How to get to Nagsasa Cove, Zambales

Nagsasa Cove

Getting to Nagsasa Cove may be difficult for first time goers. I was lucky that my friend Benj, the one who organized the weekend trip to Nagsasa, has been there once and has already learned things on how to survive a weekend in the remote paradise.

Nagsasa Cove is located in Zambales. If you’re taking public transport, it is advised that you take a bus from the Caloocan terminal of Victory Liner. They have a regular schedule for buses leaving for Iba, Zambales.  It is also advised that you take the first trip (at around 4 a.m) going to Iba. This will bring you to the small town of San Antonio. You can ask the driver to drop you in front of the town’s municipal hall which is not so far from the town’s public market.  Alternately, you can also take a bus going to Olongapo City. From Olongapo City, take any of the buses headed for Iba, Zambales.  The entire bus trip will cost you around P250.00.

Once you get off from the bus in San Antonio, go to the public market and buy your food and supplies. Don’t forget to buy coal, matches and booze.

The jump-off point to Nagsasa is in Pundaquit. From the San Antonio public market, ask a tricycle to take you to Pundaquit. Trike fare is around P25.00 per person.

Since Benj is already experienced in dealing with the necessities of a trip to Nagsasa Cove, he already arranged us a boat that will take us to the cove. He also asked the boatman to have our rice and water prepared for us. We were also able to borrow knife, grill and a cooler for our drinks and meat. There were seven of us and each paid P350.00 for the 1-hour boat ride. This covers the round trip boat ride to and from Nagsasa.

Once you arrived in Nagsasa, the caretaker, Kuya Ador, will ask P100.00 from each person for setting up camp on the island. You should also arrange with the boatman your pick-up schedule.

The entire two-day trip cost us P1500.00 / person. It already covered everything from food to transportation.

Here’s a copy of our itinerary (courtesy of Benj):


04:00 Leave Caloocan for Iba, Zambales
06:30 Arrive at San Antonio, Zambales
06:45 Breakfast/ Palengke (for our meals)
07:45 Take a tricycle to Brgy Pundaquit
08:10 Arrive at Pundaquit
08:30 Take a boat to Nagsasa Cove
09:30 Arrive at Nagsasa Cove

Day 2
10:00 Leave for Pundaquit
11:30 Tricyle to San Antonio
11:45 Bus to Olongapo
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Bus to Manila
18:00 Arrive at Manila

For arrangements with boat services, you may contact the boatman at 09108162974[1].

[1] No cellular reception from all networks in Nagsasa Cove.

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Pinoy Lakwatsero is a mid twenties professional from Makati, Philippines who occasionally takes a break from his work and travel the Philippines and the neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. His goal is to travel Europe and West Asia. Pinoy Lakwatsero also blogs for the Philippine Travel Blog


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84 Responses to “How to get to Nagsasa Cove, Zambales”

  1. Oishi
    April 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Sir dindo ,ask ko lang po ksiga 17 kmi if naka check in po
    ba kmi sa canoe pwede pa din po kmi mag rent ng big boat? Ilan nga po pla capacity ng big boat? Island hopping po sana gusto namin from our resort to capones, camara and annawangin. Nakita ko ko yung rate per head sa post nyo. Or if set up kmi tente pwede po ba kming pagbamlawan after nin mag swim to clean up? Please
    email po yung detail sa May 25 po tentative date namin thanks po

  2. April 20, 2011 at 8:17 pm #


    Hi Abby,
    Yap, Balikan na yun. Yung boat namin na pinakamalaki ay kayang kumarga till 30 pax while the next one is 15 pax capacity. May small boat din kami na para sa 4 pax. you can check my site and you can also comment on my blog.
    Thank you and God bless…


    Dindo Nieva

    • Andrea
      October 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

      Hi Dindo.
      How much ang 2D/1N package for Nagsasa + island hop to Anawangin, Capones and Camara for 6pax? Overnight camp at Nagsasa. Inclusions? Thank you.


  3. April 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Hi Lawrence,
    April would be better…
    Dindo Nieva

  4. April 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm #


    Hi Oishi,

    Be advise that i’ve send you some info on your e-mail.

