More detailed budget travel guide here: Anawangin & Nagsasa Coves Budget Travel Guide
The Philippines is not only home to beautiful beaches but also unique ones; Anawangin is one of them. Instead of the usual sand, the beach of Anawangin Cove is covered with volcanic ash dumped by Mount Pinatubo when it erupted in 1991. The beach is decorated with towering Agoho trees, looking like sentinels guarding the cove.
How to Get There
Nearest Airport: Clark International Airport (Pampanga); Ninoy Aquino International Airport, also known as Manila International Airport (Manila)
- From Manila, board a bus bound for Santa Cruz or Iba, Zambales (P250-270). Travel duration is around 5 hours, depending on traffic.
- Get off at San Antonio Public Market and ride a tricycle to Pundaquit (P30/head). Travel duration is 15-20 minutes.
- From Pundaquit, rent a boat to take you to Anawangin or take an island hopping tour package if you want to go to other nearby islands or coves.
If you are coming from Olongapo, board a Victory Liner bus going to Santa Cruz or Iba, Zambales (P40-50). Alight at San Antonio Public Market and take a tricycle to Pundaquit (P30/head). Rent a boat going to Anawangin.
For a hassle-free trip and for those who want to experience camping, most people book package tours offered by tour operators and agencies. Usual package inclusions are roundtrip transfers, camp food, entrance fees, tents, and boat transfers. Check itinerary and package inclusions first before booking.
Other Alternative: For hikers, they opt to traverse Mount Pundaquit going to Anawangin Cove. The hike may take 4-5 hours, depending on your pace.
Entrance Fee and Other Charges
Entrance Fee: P50 (day trip); P100 (overnight)
Camping Fee: P100; P500 (tent rental)
Cottage Fee: P200 – P350 (Nipa Hut); P2000 – P2500 (Large Cottage; overnight)
Anawangin Boat Rate: P1000 (day trip, good for 4 pax)
Other Boat Tour Package Rates: Rates are per boat (small boat can accommodate up to 4 pax)
- Anawangin + Capones Island (P1000)
- Anawangin Cove + Capones Island + Camara Island (P1500)
- Capones Island + Anawangin + Nagsasa (P2500)
- Nagsasa Cove Only (P1500)
- Nagsasa Cove + Capones + Camara Island (P2000)
- Silanguin Cove + Capones + Camara Island (P2500)
- The breathtaking view of Anawangin Cove from the top of a nearby hill. From this vantage point, you can also view the beach located on the other side of the hill.
- Camping. If you like roughing it out, spend the night here with your gang. Bring your guitar, Frisbee disc, volleyball, board games, or playing cards to keep you entertained.
- Swimming and sunbathing while reading your favorite book or listening to your jam.
- Explore further. If you like hiking, scale the surrounding peaks of Mount Pundaquit.
- Wade through the inland creek (except during dry season or summer) and have a mini photo session with your friends. The wooden bridge is a nice spot for picture-taking.
- Watch the sunset.
- Bring protection from the sun, especially during summer when it’s scorching hot: sunglasses, hats, rashguard, environment-friendly sunscreen, umbrella, etc.
- Wear protective footwear, especially during summer when the sun is really strong. The volcanic ash ground can feel like burning charcoal under your feet.
- Be mindful of other revelers. Keep your speaker volume at a minimum.
- Anawangin Cove gets too crowded during summer.
- Have enough cash on hand. There are stalls where you can purchase snacks, drinks, ice, souvenirs, etc.
But it is recommended to buy your food at San Antonio Public Market to save money.
- Bring your power bank to keep your cameras and phones charged.
- Bring first-aid kit, medicine, flashlight, insect repellent lotion, whistle, swiss knife, rope, and other life-saving gadgets and tools.
- Bring your own tent if you don’t want to rent. You can also bring your own portable stove for cooking.
- Don’t leave your things unattended.
- Leave nothing but footprints.
If You Have More Time and Budget
- Explore other nearby coves and islands including Nagsasa Cove, Capones Island, Silanguin Cove, Talisayin Cove, and Camara Island.
- You can also hike Mount Pundaquit, Mount Nagsasa, or Mount Balingkilat.
- Other attractions are Capones Island Lighthouse, Nagsasa Falls, Casa San Miguel, Pundaquit Beach, and many others.
Related post: Anawangin Cove Quick Guide
Where to Stay
If camping is not your thing, you can stay in Pundaquit. Remember to book your hotel in advance, especially during peak season. But if you want to extend your trip to Subic, here are some of the top accommodations according to Agoda users (as of January 2018).
Mansion Garden Hotel
Sun Plaza Subic Hotel
Best Western Plus Hotel Subic
Moonbay Marina The Villas