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Zambales has many islands and coves that are worth to visit. The most popular among them are Anawangin Cove, Capones Island and Camara Island. But very few people have seen and known about Nagsasa Cove. If campers love the beauty and serenity of Anawangin Cove, I guess they will also fall in love with the Nagsasa Cove even more. Nagsasa Cove is much better than Anawangin Cove, the place is amazing, the refreshing blue crystal waters of the beach plus beautiful scenery of the place which is perfect for camping and bonding moments with your friends and family.
Photo No. 1: Nagsasa Cove (the river and the mountains)
Nagsasa Cove is a 45 minute boat ride from the shores of Pundaquit, Zambales. On your way to the cove you will pass by the Camara Island, Anawangin Cove and Talisayin. Aetas are the most common locals of the place and they are very friendly and accommodating especially if you need a guide in getting around the corners of Nagsasa Cove (trekking and hiking) and other nearby islands.
Photo No. 2: Pundaquit Shore
We left on Saturday morning at around 4:00 am via Victory Liner Pasay (Php271/ head bus fare). We took off at San Antonio, Zambales at around 9am and we bought some food in the public market (cooked viand, rice, water, etc) then rode a tricycle and went straight to Pundaquit shore where we took a small boat (with maximum capacity of 4 persons only) to Nagsasa Cove. As a first timer in riding such kind of boat, I was really excited and at the same time nervous because of the restless waves that were coming to our way. But before we went to Nagsasa Cove we had our stopped over at Camara Island since its 10minute boat ride from Pundaquit shore. We had our brunch in the Camara Island and take some photos of the island.
Photo No. 3: Approaching Camara Island
Photo No. 4: Closer look at one of the Islet of Camara Island
The island has two islets, one smaller than the other and it is connected by a sandbar (with scattered corals and stones). According to our boat man the sandbar can only be seen during low tide. The place is perfect for picnics and day trip but not advisable to camp overnight. After our short trip to Camara we headed to our camp site (which was the major event). The waves on our way to Nagsasa cove were pretty freaky but thankfully we arrived at Nagsasa Cove safe and all wet after the thrilling boat ride.
Photo No. 5: Nagsasa Cove
Photo No. 6: Aeta Children
The beach and the river were breathtaking. It has soft white-grayish sand (ash-colored) with Agoho trees (resembling to Pine trees) around the place. Although, there was no electricity, no drinking water and no cellular phone signal in the place. It only has a common CR and water pump to share with other visitors of the place.
Photo No. 7: Nagsasa River
We immediately look for a good area were we put up our tent. A minimal fee of Php100 per head was collected for an overnight stay. After we had lunch, we decided to take a rest and walked around the island.
Photo No. 8: Campsite
Photo No. 9: Cooking Time
Came 6:00 pm, we started to make a bonfire and started to cook food for dinner and after we had our satisfying dinner we just stayed on the shore listening to the water waves and staring at stars in the skies at that moment I felt calmness and peacefulness inside me.
Photo no. 10: Twilight at Nagsasa Cove
At 6:00 am the next day (Sunday), we decided to hike a small but terrible mountain up to its summit with our local Easta guide Kidlat. The mountain was steep and no trail but it was worth hiking the mountain because at the peak of the mountain you can view the imposing beauty of the place.
Photo No. 11a and 11b: The Mountain that looks small but terrible
Photo No. 12 - 14: View at the top of the hill
After a strenuous morning exercise, we stopped by a river where we bathed our sweats away. We swam and bond for an hour then on our way back to the camp we found the falls so we stopped and swam again for an hour then went back to the camp for brunch.
Photo No. 15: The River (Amazing View)
Photo No. 16: The Nagsasa Falls
We left Nagsasa at around 12 noon and reached the Pundaquit shore around 1:00 pm, but wait before going back to San Antonio town proper we saw another falls near Pundaquit shore so we grab our bags and went to it and took some pictures of the falls.
Photo No. 17 and 18: Pundaquit Falls
After an hour we then took a tricycle going back to San Antonio road and took a bus ride going back to Manila.
Overall, it was fun and thrilling adventure (not to mention a friendly budget trip), looking forward for our next adventure trip.
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