Nagsasa Cove

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.

Lake in Nagsasa

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.

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Author:Lakwatsero

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

136 Responses to “Nagsasa Cove”

  1. ana
    October 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

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    October 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

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  3. milkz
    November 15, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    Gud am! Ask ko lang po can we use private car going to nagsasa?if ok where can we leave our car ?do u have any private resort that we could leave the car before going to nagsasa…thanks &God blesd

  4. rea
    November 23, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    Super ganda ngayon sa nagsasa cove. Malinaw ang dagat at super babaw pa. Very enjoy ang stay namin dun specially when our boatmen went on fishing and they gave us some of their freshly-caught fish. Super sarap talaga! Super thank you sa mga nag-assist samin. kila kuya bolo (caretaker) at kila kuya jay-r (bangkero). Sobrang sulit ang punta namin dun!
    Pwede nio po macontact sila kuya jay-r para sa boat rental to nagsasa. ito po number niya:09173809104.

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    December 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

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  6. February 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    Hi everyone,
    Try and experience visiting the ff places in Zambales.
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    2. Anawangin
    3. Talesayen
    4. Nagsasa
    5. Silangen
    6. Capones and Camara island

    Book you Boat and Tent now.
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  7. February 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Summer na kaya pasyal pasyal na muna at mag enjoy.
    Book you Boat and Tent now.
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    Facebook page: anawangin_nagsasa@yahoo.com

    Rgds,
    Dindo

  8. February 22, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    Hi everyone,
    Try and experience visiting the ff places in 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:\\dindonieva.multiply.com
    or you can add us on our FB page @
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    Dindo

  9. jasmin
    March 19, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    highly rewcommended ko po si kuya jay-r as your bangkero on your tour to Anawangin cove. sobrang maasikaso po nila as well ashis wife and co-bangkeros. This is my way of thanking kuya for a very good service na binigay niya samin specially nung lumaki ang alon habang pauwi kami ng Pundakit. Two thumbs up kuya!
    kuya jay-r’s number: 09173809104

  10. March 31, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    Hi there,
    Tara na at mag enjoy ngayong summer sa:
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    2. Anawangin
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    4. Nagsasa
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