Anawangin is a cove that can be found in San Antonio Zambales, a town that is four hours away from Manila. But to reach Anawangin Cove itself, you'd still need to take a boat and that will be another hour or so ride from Pundaquit, Zambales, through two expressways and a mountain.
It is said that the sands of Anawangin cove were from the ash fall of the Mt. Pinatubo explosion. Instead of coconut trees, you will see an evergreen forest near the shore. This place is far from your typical island. There is no electricity, cellphone signal and no hotel. It is a place where one can just relax and leave all their worries behind. You will just see pitched tents, two small stores, a comfort room and a water pump. Before going to the cove you should buy your supplies in the nearby market in Pundaquit.
The boat ride to Anawangin cove costs P500 ($10) with a side trip to Capones Island where you will find the popular light house. My friends and I stayed in the cove for two nights. On the first day, we swam in the ocean for hours, stayed at the river and cooked our own food in the make shift cooking pit.
On the second day, we went up the hill for a view of the whole cove. Walked to the end of the beach and swam some more. The water at the end of the beach was crystal clear and away from all the campers. My friends tried their luck at skim boarding but it was just too hard. You can rent a skimboard at the small store for P100 ($2). And if you do not know how to cook using charcoal, you can ask the old lady in the store to cook your food for a fee.
On our last day, our boatman arrived early so we can go to Capones Island. We got there in about 30 minutes, but we decided not to go up the hill to the light house because we were so tired from swimming. We just stayed at the beach. The water was clear and we regretted that we didn’t ask our boatman for some snorkeling gear. After an hour of staying in the island we decided to go back to Pundaquit to take a shower and go home.
’Til our next adventure :)