole night. Thankfully, it’s really cool at night and I really had a great sleep.
Mornings in Anawangin cove are even more gorgeous.
The sun’s ray shining on the tall trees create a visual masterpiece that you just can’t help but appreciate. Walang ganito sa Manila!!!
After a two-day stay in Anawangin, I must say that I really fell in love with the place. And while I am not cool to the idea of coming back to a place I have previously visited. I think I will make an exception for Anawangin!!!!
In Anawangin, there is a P50 day tour fee. If you want to spend the night there, it’s P100. Don’t fret, that money goes to the local caretakers and that amount covers the maintenance and security of the cove.
You can bring your own food but the caretakers also cook rice and dishes.
HOW TO GO TO ANAWANGIN COVE:
If you want to visit Anawangin, you can take a Victory Liner Bus in Cubao or Monumento headed to Iba, Zambales which will cost you P250. You can also try a bus bound going to Olongapo, which is the faster way. From Olongapo, you can take any bus going to Iba, Zambales. Travel time is 3-4 hours depending on bus speed and traffic.
You can get off at the San Antonio market and go to the nearby municipal hall where the tricycles are located. These trykes will take you to the coastal barangay of Pundaquit and will cost you P25 to P30. Travel time is 10-15 minutes. be ready because parts of the road going to Pundaquit are quite rough.
From Pundaquit, you will take a boat going to the cove. The boat costs P200 and the travel time takes about 30-45 minutes.