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Zambales Islands Trilogy (Part 2): Nagsasa Cove

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As we left Anawangin Cove, it took us two hours to get to Nagsasa Cove by boat.

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A beautiful scenery of hills and pine trees.

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Upon getting off the boat, the first thing to do was to take pictures. However, it was a very bad idea to walk barefoot on the sand. It was unbelievably hot!

Before the boatmen left the island, we made an arrangement with them to come back for us at 1:00 pm on the next day.

 

Then, we settled down for five minutes and set up camp on the island.

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Some other campers on the island brought their own tents. FYI: These tents are sold at affordable prices from department stores unlike the pricey branded ones.

After pitching our tents, we did whatever we pleased. Some campers bummed around. Others took their naps on the sand while sleepyheads laid down on hammocks. Those who were energetic enough just walked around to take more pictures and others who were wide awake bathed in the water. Bathing in the sea felt great.

 

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On the top photo, a couple is bathing in the water. On the bottom photo: This sandbar on the island dries out when it becomes too hot. The photo on the right is another hill that takes 8 hours to climb.

There was a halo-halo vendor on the island who made a lot of halo-halo during the day because many people were buying this cold dessert to fight off the scorching heat. Halo-halo is a Filipino dessert mainly served with a lot of crushed ice, fruits, sweet beans, milk, sugar, jelly and other sweet chunky ingredients that are purely Filipino.

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Later in the afternoon, we went on a 15-minute trek to the inner part of the island because we heard about a waterfall.

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When we got there, we saw a pocket-sized waterfall so we only spent 15 minutes and then headed back to camp while taking in the view of a lovely sunset.

 

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The sun sets behind the hill shining brightly on the rippling water.

After the sun went down, preparations were done before dinner, and for the bonfire ritual that starts from 7pm onwards.

 

Dinner can be eaten on a couple of picnic tables in front of the camp or you can lay a mat on the sand and eat there. Having a bonfire is optional to light up your drinking sessions; best to have it if there are no camp lights taken to the trip. Once the day trip wears you off, you can go inside your tents to spend the rest of the night and sleep. If no tent was taken or rented, you can rest on hammocks, picnic tables, on the sand or anywhere you please as long as you keep your valuables safe.

 

Upon waking up the next day, there’s a lot of freshness in the air. It’s about 6am, a free time in the early morning to walk along the beach, take pictures, go for a swim or do anything you want before breakfast. More free time can be spent for your own leisure before lunch hour.

 

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In the photo above, the island gets a little cosier at dawn with a cooler temperature and a much more relaxing air to breathe.

As the clock hit 1:00 pm, we started to break camp, load our stuff on the boat and head off to Capones and Camara Islands.

 

When going to Anawangin, Nagsasa, Capones and Camara group of islands, it is best to schedule it during summer season in the Philippines. Other seasons bring in big waves in the sea which make it difficult for boatmen to sail through and take travellers to these islands.

It is best to join travel groups if it is your first time. I recommend the following groups to be checked if they have schedules and to ask about their latest package rates.

  • Travel Factor (website: travelfactor.org; facebook: www.facebook.com/travelfactorhq; twitter: https://twitter.com/travelfactor)

  • Wowtrippers: (facebook: www.facebook.com/wowtrippers; twitter: https://twitter.com/WOWtrippers; contact person: Janine Manaig – 63 923 7125083)

  • TravelPack: (facebook: https://www.facebook.com/travelpacktravelandtours; contact person: Shella – 63 905 4188258, 63 919 3764775, 63 922 2040122)‎

 

Roundtrip transportation (Manila-Zambales-Manila), tent accommodation, and a couple of meals while on the island are provided by these groups. Trip itinerary and instructions will be provided upon signing up. They tag along anyone in their trips whether it is for solo travelers, partners, groups or they will organise a trip for you if you have formed your own group of at least 10 or 12.

 

Author: Carla Pido  

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All photos – courtesy of Carla Pido

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