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Anawangin Cove: White Sands After Mt. Pundaquit

Anawangin Cove

When I think of Zambales, the first thing that comes to my mind is surfing! But upon returning from Anawangin Cove, I discovered more of its awesomeness because of its peaks and islands.

My high school friends and I took the weekend to climb Mt. Pundaquit, beach bum around Anawangin Cove and go island hopping between Capones and Camara Islands!

Scaling Mt. Pundaquit

On Friday midnight we took a Victory Liner bus in Caloocan as chance passengers. While five of us were lucky enough to sit on one bus, three of our friends stood on the other bus the entire ride. It really is best to purchase tickets earlier. We arrived at 3AM at San Antonio, Zambales.

By 5 AM we already ate breakfast and readied ourselves for the 4-hour hike up to Mt. Pundaquit. For this trip, we afforded a PHP 800 package per 8 pax that includes a trek guide, boat transfers, tents, kitchen utensils, ice and water.

Mt. Pundaquit

Mt. Pundaquit may also be called Mt. Anawangin, which was derived from the Ilokano word “nuang” meaning carabao because these wild beasts used to roam in the slopes. We didn’t see one that day, thankfully.

The challenge of hiking up at Mt. Pundaquit is the abundance of rock quarries that looked like dried up rivers permeating through the path. Halfway through, the challenge shifts to the steep gradual slope that will leave you breathless! Not just with exhaustion but also with the beautiful sight. Seriously, who would feel tired with such view?

Mt. Pundaquit

We were moving as fast as we can to make it before the sun rises, and by past 7AM we reached the peak overlooking Anawangin Cove at 464 meters above sea level!

Dropping Dead at Anawangin Cove from Mt. Pundaquit

For me, the descent was more difficult because of the sharp and jagged rocks that might cause one to slip, especially on bad weather. It was a long hike down and by the foot of the mountains, we felt we were doomed because we still had to walk through endless sea of rocks again.

Anawangin Cove

Finally, we were rewarded upon the sight of tents, canopy of slim trees and the white sand beach of Anawangin Cove! Needless to say, everybody literally dropped and fell asleep as if upon cue even though our tents have not arrived yet (it was supposed to be taken by boat as we climb).

As soon as the reinforcements arrived, we set up camp and ate lunch. They cooked tinola for us and rice. Again, we fell asleep through the afternoon before beach bumming and exploring the beauty of Anawangin Cove.

Anawangin Cove

No Cellular Signal, but Better Connection

I would say it was one of the best bonding destination considering there was no electricity or cell reception. We only had cameras, good conversations, bonding over food preparation. For dinner we had meat loaf festival. That night, we bought firewood and had a mini s’mores party!

We fell asleep shortly beneath the stars after some good conversation before we transferred near our tents. Still, we just lay our towels on the sand and fell asleep soundly until the next morning.

Anawangin Cove

Next week, we will take our Zambales Sea & Summit Adventure to the islands of Capones and Camara.

 

 

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    pr3ttyRh0z3
    June 30, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    What a beautiful and good trip you had there sweety…it’s a barkada trip :-)….waaaaah, I miss the time when I was student…like you we love adventures and trips…anyways the place is so beautiful specially the scene in the mountain…I wish I can go there too…

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    Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen.
    June 25, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    I’ve never tried hiking up a mountain before! It must be an awesome experience.

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    Que Sullano - Gavan
    June 24, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    I love the beach more but would love to experience camping out with the family!

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    patriciacuyugan
    June 24, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Beach trips are very different for our barkada. Not a lot of us are adventurous, so we really are resort people. Plus, we travel with kids so it’s really important that we find a destination that’s complete with creature comforts. It looks so nice in Anawangin though!

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    Kim | Mom On Duty
    June 23, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Beautiful photos! It looks like a really fun trip. When we go to Zambales, we only go to the beach. I’d like to explore its other treasures too, though.

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    Roselle
    June 21, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    800 pesos is such an affordable deal. I’ve been to Anawangin once and I want to come back because we didn’t get the chance to visit Capones because of strong waves, we went to Nagsasa instead. If ever I want to try climbing Mt. Pundaquit too just to get to Anawangin cove. 🙂

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    Joren
    June 20, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    A good and fresh ambiance of the sea and mountain making it a better place to go. Having an adventure on mountain is really a good experience. 🙂

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    Chinky Magtibay (@chinkymagtibay)
    June 20, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    wow you’re really seeing a lot of great local sights!

