Aganaem Cove

I didn’t want another summer that does not have a beach in it. So, I nagged my friends to push through with a trip to one of the virgin places in our country – Anawangin Cove.

I have read and listened to reviews raving about the place. How it’s beautiful and you’d really get in touch with nature.

Anawangin Cove is part of the town of San Antonio in Zambales. It’s a 3 hour ride from Manila but it also depends on who’s driving. The easiest way is to take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and continue to the extending Tarlac-Pampanga-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) until you exit to Subic. Make your way around town towards Olongapo City and then unto the town of San Antonio. We left Marikina at 4:30 AM and arrived in Pundaquit at around 9:30 AM. It was a long drive because we stopped for breakfast and bought some items we might need.

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At the main town plaza of San Antonio, you’d see signs pointing you the way to Pundaquit. Since Anawangin is a cove, there is no way towards it by driving. It will be either by the sea or hike through the mountains.

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July is already part of the rainy season in the Philippines – that we did not take into consideration. Typhoon Egay was currently making its way through the country and it’s enhancing the Southwest Monsoon which brings about large waves.

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The locals do not recommend and are refusing to go to Anawangin. However, they are giving an option of camping at the best option at that time, Agnaem. It’s a similar cove – it’s just nearer and smaller. Since we didn’t want to spoil our own fun, we decided to continue with it.

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The sea was rough. I don’t know about my friends but I definitely enjoyed it. Agnaem Cove is a good 30 minute ride from Pundaquit. You’d see the beauty of it once you got past the big mountain separating it from the other parts of San Antonio.

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When we arrived, we set up our tents and the food we brought. As soon as everything is in place, we run towards the beach and welcomed the waves. It was really tough on your body because the waves are really big and they come in small intervals. Also, being the volleyball players we are, we brought a ball and played our own beach volleyball. It was definitely better to dive in the sand.

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Time seems to stop in Agnaem. After all the activity, we realized that it was just a little past 1 PM. And off to lunch we go. After resting from the filling lunch of adobo and rice and soda, we decided to tour the rest of the cove.

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At the far right is a cliff that is part of the mountains. We climbed it to have a better look of the whole cove. It was easy to climb because some rocks are designed to be steps and handles. Although, we almost had a mishap because my friend slipped and he fell. Good thing, though, that it’s just for a short distance and all he had are scratches.

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We continued playing volleyball and riding the waves until we were all tired from it all.

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At night, we prepared a bonfire that will hopefully last until morning. However, we got rained on. We tended first to our tents that got wet and we got wet ourselves. We waited until the rain to stop before we cleaned ourselves. The rain was from 7 PM until 9 PM. Imagine how wet and cold we were. But, we were also drinking then so it wasn’t that cold.

I wasn’t able to sleep after. The tent was too short. There were wet parts in the tent. The roof was leaking and it was falling on my face. There were so many factors. Not until 4 AM. It wasn’t that long because at around 7 AM, my friend came ‘knocking’ on our door.

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The food we have was already spoiled because of the rain. Good thing, though, that I still have bread and eggs safe in my thermal bag. That was our breakfast. We moved our tents to the front of the beach, enjoyed the wind and the waves, and waited for our boat that will bring us to Pundaquit.

We were worried that we may not be able to go back to Pundaquit. However, the boat driver said that the current strong waves aren’t dangerous at all. I wonder how they qualify dangerous.

I will definitely repeat this experience, but not during the rainy season.

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