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Experience the Outdoors at Anawangin Cove
A cove experience
Anawangin Cove is just one of the beautiful coves in the Philippines. A cove is a small coastal bay or inlet characterized by a circular-like bay with a small entrance. This natural formation vary may in size and features. Some are hidden and located in inaccessible areas which makes them the perfect setting for a most private getaway. Imagine being Leonardo Caprio in the movie 'The Beach' which was filmed in one of the most beautiful coves in Thailand.
Most of the coves in the Philippines are relatively undeveloped. This means that one cannot expect to enjoy the luxuries and comfort offered in resort facilities. Nevertheless, with your spirit for adventure, you will appreciate what Anawangin Cove has to offer.
The crescent-shaped cove is located in the coast of Bgy. Pundaquit in San Antonio, Zambales. It is a very picturesque place with a pristine beach and strewn with trees that look like pine though they are of a totally different variety. The cove may be reached through a 30-minute boat ride or a 4-hour trek through Mt. Pundaquit. Forget about the luxury offered by hotels and resorts because there is none. Forget about the cellphone because the signals are inexistent. Nonetheless, it is most ideal for a quiet outdoor and backpacking experience.
The cove is a great place to rejuvenate the mind and spirit, to reconnect with and be in awe of nature. In Anawangin, you are not a tourist, but an explorer. It is not for those whose idea of travel is comfort and convenience. A day is spent doing any activity such as a hike, a dip, a swim or just laying still. The nights may be spent around a bonfire, stargazing, watching the moon rise and other camp activities. In short, the cove is not for everyone.
Due to the lack of amenities, visitors are encouraged to bring in their tents and camping gears, own food, water basic medicines, insect-repelling lotions and yes, sunscreen. Tents may be rented as well for a minimal fee. Choose the time when you want to visit and avoid months where the monsoon winds visit the area. Windbreakers and sweaters are most welcome on cold nights. Although summer is often vacation time, consider that heat can be a concern for some people, so schedule a trip with these things in mind. There is another option. One can make a daytrip to Anawangin while spending the night in a lodge in Pundaquit. Again, expect the barest accommodation.
To enjoy the sights and experience Anawangin Cove, there are guided group tours for a day or more offered online. Just make sure to do research and hire an experienced and highly recommended tour operator.