Biyahe Lokal’s Travel Package: Overnight Camping In Nagsasa Cove
Biyahe Lokal, yes including me, head towards the western coast for another “business trip” to Zambales. Today’s trip will take us to one that has become a favorite among me and my friends. But for this journey, we’re here to share and let another group experience why it become a chart-buster for us. Personally, I’ve been to the three popular coves of San Antonio and featured it here in Biyaherong Barat’s Biyaheng Zambales, but let me tell you, and show you why the Nagsasa Cove make a good beach destination.
Cruising along the coastline
On the boat to Nagsasa Cove.
On a 30-seater outrigger boat maneuvered by our regular boatman, Tatay Hesus, we cruised along the Zambales coastline geographically made of cliffs, mountains, and ridges. The calm South China Sea gave us smooth 45 minute ride passing by Talisayin and Anawangin Coves. Starting your day early on the beach gave is just as pleasant as waking up with 5 suitcases filled with money collectively amounting 5 Billion Pesos. No, I was just exaggerating. The sun was brightly shining, the sky was blue, colors were vivid – it’s just a perfect day for a beach trip.
As the bow touched down on Nagsasa’s beach, we jumped on its grey washed sands, hugged the outriggers, then pushed it higher on the beach. The campsite caretaker gave us two beach front huts, both having its own table and benches, and behind it, our tents.
Tents of Biyahe Lokal
One of our native cogon huts.
As Anawangin became a famous spot for travelers, mountaineers, campers, or beach lovers, others who seek isolation retreat further to Nagsasa Cove. However, compared to my last visit, the cove seems to be gaining its popularity. From the beach, one may not see the number of people but when you look close, lots of tents are camouflaged behind the shade of pine trees all over the cove, especially on the northern side of the cove. Having numerous visitors is not bad at all, in fact, we’re providing income for local residents. However, more visitors means more waste. Cleaning up after our stay is our simple contribution to future visitors who would also do the same. In addition, let’s just be mindful of the others who also prefer a quiet stay on the beach. Equipped with camping or outdoor etiquette, we have a nice, clean, beach everyone can enjoy.
Seeking shade from the heat of the mid-day sun
Clear water of Nagsasa’s water.
Though Nagsasa Cove has a longer stretch and a deeper cove, both Nagsasa’s beach are comparable to Anawangin’s. Both possess ash colored sands which gets hot during midday. As the sun makes the beach a scorching furnace for your feet, a nice dip in this hideaway’s cool, and clear water is more than rewarding. The calm waves sweeping the shore and the shallow depth makes it an ideal swimming area.
The sun has come to rest and I can feel the cool breeze caressing my skin. Dinner was served. Everyone had a nice a meal of fried liempo matched with ensalada on the side. Not long after dinner, we lit the bonfire which kept as warm as the temperature drops. Gathered near the bonfire the group sang songs, cracked jokes, and shared stories under the light of the full moon and the glittering stars shining so brightly from heavens. And as the night fell deeper, the howl of the winds were like wolves getting closer and closer to their prey. It’s going to be a cold windy night, so I pulled out my sleeping bag, and laid down on the beach. Under the glow of the moon and infinite number of stars, the silent sweep of waves serenaded me to sleep.
A bridge leading to a campsite deeper into the forest
River flowing to the sea
The northern end of the beach
Woke up that morning, fixed my sleeping bag and went out to sea for a morning dip then had a warm cup of coffee. After helping out with some chores and served breakfast, I skipped the meal to take advantage of the morning light. As I traverse north of the beach, I saw new sari sari stores, camp sites, and huts. When I crossed the estuary, it seemed narrower unlike before, must be the tide.
Viewing the northern end from afar, it looks nothing but a clump of pine trees but as I got closer, I saw varying hues of tents hidden within the woods. The area appears to be nice camp site since it sits under a thick shades of trees, (I didn’t had a closer look but it seems to have) grasses on the floor, and there’s a small C.R. at the back. However, the nearest store, if I’m correct, is about 250 meters away from the site.
Everyone was finished with breakfast when I got back to camp. Earlier, we saw people ascending the mountain on the southern end. I haven’t been to that point and, with some of our guest, we found out for ourselves out of curiosity. The trail started from a huge chunk of rock to soft clay. Not far from we started ascending, we came to halt when we saw this marvelous view of the cove and the long stretch of beach. Our excitement pushed us a few meters uphill a was more thrilled with the breath taking view from that vantage point. We stopped there but it kept me wondering what the greater heights has to offer. I’d save it for my next travel to Nagsasa Cove.
A breath taking view of the sea enclosed by the cove
Ascending the hill.
Bird’s eye view of Nagsasa Cove
On the way back to the beach.
Nagsasa Cove’s beauty was once kept from the eyes of the society now as it made its way to the maps. Its wonderful and serene environment entices travelers to experience paradise without journeying miles and miles further. In return, we, as stewards of Mother Nature, are responsible for preserving it’s natural beauty. That is Biyahe Lokal’s main job.
I’d like to take this opportunity to express my utmost gratitude to our guest for traveling with us. The journey with your group was fun. Hopefully, we’ve been able to derail you from your train of daily routine and took you to a place where you can relax and unwind. Once again, thank you very much.
Now, here are some of the group’s pictures of the trip. My apologies for the long delay.
Biyahe Lokal’s guest
Enjoying the majestic view.
Back from the mountain