40th blog … zambales: anawangin cove and parasapinga!

 a very long time ago, parasapinga was in anawangin to follow the footsteps of his tagalog ancestors, and this is now how the cove looks then, and now!

Anawangin Cove lies in San Antonio, Zambales.  It’s a 30-45-minute boat ride from the shores of Pundaquit. It is a beach enclosed by mountains. The existence of pine trees does not only add beauty to the place but makes the cove more rustic and enigmatic.

Murky water during wet season turned into glowing bright-green and blue. The entire sea was calm and appeared to be very accommodating to the tourists. Visiting it in March was a perfect timing because most travelers start exploring Anawangin in April—the official vacation month of students. Deviating from the peak season gave me more time to enjoy the serenity of the place and devour its gratis charm.

Behind the pine trees reclines a river that contributes to the stillness of the place. It stretches along the whole curve of Anawangin. However, there’s no portion where the sea and river intertwine. The beach offers its fine gray sand. Unlike other islands in Zambales, though it’s not white, Anawangin has the perfect beach sand. There’s no rough part and it’s powdery gray. There, you can play around and do other beach activities such as ball games. Seriously, aside from volley ball, I saw people playing badminton.  The salt water is very ideal for swimming, nevertheless, it also has erratic parts.

There’s no concrete infrastructure in Anawangin  is better in order to preserve the uniqueness of the place. Looking for shades is not a problem since pine trees are very abundant everywhere. This is also the reason why campers prefer to stay here over night.

To get to anawangin cove by public transport,  ride a bus bound to Iba, Zambales or Sta. Cruz, Zambales. There are Victory terminals in Caloocan (Monumento), Cubao, Sampaloc and Pasay.   Get off at San Antonio Market.  From there, ride or rent a tricycle to Pundaquit. From there,  rent a boat to bring you to Anawangin.  Approximate travel time is 4 hrs from Manila to San Antonio through public transport, but it would only take you 3-3 ½ hrs if you have a private vehicle.

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