After taking our last dip in the waters of Anawangin Cove, we proceeded to another cove called Nagsasa. As described by others who’ve been here, Nagsasa Cove is a bigger and more secluded version of Anawangin. There aren’t as many people but it’s not as deserted anymore. Travelers who have more time to spare head to this cove for a better and more relaxing escape. This has also been my primary destination why I wanted to visit Zambales in the first place.
Nagsasa Cove, Zambales
February 19, 2011
small outrigger boat that fit around 15 people
I’ve never really thought about how treacherous the water was goinhuhg to be. I assumed that every trip would always turn out fine. Only then did I realize how lucky we were to have a perfect weather. Even so, outrigger boats don’t want to throw caution to the wind, else unfortunate events may happen.
other visitors already in Nagsasa
setting up our tent behind thorny trees
30 minutes seemed fast and we arrived around 4:30pm. After settling in, we put up the tent brought by our new travel companions. We didn’t have any camping gear available but even so, I would’ve settled sleeping under the stars – provided that I was all-covered with my blanket as mosquito bites would’ve ruined the ideal thought altogether. Still, I’m really thankful that they brought out a spare tent to accommodate us.
landscape is better than
We quickly set up our temporary house so that we could explore the vast landscape. Anawangin may have made me jump around and about but Nagsasa rendered me speechless. I couldn’t call it deserted but the surroundings seemed calm and peaceful.
Sunset in Nagsasa Cove
I pick the sun as if it were booger. – corny me.
the ‘Chyng effect’ – check out her blog to see what I mean (it’s one of her profile photos)
We set foot on the cove just in time to set up our tent, just in time to catch the sunrise. But definitely NOT in time to cook dinner!
It was already dark and the rest of the campers had already eaten when we were still in the process of lighting up more wood. Having no electricity available, we relied on cellphone flashlights as our source of light.
Ignoring hunger pangs, it still took us time to cook our food. Marinated pork bellies and fishes were waiting to be grilled and no matter how hard we tried using plastic plates to fan the coals, our fire wouldn’t light as much as we wanted. It even came to a point wherein we dropped by other campers’ grills so we could place our food there.
all smoke, no fire.
Darn it, this what we get for not preparing. All the while the other travelers were already sharing stories and laughing like there was no tomorrow, drinking booze and singing ‘Kumbayahs’. If my scoutmaster back in grade school could see our situation, he would’ve shook his head in dismay.
After a few more attempts to light our fire, I felt hopeless knowing that it still didn’t work accordingly. Then a sudden light bulb hit us all. We bought bonfire wood from our boatman and decided to use that as our grill. Gas was poured and a match was lit; the end result? A stroke of genius. When one is hungry, every moment leading to food is heaven.
We wanted to use the bonfire so we could gather around after eating. But it didn’t matter anymore. Our stomachs desperately begged for food so using it up wasn’t so much of a sacrifice at all. We had dinner at 8pm.
Despite having our source of light coming from a lone cellphone bulb, we still ate with gusto. The food was good, if I may add; and no, not because we were too hungry. It’s something that I was really happy with.
After we ate, my companions spent the remaining time at the beach. The moon was full and it helped that the stars filled the sky. But I didn’t bother joining them as I was too tired to even get up. Another case of SSB.
tent - photo by Doi
Camping in Nagsasa cove made me ask myself: "When was the last time I went camping?" At the top of my head, I could barely recall when.
While the rest of the world, continued with their talks at midnight, I hid inside the tent and lied down to rest. My shirt was filled with smoke from that night's cookout and I didn't change clothes as I dozed off to sleep all full and less famished.
Bonfire Wood: 100 Php
Nagsasa Cove Overnight: 100 Php/person
Note: There's no electricity nor cellphone signal in Nagsasa.
Better start early when you cook to avoid the hassles that this blogger and his companions went through.
Don't worry about bathroom breaks, toilets are available with available water from the faucet.
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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