Anawangin Cove: The Paradise in Zambales That Never Disappoints

Blue Waters of Anawangin Cove Zambales

San Antonio, Zambales used to be a small quiet fishing village until the Internet discovered the beautiful Anawangin Cove. While it’s not the only Zambales tourist spot there is, Anawangin surely is the most popular (and most beautiful) attraction, at least for us.

If you’re someone who fancies white sand beach, quiet and relaxing ambiance, simple way of living, no Internet, just you and nature, then Anawangin will not disappoint you. This cove is not like any other.

How to get there

To get to Anawangin from Cubao, ride a Victory Liner bus going to Iba, Zambales and alight at San Antonio Public Market. Alternatively, you may also travel by bus to Olongapo City, and then board another bus to San Antonio. Upon arrival at San Antonio, take a tricycle to Pundaquit and rent a boat to Anawangin beach.

Travel time: 4-5 hours

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About Anawangin Cove

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Anawangin Cove in Zambales is a crescent-shaped wonder of nature with a fine white to greyish sand beach surrounded by Agoho trees, giving travelers a secluded island vibe. There are no hotels here. You can only sleep in the cove on a tent or by renting a cottage. There’s also no electricity and low signal—no distractions, only the sounds of nature caressing your ears—which many people love about it.

Related article: 10 Best Beaches in Zambales Perfect for a Quick Beach Fix

It’s easy to see why many travelers are head-over-heels for this cove. But before you go, let us take you through the Anawangin Cove history and learn what the Anawangin Cove description is and how its beauty was formed. Trust us, it will surprise you.


Anawangin Cove History

What we see today is not actually the original look of Anawangin Cove. Mt. Pinatubo is responsible for how the cove looks currently. When it erupted in 1991, Mt. Pinatubo dumped tons of ash on the shore of San Antonio. What used to be a rocky coast became a piece of paradise and became every beach-lover’s haven. 


Anawangin Cove Location

Anawangin beach is located in the municipality of San Antonio in Zambales Province.it is a 3 to 4 hour journey from Manila. Check out this Anawangin Cove map to be guided accordingly.


Things to do in Anawangin Cove

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From Anawangin Cove camping to Island-hopping and more, this cove has something for every traveler. Check out these fun things to do in and around the cove.

  1. Anawangin Cove camping
  2. Swimming
  3. Beach volleyball
  4. Boating
  5. Hiking
  6. Photography
  7. Island-hopping

Rates and other information

ANAWANGIN COVE

  • Entrance Fee: PHP 50 per person
  • Overnight Fee: PHP 130 per person
  • Small Cottage Rental Fee (Day): PHP 200 per kubo
  • Small Cottage Rental Fee (Overnight): PHP 350 per kubo
  • Big Kubo Rental Fee (Overnight): PHP 2,500 per kubo
  • Tent Rental Fee: PHP 400-500 per tent

NAGSASA COVE

  • Entrance Fee: PHP 50 per person
  • Overnight Fee: PHP 100 per person
  • Cottage/Hut Rental Fee (Day): PHP 100 per cottage
  • Cottage/Hut Rental Fee (Overnight): PHP 200 per cottage
  • Tent Rental Fee: PHP 400-500 per tent

Other tourist spots in Zambales

From pristine beaches and stunning coves to wildlife farms, Zambales surely does not disappoint! Here are the best places to visit in Zambales.

1. Capones Island

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This Capones Island photo was taken from The Girl Behind the Pen

Capones Island is a bone-shaped island featuring stunning white sand and water with different hues of blue as it gets deeper. The different shapes of rocks and old-era stairs as your background make up a great photo for your feed! You can also find the famous old Spanish Lighthouse built in 1980.

2. Nagsasa Cove

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Nagsasa Cove, like Anawangin, is the result of Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991. It is surrounded by Agoho trees and volcanic ashes that line the beach. Nagsasa Cove address has all the good things Anawangin is famous for, like the natural viewpoint on a hill and a postcard-worthy inlet. What sets it apart is that it offers a more laid back atmosphere. Make sure to visit Nagsasa Cove as it’s one of the best Zambales tourist attractions.

3. Liwliwa Beach

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Liwliwa is a soul-searcher and a surfer’s haven. Unlike other beaches, Liwliwa offers a combination of tranquility and fun vibe. The waves here are perfect for surfing and the best part about it is that you don’t have to compete with other people to get a good spot because there are fewer tourists here. But it’s not only about surfing, Liwliwa Beach also offers a great view of the sunset. How about a drink or two at the beach with your significant other? 

Must-read: Here’s Why People Are Going Crazy About Liwliwa Beach

4. Talisayen Cove

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Photo credits to Doods Dumaguing / Flickr

Talisayen Cove is the place if you want to enjoy the beach all to yourself. Like the Anawangin and Nagsasa Cove description, Talisayen is one of the coves that resulted from Mt. Pinatubo eruption. There are no other structures aside from a viewing deck, nipa huts, and a private rest house. Nature lovers will enjoy its crystal-clear waters, rock formations, and a lush mountain. You can go trekking or hiking to the mountain. 

5. Magalawa Island

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Photo credits to ginomempin via Flickr

Often dubbed as the next Boracay, Magalawa Island is a 56-hectare island in Zambales. It boasts fine white sand and a pristine sandbar. One interesting fact you should know about Magalawa Island is that it is called the Island of the Stars because of the abundance of starfish in the area, according to locals. 

For the full list of Zambales tourist spots, read this: 13 Most Popular Zambales Tourist Spots Perfect for Solo and Group Travelers


Zambales Tourism Guidelines 2021 | COVID-19 Updates

Great news! Zambales is now open for leisure travelers coming from MGCQ and low risk areas. Here’s a quick guide for your Zambales trip.

  1. Register your trip at Vis.I.T.A Link: www.visita.zambales.gov.ph
  2. Some establishments require guests to submit negative RT-PCR tests. Be sure to check with the resort first.

How to Create Vis.I.T.A. Account: https://bit.ly/2QJtt5P
List of Accredited Establishments: https://bit.ly/34bzXxf
Guidance for NCR+ Residents until May 31: https://bit.ly/2SlhYSA
Travel Guidelines: https://bit.ly/3yMBM1E

Check out Zambales Tourism’s Facebook page for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions About Anawangin Cove

Q: What is Anawangin cove known for?
A: Anawangin in Zambales is a crescent-shaped wonder of nature with a fine white to greyish sand beach surrounded by Agoho trees, giving travelers a secluded island vibe. There are no hotels here. You can only sleep in the cove on a tent or by renting a cottage. There’s also no electricity and low signal—no distractions, only the sounds of nature caressing your ears—which many people love about it.

Q: Which is better Anawangin or Nagsasa Cove?
A: Read for an Anawangin Cove review. Anawangin has more agoho trees than at the Nagsasa Cove location but the beachfront of Anawangin is always packed with parked boats so you really have to check for a nice spot to swim. Nagsasa on the other hand, has a longer and wider beach front.

Q: Where is Anawangin?
A: Anawangin Cove is located in the town of San Antonio in the province of Zambales. 

Q: What are the things to do in Anawangin?
A: From Anawangin camping to Island-hopping in Nagsasa Cove location and more, this cove has something for every traveler. Check out these fun things to do in and around the cove.

  1. Anawangin camping
  2. Swimming
  3. Beach volleyball
  4. Boating
  5. Hiking
  6. Photography
  7. Island-hopping

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