Nagsasa Cove, Zambales: First Step Towards The Unknown
The infancy of Biyaherong Barat’s life-long journey rooted during my college years. My small chinky eyes opened wide to limitless destinations the Philippine islands can offer. Reminding my humble beginnings were these 10 college students equipped with nothing but their courageous souls and the lust for a whole new adventure. Together, we traveled to the coastal town of San Antonio, Zambales and voyaged to one of its hidden beaches, Nagsasa Cove.
No need to explain why Nagsasa Cove is my favorite beach among the 3 coves of San Antonio.
Lovely morning in Nagsasa.
Our young adventurers were no strangers to the country’s bountiful beaches but they decided to rough it up a little. Spending a night away from their comfort zones promises a whole new experience. No electricity, no soft bedding, and definitely, no air-conditioning – only a thin layer of polyester fabric separated their bodies from the sand, and the mountain breeze sweeping Nagsasa’s shores kept them cool throughout the night.
Say “Hi” to our intrepid travelers.
Bea at campsite.
Playing with Nagsasa Cove’s ash grey sands.
Braving the unknown trembles the mind of the skeptic but not these thrill-seeking lads and lasses who were all pumped up for a morning river trek in search for Nagsasa’s waterfalls. I haven’t tried hiking to the falls so none of us knew what to expect. For a second there, it got me worried for their safety but when I saw intrepid spirits flying higher than Zambales Mountain Range, backing down would be such a disappointment.
Good morning, Nagsasa.
River leading towards the sea.
A driftwood sat silently on Nagsasa’s beach.
Bridge leading to the forest.
Shallow river waters turned dry bed as we marched further upstream under the scorching summer heat. Hopes of reaching the falls began to die down as exhaustion was kept behind worn-out smiles and cheers. It was time to turn around. As we head back to camp, no trace of defeat can be found on our faces but a thrill of accomplishment, instead. Triumph, for everyone took the first step forward towards the unknown, a beginning of a new journey in life.
Bea’s hiking head wear.
The river trek begins.
Nagsasa Cove’s river.
The tree’s cool shade was our resting point.
Be extra careful when penetrating into bushes.
Tree on a rocky river bed.
Don’t be afraid to derail yourself from the daily grind. Taking the first step to the unknown reveals a whole new world, an alternate universe far from our regular routine and lifestyle. Don’t be afraid to have the simplest of things for when there is none, you’ll see the abundance. In these simple things, one finds content. Where there is content, you will find true happiness. A chronic spectacle which kept me on trips like these.
“It’s never as good as the first time”, Sade said, that is why this Nagsasa Cove trip was crucial for Biyahe Lokal whose task was to make “special moments that last… as tender as they dare to remember”. I hope we made your vacation quite unforgettable.
Sidetrip to Capones Island to see the famous lighthouse.
Balcony of Capones Lighthouse.
Old brick walls of the lighthouse.
Inside the quarters.
Group shot at the lighthouse.
Here are some fast facts that may help you on your trip:
1. More information about Nagsasa Cove in these posts.
2. More information about Capones Island in these posts.
4. Safety of our fellow travelers is Biyahe Lokal’s top priority.
5. For D-I-Y trips, contact Reynald Liwarin (09108162974) for boat rentals.
6. This post is dedicated to this group of college students. Thank you for traveling with us. This reminded me when my friends and I started to travel.
7. Try camping with friends or alone. It’s really a great outdoor experience.
8. Look for more destinations in Zambales in Biyahe Zambales.
9. Please LIKE Biyaherong Barat on Facebook.
10. Follow @BiyaherongBarat on Twitter.
11. Be safe and happy travels to everyone.
Mandatory Nagsasa Cove Group Shot.
Mandatory Capones Lighthouse Group Shot #1
Mandatory Capones Lighthouse Group Shot #2