    Thank you and God bless…

    Dindo Nieva

    • lex
      April 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

      Sir Dindo,

      6 po kami papunta sa nagsasa cove this may, magkano po ung rate nung boat para sa 6 person?

      • May 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

        Sir i suggest to you to atleast txt LIEZEL NIEVA for some discount information..


  5. eloisa
    April 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    Sir, gusto namin magpunta ng Nagsasa cove at magside-trip sa Capones Island bago umuwi. Magkano po ang boat rate nyo for 5 persons? Thanks!

  6. April 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm #


    Hi Eloisa,

    For 5 pax, ma’am under na po kayo ng Big boat, bale 4k na po yun balikan….
    Kasama na po sidetrip to Capones….


  7. jean rodriguez
    April 23, 2011 at 2:35 am #

    Hi, tanong ko lang po gano katagal boatride to nagsasa. Thanks!

    • Lakwatsero
      April 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

      mga 45minutes jean. depende sa alon. :)

      • kulot
        April 25, 2011 at 10:16 am #

        sir kmusta d na kau napasyal sakin ah..reynald toh may big boat nrin po pla ako regards to sir benj 09108162974 contct no.ko po

        • Lakwatsero
          April 25, 2011 at 10:20 am #

          onga po. hayaan nyo po pag nagka-oras ako babalik po ako dyan. kayo po cocontact namin. :)

  8. kulot
    April 25, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    sir kelan po ppasyal si sir benj dto? kulot po toh…

    • Lakwatsero
      April 25, 2011 at 10:20 am #

      itatanong ko po. :)

  9. April 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    Hi po, Update ko lang po yung nauna kong post about the standard boat rates. Salamat po…

    Hi po sa lahat, icocorrect ko lang po yung last post ko…pakicheck na lang po ulit..

    SMALL BOAT….(max of 4 pax)balikan

    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 (5-10 PAX) Balikan

    Pundakit to CAMARA = P1500

    Pundakit to CAPONES = P2000

    Pundakit to ANAWANGIN = P2000

    Pundakit to TALISAYEN = P3000

    Pundakit to NAGSASA = P4000

    Pundaquit to SILANGEN = P6000

    Island hopping to Camara or Capones and Anawangin = P2500

    Island hopping to Camara, Capones and Anawangin = P3000

    BIG BOAT (11 pax and above) Balikan

    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

    Island Hopping (CAMARA or CAPONES and ANAWANGIN) = P250/head


    NOTE: All passenger will be issued with a lifejacket.


    3 person = P250

    4 person = P300

    6 person = P500

    you can also visit my site @

    At kung may gusto pa po kayong malaman o katanungan ay maaari nio po kaming tawagan o itxt sa 09172022692 at hanapin po si DINDO NIEVA or LIEZEL NIEVA…. salamat po and GOD BLESS….


  10. March 7, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    hi campers u want to camp in nagsasa cove in pundakit just go to ADOR,S camp saite nagsasa cove thanksssss u just look this people or contact this number 09128197705 nice trip

    April 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    15 PO KAMI EE.

  12. February 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Good day,
    Try and experience visiting the ff places in San Antonio, Zambales.
    1. Agnaem
    2. Anawangin
    3. Talesayen
    4. Nagsasa
    5. Silangen
    6. Capones and Camara island

    Book you Boat and Tent now.
    Packages are also available. Inquire now!

    Contact person: Liezel Nieva or Dindo Nieva
    Contact number: 09172022692
    Blogsite: http:\\
    or you can add us @…..
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  13. April 1, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Hi there,
    Tara na at mag enjoy ngayong summer sa:
    1. Agnaem
    2. Anawangin
    3. Talisayen
    4. Nagsasa
    5. Silanguin
    6. Capones and Camara island

    Book your Boat and Tent now.
    Packages are also available. Inquire now!

    Contact person: Liezel Nieva or Dindo Nieva
    Contact numbers:
    Globe: 09172022692
    Smart: 09995959623
    Blogsite: http:\\



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