Zambales could easily be the closest geologically inexhaustible destination near the metro. From its picturesque mountains to numerous surf spots, it is, without a doubt, an adventurer’s paradise.
Majority of the people that come here usually check out one of its famous coves. I mean, who has not heard of the frequented Anawangin cove and Nagsasa cove? Both characterized by their beaches covered in volcanic ash and lined with lush pine trees, these destinations are perfect for those who mind long boat rides. These coves are the most accessible though heavily congested and developed.
So if you’re looking for a spot that’s more isolated and private, you can endure a 1.5 hour boat ride, and sort of don’t mind getting a shower on the way then do take time to visit Silanguin Cove, the farthest one from San Antonio jump-off point.
Being a rarely explored alternative among the famous coves of the Zambales coast, Silanguin is perfect for those who prefer a more intimate hideaway. I wouldn’t even have known about this if my friends from Vagabond Pinas hadn’t offered it—one of the perks of knowing trusty and amazing trip facilitators. When I found out about this beautiful and secluded getaway, I immediately booked myself and dragged a couple of fun souls to enjoy an incredibly chill weekend full of good vibes.
Unlike Anawangin with a gorgeous lake hidden behind the crisp pine-lined facade, or Nagsasa cove which offers a short trek to a sunset viewpoint, Silanguin promises an exclusive experience—a very private affair. During our short stay there, only about three other groups were around and it was so refreshing. There is a waterfall you can trek to, and unlike the two coves I’ve mentioned, Silanguin offers a beach that is pure and not covered in volcanic ash. This could be good or bad depending on what you want to experience.
From Silanguin, a quick 15-minute boat ride to the Blue Lagoon is a definite cherry on top of the experience. One of the highlights of our trip. From there, you get a front row stunning view of the Zambales mountain range and a nice cool pool that you can enjoy whilst watching the sun come down on your way back to camp.
Photo by Vagabond Pinas
It was really a chill experience especially since we were with Vagabond Pinas. They had prepared some delicious meals for us. I can say that it is one of the most relaxing trips I’ve had in a while. Definitely one for the books!
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