At the end of every travel series, I usually write an article about tips and things to know about that particular destination. The same goes true for my trip in Anawangin Cove, Nagsasa Cove and Capones Island in Zambales.
It’s been two years since I waited for this trip to happen. One feature that enticed me to check this place out were the pine trees on a sandy beach which is truly a unique setting in the Philippine landscape.
We visited these three places and in summary:
- Anawangin Cove had a good angle of the beach, the sand, the mountain range, the lake and the pine trees.
- Nagsasa Cove is a bigger and more secluded version of Anawangin with much lesser people.
- Capones Island was unassuming and actually became the highlight of the trip with its golden cogon grass and the lighthouse.
There are a lot more beautiful places to visit in this part of Zambales but we didn’t have enough time to explore everything. We were four in all and we met up in Olongapo. Please note that these are based on my personal experience and hopefully this will just serve as a guide to help you in planning your own itinerary to these wonderful places in Central Luzon.
- Arrive in Clark around 7pm
- Travel to Olongapo & Find a place to sleep
- Travel to San Antonio & Buy food
- Anawangin Cove – arrive lunch time or earlier, depart around 3pm
- Nagsasa Cove – don’t miss the sunset here! and overnight
- Capones Island – trek to the lighthouse and beach bumming
- Head home
Cebu to Clark – plane
Clark to Dau Terminal – airport jeep
Dau Terminal to Olongapo Bus Terminal – van
Olongapo to San Antonio, Zambales Wet Market – bus
San Antonio, Zambales Wet Market to Pundaquit Bay – tricycle
Pundaquit Bay to Anawangin Cove, Nagsasa Cove and Capones Islands – boat
*Just retrace the steps backwards so you can reach your starting point. We came all the way from Cebu to Clark so this was extra effort on our end.
Sunshine Lodge in Olongapo
Because we were on a tight budget, we decided to rent a room for 12 hours in Sunshine Lodge. This was a building beside the bus terminal so it was great that we didn’t have to commute in the morning as the terminal to San Antonio was a few stairs down.
Note: There are other lodges available albeit more expensive. We just needed a place to spend for the night that we could sleep on as staying for 7 hours in the bus terminal in Olongapo wasn’t as comfy as we hoped.
This is one of the things that can truly mess up a trip so make sure that the weather is good. Even so, we had a little difficulty with the waves and our small outrigger boat.
our small boat good for 4 people (5 including the boatman)
During our travel to Anawangin cove, we advised our boatman to slow the boat down because the waves suddenly became huge at some points. The weather was sunny but one shouldn’t be too complacent.
No Electricity & Cellphone Signal
There’s no electricity in the coves so bring a flashlight or a lamp for your source of light. There’s also no cellphone signal so better be ready to inform your loved ones where you’ll be at a particular time and place to let them know ahead of time.
Cook and Camp Early!
Food – we bought our food when we got off the bus in San Antonio. You can just walk to the nearby supermarket to purchase items for your overnight stay.
cook meals ahead of time!
Since there’s no electricity in the coves, you have to set up a campfire to cook your meals. It sounds cool at first when you feel like such a boy scout and all but when hunger pangs strike and you’re the only group in the cove who hasn’t eaten dinner, you tend to become desperate. Hence, do set up camp and cook your food ahead of time.
Fresh water is available for you to freshen up, toilets are available too if you need to do the deed.
Guide Contact Information
0920 222 4687 – look for Mang Johnny
Mang Johnny is now the one who manages a team of boatmen who caters to different clients wanting to explore this side of Zambales.
Mang Johnny (middle)
We freshened up after our trip in their house and he showed me his calendar with a number of prebooked tour dates from different clients which made me conclude that business has been good for him. I bet he can even run a car rental business if he wants to bring people in easily.
Things to Do
- photos on the beach and cogon grasses
- beach activities
- watch the sun set
- jog in the morning!
- trek and climb mountain or lighthouse in Capones
- afternoon nap in Anawangin Cove
- explore other areas – I heard there’s a falls in Nagsasa.
Things to Bring
- sunblock – I’d post a photo of myself looking like a squid with all the redness but I prefer not grossing you out.
- match and coal for cooking – unless you want to use bonfire wood (a bundle costs 100Php)
- tripod for panoramic shots
- waterproof bag for your gadgets to avoid the risk
- tent (or you can rent one)
- food for lunch – you can buy some at the supermarket so you won’t have to cook in the middle of the day
- kitchen utensils – we were already provided with these items by our guide.
Entrance Fees & Expenses
50 Php – for a day tour in Anawangin Cove
100 Php – for an overnight stay in Nagsasa Cove
2000 Php – boat good for 4 people for the 3 destinations. The boatman will stay with you overnight so don't forget to feed him!
For a detailed expense guide, check this article here: Total Budget Expense
in Nagsasa Cove
Not sure if this is already everything but these are what I can think of at the back of my head. I know it took me a long time to finally finish these articles (6 months!), but I’m glad I finally did. Now I have to think about other backlogs waiting to be written.
Check out articles about my Zambales adventure trip here:
- Zambales Trip: Anawangin Cove, Nagsasa Cove and Capones Island
- Zambales Trip: An Afternoon Nap Under Pine Trees in Anawangin Cove
- Zambales Trip: Exploring Anawangin Cove
- Zambales Trip: Morning Jog in Nagsasa Cove
- Zambales Trip: Cooking and Camping in Nagsasa Cove
- Zambales Trip: Golden Cogon Grasses in the Island of Capones
- Zambales Trip: Standing on Top of the Lighthouse in Capones Island
- Total Budget Expense in Anawangin, Nagsasa and Capones in Zambales
- Tips and Things to Know about Anawangin, Nagsasa and Capones in Zambales
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