Only a mere five kilometers from the previously featured Capones Island is Anawangin Cove, an undeveloped paradise tucked into the mountains of San Antonio, Zambales. The main beach at this cove (that big white stretch of shore to the upper-right of this article’s map thumbnail) is a very popular camping destination among outdoor and mountaineering groups. And the intriguing part of Anawangin is presence of pine trees on the beach instead of the expected palm trees, giving the place a surreal feel and making the whole place a photographer’s delight. (See the tons of pictures in Flickr.)
I haven’t been to Anawangin Cove yet so I’ll point you to articles by a few blogger friends who have been there:
- “Anawangin Cove and the Capones Island Lighthouse” by Ferdz Decena
- “Anawangin’s Mystical Beach” by Anton Diaz
- “Return to Anawangin Cove: The Non-Vacation” by Lauren Dado
- “Anawangin Cove in San Antonio, Zambales” by Ivan Henares
From their accounts we learn that the beach, while not as white as Boracay’s, is still powdery fine, that the cove is an extremely popular summer destination as evidenced by Lauren’s photo, and that there are two ways to get there, via a 30-minute boat ride from Barangay Pundaquit, or via a scenic though accident-prone 5-hour hike through the mountains.
One thing to note though: swimming in the cove is very dangerous as there had already been many drowning victims of the strong undertow in the deep waters. When swimming at Anawangin, don’t go alone, always tell your companions where you are, and don’t go far from the shore! Here is a website that aims to raise awareness about safety in Anawangin. I learned from that website that Anawangin’s current beauty and danger is apparently a direct result of Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption; the cove used to be a mangrove swamp before.