Revisiting Anawangin

Almost 4 years ago, my friend Jessica and I, along with her two older siblings, decided to go on a weekend trip to Anawangin Cove, Zambales. It was not part of the trips that we planned but we got excited to go there ASAP when we saw the pictures of this hidden treasure on the internet. So,after a few days preparation, we set off to discover the place. And it turned out to be a great weekend getaway.

Some time in April, some of my office mates saw a deal from CASHCASHPINOY.COM for a group package tour to Anawangin and I got invited. It had been four years since I last went there, so I said yes. There were about 30 of us who went to Anawangin that weekend.

This blog post is not about how to get there or what to do or see in Anawangin. The place has been quite famous for the past few years and it has earned a great number of blog posts. My post, on the other hand, is about how different Anawangin has become after 4 long years.

These are some of the shots that Jes and I took in Capones and Camara Islands and in Anawangin Cove when I first went there in 2008:

Pundaquit – the gateway to Anawangin, Camara and Capones Islands

On the boat heading to Camara Island

Camara Island during low tide

Tide’s down at Camara Island

Capones Island (without the white sand shoreline that it has now)

Huge rocks at Capones Island

Behold, Anawangin Cove!

The clean, clear waters (Photo by Jes)

No stores, no fences, no trash (Photo by Jes)

A few campers spending the night at Anawangin (Photo by Jes)

The river, pine trees and mountains of Anawangin (Photo by Jes)

Cooling down at noontime

So, what’s different about Anawangin today?

1. Campers. Lots of them. Especially on weekends.

Hundreds of people flock the place on weekends, especially during summer. Since it’s just a few hours away from Manila, it means its cheaper to go there. I think the group deals on the internet also contributed to this increasing influx of local tourists, thanks to online marketing and selling.

I’ve always thought Anawangin to be a recluse to those who want to retreat from the busy life in the city. There’s no phone signal. No electricity. No hotels. No comfort rooms. It’s just you, the sea, the pine trees and the river – the perfect place for a retreat.

I’m not sure if you could still do that there, unless you go there on weekdays.

2. Garbage. Plastic. Everywhere.

The moment I stepped out of the boat in Anawangin, I wanted to dip in the water. I remembered the clear blue waters from four years ago. Sadly, I got disappointed when I saw plastic trash, along with oil coming from boats, floating on the water. The water at the center of the cove was murky and dirty and filled with trash. We tried to swim, but we ended up doing a clean-up drive instead. The waters were cleaner and clearer at the sides of the cove.

The comfort and bath rooms could clearly not accommodate all the campers. The queues were long, and some campers were insensitive with it as if they’re using their bathrooms at home. Shampoo sachets were all over the ground. Good luck with caring for the environment. 😦

On a lighter note, I love that Capones Island has “grown” a new white sandy shore where it was rocky before. It was there that I enjoyed swimming. The water was clear and there were corals and fish near the shore. I just hope that people and capitalism would not rob the place of its beauty.


Posted on May 31, 2012, in Papanam?: A Traveler's Journal, Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. amazing pundakit boat and service

    thank you for visiting our place. I was born and grew up in this place.. truly an amazing Gods gift to us.. Our home and trully you paradise…

    to those who want to visit our place i want to inform you the existing standard boat rate as set by the barangay officials,,

    SMALL BOAT….max of 4 pax- back n forth

    Pundakit to CAMARA island = P700
    Pundakit to CAPONES = P1,000
    Pundakit to Annawangin = P1,000
    Pundakit to Talesayen = P1,500
    Pundakit to Nagsasa = P1,800
    Pundakit to Silanguin = P2,500


    BIG BOAT (5 to 10 pax) balikan
    Pundakit to CAMARA island = P1500
    Pundakit to CAPONES = P2000
    Pundakit to Annawangin = P2000
    Pundakit to Talesayen = P3000
    Pundakit to Nagsasa = P4000
    Pundakit to Silanguin = P6000


    BIG BOAT 11 pax and ABOVE
    Pundakit to CAMARA island = P150/head
    Pundakit to CAPONES = P200/head
    Pundakit to Annawangin = P200/head
    Pundakit to Talesayen = P300/head
    Pundakit to Nagsasa = P400/head
    Pundakit to Silanguin = P600/head


    for more info please text us:

    joan/nanay josie
    –amazing pundakit boats…

  2. Pinaybyaheras "Life is Unrepeatable Adventure"

    Hi … thanks for sharing your amazing experience four years back in Anawangin Cove .. it’s a totally big diffrent from now and before.. been there too and i was surpriced it was crowded. But still the place is inviting so i enjoy my stay there and take some beautiful shot in Anawangin Cove. Btw, i ping you back … ;D

    – Pinaybyaheras

  3. i’ve been to anawangin in 2010. my favorite sight was the approach — with the shore lined with pine trees. here’s the little something i wrote about that:

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