Nagsasa cove: A relaxing nature-bound place

Definitely one of the best places that I have visited for the past years!” – This is my reaction the instant I saw this hidden gem in San Antonio, Zambales — the Nagsasa cove.

Nagsasa cove map

Nagsasa cove map

Nag-sa-sa. Nagsasa cove

Location: Zambales

Country: Philippines

How to get there: via bus + trike + boat transfer

Getting around: via walking

With the popularity of Anawagin cove, a more secluded and less populated tourist destination is on the rise — the Nagsasa cove. Nagsasa cove is a must see place for those who want to take a break and bond with nature and its relaxing and glorious offerings. In addition to the long and pristine shoreline and white / grey sand beach, Nagsasa cove features a mountain hike, lots of trees (and some occasional pine trees) with a breathe of fresh air, and a river which you can visit, swim and walk along to all for free. You can even see and visit the waterfalls if you are in Nagsasa during the right season!  It is definitely worth it traveling to this place.

Oh! Did I mention that this trip is for those who wants to escape and break away with modern technology?

Yes. You read it right! If you decided to go and visit this place, you will need to have your current lifestyle adjusted a little bit. You will be left with no connection to the outside world and your phone notifications won’t even bother you. In fact, if you go to Nagsasa cove, you will need to prepare yourself to adapt since:

  • You will be sleeping in a tent and there are no closed cottages available.
  • There is no electricity in this place (except for the sari-sari store and their counterparts as they are using a generator).
  • There are no potable water source in this place (but you can buy in the sari-sari store nearby).
  • There is limited supply of food in the area; but you can buy canned goods, cooked rice, hot water and ask them to cook Pancit Canton for a fee. You can also cook your own food provided that you brought your own ingredients and your cooking materials along the way (I am not sure if you can rent cooking materials in the sari-sari store for a fee but in our tour agreement document, it is stated that you can).
  • There is NO MOBILE SIGNAL in the area. Yes, no Globe, Smart, Sun, or anything wireless. This time you will have to ditch your Internet connected lives for a few days.

How do I go to Nagsasa Cove?

If you are planning to go to Nagsasa Cove, it is recommended that you get a tour package. Either way, you will have to prepare yourself for a long trip (if you are coming from the Metro just like us). During our visit, there were some guests that rented out a van so that they won’t worry about the amount of food and luggages that they will bring.

To get to Nagsasa you have to go to the following modes of transportation:

  • Bus (4-6 hours)
  • Trike (15-30 minutes)
  • Boat (1-2 hours)

Prepare yourself for a long trip as you will have to spend almost 5:15 to 8:30 hours traveling from Cubao to Nagsasa cove!

If you want to see the detailed guide in going to Nagsasa cove, scroll down to the bottom of this post.

How do I get around Nagsasa cove?

Once you are in Nagsasa cove, everything is pretty much accessible via walking. You can spend roughly 1/3 days to go and explore the vicinity of the cove which includes a mountain hike, walking along the beach and river exploring.

What will I find in Nagsasa cove?

There are a lot of things you can visit in this place. As I mentioned before, you can go mountain hiking, explore the river, or just go plain swimming and walk along the beach. However, you’re not here to just read all of that right? You are here to see and experience it. So here it is, the images.

Nagsasa cove panorama

Nagsasa cove panorama

Nagsasa cove: A view from a part of the mountain top

Nagsasa cove: A view from a part of the mountain top

Nagsasa cove: A view from the uppermost part of the mountain

Nagsasa cove: A view from the uppermost part of the mountain

Nagsasa cove: Mountain top cross

Nagsasa cove: Mountain top cross

Nagsasa cove: River

Nagsasa cove: River

Nagsasa cove: River panorama

Nagsasa cove: River panorama

Nagsasa cove: Beach side

Nagsasa cove: Beach side

Nagsasa cove: Beach side

Nagsasa cove: Beach side

Nagsasa cove: The other side of the beach

Nagsasa cove: The other side of the beach

It’s decided, I want to go to Nagsasa cove

Before anything else, again, I suggest you get a tour package

To enjoy a hassle-less stay in Nagsasa cove, it is recommended to go here on a tour package. Why? Because it will save you from a lot of headaches along the way. In our case our tour package ( PHP 999) includes the following:

  • 2 days and 1 night stay in Nagsasa cove
  • Island hopping to Anawagin cove and Capones Lighthouse
  • Free tent use for the duration of our stay
  • Free lunch and dinner on the 1st day (with complimentary purified water)
  • Free boat transfers going to Nagsasa cove and back to Pundaquit port

Commute guide

Either way, you will need to travel from Metro to Pundaquit port in San Antonio, Zambales. Now, here’s a commute guide for your reference:

Your main goal is to reach Pundaquit port in San Antonio, Zambales.

  • Bus (Cubao to San Antonio)
    • Board Victory Liner bus going to Olongapo terminal in Cubao terminal (check bus schedules here)
      • In our case we boarded the 3am bus to Olongapo terminal since we need to arrive on or before 8am in Pundaquit port
      • Alight in the last stop — Victory Liner bus terminal in Olongapo
      • Fare: PHP 240 each 
    • Board Victory Liner bus going to Iba in Olongapo terminal (check bus schedules here)
      • Tell the bus conductor to drop you off San Antonio Municipal hall
      • Fare: PHP 58 each 
  • From San Antonio Municipal Hall, board trike to Pundaquit port
    • Fare: PHP 35 each
    • You will have to pay PHP 20 each for the environmental fee
  • Board or hire boatman for boat transfer
    • Fare: Varies
  • Alight Nagsasa cove

Now to go back to the Metro (Cubao), all you need to do is follow the guide in reverse. From the Pundaquit port, get to a trike and tell them to drop you off at the waiting shed in San Antonio Municipal hall where buses from Iba passes. From there you can board the Olongapo bound bus (Victory Liner) and alight Olongapo terminal.

Pro tips

Now before you go and finish this article, let me share to you some pro tips:

  • Get a tour package if you have none.
  • There is an entrance fee of PHP 100 if you are going to Nagsasa cove. In our case, we paid this amount while we were at the Pundaquit port before boarding the boat transfer.
  • Put all your clothes, gadgets and everything in a plastic bag before you pack it in your bags. This will help prevent your clothes from getting wet during the boat transfer.
  • You can go at the back of the Municipal Hall to shop for cooking ingredients such as meat, fish and vegetables. In addition, you can also eat your breakfast and dinner in there.
  • You can charge your phones in the sari-sari store in Nagsasa cove for a fee.
  • The grilled hotdogs that they sell are a bargain for its size and its price (PHP 20).
  • Halo-halo is priced at PHP 45.
  • The entrance to the mountain hiking location is PHP 10 each.
  • I suggest you hire a guide if it is your first time mountain hiking in Nagsasa cove. I recommend Bong (ask in the sari-sari store) as a tour guide. He will help you access the higher parts of the mountain. All you have to do is tell him that you want to go to the cross and he will guide you to higher places not even visited by normal hikers.
  • Bring along shoes if you want to hike. It will help.

I think that’s all for this guide. See you in Nagsasa cove!

In case you have more pro tips, leave a comment below. Enjoy everyone!

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