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Nestled along the stunning coast of Zambales in the Philippines, Anawangin Cove is a hidden gem that offers a perfect blend of natural beaut...

DIY Travel Guide to Anawangin Cove, Zambales

Nestled along the stunning coast of Zambales in the Philippines, Anawangin Cove is a hidden gem that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and exhilarating adventures. Thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts can indulge in a wide range of exciting activities like swimming, trekking, camping, and a lot more. In this travel blog post, I'll explore the captivating wonders of Anawangin and why it's a must-visit destination for anyone seeking outdoor excitement and breathtaking landscapes.

How to get to Anawagin

To get to Anawangin in Zambales by land and boat, you can follow these steps:

Land Travel:

From Manila, you have two main options: take a bus or drive a private vehicle. The most common route is via San Fernando, Pampanga.

If you're taking a bus, go to any of the bus terminals in Manila (e.g., Victory Liner, Genesis, or Five Star) and look for buses bound for Iba, Zambales. Make sure to inform the driver or conductor that you're getting off at San Antonio, Zambales, specifically for Anawangin. The fare is from P380 to P450. 

If you're driving, you can take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and exit at San Fernando. From there, take the Jose Abad Santos Avenue (formerly Olongapo-Gapan Road) heading to the towns of Bacolor, Guagua, and Lubao, until you reach the intersection of Lubao. Turn right and follow the road leading to the towns of Porac and Floridablanca. Continue driving until you reach Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and take the Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) exit. This will lead you to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) area and onto the Olongapo City-Ramirez-San Marcelino Road. Finally, follow the signs to San Antonio, Zambales.

Boat Transfer:

Once you arrive in San Antonio, Zambales, you need to proceed to Pundaquit Beach. This is where you can find boats that will take you to Anawangin Cove. From the main road, you can take a tricycle and tell the driver that you will go to Anawangin.  The driver will drop you off at Pundaquit Beach. It's a short ride, approximately 15-20 minutes. 


At Pundaquit Beach, there are boatmen who offer island hopping services. You can negotiate with them for a boat ride to Anawangin Cove. The boat ride typically takes around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the weather conditions. The fare is around P250 / pax.

Camping Amidst Nature's Splendor:

Anawangin Cove is known for its pristine shores and agoho pine trees, creating a perfect backdrop for camping enthusiasts. It offers camping sites where you can set up your tent and immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings. Fall asleep under a blanket of stars and wake up to the soothing sounds of nature in this idyllic paradise.

Trekking and Hiking:

Explore the untamed beauty of Anawangin Cove through exhilarating trekking and hiking trails. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a journey through the rugged terrain, discovering hidden waterfalls, panoramic viewpoints, and the breathtaking flora and fauna that inhabit the area. Be prepared to be amazed by the raw and untouched beauty of Zambales' natural landscapes. One of the newest attractions in the cove is Wishing  Mountain. 

Cliff Diving and Rock Climbing:

For adrenaline junkies, Adventure Cove offers opportunities for cliff diving and rock climbing. Test your courage by leaping off towering cliffs into the crystal-clear waters below. Or challenge yourself with rock climbing, conquering the rugged rock formations and enjoying a bird's-eye view of the cove. These activities provide an exhilarating rush while surrounded by the stunning coastal scenery.

Kayaking and Paddleboarding:

Venture out onto the calm waters of Anawangin Cove on a kayak or paddleboard adventure. Explore the hidden corners of the cove, navigate through narrow channels, and revel in the tranquility of the surroundings. Paddle your way through the clear turquoise waters, discovering hidden caves and pristine beaches along the coastline.

Island Hopping and Snorkeling:

Anawagin Cove offers the opportunity to embark on an island-hopping adventure to nearby islands and islets like Capones Island, Camara island, Nagsasa Cove, Silanguin Cove. Explore the vibrant marine life as you snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, witnessing the colorful coral reefs and swimming alongside a myriad of tropical fish. Immerse yourself in the underwater wonders of Anawangin Cove and create unforgettable memories.


Where to stay in Anawangin

Anawangin Cove in Zambales is a popular camping destination. In the past, the usual accommodation option in Anawangin Cove is camping. Visitors typically bring their own tents and camping gear to set up camp on the beach or in designated camping areas. Good thing there are two resorts now in the cove that offer fan and air-conditioned rooms. One of them is Destinare Beach Resort and Camping. The entrance fee is P130 and room rates start at P2500. You may contact the resort at 09985545304, 09663615923, 09674524586 and 09612782417

If you prefer more comfortable accommodations, you can consider staying in nearby towns such as San Antonio or Pundaquit. These towns have resorts, guesthouses, and homestays that offer a more conventional stay with amenities such as electricity, running water, and proper bathrooms. One of the highly recommended resorts is Emon Pulo in Silanguin Cove. You may contact them at 0998 558 3333.From there, you can arrange day trips or boat transfers to Anawangin Cove for a visit.

Emon Pulo

1. Youhan Beach Resort

2. Hideaway Hostel

3. Hilltop House

4. RedDoorrz Hostel

5. Monty's Riverside View Resort

6. Beach House Zambales


Where to eat in Anawangin

Destinare Beach Resort and Camping has its own restaurant. They offer several Filipino dishes and some refreshing drinks. Alcoholic beverages are also available. 

Tips for an Unforgettable Adventure:

Prepare for Camping: If you plan to camp in Anawangin Cove, bring essential camping gear, including a tent, sleeping bags, cooking utensils, and food supplies. Be mindful of Leave No Trace principles and help preserve the natural beauty of the area.

Wear Proper Attire: Dress comfortably for outdoor activities, wear sturdy shoes for trekking, and bring swimwear for water activities. Don't forget to bring sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun's rays.

Things To Remember

1. There's electricity in Anawagin. Please make sure to bring flashlight and power banks. 

2. There's no signal in the area.

3. There's an available restrooms/ CRs in the cove. It's decent and clean.

4. Don't forget to bring a can opener, match, or lighter if you are planning to cook

5. Bring a lot of drinking water. 

6. Bring your own tent or hammock. No worries, there's an available tent for rent in the area. 

7. Protect your skin by bringing an insect repellent and sunblock

8.  Bring your own food. There are stores in the area but most of the items are expensive. 

 9. Don't forget to bring slippers

10. If you are planning to cook in the cove, you can rent cooking utensils from the boatmen.

11. Please do not leave your trash anywhere. Leave nothing but footprints

12. Respect others, especially at night.

Anawangin Cove, Zambales, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a perfect blend of adrenaline-pumping activities and breathtaking natural beauty. From camping under starlit skies to trekking through rugged terrains, cliff diving, kayaking, and snorkeling in pristine waters, Anawangin offers a plethora of thrilling experiences. Immerse yourself in the wonders of this beautiful beach destination. 

NLEX Lakbay Norte is a media familiarization tour in Northern Luzon that aims to promote safe and fun travel by highlighting destinations in the North. This initiative is organized by NLEX Corporation and LGU of Zambales.