Of all the wonderful spots in San Antonio (Zambales), Nagsasa Cove is the closest to my heart. It has this rugged charm that captivated my nature-loving heart.

Those pine trees that surround the calm lagoon against a mountain backdrop is a wallpaper-worthy landscape that will surely ease any weary soul. The sound of the blowing wind coming from the mountain adds to the serenity of the place. It is very relaxing just to sit by the lagoon and relish all its glory.

Outside the lagoon, Nagsasa offers waves that are good for skim boarding. I found an enthusiast relaxing along the shore after trying out the seawater.

Nagsasa is more serene than its neighbor Anawangin, thanks to the higher rate of visitors on the latter. I only stayed for a few hours here, but the time spent was all worth it. I had so much fun and relaxed time I intend to come back and camp for a night or two.

Sunday morning. The waves are calm and ready to take us to a wonderful journey on the islands and coves of Zambales – Camara, Capones, Nagsasa, Anawangin.

Camara Islands is the nearest from Pundaquit. It took us around 30 minutes to reach these small, twin islands.

We did not dock at Capones Island because it will take an hour of hiking to reach the lighthouse. I just took a picture and promised myself to return.

The sea was calm when we started sailing towards Nagsasa Cove, the farthest spot from Pundaquit. The ride got bumpy when we were twenty minutes away from the paradise because the wind coming from the mountains are against our direction. It was worth it; the view of the lagoon and the sculpted mountain is just breathtaking.

On our way back past noon, we briefly stopped at Anawangin Cove. First to become popular among the other coves, it was filled with campers when we arrived. One nice jump shot for a fun family trip.

Departure from Pundaquit: 0630

Arrival at Pundaquit: 1300

For boat trips, contact Mike Bactad at 0928 340 5136 / 0927 780 1312

Victory Liner Caloocan passes through San Antonio, Zambales daily.

Pundaquit is a fishing village in San Antonio, Zambales. It is the gateway to the province’s different coves (Anawangin, Silanguin, Talisayin, Nagsasa) and islands (Camara, Capones).

There are cottages and resorts in the area if an overnight camping at the coves is not possible. You may check this out for a list of resorts. I stayed at Wild Rose Beach Inn with my family when we went there last March because they have a nice swimming pool.

For boat trips to the islands and coves, I suggest that you head to the beach and talk directly to the boatmen. Resorts give flat rates and get commission from them. This is also to ensure that the boat you are going to use is big enough to accommodate your group. Three men from Kuya Mike Bactad’s crew sailed with us. We were ten in a big boat.

Victory Liner Caloocan passes through San Antonio, Zambales daily.

Mike Bactad (boatman) – 0928 340 5136 / 0927 780 1312