A day in Nagsasa, San Antonio, Zambales

I must have spent most of my time with my camera during our stay at Nagsasa Cove last weekend. After we have set our camp and have eaten our lunch, I immediately grabbed my camera and tripod and started exploring the place. There were not much people that day except for a small group near our camp. In my opinion, one advantage of Nagsasa Cove over Anawangin Cove is the density of tourists that visit the place. If you’re into a serene and laid back type of vacation, then Nagsasa Cove is just right for you.

A few yards away from where we camped is a lake that lies at the foot of the brown Nagsasa mountains.  I’ve seen the mountains of Nagsasa in the internet but the ones we saw were brown in contrast with the lush green mountains in the pictures. This must have been caused by the drought in our country. Nonetheless, the brownish-orange mountains with the blue skies in the background made the scene almost surreal.

Nagsasa Cove is a haven for landscape photographers. A lot of professional and amateur photographers visit the place to shoot. The Nagsasa trip was my first attempt on landscape photography. I brought with me my Nikon D90, my Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 lens, tripod and a set of ND8 filter. The mountains look stunning as it changed its colors throughout the afternoon. After shooting the mountains, I went to catch the sunset at the beach front.

After enjoying the most out of that day’s sunset, I went back to our camp to catch up with the guys as they prepare our epic “porkchop”. One lesson I learned from the Nagsasa trip is to prepare all the basic necessities before heading out for camping. I forgot to bring my utensils, plate and tumbler. I had to eat in the zip locks we brought for our gadgets. The zip lock experience was fun though.

Most of us woke up late the following day, hence, I missed to shoot for sunrise. But that didn’t stop me from shooting some more. After taking a dip into the cold beach, I went out again for another shooting experience. The colors of the mountains were different in the morning. What used to be brownish-orange appeared to be purplish-brown which was caused by the sun rising from behind.

Here’s a shot of the mountains opposite to the ones taken the previous day. The mountain was illuminated by the rising sun from behind. The ripples of sand indicates its freshness from the evening winds. A couple of motor boats onshore were waiting to pick up some of the tourists.

We left Nagsasa at around 10:30 in the morning. Instead of heading back to Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales, where we took off the previous day, we decided to check out Capones Island. It’s a small island a few minute boat-ride from the shores of Pundaquit. The island is famous for the light house that stands at the edge of the cliff. I’ll reserve the story about Capones for another post.

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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

28 Responses to “A day in Nagsasa, San Antonio, Zambales”

  1. Maville
    August 29, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    Hi Sir Dindo – Is it still your contact number p? I texted you po for a trekking guide. thanks and godbless.


    • February 1, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

      ma’am, pacnxa na po, ngayon ko lang po to nakita. opo same number pa rin po kami. god bless po

  2. February 1, 2013 at 9:19 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.
    Packages are also available. Inquire now!

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    Contact number: 09172022692
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