#DestinationTravel: NAGSASA COVE, Pundaquit, Zambales

May 6, 2016

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#DestinationTravel:

NAGSASA COVE

Municipality of San Antonio, Barangay Pundaquit, Zambales, Island Luzon, Philippines

“Perfect Place to Unplug”

… It was literally the perfect place to unplug. There was no signal and electricity was scarce. The only place where you could charge is at the sari-sari store, but then when I decided to have my phone charged, I found out that there were many cell phones on the waiting line…

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Photo credit from: Ms. Caroline Espejon

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Nagsasa Cove is not as popular as Anawangin Cove, but both share the beauty and its original landscape.  Very few people have seen this place, but those very few people will share their experience and will tell you that Nagsasa Cove is worth a visit.

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The cove is twice the distance of Anawangin from the shores of Pundaquit Zambales. The place is inhabited but occasional Aetas who travel around and will be willing to accompany you if ever you decide to trek the hills and forests behind the cove or nearby mountains.

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This Cove is one of the many unexploited treasures in Zambales in the island of Luzon. Zambales is a province located in the Central Luzon region. It is bounded by Pangasinan to the north, Bataan to the south, Tarlac and Pampanga to the east and the South China Sea to the west. Nagsasa Cove, a mountain slope is the farthest cove bypassing Anawangin (another mountain slope) taking about 45 minutes travel time from Mt. Pundaquit via boat. Mt. Pundaquit is located in San Antonio, a second class municipality in the province and is the rendezvous point of all travelers going to Nagsasa Cove and Anawangin Cove.

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The picturesque image of Nagsasa Cove is breathtakingly beautiful – from the crystal clear azure waters teeming with whirling fishes to the quiet and relaxing sunset view, giving you a close-to-nature feeling.

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Nagsasa Cove is similar to Anawangin but it’s bigger and more pristine. It’s also less crowded for and it’s indeed peaceful because there aren’t as many travellers as Anawangin. Nice place to just hang out with your friends, talked everything under the bright moonlight, relax and be with nature.

Visitors who love nature and the beach will surely enjoy a quiet stroll along the beach, the fantastic sunset view and blending in the harmonious singing of the birds. Nagsasa Cove lets you get close to nature like no other place can offer.

The amenities usually found in other tourist destinations, Nagsasa Cove maintains its natural condition – bare, without electricity, without the urban frills. Must bring items to Nagsasa Cove are camping supplies, food, water, flashlights and lots of batteries. Mobile phones are practically useless as there is no network signal in the area.

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Nagsasa Cove is truly a glorious way to pay tribute to Mother Nature.

Let’s hope and pray it stays that way for years to come.

The place was picture perfect with mountains which you can climb if you’re tired of swimming. It also turned out you can do so much fun with less engagement to technology.

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Pundaquit is a fishing village located in San Antonio, Zambales. The primary livelihood in this small, yet lively and beautiful town is fishing and tourism. Locals who speak both Ilocano and Zambal, also speak Tagalog as well.

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The town is primarily known for its calm and clean beaches compared to its neighboring towns. Pundaquit is facing the open ocean of the China Sea, it maintains its calm shorelines. It is the best jump off point if you want to visit the Nagsasa and Anawangin Cove since it is the closest shores to these destinations.

By all means, enjoy your stay to the fullest. But spend a bit of time, too, to listen to the faint voices around you. Their messages whisper with the soft night waves. Hold on to them, gather them into your heart, and bring them home with you. They are your best souvenirs.

Lastly, Thanks to My WEEKEND WARRIORS: #ByahengMindanaw Group!

Travel Date: January 2016/Budget Allocation: P 3,000+/2 days

Captured by: Sony Xperia P (Mobile), Canon (DSLR) & Olympus (Digital)