Last weekend, I joined my cousin, Mina, on a trip to Anangawin, Zambales with her husband, Jake and a couple of friends. The night before the said trip, I stayed in Jake and Mina's place in paranaque. We left early, I think around 5am, to avoid heavy traffic in North Luzon Expressway.
To reach Anawangin, one must take a 30 minute boat ride from Baranggay Pandaquit to Anawangin beach but if you prefer to experience more adventure, you can choose trekking instead. it'll take approximately 4 hours to get there. The boats there are a bit small. A boat can accomodate 5 persons, including the bangkero and his assistant but since my cousin and her husband have a contact there, we were able to rent a bigger boat which can accomodate 6 to 8 persons.
Anawangin beach has pine trees instead of coconut trees which makes it different from other beaches here in Pinas. There are no hotels and resorts (the loo? just a toilet bowl covered by sawali) and no electricity, just pure outdoor experience. Unfortunately, after a 3 hour drive going to Pandaquit from Paranaque, we've learned from our bangkero (the boat guy who took us to the beach) that a lot of people were going to Anawangin for the weekend so we decided to go to Nagsasa Cove instead. Nagsasa Cove, which is an hour away from the Pandaquit, is much like Anawangin but it has a longer stretch of beach and a waterfall (30 minute hike from the beach).
We did things in Nagsasa any camper group would do in Anangawin... put up tents, cook, swim, trek around the place and of course, take a lot of photos. Being a first time camper, it was kinda hard for me to adjust with the idea of going back to basics (especially their idea of the loo back there), well almost... but i must say that the place is simply divine! Here are some photos and snapshots ...
The size of the boats
Our camp site
Mina and Jake
Jake taking photos
Where the river meets the ocean
Our camp site at night
The girls preparing our dinner
The long walk to Nagsasa falls...
Mang Pepe, guiding us to Nagsasa falls
i enjoyed swimming (practicing things i learned from my SOLAS training... hehe) and taking photos a lot of photos out in the open sun... well... spell sunburn. Now I'm experiencing "pure sores." My skin hurts like hell. But it's worth it naman.
I also took a few shots for HDR processing... will post them as soon as i finish post processing the photos.