Thursday, March 11, 2010

Vacation Spot: Anawangin, Zambales

Summer is here once again! And if you're looking for a quick, low-budget, ultra nature trip, then Anawangin is the best spot for you. There are three main reasons why I love this place.

First, it's cheap. You'd only need to spend for the transportation to and from Pundaquit, Zambales. If you're with a group, it's better to rent a van because it's much cheaper. The next expense would be for the banka ride. You need to rent transport services using small boats from the mainland to Anawangin cove. You can also negotiate with the banka owner to tour you around the nearby islands (Capones and Camara). Be warned, though. You'll be riding really small boats, and the waves can sometimes be too strong. I advice you to put all the items that you want to remain dry in a plastic bag before putting them inside your bag. Your bags might get wet with the water splashes. Also don't forget the island entrance fee.

The biggest expense you'll have would be the food. There aren't any restaurants there (although there's a small sari-sari store now), so you would need to bring your own food, or cook your food there. Either way, you have to carefully plan this out. Make sure you use sealed containers because the ants will flock your tents.

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Second, it's camping. Just bring your tents, camping gear, and you'll do fine. Also there's no electricity there, so make sure all your batteries are fully charged (even better if you have spares). Cellphone signals are also very weak, so your phones are practically useless. In other words, when you're in Anawangin, you should be tech-free. Well, maybe except for cameras. :)

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There are public comfort rooms for taking a shower or taking a dump. There's also a common area for washing dishes. This is probably what the entrance fee is for. :)

Finally, it's simply enchanting. A close encounter with nature. The perfect life of a bum: Beach, sand, sun, hammocks, and a good old book to keep you relaxed. Stars shine more brightly at night. It's the perfect place to forget all your worries and problems.

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A couple of things you also need to bring:
- Toiletries
- Slippers
- Socks (it might get cold at night)
- Lighters / Matches
- Plastic Bags (to keep your clothes dry, and also for your garbage)
- Swim Wear
- Small Pillow / Small Blanket
- Dishwashing Soap
- Utensils / Plates / Cups
- Snacks

All in all, a budget of Php 2000 is okay for this trip. Maybe cheaper if you're in a group. =) Read More