A famous destination for fervent campers in Zambales province is the Anawangin Cove near the coastal village of Pundaquit in the town of San Antonio. Anawangin Cove has a rough, ash-colored beach (it is not white sand as a lot of people claim it to be) lined with Agoho Trees (Casuarina equisetifolia l.) – a large, evergreen, straight and tall tree resembling a pine tree.
These trees, which makes the place unique, stretch inland and the seeds of the trees were said to be brought by ash expelled by Mt. Pinatubo. There are no roads leading to Anawangin. It is only accessible by a 30 minute boat ride from Pundaquit, or by a six-hour trek through hot, open trails through the Pundaquit range.
The cove’s relative isolation has kept it free from development – as of this writing, there are no resorts on this sparkling piece of natural beauty, save for a few huts and deep wells. Just behind the beach is the pine forest and a marsh, where one can find natural springs feeding to the sea. The area is home to a number of bird species.
Mabuhay ang Anawangin Cove!