Sunday, August 22, 2010

Nagsasa Cove

(Published August 22, 2010)

Whenever you are looking for another break away from urban life, try to explore the hidden jewels of Zambales. I feel in love with the places Anawangin and Capones; and just when I thought I’ve found paradise from these islands during my first Zambales escape, my amazement was doubled when I visited Nagsasa Cove.

Nagsasa Cove shares the same beauty and mystery of Anawangin Cove. It is twice the distance and also bigger than the latter. Nagsasa is not as popular as Anawangin, thus there are just a couple of campers in the area and there’s even a chance when the only people in the cove is just your group. Compared to Anawangin, Nagsasa  has a better bathroom and water supply.

The place is so serene and very romantic. Streams and waterfalls run down from the mountains and can be an alternative way of relaxing as the water can be cooler compared to the water from the beach. In front of the campsite is the vast ocean and behind it are woods. Amidst the cove positioned a silent lake. It is situated at the heart of the mountains. The scene reminds me of the ‘Brokeback Mountain’ views.
Kuya Ador one of the caretakers said that the cove was previously home for “sasa” (some kind of trees)  and that’s where it got its name. The beach was created from volcanic materials after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. 

Nagsasa is a beautiful and mysterious place with no electricity and mobile network signal. No beach parties.

How to Get There/Expenses
  1. Take Victory Liner Bus (Php200-250) (Iba, Zambales) from Cubao station. Manila to Nagsasa Cove itself will approximately take 7 hours. The jump off point is in the town of San Antonio.
  2. From San Antonio take a tricycle (Php30.00) to Brgy. San Miguel (our contact in Brgy. San Miguel offers a cheaper boat rent that the contact I have from Brgy. Pundaquit).
  3. We got the boat to Nagsasa for Php1600.00 (in Pundaquit they are charging Php2400.00); that includes bringing you to Nagsasa and picking you up. 
 Once there, caretakers will asked for Php100 entrance fee from each person.

Another way to get there is through an eight hour trek via Mt. Nagsasa which in the same way as Mt. Pundaquit to Anawangin Cove.


The cove was discovered in August 2009 by YABAG Mountaineering Club, a group that is very active in Zambales explorations. (source: Pinoy Mountaineers) 
Special thanks to Michael Steven Perez for bringing me here. Also thanks to Sonny Adriano and Mandrick Tamayo


(Published March 13, 2013)

Two years ago when I first visited Nagsasa Cove. Back then, we were only the people in the vast white sand beach. The only sound we heard were the buzzing cicadas and the waved from the sea. Back then, the place was so serene and very untouched.

Today is a totally different scenario.

(to be continued)


  1. Great entry!! Been looking for places to visit.. This entry helped. Thanks! :)

  2. @Jessunny: Thanks! Should you have some queries, just lemme know. Stay safe!


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