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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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May 3, 2009

Nagsasa Cove: a place to get lost in

We were lost last weekend, figuratively speaking. We got ourselves marooned in one of Zambales' (still) best kept secrets - a grand cove much larger than Anawangin, and still peaceful and uncrowded. No electricity, no cellphone signal.

My plan was to go to Daet in Camarines Norte (south eastern part of Luzon) with a group of photographer friends for a 3 day weekend. On the day that we were set to go, a typhoon formed on the south western part of Luzon and a low pressure area brought heavy rains on the Bicol peninsula. So headed up northwest to Zambales and bumped up the plan to visit Nagsasa Cove.

Nagsasa Cove: Nagsasariling Indios
on the huge rocks on the northern end of the cove

While Anawangin is now the party zone or "Boracay" of the Zambales coves (its practically a tent city during the weekends), Nagsasa remains largely untouched. It is 3 times bigger than Anawangin and its more scenic. But the best part is that we can still enjoy what we used to enjoy in Anawangin: read a good book under a pine tree in relative solitude or being lulled to sleep in a hammock with the rustling of the pine needles.

Here's my initial offering - a deserted beach on a 3-day weekend (usually popular spots are packed on long holiday weekends) :

Nagsasa Cove: Midday Bangka
Nagsasa midday bangka

I'll be featuring more of Nagsasa in the coming days. There is a beautiful shallow river called Wild Horse Creek (named by the Americans who used the mountains at the back of the cove as bombing range when they still had a naval and air force base in Subic and Clark), a small Aeta village, and small waterfalls and cascades.

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Erick said...

narinig ko na yang place na yan last year, wala lang time na mapuntahan.

mukhang another gem in zambales.

Oman said...

this is exactly what i like about this blog. you show us places na hindi masyado puntahan and yet super sa ganda. hihintayin ko pa future post mo about this place kasi malapit lang samin ito eh.

escape said...

looks so much like anawangin. they have the same features and i was not surprised it to be on the top of the listin the show "Ang Pinaka" - must see places to see in Zambales along with Capones and Camara island.

it was featured few hours ago. ganda nga. not bad that you've changed your trip there.

Jen Laceda | Milk Guides said...

As usual, love the photos!

Leonard Pe said...

another paradise destination added to my list.. di pa nga ako nakapunta ng pinatubo

Lantaw said...

Erick, You should go there bro while its not yet as popular as Anawangin

Oman, THanks bro! Will post more photos soon

Dom, Oo nga I saw that episode. Soon the crowds will flock to that cove.

jen, Thanks!

Leonard, Adto na dire bai, we'll camp somewhere :)

Reena said...

wow, this place does sound good. so there are also pine trees here?

looking forward to the rest of the adventure.

Sardonyx said...

Grabe ang ganda! makalaglag...laway hehehe, it's a breath taking view indeed! Thanks for sharing your nice photos, kaka in love ang mga shots mo....I wish, I wish makapunta ako sa mga napuntahan mo.

Photo Cache said...

It wont be uncrowded for long. Lam mo na pag lumabas na sa blog mo, sikat agad lugar eh.

My entry is here: http://ewok1993.wordpress.com

James said...

Looks like a great place to explore and take pictures. There are lots of very beautiful little islands in the Philippines.

SandyCarlson said...

I'd go there in a heartbeat!

Jun said...

Great blog! You find the most unusual places. Learned about this site from Flickr.

Sylvia K said...

I'm with Sandy, I'd go there in a heartbeat! You do have a way with finding incredible places!

Marites said...

I quite agree with donG. I keep coming back here because you always feature off the beaten track destinations aside from the magnificent pics you post here. Well, i'll be back :)

Esther Garvi said...

Sandy & Silvia, I'm right behind you on this one!

Lovely share, Lantaw!

Jenn said...

B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L!!! Will definitely plan a trip up north sometime! Thanks for the feature!

risaimperial said...

anawangin is like a palengke na if i would exaggerate it.

nagsasa cove i think is now on our list, thanks to lantaw.blogspot

wala pa daw cr according to google,

have you seen or used one allan? ;)


erin said...

so enjoy your posts and photos...always something interesting and beautiful to see.
thanks and have a great week.

ALiNe said...

Wow ... Bigger than anawangin... nice, paano kayo naligaw?

Lantaw said...

Reena, yup lots of pine trees. :)

Sardonyx, thanks! keep on exploring!

Photo Cache, I hope hinde mababoy ang place. Its within the caretakers' power to make sure it does not happen

James, yup we have 7,100+ beautiful islands :)

Lantaw said...

Drop by here Sandy, Jun, and Sylvia :)

Thanks Marites, I have a ton of photos of Nagsasa :)

Esther, Hope someday you'd be able to visit this place :)

Lantaw said...

Jenn, I hope the weather clears up for your trip :)

risa, may CR, at malinis. laging may tubig. kung wala, you'll have to get water from a pump at the back of the campsite

erin, thanks for the visit! more soon :)

ALiNe, well not really lost, but it was the opposite direction of where we are suppose to head out that day. Yup most definitely bigger and more beautiful than Anawangin

Regina said...

Excellent post as always..

You may visit me sometime.

Anonymous said...

ganda. I wish I can visit it some day

pinaytunay said...

i read there's another island cove worth visiting in the area, the nearby talisayin. i'm considering an overnight stay there or at nagsasa after a trek to anawangin. can't wait!

Lantaw said...

@pinaytunay, last time I've been to Talisayin there are already several cottages. Most folks bypass that cove for Nagsasa

Anonymous said...

We had the honor to visit Nagsasa last April 20-21. Everything that we read on all the blogs about the cove is right and more.The peacefulness and its beauty is incomparable. Making you feel close to nature and will be Thanking GOD for giving us a beautiful place like NAGSASA,we fall in love immediately.. and surely to visit Nagsasa soon....

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