Nagsasa Cove Camping: A Weekend in Zambales, Philippines

It’s true when they say that the journey matters more than the destination, but when I travelled to Nagsasa Cove in Zambales , 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!

Nagsasa Cove Camping: Everything looks golden during sunset
Everything looks golden during sunset

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.

Nagsasa Cove Camping: That's our fishing boat!
That’s our fishing boat!

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: View of one of coves on our way to Nagsasa
View of one of coves on our way to Nagsasa

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.

Nagsasa Cove Camping Tents
Camping tents

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!

Nagsasa Cove Camping: Magical view
Magical view
Colourful houses of the locals
Colourful houses of the locals
Nagsasa Cove Camping: Local kids playing
Local kids playing
Nagsasa Cove Camping: Beach at sunset
Beach at sunset

If you don’t feel like camping, you can stay ay the inns and resorts in Pundaquit Beach.

About jenobenza

Jennifer is a free-spirited Filipina who likes getting lost in new cities. She can't stay at home for too long because she has a humongous list of places to explore before she dies. She draws and paints when she's not on the road.

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  1. 5 Cool Philippines Glamping Sites | Go 4 Travel Blog

    […] Newly built highways made Crystal Beach Resort in Zambales one of the closest surfing sites outside Manila. And it lets you enjoy an excellent glamping experience by the beach. Their camping package includes a pavilion-type tent, two single bed mattresses, an electric fan, and a complimentary breakfast meal. For a less glamorous camping experience in Zambales, consider Nagsasa Cove. […]


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