Yes you’ve read it right! Zambales is truly nothing less than magnificent. A must-see place on the western shores of Luzon island along the South China Sea. Zambales shoreline is ragged and features many coves and inlets like Anawangin Cove, Nagsasa Cove, Silangen Cove, Capones Island, and Camara Island.
We decided to visit Nagsasa Cove. It was my first time to visit the province and at the same time my first camping experience. Nagsasa Cove is adjacent and is twice the distance of Anawangin Cove from the shores of Pundaquit, Zambales. Nagsasa Cove is not as popular as Anawangin Cove, but both share the beauty and pristine silence of nature away from the city skyline. We chose the former because the latter was already getting crowded and slowly becoming commercialized and developed. We want something tranquil and laid-back.
Nagsasa cove is inhabited but occasional Aetas who travel around and will be willing to accompany you if ever you decide to trek the hills and forests behind the cove or nearby mountains. Streams and waterfalls run water down from the mountains and will sometimes be a better place to hang out as the water can be cooler compared to the water from the beach. But they dry out during the hot summer and dry seasons. Very few people have seen this place, but those very few people will share their experience and will tell you that Nagsasa Cove is worth a visit.
We left Manila at exactly 4:00pm and arrived in a sleepy Municipality of San Antonio, Zambales passed 6:00 pm. We opted to buy our stuffs like canned goods, rice, and liters of water in the town proper for less baggage from Manila. Before we sailed the serene western coastline, we ate first our dinner from our tour guide’s house and the owner of the boat we rented. A one-hour boat ride at night, for some may find it scary unless your a fisherman but we found it more exciting and adventurous. Thank God the sea current and waves were not that strong. we can’t appreciate the place yet because the islands and the shoreline were completely covered with darkness for one very obvious reason, we sailed at night. Our flashlights, the moon and millions of stars serve as our light along our travel. We took a leap of faith that something great was about to unfold right before our very eyes as soon as the sun rises the next morning. And we were not wrong! Clear waters, hills, rock formations, streams and water falls embraced our great morning.
Here are some of our stunning photos: