Tired of the Noisy City? Find Your Quiet Escape at Nagsasa Beach
Not far away from the incredible hustles of Manila is a quiet beach called Nagsasa Cove. Framed by the mountain ranges of Zambales & the waters of West Philippine Sea, this hideaway takes its guests in the luxury of peace & nothingness.
Along with Talisayen, Silanguin & Anawangin, Nagsasa became popular after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. Its white volcanic ash & the emergence of new landscapes attracted tourists seeking stillness in these newfound lands.
If quiet beaches & gentle adventures fill your travel fancies, Nagsasa Cove is a sure delight. Here are more reasons why it should be on your wanderlust bucketlist.
1. Chill Beach Camping
People come to Nagsasa to chill. And by chill we mean, to pitch a tent & sleep all day or rock on a hammock, read a book or listen to music. You can burrow a beer on the sand & bask under the Zambales sun.
2. Perfect Castaway Feel
With no electric power, mobile phone signal & satellite TV, Nagsasa Cove offers a perfect spot to unplug. Add the amazing backdrop of mountains & trees or the starlit sky & chirping crickets at night, what you get is a perfect escape from the noise of city living.
3. Long & Graceful Cove
Nagsasa stretches to about a kilometer of beachline topped by velvety ashfalls. Agoho trees with pine-like needles line its shore creating a stark contrast against the glistening crescent-shaped white sand foreground.
4. Panoramic Mountainscape
Most tourists approach Nagsasa Cove by the sea. But trekking Mt. Balingkilat via Subic is another fun option. In Sambali language, Balingkilat means Mountain of Thunders. It is the highest along the Zambales Coastal Mountains & Coves offering an endurance-packed, mixed-trail adventure.
5. Sea Turtles Sanctuary
Zambales is a natural sanctuary of endangered sea turtles or pawikan. Many baby pawikan get astray to the shore every so often. And freeing them back to the sea is truly a wonderful feeling.
6. Fishing with the Locals
Have you ever caught your own fish for lunch? At Nagsasa Cove, you can actually join the local fisherfolks for an exciting old-school fishing experience. You can freedive with your spear or go under the rocks for those elusive lobsters. Of course, everything you catch is yours for free---if your lungs are strong enough!
7. River Kayaking
Checkout the backwaters of Nagsasa & step into a pretty panorama. There, you can paddle your way upstream, wallow on the cold crystal clear river water or just be away from everyone.
8. Daring the Devil’s Rock
If you feel like taking your adventures to the next level, dare to jump off the cliff called Devil’s Rock at the western end of the cove. This one’s not for the faint-hearted but it surely feels good to conquer our fear sometimes.
9. Immerse with Aetas
A small Aeta community lives in Nagsasa. They have been here long before the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo & way before non-Aeta gained property rights to operate the campsites. Chill-out with them & know more about their traditional ways of living. You can even learn some forest survival tips.
10. The Joy of Nothingness
Yes, just be lazy because after all this is what Nagsasa Cove is all about. Enjoy the cold blue water. Laze on the sand. Soak in the beauty of nothingness. Eat, play, sleep, repeat.
To get to Nagsasa Cove,
hop on Victory Liner's Iba-bound bus. Get off at San Antonio & hire a
tricycle to bring you to Pundaquit. Boat operators ferrying passengers to
Nagsasa are readily available as soon you get there. Alternatively, you may also
take the Olongapo route & transfer to a bus bound for Iba.