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Anawangin, Camara & Capones Islands Hopping

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This is probably my one of the best summer escapades in my entire summer vacations every year. The idea of island hopping just came out last 2 weeks when one of my officemates invite me to join in the trip. Actually hindi ko planado this year na pumunta sa island na un, ewan ko ba kung anong nagtulak sa akin para sumama.
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Day 1: 11:30pm, April 30, 2009
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Impuntong nagkitakita kami sa Victory Liner Station sa Monumento, Caloocan. Nagkaroon ng kaguluhan sa loob ng station. Nagpanic ang lahat dahil sa akalang wala ng bus na darating papuntang Zambales. Nagkatulakan, nagkabalyahan at maraming naiipit makasakay lang sa kakaunting bus na nakahanay. Dapat sisihin ang mismong Bus Liner dahil sa kawalan ng sistema lalo na kapag sumasapit ang long weekend and holidays. But we dont have any choice because this is the online liner who goes in the said province. Mabilis ang byahe naming dahil 2:30am pa lang nasa San Antonio, Zambales na kami. Nagpasya na kami agad na pumunta sa Pundaquit Island upang tumuloy sa isang Resort. Nahirapan pa kami sa paghahanap dahil walang kailaw-ilaw sa daan hangang marating namin ang Wild Rose Resort. Maganda ang lugar, malinis at kumpleto sa mga facilities. Pagttyagaan mo nga lang ang katarayan ng mayari ng resort..hehehe...
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Day 2: 7:00am, May 1, 2009
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Umagang umaga pa lang ay abalang abala na kami sa pagaayos papuntang Anawangin Cove. Sa Pundaquit Beach kami naghanap ng bangkang masasakyan papunta sa nasabing Isla. According to the driver, it will take a 30 minutes ride going to the Cove. So medyo takot ang lahat kasi mahaba haba rin un na nasa gitna kami ng karagatan.
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We were at the beachfront of Pundaquit Island



The Pundaquit Beachfront


Riding a boat while taking this picture

Top View of Pundaquit Beach
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7:30am, May 1, 2009 : ANAWANGIN COVE
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Anawangin Cove according to the people in Zambales, is a crescent shaped cove that has an off-white sand and an evergreen forest near the seashore. What makes the place unique is the unsual riddle of tall pine trees around the vicinity. Behind the said forest is a small stream that flows out to the sea. The sand in Anawangin cove is purely Mt. Pinatubo lahar. The pine trees, (actually Agoho trees) did not exist in the area before the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. Looks like the ash fall somehow brought with it Agoho seeds as well and they grew into the forest we see at Anawangin today. No roads leading to the said Cove, that is why it is only accessible by a 30 minute boat ride from Pundaquit, San Antonio or by a six-hour trek through open trails in Pundaquit range. There are no commercial resort in the Islands with just a few huts and deep wells.
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The Anawangin Cove




Its me in the sand..

There are no facilities in Anawangin Cove. That’s why we only bring personal things and food for our lunch and merienda. Please be also reminded to bring your own purified water to drink. As we go along the shore, marami na rin palang pumupunta ditto at nagtatayo ng tent for an overnight sleep. We only decided to stay at the cove until 6:00pm. Mahirap kasing magbangka pag gabi na sobrang lakas ng mga alon.

Top View of the Pine Tree


The Tents of the Hikers along the Pine trees


The river along Anawangin Cove



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6:00pm- Bumalik kami ng Pundaquit Beach dala ang ang masasayang alaala at adventure na naiwan namin sa Anawangin and we promise to come back soon. Advise lang sa lahat kung takot kayo sa malalaking alon. Huwag nyo na pagisipan umuwi ng 6pm kasi nakakatakot talaga ang mga alon. Roller Coaster ride ang naranasan namin sa sobrang lakas ng mga alon. Pagkabalik namin sa Wild Rose Resort..party time! Lubus lubusin ang bakasyon, 12am na kami natapos maginuman at magvideoke. Lahat ay lasing at umaasang magigising ng maaga para sa aming next Island hopping.

