Anawangin Cove and Capones Island

Looking for an inexpensive weekend getaway? Try Zambales and go camping in Anawangin Cove and Capones Island.

By Abet Lagula
November 15, 2010

In search of an alternative weekend trip, architect and photographer Abet Lagula heads off to Anawangin Cove with nothing but his tent, camp food, and a few bottles of beer.

It’s Friday, another end of a gruesome work week in the Metro. I think of treating myself to a stress-free weekend. I dream of camping under a cool shade, drinking a few bottles of beer and hitting the beach. So where do I wanna go?

Batangas? Check.
Cavite? Check.
Puerto Galera? It’s too far and much more expensive. No resorts this time.

After packing my things, I go to the nearest bus station, bound for Zambales province. I’m headed for Anawangin Cove and Capones Island.

Anawangin Cove and Capones Island are both located in San Antonio town, a short 4-hour drive from Manila. You take a bus bound for Iba, then ask the driver or conductor to drop you off at the plaza in San Antonio. From the town proper, tricycles are on standby waiting to bring you to Pundaquit Beach. From Pundaquit, motorized bancas are available to transfer you either to Capones Island or Anawangin Cove, or both.

Armed with your tent, camp equipment, and meals ready to be cooked upon reaching your desired destination, you’re now ready for an inexpensive weekend treat. An overnight stay either in Anawangin or Capones will cost you no more than thousand pesos: transportation, meals, and entrance fees included.

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