Travel Guide : How to Get to Nagsasa Cove in San Antonio Zambales

at Pundaquit beach, before we board the boat

Beach camping in Nagsasa Cove is one great way to enjoy exquisite and pristine silence of nature away from the metropolis. My mountaineering group, the Sosyal Klaymers conquered this remote beach in Zambales last January 8-9, 2011. What a great way to start the new year! Ayt?!!!

It wasn't hard for us to get to this beautifully hidden cove as we were in this area in November of 2009 when we had our first beach bumming weekend in Anawangin Cove.

How we got to Nagsasa
Getting to Nagsasa Cove is easy even for first timers. Here's how we did it. We met up at Victory Liner Pasay on an early Saturday morning to catch the first trip bound for Iba Zambales. At around 5:30 AM we boarded the bus and went on a long 4 hour ride going to San Antonio Zambales. Fare is 275 pesos from Pasay to San Antonio.

Victory Liner Bus bound for Iba Zambales

We got off at San Antonio town proper and proceeded to the Public Market to buy some stuffs we need to survive another weekend in a remote paradise. You can do last minute shopping and also have your lunch here.

San Antonio Town Hall

San Antonio Public Market

Loading our things in the tricycles

Tricycles that will bring you to Pundaquit Beach can be found at the terminal in the public market behind the San Antonio town hall. Fare is 25 pesos each, travel time is around 20 minutes.

Tricycle ride going to Pundaquit beach

Bridge along the way...

Photo-op in the bridge while inside the tricycle... Hahaha!

Tricycle ride...

Pundaquit beach is the major jump-off point for a boat ride going to the different coves in Zambales (Anawangin, Nagsasa, Silanguin, Talisayin coves). We have contacted Ate Fe for the boat transfers. We were 10 and each paid 350.00 pesos for the 1-hour boat ride. This covers the round trip ride to and from Nagsasa cove.

@ Pundaquit Beach...

Our boat, Queen Marie Fe

while waiting to board the boat...

As Nagsasa is twice the distance of Anawangin from the shores of Pundaquit Beach, you will pass by Anawangin cove along the way. Don't worry, you will never get bored as the natural beauty of the rock formations and sprawling hills around the area is picture perfect while enjoying the sea breeze gently caressing your body while on the boat.

For arrangements with boat services, you may contact Ate Fe at 09176675374 or 09087867606. I highly recommend them! Though there are a lot tricycles in the public market, you may also contact Kuya Vhanie for tricycle services at 09091155463. For the bus trip, you may check out www.victoryliner.com for the fares and trip schedules.

To read the story on how we enjoyed Nagsasa Cove, click here.


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  1. Narating ko na pare yung San Antonio, nagpunta kami sa Anawangin, Camara ISaland, Capones Island, yung Nagsasa yan daw yung pinaka-malayo...at hindi ko pa napupuntahan yan...4 times na ko nagpupunta dyan sa Pundaquit...ang sarap magbakasyon...nice trip parekoy...

    Follow kita Par!

  2. ha? di kayo nagtrek? im scared to join you kasi madugong trekking lagi kayo. hehe

  3. @Mokong - we heard meron pang mas malayo, yung Silaguin Cove... Thanks po sa pag-follow...

    @Chyng - we chose not to trek kc nasa 5 hours ang trekking and we only have 2 days to spend, para mas madaming kaming time na mag-swim...hehehe!!! thanks po!

  4. Very useful info mervin, we are planning to go to Nagsasa Cove and other islands in Zambales this March, thank you for sharing

  5. question po,
    may narerentahan po bang tent sa anawangin or do we have to bring our own?
    and sa boat po fixed price po ba un as in per boat or per person?


    going to anawangin this weekend! yippeee!

  6. thanks for this merv! we're planning to go to nagsasa on Feb. i needed this! :D

  7. @lakwatsera - thanks din po... that's good... there are a number of beautiful islands to explore in Zambales...

    @sivrej - i'm not sure po... you may ask Ate Fe, baka meron sila na pwede ipa-rent sa inyo... kung wala naman, I suggest you to invest on a good tent, it will be very useful for outdoor activities such as this...

    regarding the boat, it depends, if konti lang kayo, yung maliit na boat lang ipapagamit nya sa inyo good for 4 persons, I think it's a bit higher... try to call her and negotiate...

    @Ed - your welcome po... baka mag Magalawa Island naman kami sa Feb. happy trip po!

  8. I got a lot of useful info from this blog entry! Thanks a lot. =)) Can I ask a question if you don't mind? Should we book the bus tickets in advance or is it okay to just buy the tickets when we get to the bus station? We will be leaving on a weekend... Thanks in advance. =))

  9. Hi Anonymous - based on our experience, there's no need to book your tickets in advance, just be early in the bus station... the bus leaves @ 5:30 am, they will just start to sell tickets at 5am... Thank you!

  10. Me info po ba kayo regarding the overnigth camping at anawangin? thanks this site is so useful

  11. @anonymous - allowed din ang overnight camping sa anawangin... camping fee differs depending on which part of the cove ka may camp... 2009 was the last time we went there... i don't know kung ganun pa din... thanks...

  12. Great blog! wish i could do what you are doing!

  13. Hi. Nice blog. I'm a solo female backpacker. I have been to Anawangin Cove and was able to hire a guide for the trek (took a banca going back to Pundaquit). Question: do you know anyone who can guide me to hike all the way to Nagsasa? Thank you so much. ^_^

  14. Hi. Nice blog. I am a solo female backpacker/camper. I was able to hike from Pundaquit to Anawangin with the services of a local guide, then went back to Pundaquit via banca. Question: do you have contact with a local guide I can hire to accompany me to hike all the way to Nagsasa? Thank you so much! ^_^

    1. i don't have po.. maybe you could contact Ate Fe, baka may kakilala cya... :)

  15. what time po kayo dumating ng san antonio from pasay after leaving 530am? thanks.

  16. Kuya mervz, will be here tomorrow.
    Hmmp, may mga tent naman dun db? #PerTym

    1. yup, ask your boatman kung saan pwede mag rent ng tent... enjoy!

  17. nice blog!
    balak namin punta ng SA zambales this end of the month. active pa ba ung numbers nila Ate Fe?

  18. Hi .. Asked ko lng if we will go there this weekdays mdmi bng tao dun? Ksi wete planning to go there with my hubby and im afraid na bka kmi lng ang tao sa island a little bit scary .. In your case mdmi ba kyo ngpunta dun bkod sa group mo?


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