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How far is Anawangin Cove from Manila?
Anawangin Cove is a hundred and sixty kilometer drive from Manila.
How long is the trip from Manila?
It will take an approximately 5 hours through public transportation. On average, a bus reaches San Antonio in four hours. Still, your total travel time would depend on traffic volume, time of the day, and time spent on stopovers. Mostly, there are two stopovers—one at Double Happiness, Lubao, Pampanga and another at the Olongapo City bus terminal. The tricycle ride to Pundaquit is 10-15 minutes and the boat ride to Anawangin Cove is 20-30 minutes depending on the weather. It is advisable to start the trip very early in the morning. If you have your own car, the drive to Pundaquit would take approximately 3 hours through SCTEX.
How do I get there?
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What time should we leave Manila?
You must leave as early as possible so you can maximize your stay in the cove and choose a nice spot in the campsite for your tents. If you have your own car, try to leave around 2 or 3 am. For commuters, take the first trip of the day (Check out the trip schedules on Victory Liner’s official website http://www.victoryliner.com. Some hikers take the last trip at night so they can start trekking very early in the morning the following day. Tricycles from San Antonio to Pundaquit are available day in and day out.
Is there electricity? Cellphone signal?
There’s no electricity and cellphone signal in Anawangin Cove/Nagsasa Cove . Some of the friendly area keepers/watchers have electricity that you can ask to connect, however, they may require payment.
Are there available accommodation options?
In Anawangin Cove/Nagsasa Cove, you only have one option: sleep in a tent. Some people sleep in mats but this is not advisable as it can get very cold in the wee hours of the morning. Many guests of Anawangin Cove and Nagsasa Cove enjoy this camping type of vacation.
Can we rent a tent?
Yes. Boatmen have tents for rent. The rental fee though, is quite expensive ranging from P500.00 – P1,500.00 depending on the size of the tent. But in our Anawangin Tour packages and Nagsasa Tour Packages, tents are already included.
If we are bringing our own car but sleeping at the cove, is there somewhere we can park?
There are a lot of parking areas in Pundaquit that can accommodate you. Make sure you leave your car at a paid parking area for security reasons. The parking fee is PhP 100 per night.
What should I bring to Anawangin?
Check out our suggestions on what to bring in our Anawangin Tour packages
Are there facilities in Anawangin Cove?
Yes, but only the bare necessities. Campsites have 3 bathrooms and changing booths each. The campsite has a motorized pump to keep their drums filled with water. The place is riddled with picnic tables that campers can use. The tables are solid and quite comfortable. In case you need to buy items in Anawangin, the friendly area keepers/watchers’ hut at the middle of the beach doubles as a store. They sell snacks, water, drinks, camping things, etc. Don’t be shocked by the prices though; their merchandise are very expensive. It’s always best to carry whatever stuff you can to the beach.
What kind of food should we bring?
All this depend on you. It is advisable to bring dishes that do not perish easily (e.g. adobo, binagoongan, paksiw). You may also bring salted, marinated or half-cooked meat/fish and finish cooking on the beach. Sundries and salted eggs are a good choice as well. Make sure you also bring snacks and drinks. Swimming and exploring the place can make you quite hungry and thirsty.
Is it okay to bring kids?
There are a lot of parents who bring their kids to Anawangin so it is okay. However, consider that you’ll be sleeping in a tent, the place is mostly untouched wilderness. When you do decide to bring your kids, don’t forget to keep an eye on them at all times.
Can we have bonfire on the beach?
Yes. You can buy them from the caretakers. They have a lot of firewood for bonfire. Make sure you choose the proper and safe spot to light a fire. You can also see our Anawangin Tour packages for a free bond of wood for bonfire.
Is it safe there?
Anawangin is relatively safe. Although Mother Nature does things we cannot control, safety, for the most part, still depends on us. – Do not leave your things unattended. – Do not venture far out to the sea if you are not a STRONG SWIMMER. There is a difference between a good swimmer and a strong swimmer. Sandbars and the shallows attract a lot people to venture far into the sea during low tide. Just remember that: – The tide can rise fast. – Do not go into the water when you’re drunk. – Do not explore the wilderness alone. – Do not trek the mountains without an experienced guide. – Do not climb the slippery and rocky walls around the area.
When we get back to Pundaquit, is there somewhere we can bathe/change clothes?
You have options here. First, you can just bathe and change in Anawangin Cove/Nagsasa Cove. The second option is to use the facilities of a resort in Pundaquit. You would, however, have to pay for an entrance fee per person. Aside from the bathrooms, you can also use their cabanas and swimming pools.
What can I see in Anawangin?
Anawangin boasts of its natural beauty. Check out our article Anawangin Tour packages.