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Day 3, 8:00am, May 2, 2009

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Dahil lasing ang lahat..kaya late kami nagising. Nagdadalawang isip pa kami kung tutuloy pa kami for the next Island hopping. Pero agad agad na nagdecide since nandun na kami lahat. Diretso kami sa Camara Island.
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8:15am- CAMARA ISLAND
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Camara Island can be seen from the shore of Pundaquit in San Antonio Zambales. The island is a big lump of rock, with very little soil. Its rock walls are good for climbing that mountaineering clubs hold rapelling activities here.Trees aren’t that many but because of the rock formations and angle of the island, it’s not hard to find shade and scenic spots for a great photo shoot. The island has two sides separated by a white sandbar that becomes visible during lowtide. Sad to say we did not witness the sandbar because it is high tide when we got there. The island has a lot of seaweeds in the sea shore mainly because no one maintains it.




12:00nn- CAPONES ISLAND
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Capones is famous for its average yet manageable surfs. It is nearby the shore of San Antonio. This island house the Faro Capones, a still functioning Spanish-era lighthouse. Overnight stay is allowed but with prearranged pickup with a boatman. The island has a crystal clear water along the beach yet you may enjoy swimming, snorkel and explore the surroundings by simply walks and discover the natural beauty of it.




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2:00 p.m.- We decided to go back the Wild Rose Resort. It was an exciting and adventurous summer trip to this wonderful island. Hope I could come back in this places for the next years to come. Im sure everyone will cherish all the memories brought by our trip. Until now I still in the midst of mesmerizing with the fascinated beauty of the beaches.
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29 Responses to "Anawangin, Camara & Capones Islands Hopping"

aLgene Says :
May 3, 2009 at 7:01 PM

i'm glad you've had a great vacation. :)

poging (ilo)CANO Says :
May 3, 2009 at 11:16 PM

ganda naman jan...makapunta nga!

Crisiboy Says :
May 3, 2009 at 11:21 PM

@algene....sarap nga eh bitin lang kasi 2 days lang..



@poging ilocano..parekoy sama ko pag pumunta ka ha..treat mo ko..hehehe

DETH Says :
May 4, 2009 at 9:14 AM

kakainggit naman...andanda naman diyan, i wanna go, i wanna go, i wanna go!!! waaaaahhh

ck_leick Says :
May 4, 2009 at 10:43 AM

sna mkrating dn ako s gnyan..nlink n po kita..

HARI NG SABLAY Says :
May 4, 2009 at 4:06 PM

kainggit naman, wala bang pasalubong dyan kahit buhangin lang,hehe

madz Says :
May 4, 2009 at 4:28 PM

wow, summer escapade!
ang napuntahan ko palang sa zambales ung putipot, maganda rin dun :)

Mokong™ Says :
May 4, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Pare...sa mga pictures mo ng capones..na miss ko yung island..2007 kami huling nagpunta dun...overnight kami sa island 4 lang kami..trip trip lang...parang kami may-ari ng island...we called it Nude Island...dahil nude kami buong araw sa island na yun..hehe..adik eh!

RhonB (aka Pinkoy) Says :
May 4, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Ey crisiboy! Sarap talaga sa Zambales di ba? minsan naman bisita naman kayo dito sa Subic lol. BTW, ni-tag kita. bisita ka naman sa pinkoy. pramis sasakit ulo mo hehe
http://pin-k-oy.blogspot.com/2009/05/tagged-15.html

Crisiboy Says :
May 4, 2009 at 9:27 PM

@mokong..pare talaga nangaling na kayo dun..oo nga sana natry din namin magovernight na parang kami ang may-ari ng island.



@rhonb...taga subic ka lang ba sana sinabi mo nadaanan sana kita hehehe..

