Tent… check, sleeping bag… check, therma rest… check, swimwear… check, sunblock… check, pasta, pasta sauce and chorizo… check… cook set… check and the list goes on. These however, are the essentials needed for an overnight trip to Nagsasa Cove.
My friend S had been itching to make a trip there ever since she learned of Nagsasa. And so the weekend after our Northern Samar trip, we were up early, traveling north to what we thought was a secret paradise. Punta de Uian Resort in San Antonio, Zambales to be exact.
A resort kind enough to take us to Nagsasa (for a fee, of course) even if it was not part of the trips they offer.
Wondering why hire a boat through a resort? I want my car parked safely in a parking lot while we camp out on a cove 8 kms away. Better safe than sorry right?
Nagsasa is supposedly less popular than Anawangin perhaps because it takes twice as long (about 45 mins) to get to Nagsasa from Pundaquit Beach.
So imagine how stunned we were at first to see scores of campers spread out on the crescent shaped stretch of beach, maybe having the same thoughts as ours, which is… “why are they all here?”
Perhaps it was the long weekend and everyone who knows about Nagsasa had the same idea, or perhaps it is the magnificent paradise that makes it difficult to remain a secret for long.
Whatever it is, we were happy to be among those who were enjoying this wondrous cove with breathtaking Mt. Nagsasa serving as backdrop to a pristine stretch of ash colored sand.
Once we got off the boat, we looked for our little corner, Mang Augusto and his family lives beside our campsite, making him the caretaker.
We had a picnic table for our meals and our chit chats.
We also had a bathroom just at the back, which I truly appreciate, never mind that it didn’t have a light, what are headlamps for anyway?
After we settled, we pitched our tent and then prepared our meal… we burned our rice (it was not easy using the aluminum cook set, really!). Mang Augusto’s wife cooked 2 kilos of rice for us for only P100 ($2). Way too much for 5 so we had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and there were still left overs. So here’s the tip: don’t even bother to cook rice when you can have it cooked for you (for practically a song). 😉
Nagsasa (and Anawangin and perhaps others as well) emerged after the violent eruption of Mt Pinatubo in 1991.
The eruption actually changed the landscape of Zambales producing these coves of ash sand beach lined with Agoho trees stretching inland, rendering a beach so impressive.
So how did such a tree find its way to this part? It is said that these trees were non-existent prior to the eruption and that the seeds of the trees came from the ash expelled by Pinatubo.
How amazing is our God to reward us with unexpected loveliness after nature spewed out its fury? Perhaps it is His way of reminding us that like a rainbow after a storm, something beautiful invariably comes after a tragedy. Ain’t that a comfort?
Here are more snaps at different times of the day.