Travel Guide Zambales: A Two Day, One Night Adventure (Anawangin, Nagsasa and Capones)

So you have been wanting to get away from the stress of city life for quite some time now and flying isn’t an option, here’s something that might help your dilemma.

On January 21, 2012 I experienced the most adventure jam packed two days, one night ever! An invitation was opened by a fellow blogger, the Philippine blog awards nominee him self, Mr. Ivan Lakwatsero! =)

Our destination will be the cove area of the province of Zambales. This part of northern Luzon features a few coves with beautiful beaches formed by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo during the 1990’s . Coves to be found here are Anawangin, which is the most popular, Talisayin and Silaguin and our destination Nagsasa Cove.

You can do lots of activities like trekking, swimming island hopping and even cove hoping it’s really up to you if you are up to the challenge. For our group we trekked the Pundaquit – Anawangin Traverse hopped in a boat to our camp site at Nagsasa Cove.

Our mission was to spend just about 1,500 pesos for the whole trip, don’t think it’s possible?  Let me show you that it’s more than possible.


Day 1
03:00 – Assembly at Victory Liner Monumento
04:00 – Departure from Manila to San Antonio, Zambales
08:30 – ETA San Antonio, Zambales, breakfast, grocery proceed to Brgy. Pundaquit.
10:00 – Start trek across the Pundaquit – Anawangin Traverse
12:00 – ETA Pundaquit – Anawangin Traverse
12:30 – Start descent to Anawangin Cove
16:30 – Photo Ops in Anawangin
17:00 – Depart for Nagsasa Cove
17:30 – ETA Nagsasa Cove, Set-up Camp, Late Lunch, Sunset Photo Ops
18:00 – Prepare Dinner
19:00 – Dinner
19:30 – Free time, Socials
21:00 – Star gazing

Day 2
06:00 – Wake up, Sunrise Photo ops
07:00 – Breakfast
08:00 – Free time, Explore the Cove, More Photo ops
11:00 – Break camp
12:00 – Depart for Capones Island
13:00 – ETA, Explore capones island
15:30 – Depart for Pundaquit
16:30 – Freshen up and prepare for Departure
18:00 – Depart for Manila
21:30 – ETA Manila



(Canned goods, Fish, Pork, Rice,spices)               190.00
Breakfast at San Antonio Market                               45.00
Packed lunch bought at the Market                           55.00
Victory Liner Monumento – San Antonio                 260.00
San Antonio – Pundaquit V.V (Tricycle)                    60.00
Boat (Return included)                                            300.00
San Antonio – Olongapo                                           60.00
Olongapo – Caloocan                                             202.00
Trek Guide                                                               100.00
Camp Fee                                                                100.00

.                                                                TOTAL   1372.00

So if you aren’t that needy for things 1500 pesos is just enough but of course we need to consider extra things like for a pack of cigs or may be an extra bottle of water for your trek, but then again you can bring your own water from your house ayt!?

By the way, I really have to mention that the place is tourist friendly and the people are so great! we even gave extra tips to the boatmen and tricycle drivers! Thanks to kuya Mike for helping us arrange for the camp, trek and boat transfers!

So go on now and plan that weekend getaway to your next destination!


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ian dela pena

iandelapena, the person behind the blog brownmantrips is a yuppie living in the metropolis who believes there is always something good to see everywhere in the world. This is his depository of travel memories for his not so good and maybe soon to fail memory, thus the travelogues in this blog.