I am Xprosaic Says :
May 5, 2009 at 12:15 AM

Ayos ah! Ganda nga! Makahanap nga ng panahon at mapuntahan yan! jijijijiji

Crisiboy Says :
May 5, 2009 at 12:24 AM

@xprosaic..oo pare sobrang ganda kaya punta ka na jan..sama mo ko..hehehe

Pipo Says :
May 5, 2009 at 12:24 AM

Now this is what I call a blow by blow account of your vacation. I'm sooooo envious. =p

Crisiboy Says :
May 5, 2009 at 12:33 AM

@pipo..bro yes blow by blow...watch out for my puerto galera features..im still in the process of collecting all my pics..hehehe

Meryl (proud pinay) Says :
May 5, 2009 at 3:13 AM

wow! talaga namang sulit ang bakasyon mo...kainggit naman! na miss ko tuloy ang pinas! =(

Meryl (proud pinay) Says :
May 5, 2009 at 3:25 AM

hi talagang sulit ang vacation mo ^_^ mukhang talagang enjoy. nice pics ang ganda ng lugar ...relaxing. kainggit naman...miss ko na tuloy pinas

shykulasa Says :
May 5, 2009 at 1:30 PM

this is included in my much see visits, .... wanted so much to see the pine tree laden beach shore :)

olan Says :
May 5, 2009 at 5:32 PM

crisiboy, kumusta? galing naman nyan. i want to go there... could u please help me paano pununta jan. ngayon lang ako nakakita ng beach na may pine tress. wow!

bluedreamer27 Says :
May 5, 2009 at 7:04 PM

hayst buti ka pa nakakarating kung saan2x ako hanggnag Bora lang ang malaislang narating ko hehhehe at hindi na naulit yun lolz
thanks for dropping by sa site ko

Crisiboy Says :
May 5, 2009 at 11:10 PM

@meryl..sobrang sulit talaga vacation ko..adventure pa as in masaya..hehehe


@shykulasa...i cant also imagine na may pine trees dun sa island..sabi nga daw before pumutok ung Mt. Pinatubo wala un..

Crisiboy Says :
May 5, 2009 at 11:13 PM

@bluedreamer27...at least napuntahan mo bora..isa ring magandang lugar un...tagal ko na rin di nakakabalik sa bora..


@olan..pare salamat sa pagbisita mo ulit sa blog ko..i know ur a beach lover..i dont know kung saan ka manggagaling..if youre from manila..youl just take the bus at Victory Liner either in cubao or caloocan going to San Antonio Zambales

babaka ka sa San Antonio then take a ride of a tricycle papuntang Pundaquit Beach, pagdating mo sa pundaquit may mga bangka dun na naghahatid papuntang Anawangin Cove..aun na..

bluedreamer27 Says :
May 6, 2009 at 2:07 PM

hehe naku kung hindi lang ako nilibre ng pinsan ko eh hindi rin ako nakapunta dun hehe

MarcoPaolo Says :
May 7, 2009 at 7:48 AM

wow... sarap magtampisaw... :)

Jeff Galang Says :
May 16, 2009 at 12:50 AM

K*pal ang may-ari ng Wild Rose Resort. Magulo kausap at mukhang pera. Sabagy, that's what business means, money. Pero advice ko lang wag na kayo mag-check-in dun. Although advantage nila yung pagkakaroon ng pool.

Btw, masaya mag-overnight sa Anawangin, mala-survivor talaga. Ang ilaw lan namin eh yung buwan. And it scares the hell out of me kase umuulan pa ng malakas. Wala kameng kasama na nag-camp that day kase may bagyo. Kame lang naglakas-loob. HAHAHA. Thank God the following day was way way better. :D

Anonymous Says :
August 15, 2009 at 12:50 AM

ask q lng if how much ang budget nyo for that island trip?..plan namin ng kaopism8 nq 2 go there nxt month..we're planning to follow ur IT..

Crisiboy Says :
August 15, 2009 at 1:58 AM

siguro kulang kulang P3,000 makakaraos na kayo nung plus island hopping na un kung mas marami kayo mas mura pa magagastos nyo provided lang na share share kayo sa gastos.dapat equally divided ang gastos sa inyo.

jeng Says :
December 1, 2009 at 7:40 PM

we were also in anawangin last april 30 - may 2, 2009! love d place!

AdRiaN Says :
January 20, 2011 at 3:07 PM

magkano po nagastos nyo lahat lahat.? within 2 days?

allen Says :
May 30, 2011 at 11:59 PM

hi. can i ask kung magkno ang rates sa wild rose resort? we are group of 5.

if d ka busy can you send me the info here.. allenaldrinmartin@ymail.com

i need it gusto ko kasi tlga makapunta dun dis week.. thanks in advance!

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