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Nagsasa Cove - A Travel Guide

Sunday, October 23, 2011Ryan Mach

 If you love the feeling of being secluded and isolated, then Nagsasa Cove could be the perfect getaway for you. The place is virtually off-the-radar so you can't be bothered by calls or messages while you're there. The downside with this kind of set-up is that, if something bad happens, no one will know apart from the people you're with. That being said, it's not a good idea to travel there alone. But that's what makes this place interesting. It promises too much adventure.

A once hidden cove in the Western coast of Zambales, Nagsasa slowly becomes popular like its neighbor, Anawangin. With its beautiful landscape, lovely beach, grassy mountains and its mere simplicity, it's impossible not to fall in love with this place. This is a short travel guide in getting to Nagsasa Cove.

Getting There:

Take a bus bound to Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Tell the driver to drop you off at San Antonio then take a trike to Pundaquit where you can rent boats to take you to Nagsasa. Boat ride to Nagsasa is approximately 2 hours. Waves can be nasty even during summer months. Place your belongings inside a plastic bag so they won't get wet.

What to Bring:
Food and camping necessities. There are no hotels in Nagsasa but they have small stores near the beach. Small huts line the beach front and can be rented but it's more fun to sleep inside the tent.

Prepare 100.00 for the camping fee, which includes the use of comfort/shower rooms and fresh water.

Flashlights or electric lamps. Nagsasa has no electricity. Bonfire woods are sold nearby for 100 pesos per bundle.

What to Do:

Enjoy the simple life. Have a short trek to the small lake near the beach.

Watch the sunset.

Share stories with friends while having a bonfire.

Lie on the beach, see the stars. Make a wish.

Hire a local guide and trek to the waterfalls in the morning.

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