Coming from an uncomfortable sleep in Olongapo City, we proceeded to San Antonio, Zambales, via bus so we could journey to Anawangin Cove. It was only a two-hour bus ride and we were lucky enough to have seats reserved by Anton and his wife, Teresa. The bus was almost full since a number of couch surfers were also headed to the same destination.
Anawangin Cove, Zambales
February 19, 2011
reaching Pundaquit or Pundakit beach
We arrived in San Antonio and dropped by the wet market which was just a few meters from the highway. This was a camping trip so we needed food and drinks to sustain ourselves until the next day.
Rode a trike going to the beach and we were met by Mang Johnny’s boatman who carried plates and kitchen utensils for our cooking later on. The jump off point to Anawangin cove and the other islands was located in Pundaquit bay. Even the beach there was already a good place to hang out and swim – though the tides seemed rough and could easily swallow you into the deep.
our boat, good for 5 persons (including the boatman)
I’m glad that we already made reservations so all we had to do was contact our guide in order to ride the small boat that they provided. After only a few seconds, the water’s color became darker which signaled us that we were at sea. I couldn’t believe that a month ago, we were worrying about our flights to Bangkok. Now, we’re heading towards another destination in the Philippines. There was no shade so we relied on our clothing to take cover from the heat. It was, after all, turning lunch time so the sun was at its peak.
View of Camara Island
Camara Island is the closest island near Pundaquit but we only managed to pass by it. We wanted to stay longer in Anawangin so we could also compare it with Nagsasa Cove – the main destination I was aiming for.
Camara Island, Capones at the back.
Spending time admiring the view from where we sat, a number of rock formations and islands were presented to us. This reminded me of the time when we hopped on to different islands in the Caramoan peninsula. They looked different, yet they looked the same.
rock formations of Pundaquit
Despite the good weather, the waves were a bit harsh and at some point, they became treacherous. Anton asked the boatman to slow down. I didn’t realize the danger until the waves crashed on nearby rocks. But we arrived safely and stood on the shores of Anawangin Cove in roughly 35 minutes.
beach of Anawangin
We set foot on Anawangin close to noon so we prepared for lunch. With the food bought in a small eatery at the market, we feasted on pork and some veggies, courtesy of Teresa. I noticed the pine trees in Anawangin are one of the key features of this cove. Who would expect these pine trees to grow on this beach and with our tropical climate?
there’s a lake too
After eating and cleaning up, I brought out my malong to serve as a mat on the sand. A lot of people were already there and instead of bringing out my camera to take a number of snapshots, we settled in so that we could also get some rest. That’s when laziness struck.
Case of The SSB
SSB or “Sakit Sa Baboy” in Visayan, ”Sakit ng Baboy” in Tagalog, ”Pig Syndrome” in English, literally speaking.
This is a term Cebuanos use when a person lies down to sleep after eating a satisfying meal; akin to a pig.
Anawangin Cove in Zambales
I lay myself down on the mat, with my backpack as my pillow that gave me a tilted view of the sea. A fruit shake was what seemed to be missing and probably a hammock too (where’s James when you need one?). Music from an iPod would’ve also added to the atmosphere and somebody could’ve popped any track from Jack Johnson to complement the scene.
But then I realized that these were just cherries on top of a dessert that weren’t really necessary. Back in the old days, people didn’t rely on technology to survive. I didn’t need any device too, in order to enjoy the sight.
trees as canopies
Afternoon Nap in Anawangin Cove
An afternoon nap was what I needed and this temporary respite gave me enough time to reflect, relax and disconnect from life and its realities. This siesta also prepared me for an exploration to some parts of Anawangin Cove afterwards.
As the sky became my ceiling and the sand became my bed, my mind slowly drifted to nothingness. The leaves of pines served as canopies swaying in a delightful lullaby as they leisurely bustled with the wind.
My feet were also happy to take a break.
I listened faintly to the voices of my companions having a conversation about travelling and life. The voices slowly faded as my eyes shifted to slumber. But before my eye lids closed to a full shutter, I caught a glimpse of my feet enjoying the sand between their toes.
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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