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:

ddfgNagsasa Cove is located at the western shores of Luzon island along the South China Sea.

165545_1724906115575_6275313_nFootprints in the sand.

166597_1724911955721_6594397_nLet the gate be opened.

167958_1724913075749_8098700_nSurvivors.

167773_1724911795717_2295442_nNot pine but Casuarina Trees, thrive in seashore conditions – poor soils, brackish water, strong winds.

167684_1724914515785_1222585_nTrekking Buddies.

179025_1724912155726_3673941_nLaid-back.

163293_1724911275704_8019797_nPristine waters.

168654_1724911035698_4031659_n168899_1724915155801_7428223_n163155_1724910955696_3308931_nThe shorelines.

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Horizon.

164773_1724911515710_6680663_nBoat sailing.

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Tranquil waters.

166808_1724898355381_1372680_nJourney into the wilderness.

65439_1564728071224_3361546_nSnorkeling and the beautiful sunset.

164733_1724906795592_1583129_nLadies Camp fire.

168607_1724906555586_4939518_nThe hills are alive.

163132_1724902195477_7763918_nRock formation.

164319_1724908435633_456858_nLife at sea.

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