Anawangin Cove Travel Budget Guide

by - Thursday, May 07, 2020

Anawangin Cove in Zambales

Zambales is one of the perfect go-to destinations for all sun-worshipping-weekend-warriors, especially from Metro Manila, because it has almost everything for a quick escape!

There are a lot of beaches and places you can visit and to help you plan your Zambales getaway, here's the list of all must-visit beaches. Also, I listed down all the best things you can do to make your beach trip more fun and exciting.

About Anawangin Cove in Zambales

Zambales has four famous must-see beach coves — the Nagsasa Cove, Talisayin Cove, Silanguin Cove and this, the Anawangin Cove along with its famous agoho trees or sea pine trees growing in its ashen slopes creating a surreal Boracay-meets-Baguio landscape that would make you feel like you’re in another country!

And let me guess, you are now planning for your Zambales beach trip? Well, island hopping is the best way to appreciate the beaches and witness its panoramic view of all islands in Zambales.

Just a quick trivia before anything else. Zambales was actually my first ever camping and island hopping experience with my college friends! I remembered I was totally excited about it like before the day, we assigned things we should bring to each other: tents, foods, pillows, etc., where we will meet and what time.

Now, I am here sharing with you my travel experiences at Anawangin Cove in Zambales. And I hope this guide will somehow help you with your DIY travel tour to Anawangin Cove in Zambales.
Anawangin Cove Travel Guide

How to Get to Anawangin Cove in Zambales

Manila to Anawangin Cove, Zambales

By Car

For your most convenient way to reach the Anawangin Cove in Zambales is via private car. You can use the Waze app or Google Maps to guide for the best routes with the shortest amount of travel time. It will usually take you around 3-4 hours depending on season, day and traffic. But you can also rent a van which is recommended for your family trip. However, if you are coming from Olongapo City, you can check out here the full transportation guide both by private car and commute by bus.

By Bus (Public Commute)

Anawangin Cove in Zambales is also accessible for commuters, especially from Manila. So here’s your guide on how to get there by public transportations.

1. Take a Victory Liner bus from Cubao, Quezon City Terminal bound to Iba, Zambales or Sta. Cruz, Zambales and get off the bus at San Antonio Public Market/ San Antonio Bus Stop. If it’s your first time, you can ask the conductor to drop you off at San Antonio Public Market.

Travel time: 4-5 hours depending on traffic
Bus fare: P228*-360 per bus ticket

You can check the destination summary from the table below.

Victory Liner
Cubao, Quezon City
Iba, Zambales
San Antonio Bus Stop
For bus ticket reservations, inquiries, departure schedules and more, you can check out their website here.

2. Ride a tricycle and ask to drop you to Brgy. Pundaquit. You will see a tricycle terminal across the street. You can ask the tricycle driver to take you to your contact person’s place. If you don’t have any contact in Brgy. Pundaquit yet, you can ask the tricycle driver and they will normally recommend you to someone that will make your tour arrangements.

Travel time: 20 minutes
Tricycle fare: P80 (for 2 persons); P40 (per person)

3. Hire a boat to Anawangin Cove. There are actually two (2) ways you can arrive at Anawangin Cove, either through Mt. Pundaquit trekking for about 5-6 hours or this boat ride. Island hopping tour arrangements are usually done by your contact person in. Pundaquit if you have no tour packages prior to your travel. You can check the boat rates below.

Boat ride: 30-45 minutes
Boat rates: P1200-3000 per boat

You can check more details of boat rates from the table below.

Island Hopping Boat Rates for Anawangin Cove

Here are the updated Anawangin Cove round-trip boat rates for 2020. You can choose if you only want to stay in Anawangin Cove or include island hopping (Capones and/or Camara Island) in your tour and more. Just tell your tour guide before hopping to their boat. 

(1-4 persons)
(5 to 15 persons)
Anawangin Cove only
P1,200 per boat
P300 per person
Anawangin Cove (with  Capones Island
P1,300 per boat
P300 per person
Anawangin Cove (with  Capones & Camara Island)
P1,800 per boat
P450 per person
Anawangin Cove & Nagsasa Cove
P2,400 per boat
P600 per person
Anawangin Cove & Nagsasa Cove (with Capones & Camara Island)
P3,000 per boat
P750 per person

Entrance Fee & Other Fees at Anawangin Cove

If you wanna know beforehand how much is the entrance fee and other fees you need to pay at Anawangin Cove? Here’s the list of all necessary fees you need to prepare for your Anawangin Cove tour.

