It’s almost a year ago when my boyfriend Wowoo, Kuya Ariel and his other half Suzzie have discovered the beauty of Pundaquit, Zambales through the magnificence of Anawangin Cove and Capones Island. I instantly fell in love with Anawangin Cove but the lure of seeing what’s beyond other coves in the area was a pull too strong to ignore. So we have decided to find out what Nagsasa Cove hold for us.
We left Manila at around 11am on a Saturday morning. Funny while on our trip were already planning our next road trip. Oh these lakwatseros and lakwatseras!
We were already in Pundaquit around 3pm. We parked in a resort and rented a boat to Nagsasa. Pundaquit shoreline was constituted with huge crowd which we have already expected as it’s the Holy Week. Hordes have already invaded the place. Good thing we were going to Nagsasa which is one of the most less-traveled-place in Pundaquit coves.
It remains to be a secret paradise amongst those few people who have discovered its beauty. Nagsasa Cove is twice as far as Anawangin Cove. The boat ride that afternoon was a bit rough but you’ll enjoy the scenery of a long stretch of vast mountains in contrast to the rock formations along the beach. The boat passed by the coves of Anawangin and Talisayin. There were too many people in Anawangin that weekend, maybe because it’s the most popular cove in Zambales. There’s a big house in Talisayin, a jetski and some huts. I think the cove was already being developed as a resort. Nagsasa Cove looks like Anawangin from afar. Only difference is, Nagsasa Cove is larger than Anawangin.
The sight of the huge cove was an awesome vista. The vastness of the cove made everything detached from urban living. There were few groups of campers when we arrived. We looked for a good camping spot and immediately pitched our tents, tied the hammock and prepared our dinner. How unfortunate the group near us was irritatingly noisy! Well as you’ve guessed, we were not able to do anything but to wish they leave the place soon enough for us to have a quiet Sunday and Monday in the cove. We were not able to explore the place that afternoon as it was near dusk when we arrived.
Suzzie prepared our favorite pork sinigang for dinner. I coked corned beef in broccoli, cauliflower and mushrooms. We had a sumptuous dinner that night!
It was definitely irksome when we saw the noisy group near us setting up a bonfire at the beach. They didn’t have any idea on its impact on the beach and the people around them. The area was filed with bonfire smoke. That’s another topic I’ll discuss in this blog maybe next week.
The bottle of The Bar apple vodka was nearly finished when we saw the brilliant moon coming out from hiding at the back of the stiff mountains. The sky was filled with gazillions of stars and a very bright moon that cloaked the cove that night.
I woke up early the next morning. Honey was still sleeping and snoring. Suzzie and Kuya Ariel were still inside their tent. I went outside and sat on a hammock. I felt the promise of a perfect summer day. As I swing myself to the morning breeze, I see the calm beach inviting me to take a dip, birds flying from branch to branch of the pine trees, I stood up and felt the sand between my toes. It’s such a great feeling! We had a short breakfast and excitedly ran to the beach. It’s perfect to swim in the cove as the water’s calm like I a swimming pool. You take a float and you see blue skies, drift woods on the shore, the twisting bleached trunks provide contrast to the texture of the pebbled beach, there’s a quiet Pinaglabanan River at the back of the campsite which meets the salt water at the middle part of the cove. Everything seemed rustic. I guess it’s the remoteness and the farthest from the jump-off that made it that way. We went to see the other parts of the cove where there were huge rocks perfect for bouldering. My boyfriend missed bouldering and he’s regretful he forgot his rock shoes. We were a bunch of camwhores that morning.
We didn’t know what time we woke up, didn’t know what time to eat, we were absolutely lost I time. We didn’t check our watches and cell phones (there’s no cell phone signal anyway) and just let ourselves enjoy life in a place where there’s no tiny bit of pressure around. There really is nothing else to do but to enjoy the beauty of nature, be thankful of these God’s creations and appreciate the mundane of things. We were so ecstatic when the group left. That place was all OURS!!! It’s a scorching hot Sunday. We hang out at the beach when suddenly I’ve noticed al were lurking steadily on their spots and enjoying their siestas. We decided to climb up Mt. Nagsasa in the afternoon and asked for a guide. They said there’s a 500 pesos guide fee. We thought that’s too pricey. Kuya Ariel and Wowoo decided we go without a guide. With their mountaineer instincts, we were able to climb the nearest mini summit enough to see the entire cove. My day at the beach wouldn’t be complete without witnessing the sunset. On our way back to our campsite was a soothing tranquility as the golden sunset veils the cove. We were the only campers on the right side of the cove that evening. That was our last night on the cove. We planned our next trip while drinking our last vodka.
The trip was another unforgettable experience.
Till our next adventures…