Hidden Paradise Called Nagsasa Cove

sandy72300Starred Page By sandy72300, 21st Jun 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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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

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.

The Sea

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 Lagoon

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.

The Sunset

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.


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A frustrated writer. I am full time career woman, MBA, and single mom. Hopefully, what I lack in quantity, quality of my published articles would compensate.

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author avatar Rosalie
26th Jun 2012 (#)

ganda ng scenery, sana nilagay mo din mga picture natin......

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author avatar sandy72300
26th Jun 2012 (#)

next time pag na-copy ko ung mga pics natin jan sa pulilan. galing lang kasi lahat yan sa cellphone ko.

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author avatar avery sandiego
26th Jun 2012 (#)

Yeah it is really nice in Zambales, the views.

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author avatar sandy72300
26th Jun 2012 (#)

@avery yes, i am actually from sta. cruz zambales so i really could tell that our beaches are very nice. i hope you can visit one day.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
26th Jun 2012 (#)

Well shared and nice to see the photos. Thanks.

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author avatar sandy72300
26th Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks for appreciating MD REZAUL KARIM =)

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