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    alaine
    June 19, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    I haven’t been in this side of Zambales and I super envy you. I hope I can visit this place soon!
    🙂

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    Michelle
    June 19, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    So you have lots of fun there,would love to visit there sometimes

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    Leira Bhagwani Pagaspas
    June 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Wow seems like you and your friends had a lot fun..

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    Aldous Calubad (@team_aldous)
    June 19, 2014 at 4:50 AM

    I’m heading to Zambales soon and I would love to climb this mountain but probably not an overnight one.

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    Yippee Daniely
    June 19, 2014 at 3:25 AM

    You had a great time , nature designs that places and made it beautiful. I wish to be there someday.

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    John A White
    June 18, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Looks like you had a great time at Mt. Pundaquit even after waking up at 5am lol, that would be hard for me to do but i would like to hiking there. You always have cool adventures!

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    Debarpan
    June 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    The place looks great,I am a nature lover and love to visit such places which have mountains

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    Clarissa
    June 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    I have to say that this is not the usual landscape I see when I read blogs about the Zambales-Anawangin group of islands. I totally enjoyed your pictures 🙂

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    Fred
    June 18, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    My mother is from Zambales, and I know its beautiful beaches, but where do you SURF in Zambales?! I guess I have not visited the province a long time already. I have been to Pundaquit, San Antonio and Annawangin Cove, but did not know that there was a mountain people climb there. Nice adventure.

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      Samantha Isabel
      June 25, 2014 at 5:37 AM

      I envy you for having Zambales as your province. We surfed at Liw-Liwa in Zambales! I love the place. There are so many things to do 🙂

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    FX777 Classified Articles
    June 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Hope you enjoyed doing this escapade, it looks that the place’s a steep one.

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      Samantha Isabel
      June 25, 2014 at 5:36 AM

      It is! One of the more difficult mountains I’ve climbed. The traverse was even more difficult because of the sharp and jagged rocks

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    rochkirstin
    June 18, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    What shoes do you suggest to wear when walking or hiking up to those rocky areas?

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      Samantha Isabel
      June 25, 2014 at 5:30 AM

      Hi Roch! I usually use my old running shoes. It has been damaged due to frequent mountain climbing so I don’t use it so much for running anymore. Best option I guess are climb sandals with long socks, or trekking shoes 🙂

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    Janice / The Roller Coaster Ride
    June 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    Been wanting to go to Anawangin. But when that time comes, I think I’d rather go by boat. Hehehe. The view from your hike are amazing though.

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      Samantha Isabel
      June 18, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      Most people would and I don’t blame them. I have to say this is one of the hardest climbs I tried 🙂

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    Michelle Solee (@michisolee)
    June 17, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Anawangin Cove is in my bucket list too.

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    Mr. Jacob's Mom (@MrJacobsMom)
    June 17, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    I’ve only been to the beach there and can remember the surrounding mountains on our way to the beach. i’d die if I had to climb that. Kudos to you!

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      Samantha Isabel
      June 18, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      They were absolutely beautiful weren’t they? I love how the mountains meet the sea 🙂

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    franckxethee
    June 17, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    I’ve been to Pudaquit but never thought of climbing the mountain. I should do that next time. I always say that the mountains in Anawangin feels like New Zealand.

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      Samantha Isabel
      June 18, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      I agree (even though I haven’t really been to NZ :)). Try it just once, it makes for a good training 🙂

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        franckxethee
        June 19, 2014 at 5:11 AM

        Yeah, I’ll try to find time to do that.

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    rochkirstin
    June 17, 2014 at 5:19 AM

    Wow. This is a good time to bond with friends without technology butting in the way. No social media and online surfing for a while! 🙂 The feeling of reaching the peak is most refreshing.

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    Daryll Villena (@GreenDei)
    June 17, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    My grannies are from Botolan, Zambales, when were young we used to treck Pinatubo to visit the Aetas and give them clothing, in return they gave my grannies hand-made bows and arrows. Glad to see much nature appreciation among you guys!

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      Samantha Isabel
      June 18, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      Wooow! I wish I experienced that. I haven’t seen the Aetas yet and I love the story of your grandmother doing that. She must be one great adventurer 🙂 Wish I could see their bows and arrows too 🙂

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