Why Travelers Need to Visit Anawangin Cove

At the end of the Anawangin Cove in Zambales by Alyenbautista via Wikimedia cc

Why should you visit Anawangin Cove?

If you are coming from a province that is relatively shore-free or is simply looking for seawater without having to travel excessively long hours, then one of Zambales’ hidden gems—the Anawangin Cove—may be the right spot for you.

Visit Anawangin Cove by Kev Bation via Unsplash
Visit Anawangin Cove by Kev Bation via Unsplash

Situated in the rather remote fishing village of San Antonio, Zambales, Pundaquit has become a place of interest among travelers looking for a tourist-quality beach experience.

And here are the reasons why you must visit the place known as Anawangin Cove:

An Ideal Family Destination

It is hard to encounter the beach of Anawangin Cove without a group of people flocking together and having their fun, whether on the clear waters or the sand. This is because Anawangin Cove has developed the reputation of being such a destination for groups of people to unwind from the daily grinds of life. But while this is most apparent during the clear sunny days, this is equally as so at sundown when many tents suddenly spring on the sands that last overnight.

Anawangin Cove by Allan Ascano via Flickr cc
Anawangin Cove by Allan Ascano via Flickr cc

Not Too Crowded on Occasion

While the anchorage known as Anawangin is more popular nowadays than ever before, thanks to the many people who talk about it in their blogs or vlogs, it still retains its relative isolation from the typical persons. So, while there may be occasions when the bay feels a little too crowded, other times, it feels as though it had been forgotten for a while. However, the thing about Anawangin Cove is that the happiness it provides is not necessarily dependent on the number of people in the area—although, depending on your taste, it could indeed be more amusing when there are many others in it.

Anawangin Travel Guide photo by Ryzy Bustos
Anawangin Travel Guide photo by Ryzy Bustos

A Short Travel Away

When you talk about some of the most popular beach destinations in the country, places such as Boracay, El Nido, and Puerto Princesa are typically the most known for and the go-to among tourists. The main problem with any of these destinations is that, if you are coming from the North (Luzon), getting to any of these places requires long-distance travel, which could mean a journey by plane or, if you feel like taking the longer route, by land transport, back and forth. But if you’re simply afraid of taking flights or find it a hassle to cover such a long distance, why not choose something closer as Anawangin Cove?

Of course, “closer” here would be very subject to your point of origin, especially if coming from farther north. But if you are coming from Metro Manila or neighboring provinces, like Pampanga or Tarlac, then a trip to Zambales for its hidden gem is worth it.

Camping in Anawangin photo by Ryzy Bustos
Camping in Anawangin photo by Ryzy Bustos

Truly a Hidden Gem

If you are an avid travel blog reader, then you have probably heard the term “hidden gem” getting thrown a lot, which has become a buzzword for destinations that are little known but deserve a spotlight as one of the best. Anawangin Cove is essentially a hidden gem for its relative obscurity but not without the beauty that often accompanies some of the best shores in the country. Imagine an overabundance of Agoho trees, gray-white sands, and see-through waters that rival some of the country’s most visited beaches.

At the end of the Anawangin Cove in Zambales by Alyenbautista via Wikimedia cc
At the end of the Anawangin Cove in Zambales By Alyenbautista – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

This is not even mentioning the nearby peaks that give the Anawangin Cove an almost bird’s eye view of its entirety. Do note that reaching the zenith of the mountain—known as Wishing Mountain—requires at least 30 minutes of trek upon taking your first step to it.

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