Duration : overnight
Budget : At least Php1500
Bummers : Mosquitoes
You’ve never been in Anawangin Cove if you haven’t been there twice.
Anawangin Cove is an island off the coast of Barangay Pundaquit in San Antonio, Zambales. It is a great place to get in touch with nature as it offers the awesome triad of mountain, sea, and sky. Spend even just one night in this island and you will feel closer to nature and feel like going back to basic because there is no electricity and no celphone signal.
Staying in Anawangin will require you to bring your own tent. Yeah! That’s right, you’ll be camping out! It is also essential that you know how to build that tent you brought. Don’t worry, that ain’t difficult to learn.
I already went to Anawangin Cove twice because the first time I’ve been there was not enjoyable but it wasn’t forgettable as well. The first time I went there, I was with four female friends and we decided to go to Anawangin Cove on impulse. It’s true that the trips which you don’t plan out get pursued. We went there around the end of August 2009, the time when typhoons begin hitting the country. So, there we were, on one rainy afternoon, we begged our bangkero to bring us in Anawangin Cove.
With moderate rain yet strong waves in the sea, our bangkero said we won’t be able to directly alight the boat in the shores of Anawangin. The best they could do is to bring us to the other side of the island and we need to climb over a hill to reach the main shore of Anawangin. We weren’t prepared to do that but we were determined not leave without setting foot on the island.
The side of the island where we will get off the boat is surrounded with sharp rocks which prevents our boat from getting near the shore. We were instructed to wear our life jackets and jump off the sea to swim towards the shore. Though scary, we did that and swam to the shore. The sharp rocks in the water skinned our knees.
When we reached the shore, two of our bangkeros guided us to the hill that we needed to climb. Since it was raining, the uphill climb is very slippery. But due to adrenalin rush, we really didn’t mind about it at that time. I just imagined I was doing some sort of wall climbing without harness while doing this. That really isn’t helpful.
The entire climb is very fast, or so I think it was. All I can remember were some instances where there were rocks falling in front of me and with one mistake, you’re going downhill. Anyway, we just kept on moving. After the climb, we needed to cross a river. Across the river is the main shore of Anawangin. That was the prize. With minor cuts, bruises, and new phobias, we reached for our prize.
The second time I was in Anawangin Cove is a different story. I went there again to conquer my fear of the island and to really enjoy this time. So, we went there on a summer so that nothing can go wrong. For less than a year from the first time I went there, it seemed like a lot has already change. I think it is starting to becoming commercialized due to its unprecedented popularity. I wonder what else has already changed there now?
The second time was more fun because we got to enjoy the beach, the bonfire, and the night sky. We weren’t able to do this the first time because we were so tired after all the swimming and climbing. Anawangin Cove is really fun but please be awesome and go there on the best weather possible.
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