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