Our journey to Anawangin Cove starts with a 4 hours trip from Manila to San Antonio, Zambales. This was my first trip to the cove, I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about the place since 2007 but never had a chance to visit. We went with the group of (Pinoy) tourists who availed the tour package.
From San Antonio town proper, we proceeded to Barangay Pundaquit for the boat ride. We left Bgy. Pundaquit beach front at around 6:30AM and headed to Capones islands, the boat ride was relatively calm, it took us less than half an hour to reach Capones Island.
The islands offers serenity, a place where you can just sit & enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.
From Capones Island, we headed to Anawangin Cove, the place was crowded, 2 of the campsites were closed due to land dispute. Nevertheless, we were able to find a place to pitch our tent & prepare our lunch.
Late in the afternoon, my mountaineering itch pinched in, we climbed part of the Mount Pundaquit and explored the lake & the woods.
The trip was worth remembering, I do have some comments though, according to our guide, Anawangin Cove was voted 3rd top beach destination in the country. Its proximity to Manila made it easier to reach thus influx of visitors is inevitable. My biggest concern is keeping the environment balance & clean.
Tourism can be a double edged sword, definitely inhabitants of the place will benefit from every cent each visitor is spending, but tourism can also destroy the beauty of the place. I just hope that the people of Bgy. Pundaquit will continue to guard the place.