Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Commuting: Manila to Anawangin in Zambales


The famed and fabled Anawangin Cove in Zambales, the place I love to describe as where the mountains, pines and waves collide, is not that hard to reach even through commuting . This is what I discovered during our recent first-time trip to this side of Central Luzon last month. Read on and find out how we were able to reach Anawangin from Manila via public transportation.

1. From NAIA Terminal 3, we boarded the airport shuttle bus up to its terminal in Pasay Rotonda. (For my separate guide on how to reach Pasay Rotonda from NAIA 3, click HERE).

2. From the Pasay Rotonda Bus Terminal, we crossed the overpass and went down to the entrance of Metropoint Mall (Kabayan Hotel side).

3. We then walked our way towards the Victory Liner Pasay bus terminal. The terminal is about 500 meters away from Metro Point Mall. It is located in between Caltex fuel station and Grand Prix Econotel.  To give you a clearer picture, here’s the location map of the terminal from Google.

 Click image to enlarge

4. Go to the ticket booth and buy your ticket at the “Olongapo” window. Buy ticket for the bus bound for Iba or Sta. Cruz Zambales but tell the in-charge you’re only going up to San Antonio. If you’re not able to catch the Iba or Sta. Cruz-bound bus, take the next bus going to Olongapo. This is what we actually did since the bus bound for Iba already left when we arrived at the terminal. For bus schedule and fare, visit the Victory Liner website.



5. Travel time from Manila to Olongapo (via SCTEX) is more than 3 hours. The bus is airconditioned and spacious so it was, overall, a comfortable trip for us.


6. Upon arriving at the Victory Liner Terminal in Olongapo, you may transfer to a regular (non-airconditioned) bus bound for Iba. Tell the conductor you’re going to San Antonio. Travel time from Olongapo to San Antonio is about one hour.

7. In San Antonio, disembark at the bus stop near the Municipal Hall. There’s a 7-Eleven convenience store across the highway where you may buy some snacks and other personal necessities.


8. Take a tricycle ride to Pundaquit Beach. Fare is 60-80 pesos (depending on your negotiation) for a tricycle good for 2 persons. Travel time from San Antonio proper to Pundaquit is about 15 minutes. You may contact the driver who took us there: Cesar Concepcion-09072291313.

9. If you have booked your accommodation in Pundaquit, ask the tricycle driver to take you directly to that resort. My wife and I stayed in Canoe Beach Resort the night before we went to Anawangin. Read my review of Canoe Beach Resort HERE.


10. The resort in-charge may help you find a boatman for your island hopping. You may also directly negotiate with the boatmen on standby at the beach. They have a standard fare matrix for island hopping so you can be sure that you will not be ripped off with the price. We paid P1,000 for our Anawangin Day Tour.

 Standard boat fare matrix. Click image to enlarge.

11. Life vests will be provided by your boatman as it is strictly required by the local authorities for the safety of the tourists.

12. Waterproof your belongings as splashes of waves would frequently get inside the boat. Travel time from Pundquit Beach to Anawangin Cove is about 30 minutes. During rainy season, prepare yourself for a wild and bumpy ride! (Read my Anawangin experience HERE).

13. Entrance Fee to Anawangin Cove is 50 pesos. Overnight camping charge is 100 pesos while cottage rental is 200 pesos.


14. If you’re planning to stay overnight in Anawangin, make sure to bring your own tent (if you opt not to rent a cottage), food supplies and cooking utensils. Be aware also that there are no electricity and cellphone signal in the cove.


15. Make sure to climb the cliff on the side where the stream water exits to the sea. It will be a short and fairly easy hike but the view up above is really mind blowing.


I hope that this guide would help you in planning your trip to Anawangin. If you find this Anawangin guide helpful, kindly share this with your friends and “like” this blog on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/suroypilipinas

**Philippine map with Zambales highlighted (image from wikipedia.org):


This post concludes my Zambales Series. To read the previous articles of this series, visit the following links:

35 comments :

  1. Comprehensive guide earl. Miss the Olongapo trip when I was a bachelor then.

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    1. Thanks! Hopefully maka-tabang ni sa mga first timers moadto sa Anawangin.

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  2. Sabi ng sis ko, hindi na ganon kaganda ang Anawanin compare before, is it true? What did you noticed about the difference so far?

