Summer approaches and soon most of us will be heading to our favorite beaches and camp sites. Everyone has their own favorite spots, for me its got to be Nagsasa cove in Zambales. Want to know whats in store for you in Nagsasa? Then read on...
Nagsasa is as pristine as a location can get. Its practically off the grid - no electricity and cellphone signal and reachable only via a 45-minute boat ride or a 6 hour hike over a beautiful mountain range, yet not impossibly difficult to reach.
mang ador's campsite
catching the first rays
If you can manage to wake up early again the next day, you may get lucky with another light show.
sunrise on our second day
ok we're here...Boatmen will usually suggest where to camp for various reasons including how much tip the campsite owner gives them for every camper they bring in. I usually just stick to the one at the northern end with 'inferior' facilities, while most head to the tent cities at the other end. So we usually end up the only group staying at Mang Ador's.
what's there to see and do in nagsasa?We'll the rest of the day would be perfect time to do nothing. Find some sturdy pine trees, hang your hammock, and snooze away.
If you got so much energy in you, you can check out the waterfalls at the southern end [there is another one about 2 hours hike away but not worth it as its usually dry], explore the backwoods, climb the nearby hills, or work on your tan, and yes, take a dip in the crystal clear waters of Nagsasa [check out my previous posts]
The cove has a good view of the west, so if the weather is great you'll enjoy a nice sunset as well.
In the evening, light up a nice bonfire, open a wine bottle or two, and share spooky campfire stories. If the sky is clear you'll be dazzled with a million stars, thanks to virtually no light and atmospheric pollution.
the morning after
camping optionsIf you prefer the "party" side of the cove, there plenty of campsites to choose from on the other side.
One particular campsite - Aling Yolly's, have come a long way since I first saw visited the cove. She now has a generator and was able to put up a row of wash rooms at the back of her area. [Though I visit her every time I'm in Nagsasa, she probably know me well enough not to insist I stay at her place. I always prefer somewhere with lesser crowds]