MANILA, Philippines — Nagsasa Cove, Zambales in Central Luzon has lot of activities to offer this dry season.
A four-hour drive from Manila and an hour of boat ride, Nagsasa Cove is one of the perfect summer destinations to unwind with its crystal clear waters and serene mountain views as well as it’s one of the best places for sunset viewing and stargazing.
Set a day or two to travel in San Antonio, Zambales and see for yourself the wonders of Nagsasa Cove.
●Swimming and island hopping
An hour of boat ride will give you some muscle and back pain, so why not stop over at Camara Island and Capones Island before heading to Nagsasa Cove? Let your summer wear take a dip in different parts of West Philippine Sea.
Spend the rest of the day swimming at Nagsasa Cove. While swimming, watch the sunset and enjoy the beautiful mountain view.
●Camping and stargazing
Set a bonfire and enjoy the night with the relaxing sounds of waves. After the campfire, lie down and gaze a starry sky at the beach.
●Trek and refresh in falls
It is good to start the day exercising. Since it’s challenging to jog along the beach sand, Nagsasa Cove can offer you some trekking activity.
Experience a 90-minute trek up to Mt. Nagsasa and reward yourself by taking a dip in a refreshing waterfall.
If you’re planning heading to Nagsasa Cove, here’s a sample itinerary for a two-day trip:
Depart from Manila at 4:00 a.m. and arrive in the town of San Antonio at 7:00 a.m.
Visit Camara Island and Capones Island until 11:00 a.m. so you will arrive at Nagsasa Cove by noontime and have your lunch. Then, enjoy the rest of your first day at the beach.
Wake up early on your second day. Better to start your trek to Mt. Nagsasa as early as 5:00 a.m. and enjoy the ambience of the falls from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. You can also have your breakfast upon reaching the falls. Be sure to get back to your camp before noon as the sand trail is scorching hot during the day.
Pack up and leave for Manila after lunch.
A two-day trip to Nagsasa Cove costs around PHP2,000 to PHP3,000 per person. Kris Crismundo/PNA/northboundasia.com