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    1. According to some travel bloggers, Anawangin is more crowded now. This is actually my first time to visit the place and it's beauty definitely amazed me.

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  3. Comprehensive guide. My friends are planning to visit anawangin. Will advise them to follow this Guide. Great help!Thanks!

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    1. Hi Riz! I hope this guide would help them in planning their trip. :)

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  4. galing...papunta kami dun sa friday...laking tulong...salamat ng marami hindi kami maliligaw... =)
    do you advise to bring canned goods??or we can buy fresh fish,meat or vegies there?water too?thank you!

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    1. I think it is better to bring your own supply of food and water. You may drop by the public market of San Antonio to buy fish, meat and veggies.

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    2. dami ko nabasa mga blog pero ni isa wala nagsabi paano umuwi from pundaquit going back to manila.. ala lang.. heheh

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  5. meron i think 150/day ang rental.

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  6. good day sir! very helpful itong blog mo, i just want to know how do i get back to manila (or cubao) from san antonio. may bus ba na direstong dadaan sa jumpoff? or do i have to go to some terminal? if so, where is it? be going there on april kasi so i have to fix my itinerary asap. thanks! -terry

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    1. Take a tricycle ride from Pundaquit to San Antonio proper then tell the driver to drop you off at the highway where buses bound for Olongapo or Manila regularly pass.

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  7. 24 hours po ba ang buses from Olongapo station to Iba, ZAmbales for San Antonio drop-off. 1am kasi balak naming trip eh 6am pa first trip ng victory liner sa pasay so mag-cut-off trip nalang kami. Kaso from Olongapo at mid-am may buses na po kaya going to Iba?
    First time kasi namin to Zambales.

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  8. mag kano po ang ticket. manila to zambales?

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  9. Hi there,
    Tara na at mag enjoy ngayong summer sa:
    1. Agnaem
    2. Anawangin
    3. Talisayen
    4. Nagsasa
    5. Silanguin
    6. Capones and Camara island

    Book your Boat and Tent now.
    Packages are also available. Inquire now!

    Contact person: Liezel Nieva or Dindo Nieva
    Contact numbers:
    Globe: 09172022692
    Smart: 09995959623
    Blogsite: http:\\dindonieva.multiply.com

    Dindo

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  10. @ Ian, Hindi po 24hrs ang biyahe ng Victory Liner sa Zambales, Last trip po nila is 11:30pm and first trip po ata ang 2:30am.

    @ Faustino, Sir depende po kung san kayo galing pero sa caloocan po is approx. <P300 po.

    txt and tawag lang po for more info.

    Dindo

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    1. confirmed ba ito 2:30 am ang 1st trip to olongapo?...how about ung trip from olongapo to san antonio?may byahe na kya ng mga say 5-6am?

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  11. may mga restrictions ba sa cooking?pde bang mag-ihaw2 sa anawangin?after buying fish from the market we can just salt it & ihaw it from there?

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  12. HEEEEEEEELP! :)

    Wala po bang straight na papuntang Zambales sa PASAY terminal ng Victory Liner?

    If ever na wala, magkano po ang ticket from Olongapo to San Antonio?

    Sana po may magreply. Thanks! :)

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  13. per head ba ang entrance fee?

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    1. how much is the bus fare from olongapo to san antonio?

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    2. Sorry I forgot. I guess it's less than a hundred pesos.

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  14. hi! thank you for this comprehensive guide! it really is a big help! :)

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  15. This guide is really helpful to me and i must share it with my friends.http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiY41ijpzuI

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  16. Very helpful! ;) Missed the Iba bus so opting for the other, Olongapo bound

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  17. liked the step by step guide here.you really put details. For other beach resort... in Lemery Batangas visit this mini blog Lemery beach Resorts and Batangas Beach Resorts Batangas beach Resorts



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  18. Sir, I just wanted to ask what island is the much worth it to go thorough Capones Island or Camara Island? I am planning to go in Anawangin Zambales. What are the other areas should I go there?

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    1. You may avail the Capones-Camara-Anawangin package and visit these three spots in one day. We were not able to visit Capones and Camara when we were there due to bad weather.

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  19. Sir hiw much po pamasahe from manila to zambales......

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  20. pwede po malaman ung cost breakdown niyo from manila po. thank you

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  21. Pano po pag mga riders may pwede po bang maparkingan yung mga motor? Thank you.

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