Hidden Paradise Called Nagsasa Cove
Me and my office mates decided to take a break from "gruesome" work this past summer. And when I say we decided to take a break, we really meant to go full blast! Here are some photos of the scenery of the Hidden Paradise we discovered located at San Antonio, Zambales, Philippines.
- Pundaquit Shore
- The 2-Hour Travel
- Here We Are
- The Sea
- The Sand And The Mountain
- The Lagoon
- The Sunset
After three hours travel from Pulilan, Bulacan which was our meeting place (1hour travel from Manila), we arrived at this shoreline located at Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales at around 5:30AM. The sun has not yet risen so the atmosphere was a bit misty which gave us a better appreciation of the place.
The 2-Hour Travel
From the shoreline of Pundaquit, we had to do bargaining with some boatmen for the service of their boat. We were 14 all in all and we agreed with the P3,000.00 for the round trip to Nagsasa Cove, the farthest and the most hidden of the famous San Antonio beaches.
As we travel, the sun finally risen, giving us a majestic view of the sea, mountains and the rock formations. It was as if the sun was giving us a bright smile and an even merrier greeting that could mean "enjoy your trip".
I have wondered why most of the mountains we saw along the way were treeless. Then I realized upon looking closely that these were not actually mountains but rock formations. How on earth these rocks were formed is beyond my fathom.
Here We Are
After 2 hours travel by motor boat, we arrived at last at this breathtaking paradise. Of course we were informed beforehand that our destination was a very beautiful place. But the expectation we had in our mind was nothing compared to what appeared before our very eyes.
The signage at the beachfront sort of telling us what a great experience this cove would give us. Jose and Yolly were the Aetas who own the beach. We were happy to know that these natives still own the place and we could only hope the greedy civilization would not take this place away from them eventually.
Crystal clear waters that you could see what lies underneath. Not too shallow, not to deep. We have proven that this cove has not yet been much exploited because only few tourists come here due to its location. Even the fishes in the water come very close to your feet as if trying to bite them similar to that of the "fish spa service" being offered in Malaysia. You could almost catch them bare hands because they are too "friendly". It was like they were very happy to be mingling with humans.
The Sand And The Mountain
Powdery sand, though not purely white at close scrutiny because they are mixed with the natural dark gray/black sand. But who's complaining?
If you love trekking, this mountain is so popular because it boasts of the 2 waterfalls in it. Just be sure to tap the services of a mountain guide to ensure your safety. Too bad I did not go because I was so tired from roaming around and tediously walking in the sand plus too much humidity were too much for me at that time.
The sea extends to a shallow lagoon where you could also swim if the sea was too much for you, especially if you brought along kids. It is encircled by hills and trees for most parts. The water is so clear as well and few types of fishes are visible underneath.
This photo was taken when I was lying in a cradle hanged on the two poles of the cottage. I bought the cradle from a native vendor roaming on the cove. I was left alone then while my office mates roam around taking pictures. But I do not envy them. This was I think the most relaxing experience I had in my whole existence. If only we get to see this everyday.
The whole experience was very memorable for us and we promise to go back here if there would be another opportunity. If schedules would make life harder for us, we would really find time as a place as beautiful as this is more than worth a look back.