Camping at Anawangin
Getting Back To Nature
When you’re in a tropical country, it’s usually a good idea to reconnect with the environment through laid-back nature trips. Some people prefer to go to the beach, while others want to climb mountains. There are those who dive deep to see amazing marine wonders, and still more who would rather spend the night outdoors to really get a good feel for nature.
But what if there’s a place where you can do all four, immersing yourself fully in nature’s bountiful beauty?
A three- to five-hour bus ride from Manila will take you to San Antonio town, where you can board a tricycle, then finally a boat, to take you to Pundaquit town.
This is the gateway to the province’s many lagoons, islands, and coves.
The thirty-minute boat ride comes at a hefty P300, but it is inclusive of an island hopping tour that you can schedule with the boatman. Be sure to stock up on your camping essentials like food, water, batteries, charcoal, and an extra pair of socks before leaving civilization behind.
Nothing But Nature
Anawangin is a virtually untouched piece of paradise where you can completely forget all of your worries and just simply bask in nature. There is no electricity, no running water, no buildings, no accommodation…it’s just you and all the natural glories teeming on the island.
White sand and volcanic ash will greet you as soon as you walk a little ways away from the campsite. Huge rock formations stick up from the sea, poking against the clear blue sky. Taking a dip in the sea means soaking up the pristine beauty of the island.
The cove is mostly virginal, but you will already find the beginnings of development in some areas. Shower and changing rooms have been constructed to afford extra privacy to the campers.
Wooden picnic tables have also been set up so that visitors can eat heartily and comfortably.
If you ever get tired of Anawangin itself, just hop into your boat and see Capones and Camarra islands for a different perspective of paradise. There’s an old lighthouse on top of Capones island that you can hike to and explore if you’re feeling a little more adventurous.
Surely, Anawangin is one of the preferred alternatives for people who want to get away from the crowded beaches of the more popular seaside getaways. Plus, you get up close and personal with nature.
Some of the things you will need to pack for your Anawangin trip are:
- Tent and Sleeping Bag: You can bring your own, borrow from a friend, or rent onsite at about P500 a night.
- Can Opener: Canned food is a favorite among campers because it’s easy to store and cook, so a can opener is definitely a must.
- Swiss Army / Multi Function Knife : Essential for a multitude of camping activites.
- Sunblock and Insect Repellent: The sun is a constant companion when you only have trees above your head. Be sure to pack insect repellent too to ward off the ever-present mosquitoes.
- Flashlight: At Anawangin, you have only the stars to illuminate the night sky. Bring a flashlight if you wish to explore the surroundings at night, or for when you get tired of campfire light.
- Waterproof Digital Camera: Capture all the picture-perfect moments you’re going to spend during your stay with a trusty and suitable camera.
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