Whether you’re an all-star camper or you’re a newbie, Anawangin is a great place to go to experience what camping is all about! Anawangin cove is snuggled right next to Mt. Pundaquit and is an amazing retreat from the hustle of the city!
Typically when we think of a weekend getaway we see a beach and a resort somewhere nearby. While this is great, it’s nice to switch it up and have a disconnected getaway weekend. Anawangin is a perfect place to disconnect from technology, from traffic, from pollution, and from stress.
When someone asks me whats so special about Anawangin, I will admit it’s hard to explain. Anawangin has no cell reception or electricity so you get the chance to really connect with your friends. You also have to manually cook your meals over a fire which for me always brings a bunch of struggles and laughter.
Although you’ll have to work to put your tent up, work to make your own food, and sleep on the hard ground, its really a humbling experience to remind us that we still have a pretty easy life back in the city.
How do you get to Anawangin?
Anawangin cove is just across Mt. Pundaquit and is reachable by boat from Pundaquit. To get here from Manila you have to take a bus from the Cubao or Pasay Victory Liner terminal going to Iba for just P250.
When you pass through San Antonio, go down at the 7Eleven and take a tricycle to Pundaquit fishing village. You can book in advance to have a boat ready for you and your friends by contacting different boat men. My favorite is Kuya Kulot which you can contact him on Facebook here.
The cost to go to Anawangin by boat is P1000 (#20 USD) for 4 people (P250 each). If you want to do a little bit of island hopping on the way you can pay P1500 ($30 USD) and stop by Capones and Camara Islands to take a few photos and do some sight seeing.
What should you bring/prepare?
When you decide to head to Anawangin you’ll want to be sure you’re prepared for the camping lifestyle.
Here are my tips for preparation:
- Food: Stop at the market in San Antonio before you go to Pundaquit to get any food you want to bring. There a small store in Anawangin but it doesn’t have full meals.
- Clothing: For the most part it will be hot outside and you’ll be in your swimsuits, but bring a sweatshirt as well as nights can be a bit chilly.
- Tent: You’ll need to rent one, unless you have your own. You may want to bring a small blanket or pillow if you don’t want to sleep on the flat ground.
- Power Bank: Bring a fully charged power bank so you can recharge your phone for photos. There is nowhere in Anawangin to charge up. They only have generators which are used for lights during the night.
- Toiletries: Bring toilet paper, soap, and shampoo. There are showers open to use for anyone who is renting a campsite.
- Money: Bring cash as there is no ATM in Anawangin.
What are the costs?
Anawangin is a trip that wont break the bank! Although it’s not the most glamorous experience, you can go with friends for a weekend getaway or take your whole family and still have room for dessert 😛
Here are the costs if you’re just staying 1 night for 4 people:
- Bus from Manila to Iba (Getting down in San Antonio) P250 each.
- Tricycle from San Antonio to Pundaquit is P60 for two, P30 each.
- Boat from Pundaquit to Anawangin is P1000 for 4, P250 each.
- Tent for 2 people P400 (ask your boat man before leaving Pundaquit for tents), P200 each.
- Entrance to Campground P100 each.
- Food cost will be up to you, but if you bring your own food from the market in San Antonio to cook you can get enough food for 4 people for around P500 for dinner and breakfast for a 1 night stay (P125 each).
Total Cost: P1235 each person ($25 USD) Round Trip
The above cost is done with the lowest costing. You can of course bring fancy food, rent a kubo on the beach for P2000, and other things to make your Anawangin trip more of a “glamping” experience instead 🙂
Things to do in Anawangin:
While you’re in Anawangin, there’s lot of activities to do. While mostly I love to just sit around and read a book, there are others who want to do more active adventures.
Activities in Anwangin:
- Volleyball: There’s a net available for anyone to use on the beach.
- Hiking: One of the most important things to do when you go here is to hike up to the cliff and take the infamous photo of the shoreline (below). To get there, you’ll climb a trail on the left side (if facing the sea) up to the cliff:
- Swimming: The shoreline is really long and the water is really clean. It’s also great because it doesn’t get very deep really fast so you can swim out a ways.
- Star Gazing: Its not often that those of us from the city see the stars and there aren’t many lights in Anawangin so the starts are clear and bright at night.
- Forest walk: The grounds are really big and depending on which campground you choose there are bridges, rivers and brackish water in the back of the campsite. Perfect for pictorials.
Side trips to take
There are quite a few places nearby you can go to as well either via boat or land after Anawangin. You should talk to your boat man prior to leaving if you’re interested in going to these as well so you can book all of them at once.
Here are a few side trips from Anawangin:
- Capones Island
- Camara Island
- Nagsasa Cove
- Talisayen Cove
- Silanguin Cove
Have fun on your trip to the Zambales region and Anawangin cove. You can read my full zambales guide here:
If there’s any place that I missed, let me know in the comments and send your photos this way too when you visit Anawangin! 🙂