It’s true when they say that the journey matters more than the destination, but when I travelled to , the destination trumped the journey.
It’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in the Philippines (Palawan looks really magical, too, but I haven’t been there). The Philippines is a haven of great white sand beaches — they’re everywhere! Nagsasa Cove’s landscape was formed by a volcanic eruption so the coastline is lined with grey volcanic sand but it still looks spectacular!
The town of Zambales is only a couple of hours by car or bus from Manila, so it’s a famous weekend destination to those who live in the country’s capital. The beaches in Subic and Iba are quite popular, as well as Capones Island and Anawangin Cove.
I joined this Nagsasa Cove Camping trip on the last minute so I didn’t have expectations. When we arrived at the fishing village of Pundaquit, the jump-off point to the coves in Zamabales, our guide took us to the beach where our boat was waiting. It was an ordinary fishing boat – roofless and with only a few inches of space between us and the sea.
The boat ride took more than an hour. It was a clear, hot day but the waves were big – it’s a good a idea to waterproof your stuff! Our boat’s engine also died in the middle of the ocean. Luckily, after about half an hour, a bigger boat spotted us and we were slowly towed towards the shore.
It wasn’t the most wonderful boat ride but the scenery was great and the destination was even better.
Nagsasa Cove Camping
Since I decided to join my friends a day before the actual trip, I wasn’t part of the planning. It turned out that everything was prearranged. Food, cookware, firewood, and water are part of the package so all we needed to do was bring our own camping stuff.
There are no resorts in Nagsasa Cove, so camping is the best way to go. Electricity is also non-existent. It’s the perfect place to go if you need to disconnect from your busy life.
We only spent a night there but I felt a great connection towards the place. Here are more photos!
If you don’t feel like camping, you can stay ay the inns and resorts in Pundaquit Beach.