Upon entering Brgy. Pundaquit, you have to pay the environmental fee (P20 per person). Then arriving at Anawangin Cove, the entrance fee for the day tour is P50 and P130 for overnight.

If you plan to trek the hilltop nearby Anawangin, you will have to pay another entrance fee for P20 per person upon arriving at Anawangin Hill.

Municipal & Environmental Fee upon entering Brgy. Pundaquit
P20 per person
Anawangin Cove Entrance Fee for Day Tour
P50 per person
Anawangin Cove Entrance Fee for Overnight Stay
P130 per person
Entrance Fee for trekking to the Hilltop of Anawangin Hill
P20 per person

Where to Stay at Anawangin Cove in Zambales

If you are planning to stay overnight but worrying about where to stay in Anawangin Cove because you don’t have a tent right now, don’t worry, there are available rental tents on site for P500 per tent rental fee. However, if you are planning to do more camping, like this one, I suggest that you buy your own tent now. There are tents around P1000. Trust me, you can definitely use it more in the future.

If you are not comfortable with tents, the reason you don’t bring one, you can rent a cottage in the place, you can rent a small kubo: P200 for a day tour and P350 for overnight stay. There are also large kubo available for rent on site for P2500.

Small Cottage Rental Fee for Day Tour
P200 per kubo
Small Cottage Rental Fee for Overnight Stay
P350 per kubo
Large Cottage Rental Fee for Overnight Stay
P2500 per kubo
Tent Rental Fee
P500 per tent

2D1N Anawangin Cove Itinerary and Budget Guide

Here's our own Anawangin Cove DIY itinerary for 2 days and 1 night when we visited last time with updated fares (for 2020) and expenses breakdown that might help you plan out your trip.

Please take note that the itinerary below was based on our experiences and may differ from your situation.

  •  We came from Manila
  •  We were a group of three (3) friends 
  •  We brought our own foods (canned good, rice, etc)
  •  We only bought necessary stuff from San Antonio Public Market

Feel free to make any changes according to your situation and preferences.

09:00 AM
Arrival in Victory Liner Cubao, buy bus ticket
11:00 AM
Departure to San Antonio, Zambales
04:00 PM
Arrival in San Antonio Zambales
Buy food and drinks at San Antonio Public Market (Expenses/3 pax)
04:30 PM
Departure to Brgy. Pundaquit via Tricycle
04:45 PM
Arrival in Brgy. Pundaquit, pay environmental fee
Hire boat for island hopping (Boat rented: P1,800/3 pax)
05:00 PM
Departure to Anawangin Cove
05:30 PM
Arrival in Anawangin Cove
Pitch Tent
05:45 PM
Beach bum, photoshoots, watch the sunset
06:30 PM
07:00 PM
Campfire, toast mallows and hotdogs
09:00 PM
11:00 PM
Lights out
06:00 AM
Wake up
06:45 AM
Beach bum, watch sunrise, photoshoots
07:45 AM
Pack up for island hopping
08:00 AM
Departure to Capones Island
08:15 AM
Arrival in Capones Island
Beach bum, photoshoot, get to the top of Capones Lighthouse
09:30 AM
Departure to Camara Island
09:55 AM
Arrival in Camara Island
Beach bum, photoshoot
10:50 AM
Pitch Tent
12:00 PM
Departure to Pundaquit Beach
12:15 PM
Arrival in Pundaquit Beach
Wash up, area in Pundaquit Beach and pack up
Take tricycle back to San Antonio, Zambales
12:45 PM
Arrival in San Antonio, Zambales
01:00 PM
Departure to Cubao, Manila, buy bus ticket
06:00 PM
Arrival in Cubao, Manila

But wait, there's more...

As I love to be organized, I made an itinerary planner which I personally uses for our travel getaways. And now, I am sharing it with you for free! Click here to learn how you can download a copy of my Travel Planner for free.

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