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Information about Anawangin Cove

4.4
634 Google reviews
Type
Caves
Location
Anawangin Cove, San Antonio, Zambales, Philippines
Opening Hours
Monday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM; Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM; Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM; Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM; Friday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM; Saturday: 1:00 – 5:00 PM; Sunday: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Distance From City Center
7.7 km
Family Friendly
No
Average rating
4.4
Number of reviews
634

Anawangin Cove

Anawangin Cove is a cove with a white sand beach surrounded by a series of low hills. Locally referred to as agoho trees, they are sometimes confused with pine trees due to their resemblance. A waterfall snakes its way around the back of the sandy beach, finally splitting it from another forest of evergreens before emptying into the sea. This small forest of evergreen trees has developed into a popular camping spot for tourists, including trekkers departing from Pundaquit by land.

The sand was mostly volcanic ash from Mount Pinatubo in 1991. It is grayish-white in colour, very fine, and, unlike the white sand found in Boracay and Caramoan, may become too hot to walk barefoot on a sunny day. The eruption brought volcanic ash and evergreen seeds to the city. Residents in the area later added to the existing tree plantings.

Due to Anawangin's relative isolation, the region is devoid of resorts. However, basic amenities such as toilets and shower rooms are available, as is water drained from deep wells. Small shops sell cookies, cold beverages, essential food products, hygiene products, and more. 

 

How to get there

Take a bus to Sta. Cruz, Zambales from Manila and alight at San Antonio Public Market. Alternatively, you can take a bus to Olongapo and then a second bus to San Antonio, all of which will drop you off at the same market. Take a tricycle to Pundaquit from there and then rent a boat to Anawangin Cove. There are also guided tours to Anawangin Cove with transfers for a more hassle-free experience.

 

Best time to visit

This is an all-year round destination you can visit anytime.

 

Entrance fee

Yes, there is a minimum entrance fee to Anawangin Cove, and additional payment if you’re going to rent a cottage.

Frequently asked questions

Is Anawangin Cove safe even though the sand is mostly volcanic ash?

 Yes, it is safe. In fact, it’s one of the main highlights of the cove. A cataclysmic disaster has unexpectedly produced a spot of beauty.

Is there an entrance fee to Anawangin Cove?

Yes, you have to pay for entrance before you get access to what Anawangin Cove has to offer.