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Budget Travel Guide: Anawangin, Camara, Capones and Nagsasa

Had we not been prevented by the weather, my friends and I would have been able to travel to Anawangin Cove, Camara Island, Capones Island, and Nagsasa Cove. We have only been to the latter instead.

Anawangin and Nagsasa are both majestic coves that was formed after a destruction. These coves used to have a different landscape, but it all changed after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. As what Terry Tempest Williams said, “Beauty is transformed over time, and not without destruction.”


The jump-off point to either Anawangin Cove or Nagsasa Cove is Barangay Pundaquit in San Antonio, Zambales. From Manila, catch a Victory Liner bus bound for Iba, Zambales, and get off at San Antonio Market. The bus fare is around P250.

If you are from Mt. Pinatubo in Capas, Tarlac, you may ride a bus bound for Olongapo City, and from Olongapo City, catch a bus going to Iba, Zambales. If you cannot ride a bus going directly to Olongapo City, alternatively, you can also follow this route: From Capas, Tarlac, catch a bus going to Dau – Mabalacat, Pampanga Terminal (P45). Then, catch another bus bound for Olongapo City Terminal (P140). Lastly, take a bus from Olangapo City Terminal to San Antonio, Zambales (P58).

Once you reach San Antonio Market, take a tricycle to go to Barangay Pundaquit. Fare is P30 per person. Boat rentals are offered going to Anawangin and Nagsasa Coves.


Anawangin Cove boat rental only           

1-4 pax –  ₱ 1000 (group rate)

5 pax above  –    ₱ 200 per person

Anawangin Cove w/ island hopping (Camara and Capones island)          

1-4 pax –  ₱ 1500 (group rate)

5 pax above  –    ₱ 300/person

Nagsasa Cove boat rental only

1-4 pax  –  ₱ 1800 (group rate)

5 pax above – ₱ 400/person

additional ₱ 100 each for island hopping

Anawangin Cove with island hopping ALL-IN Package

₱ 1200 per person ; minimum of 8 persons


Boat Rental
Entrance Fee
Guide Fee
4 Meals

Nagsasa Cove with island hopping ALL-IN Package

₱ 1400 per person ; minimum of 8 persons


Boat Rental
Entrance Fee
Guide Fee
4 Meals

Disclaimer: These fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Additional info: If you will only avail the boat rental package, guide fee would be an additional fee of P450 and tent rental is P300.

You may contact Precy at 0929-383-2877 or 0917-321-7899 for more information.


If you happen to reach Barangay Pundaquit at night, you will no longer be allowed to ride a boat going to Anawangin or Nagsasa. You will have to wait the next day to travel.


When my friends and I reached Barangay Pundaquit, we chanced upon this super affordable hut inside DG Paraiso Restaurant. It only costs P800 pesos and the hut can already fit 6 persons!


If you decide to do a DIY trip to save even more, you can buy fresh ingredients from San Antonio Public Market. My friends and I bought fish and vegetables and simply borrowed a Styrofoam cooler from our guide. The three of us only spent P300 for three meals during our overnight stay.

Also read: Why The Typhoon Made My Stay In Nagsasa Cove More Special

  • I heard Zambales is really nice. I’m surprised that the rates are budget-friendly, perfect for backpackers. Ikaw na ang budget traveler Han! Chef cook pajud ka sa group! 😉

    • hannafrej

      Hahaha. Only because they don’t know how to cook. Magutman unya mi. Lol

  • I’ve never to any places you mentioned except Dau in Pampanga where we disembarked from Bagiuo and had our flight at Clark Airbase back to Cebu. This is very helpful guide to go to anawangin, Camara, Capones and Nagsasa. thanks!!

  • Jullian Robin Sibi

    Yay! Now I have a reference in case I wanna go to Zambales! Maybe after the #GreatKalaminionSGTrip! hehehe.

    • hannafrej

      I want to join the #GreatKalaminionSGTrip but I have plans on February for my birthday. Next time nalang Haha

  • JD

    Terry Tempest Williams and I must have been best friends. I always find beauty after destruction – beautiful ruins that make you feel the history of the place and not just knowing it; beautiful lakes after a landslide; a beautiful person after a heart break. 🙂

  • Want to explore more Luzon provinces after I visit a few provinces sa Mindanao. 🙂

  • Egan Torrecampo

    Haven’t been to Zambales but this is included in my bucket list already.Will save this article as my guide once I can jaunt to Zambales next year. :0 Thanks!

  • Wandering Soul Scamper

    Another addition on my bucket list. This is very helpful guide. Bookmarking this one for future use. Thanks

  • Marica Pidor

    Hope to jaunt this place in the future! 🙂 Thank you for this great reference.

  • Ramzy Magbitang

    Seems quite affordable overall! Nindot sad bya ang place and really seems like it would be worth the visit! 🙂

  • Thanks, Han. If we ever push through our Luzon trip next year, I will definitely be adding this sa IT. So nice to camp here!

    • hannafrej

      Yes, so nice Pam. I even want to do the whole trekking thing from Subic padung diha. The view is amazing jud. Hopefully in the near future.

  • Thanks for the guide Hann! Wala pani nako na add sa list nako nga adtoon perooo who knows, someday! Haha


    I am curios about this place. Where are the other pictures? If those 3 ladies will go with me, I will always say yes to go to Anawangin Cove or Nagsasa Cove .