Zambales: Biyahe Lokal Adventures in Anawangin Cove & Capones Island
Among the three coves in San Antonio, Anawangin probably outranks Nagsasa and Silanguin in terms of popularity. Due to the famous destination’s proximity from the jump-off point in the coastal baranggay of Pundaquit, travelers could enjoy an ultimate outdoor experience without the hassle of embarking on arduous journeys. My day trips on this beach were quite a blast but this overnight camping opened my eyes to a whole new perspective on how Anawangin Cove has attracted diverse groups of travelers – that includes the Biyahe Lokal crew and our new friends.
On the boat to the Anawangin Cove.
Fair winds and calm seas favored our voyage as the boat easily sliced through the glassy waters. Traversing the rugged coastline of San Antonio from Pundaquit to Anawangin took us on a relaxed 45-minute journey before the bow touched the shores of Anawangin Cove.
Lovely travel buddies on this Anawangin adventure.
Open cottages in a campsite on Anawangin Cove
Campsites ran from both ends of the beach. Each having basic amenities like open cottages, water sources, toilet, and a 24-hour store selling canned goods, water, etc., yet on a price above the regular cost. Pitch tents wherever would please your adventurous hearts – under a cool shade, under the sky, on the forest, or near the beach – you’re tent, you’re call, just pitch.
Imagine dining with a pinewood forest as backdrop.
Pinewood forest in Anawangin Cove.
A log sits silently on Anawangin’s dry river bed.
While others have a quick siesta, our band of 6 penetrated deeper into the woods to explore what lies beyond the famed shores of Anawangin Cove. One can’t help but notice the abundance of pinewood trees which was quite unusual yet interesting since coconut and palm trees are the mainstreams on Philippine beaches. Luscious vegetation got thicker until we came into a clearing which turned out to be a dry riverbed probably because of the summer season.
Dry riverbed of Anawangin
Picture-taking in Anawangin’s river (or what’s left of it)
From the pine tree forest, me and 5 intrepid exploring buddies head south through Anawangin’s beach scoured with greyish white sands, and gently washed by calm waves. On the rocky end of the shoreline lies a pass which leads up to a hill where a majestic vista of Anawangin Cove, the gigantic Zambales Mountains, and the vast West Philippine will definitely astonish its audience. Everyone sat down for a moment and absorbed its breathtaking beauty.
Overlooking Anawangin Cove and the West Philippine Sea.
Group photo from the hill.
Capping the night off with cool drinks while sitting around the bonfire.
The sea wasn’t as calm as the day before when we braved the waters bound for Capones Island. But amidst the slight bumps and splashes along the way, we made it safely. The next challenge was getting from the boat to the shore dry – the only solution, get wet then dry ourselves. We packed the cameras in a clean garbage bag, place it inside the empty cooler, then swam their way to the rocky beach.
Stairs going to the lighthouse in Capones Island.
Trek to Capones Lighthouse.
Capones Island Lighthouse
Enjoying the majestic view from the lighthouse gallery
Paved staircases made the climb to lighthouse easier in contrary to the long way up coming from the eastern side of Capones Island. A final 5-minute trek into a thick foliage of shrubs and trees takes visitors to the gates of late 19th century Capones Lighthouse. Amidst the barracks’ barren condition, the lighthouse is fully operation and has been guiding sea vessels for over a hundred of years. Historical structures like this never fails to amaze me, thus, the short visit to lighthouse even added more delight to our San Antonio, Zambales adventure.
Gates of Capones Lighthouse.
Standing on an huge window in the lighthouse’ quarters.
Rocky shores of Capones Island.
If I were to judge what’s the best beach among the 3 coves, I would say its Nagsasa Cove. However, amidst the large tourist influx in Anawangin Cove, this destination keeps on attracting more and more visitors every year. Why? Aside from having the cheapest boat ride from Pundaquit to the coves, Anawangin is a crossroad for all types of nature lovers – hikers, beach-goers, mountaineers, adventurers, or couch potatoes, anyone, any who. If you’re the adrenalin junkie who seeks an adventure nearby, you could take the trek from Pundaquit to the cove. If you’re the type who prefers to just enjoy the beach, you could take the boat. If you’re the type who loves the outdoors but doesn’t straying too far from his comfort zone, camp out for a night, and besides, they have basic amenities there. Anawangin is for everybody.
To our new friends (and 2 of our regular travel buddies), we hope you had loads of fun during this Anawangin-Capones trips. Biyahe Lokal had a great time assisting you on this trip and we’re looking forward to our next adventure. See you around! Keep traveling.
Here are some fast facts that may help you on your trip:
1. To find out more about cheap travel packages to Anawangin and other destinations, contact Biyahe Lokal.
0927 970 34 59 Look for Yani 0906 362 38 54
2. For D-I-Y trips, contact Reynald Liwarin (09108162974) for boat rentals.
3. Like Biyahe Lokal on Facebook.
4. Brgy. Pundaquit, jump off point to Anawangin Cove, is aprroximately 3 hours from Manila.
5. Boat ride from Pundaquit to Anawangin is about 45 minutes.
6. There are small sari-sari stores on campsites but expect the price to be a bit higher.
7. The hike to Capones was the easy route. You might want to read about the Long Way Up
8. See more Biyahe Lokal destinations.
9. More beach spots in Zambales.
10. Please LIKE Biyaherong Barat on Facebook. (I will be posting more photos on Facebook including these photos)
11. Follow @BiyaherongBarat on Twitter
12. Happy travels everyone. Always be safe.