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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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

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

  1. March 29, 2010 at 12:42 am #

    Another great post about Nagsasa Cove, wish to visit this place too.

  2. Leslie Cortez
    July 5, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    nice pix…
    peaceful and lovely scenery..
    nagsasa cove,i will see and visit you soon..

  3. July 9, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    pls. mail me room rate or package tour 3days/2nites 17th sept.2010 to 19th sept.2010 or tanong ko kung may tent ground kayo so i can bring my camping gear thanks my cel. 09107854332

  4. September 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    ay ang ganda pala ng sunset sa Nagsasa at mukhang mas tahimik nga kesa Anawangin. I hope to visit this pretty soon! thnx for sharing Winston! :)

    Gael

    • September 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

      Gael, tara punta tayo :D

      • kalvin
        February 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

        ok dyan maganda po dyan I try na once palang pero injoy

    • kalvin
      February 28, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

      yap maganda talaga medyo masmalayo lang sa anawangin eee pero unti palang nakakaalam kaya unti lang rin yun tao pero masaya lalo na pagkasama mo ang mga girls eee

  5. kalvin
    February 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    saya dyan grabe first time ko nakapunta pero happy ako my kalayuan lang sa anawagin pero maganda ang place wala lang ako kasamang girl huhuhu puro boys kasi kami eee wala lang nakilala eee ingat kayo try nyo maganda pag my buget na balik kami ulit

  6. dindo
    March 9, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    Hello po mga kaibigan, Nais ko lang po ipaalam sa mga may gustong magpunta sa NAGSASA COVE na kayo po ay nangangailangan ng contact person sa PUNDAQUIT para sa pag arrange po ng bangka ay puede nio pong tawagan o itxt si LIEZEL sa 09172022692 at kung kayo din po ay nais na magtanong about boat rate and the place. may mga TENT na rin po siya na pinaparentahan..mababait din po ang kanyang mga boatman… promise

  7. March 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    Hi po sa lahat, This about the new BOAT RATE in PUNDAKIT….Eto po ang bagong ordinansa ng brgy Pundakit para sa mga Bangkero. At pag kami po ay hindi sumunod ay maaari po kaming magmulta o di naman ay tuluyang alisan ng permiso para magbiyahe ng mga bangka….

    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
    Island HOPPING (CAMARA, CAPONES to ANNAWANGIN) = P1,500

    BIG BOAT
    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, CAPONES to ANNAWANGIN) = P300/head

    Tent
    3 person = P250
    4 person = P300
    6 person = P500

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

  8. grace
    March 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    i saw leslie’s post here in lakwatsero and i agree with her about kuya jay-r.he is very accommodating and very mabait.i promised him that i will be posting his numbers thru net.this is my thank you gift to him for being a well trusted and for offering a satisfying service to us.and also for opening their house to us to take a bath and to prepare our stuffs there..kuya jay-r has a bigboat and he offers a very affordable boat rate.contact him at 09173809104.

  9. mervs
    March 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    c for ur self

  10. diane magcalas
    March 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    pwd bang boat sharing if konti lng kame?

    • April 9, 2011 at 4:27 am #

      @diane
      Hi po, may boat naman pong maliit para sa inyo, max of 4 pax…..

  11. eklabush
    April 26, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    hello everyone!i’ve been there in Nagsasa Cove and Anawangin, .Anawangin is a very beautiful place,it’s just that the beach is starting to get polluted by ill mannered persons who throws their garbage in the beach!,,so I advise those who plan to visit the place, to please take care of Anawangin, sayang kung masisira lang…On the other hand, NAGSASA Cove is indeed a Hidden Paradise, bitin ang 1 day visit, the cyrtal clear water and breath-taking scenery, sulit na sulit ang punta even if it’s quite far than anawangin, TIP lang to those who wants to climb up to Nagsasa Falls,magtanong tanong muna kayo sa maraming locals, hindi sa 3 lang , if may water,kung ayawa nyo matulad sa amin,na ng waste ng tym and effort to climb up the mountain to see Nagsasa Falls, just to find out na tuyot na pla, and hindi man lang sinabi ng guide namin na ganun “tuyot” na pala ang falls..all the while pinaniwala nila kami na meron water pero hindi na malakas,it turns out na as in wala!mukang fish pond ang nakita namin,,and ang payment, sb ng nakusap namin, kahit magkanong bukal sa kalooban lang,,when we are giving them 300 pesos, pingawa nilang 450!db naman? niloko ka na nga,gusto pa ng malaki?bukal ba sa kalooban un..so be careful sa 3 un..don sila sa king lawrence nakatira,katabi ng magandang CR don..anyways..Ang boat man namin is kuya JR, he is very nice,just like her wife ,ate liezel, here’s their number..09173809104..Boatrides at a Very Affordable price!!promise!!…so there,,sa mga magvivisit,,PLEASE DO TAKE CARE OF THE NAGSASA AND ANAWANGIN before its too late…..

