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    Sunday, March 15, 2015

    Nagsasa Cove

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    Nagsasa Cove is just another haven for campers and beach lovers. It is one of the five scenic coves located in the town of San Antonio. It is located between the Talisayin and Silangin Coves. Like the famous Anawangin Cove, it is also surrounded by the majestic mountains and tall graceful pine trees. However, unlike Anawangin, its sand is more coarse and darker. Here, no accommodation is available. For overnight campers, pitching of tents is the way to go. 

    Just a warning, though, because there have been reported incidents of theft in the campsite and we were victimized too! As we have mentioned in our Nagsasa Falls post, we are reminding everyone who wishes to camp overnight here to be very vigilant, even with the locals, the souvenir vendors, and other campers that roam around the campsite.
    On the other hand, you’ll definitely enjoy the serene and stunning beauty of this place. It also serves as the jump-off point for those who want to climb Mt. Balingkilat.

    GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION
    Country: Philippines
    Region: Central Luzon (Region III)
    Province: Zambales

    MAJOR JUMP OFF

    Barangay Pundaquit in San Antonio, Zambales

    HOW TO GET THERE

    To get to San Antonio, take a Victory Liner bus bound to Sta. Cruz or Iba, Zambales. If you could, take the one that passes SCTEX to shorten your travel time. Usually it would take 4-5 hours to get there.
    You can go to this link to view their bus schedules:
    If you weren’t able to catch a bus with the above-mentioned routes, you can also take an Olongapo-bound bus and just take another bus from there heading to Iba or Sta. Cruz. Just tell the conductor or the driver to drop you off at San Antonio municipal hall and market.

    From there, just get a tricycle to take you to Pundaquit.

    BACKPACKER’S PARADIGM


    At the Barangay Pundaquit, while we wait for our chartered boat
    Our first day was spent at Camara Island, then we decided to spend another day at Nagsasa Cove. It is an hour of boat ride from Camara Island and around one and a half from the shores of Pundaquit. During the boat ride, there were times when the waters were very calm then we would be hit by fierce waves at some point.

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    Anawangin Cove
    Still, we enjoyed the trip as we passed by the scenic beaches located around this town.

    nagsasa cove, camping beach, zambales, beach in zambales

    We arrived at Nagsasa Cove at around 10 AM. We rented one of the cottages for Php 100, then we set up our tent just beside it.
    nagsasa cove, camping beach, zambales, beach in zambales

    We also decided to prepare our lunch. Newly arrived guests are welcomed by the caretakers of the beach. At this time also is when the souvenir vendors would come and offer some stuff. Again, we remind you to be very cautious on whoever enters your area. Unfortunately, we were careless as we laid our stuff on this table and welcomed everyone. It was at this time of the day when we lost our cook set pouch (Yes, even  that small useless bag was stolen.) Anyway…

    nagsasa cove, camping beach, zambales, beach in zambales

    At around 3 PM, we arranged a guided trek to the falls. You can check out our Nagsasa Falls post on how it went. We arrived back at the camp site just in time for the sunset.
    We weren’t able to take a photo of it, but there are some comfort rooms available near the campsite. They are pretty clean and no fees will be collected as its already charged on the Php 100 entrance fee per person.


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    By the way, there is no cellphone signal in Nagsasa. He probably is just looking at some pictures

    nagsasa cove, camping beach, zambales, beach in zambales

    The next morning, we had our breakfast on the sand in front of the beach. We had some instant noodles and coffee. Our little buddies seemed to enjoy the view as well. Having enough energy for the day, we were then ready to explore more about this secluded beach!

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    A panoramic view of the shoreline.

    nagsasa cove, camping beach, zambales, beach in zambales

    nagsasa cove, camping beach, zambales, beach in zambales
    During the rainy season, this hut is surrounded by water that overflows from a small river located behind it.


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    nagsasa cove, camping beach, zambales, beach in zambales

    nagsasa cove, camping beach, zambales, beach in zambales
      
    As you can see, there are a couple of sari-sari stores located here. Battery charging of your gadgets is also not a problem.
    nagsasa cove, camping beach, zambales, beach in zambales


    nagsasa cove, camping beach, zambales, beach in zambales



    nagsasa cove, camping beach, zambales, beach in zambales

    nagsasa cove, camping beach, zambales, beach in zambales

    Just when you thought you’ve already reached the end of the cove, you’ll find this rope that will lead you to another adventure. It is the start of the trail that leads up to the little mountain that will give you a 360-degree view of Nagsasa.

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    While we rest at the middle of the trail going up, we were stunned by this amazing view. And we desired to be in that yacht  !
    nagsasa cove, camping beach, zambales, beach in zambales

     It took us around 15 to 20 minutes to reach this view deck. Here, we were able to get an awesome view of the beach and the mountains.

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    The majestic mountain behind us is Mt. Balingkilat. It is known to be the highest mountain in San Antonio. It will take around 6-8 hours to reach its summit, but the open trails make it difficult for most climbers especially during the summer season. It is advisable to conquer this mountain during the months of June to January, when the temperature is cooler. Night trek is also possible.


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    Its summit is marked by this small tree and a checkered cloth. It also points to a trail that leads down to another side of the cove.

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     The other side of the cove as viewed from the summit

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     A closer look at the greenish clear water of Nagsasa Cove.

    nagsasa cove, camping beach, zambales, beach in zambales


    nagsasa cove, camping beach, zambales, beach in zambales

    We had a little swim and went back to our camp at around 10 AM. We also had our lunch before heading back to Pundaquit. While we packed our things, we’ve noticed that one of us was missing her earphones. We realized it was left inside the tent when we trekked going to the waterfalls yesterday. We reported this incident to the caretakers of the beach and heard a story from them that there was also an incident before where a souvenir vendor was caught sneaking inside a tent. It was sad, knowing that it’s one of the beautiful tourist spots that made its town popular. Overall, it was a not-so-good experience and we’re still unsure of coming back.


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    By the way, we had a closer look of the yacht during our boat trip back to Pundaquit. It is an Australian yacht that stays on the beach for a couple of days. How cool is that? Oh well.. 
    BOATMAN’S CONTACT INFORMATION
    Name: Mike Bactad
    Contact Number: +63 9283405136
    BUDGET
    Here is the breakdown of our expenses:
    Fare from Manila to San Antonio – Php 1228  (roundtrip for 2 pax)
    Tricycle from San Antonio to Pundaquit – Php 140 (roundtrip for 2 pax)
    Boat Rental (small boat)  – Php 2000
    Food and Water – Php 600
    Entrance fee – Php 200 (Php 100 per person)
    Cottage Rental – Php 100
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    Total Expenses: Php 4,268.00 (good for 2 pax)


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