If you were to be asked for a good place to go for weekend holidays in Luzon, you would likely give Batangas, Tagaytay or Baguio for an answer. But after experiencing one of the hidden jewels of Luzon last weekend, if I’m asked, I’d probably give a Nagsasa Cove for an answer.
The first attempt to visit Nagsasa Cove was a failure. It was an invitation that a friend posted in Facebook a couple of weeks ago. A week before the trip, several friends expressed their desires to go to Nagsasa but the number narrowed down to two on the last day before the trip. Since it is costly to travel on a small group, we decided to move the schedule on a different week. The Nagsasa trip pushed last weekend with seven people on board, most of which are strangers to each other and are only related through a common friend.
Nagsasa beach cove is situated an hour from the center of the town of San Antonio in Zambales. Getting to San Antonio approximately takes four or five hours so it was planned that we leave Manila early last Santurday. At around 6:30 a.m., we took the Victory Liner bus from Manila going to Zambales. If we would have been prompt enough, we could have saved another bus transfer by taking the Manila-Iba bus instead. It took us approximately two and a half hours to get Olongapo and another hour (including the half an hour of waiting for the bus to leave) to get to San Antonio, Zambales. If you want to get here via air, check out Flighthub for the best deals.
From the town center of San Antonio where passengers usually hop-off from the bus, we took a 20-minute tricycle ride going to a small village called Pundaquit where the boat that will take us to Nagsasa was waiting. Though Nagsasa is part of the Luzon island, it is highly recommended to take a boat to save time and effort. The other way of getting to Nagsasa is to go through the range of mountains and hills that fences the cove from the mainland.
Getting to Nagsasa cove, under a calm weather, took us approximately an hour after leaving the harbor of Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales. Before we arrived in Nagsasa cove, we passed by Anawangin cove, another popular beach destination in San Antonio, Zambales. We arrived at 12 noon and immediately prepared our food and set our tents up.
Here are a few of the photos I took that day:
How to get to Nagsasa Cove?
Check out this post to learn how to get to Nagsasa Cove from Metro Manila.