  12. April 27, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    Hi po sa lahat ng gustong pumunta at bumisita sa mga lugar sa Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales gaya ng mga sumusunod:

    1) Anawangin cove
    2)Capones and Camara island
    3) Talisayen
    4)Nagsasa cove
    5) Silangen cove

    Ay maaari nio po kaming tawagan or itxt sa 09172022692 at hanapin lamang po si LIEZEL NIEVA or si DINDO NIEVA.

    Salamat po at mahalin po natin at ating pangalagaan ang ating kalikasan. Salamat po and God bless…

    With kind regards,
    DINDO NIEVA
    http://dindonieva.multiply.com/

  13. Mj Ferrer
    April 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Hi, how much would be the boat if we are a group of 4 :) thank you.

  14. April 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    @Mj Ferrer

    Hi sir Mj, depende po sa place na gusto niong puntahan. Eto po yung standard rates sa Pundaquit…..Updated po to…

    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

    Island HOPPING (CAMARA, CAPONES to ANAWANGIN) = P1,500

    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

    Island HOPPING (CAMARA, CAPONES to ANAWANGIN) = P300/head

    NOTE: All passenger will be issued with a lifejacket.

    Tent

    3 person = P250

    4 person = P300

    6 person = P500

    you can also visit my site @ http://dindonieva.multiply.com/

    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…

    With kind regards,
    DINDO NIEVA

  15. the one
    August 5, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    to whom it may concern, un pong binabanggit nio na magandang cr ay sa king laurence so i doubt na dun nakatira un sinasabi mung guide, anyways mababait naman un mga tao dun.. i’ve been there once at the best ang experience… relaxing.. hehehe wag nalang manira, bad un…

  16. yen
    November 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    hi, ask ko lng po…ano ung latest boat rate..per head..pag max 10 pax…going to nagsasa…tnx..and wat if lagpas 10 pax..?

  17. yen
    November 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    and meron bang entrance fee in nagsasa?? tnx..

  18. December 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    @YEN

    Hi yen,
    So far wala pa pong nabago sa nakapost na rate, pero pwede po kayo tumawad sa mga boat operator/owner/boatman at opo may entrance fee sa Nagsasa cove. P100/head for overnight while P50/head for day trip.

    If you have further questions, feel free to get in touch with us. Thank you…. and God bless.

    Contact Person: LIEZEL NIEVA
    Contact number: 09172022692
    Blogsite: http://dindonieva.multiply.com

    Dindo

  19. January 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    Greetings, we are please to inform you about our package tours to various destinations:

    1) Anawangin
    2) Talisayen
    3) Nagsasa
    4) Silanguin

    For more info, please just get in touch with us…
    Contact person: LIEZEL NIEVA / DINDO NIEVA
    Contact number: 09172022692

    Regards,
    DINDO NIEVA

  20. April 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Hi there,

    We offer boat tour packages to the ff destination:

    1) Anawangin
    2) Talisayen
    3) Nagsasa
    4) Silangen
    5) Capones and Camara island

    We also have trusty trekking guides.

    for further inquires, feel free to get in touch with us.

    Contact person: LIEZEL NIEVA / DINDO NIEVA
    Contact number: 09172022692
    Blogsite: http://dindonieva.multiply.com

    Dindo

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