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Camping in Zambales

Your camping adventure in Pundaquit may turn out to be different than what most people who stay on top of mountains or foot of famous hills or valleys. Pundaquit offers campers a place closer to the ocean. A night of camping near shore offers a lot of memorable things to do and share with your friends.

The most common camping area in Pundaquit is at the shores and behind the banks of Anawangin Cove. The place has been popular to tourists coming mainly from Manila and spending a night or two with their tents set up just a few meters from the shore. With fresh water available from a nearby poso (artesian well) and a kerosene lamp at the caretaker’s hutt, the only thing you’ll need to bring is your tent, food, water and some clothes to survive a few days and nights.

The fee for an overnight stay is P150 per head and you do not need to pay for the boatman’s fee. Caretakers will only charge visitors and tourists.

Here’s a checklist of things you might consider bringing with you to get the most out of your trip:

  • Clothing (both for swimming and trekking)
  • Towel (big and small)
  • Tent and Blanket
  • Water (Always bring extra)
  • Food (This I always bring extra)
  • Snacks (More of these for me)
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Sunscreen and sanitizer
  • Sunnies and hat
  • Lamp (if you will be a group)
  • Flashlight and matches
  • First aid kit
  • Knife and compass

If you decide to go walking along the banks or go trekking along the nearby forrest and hills, make sure you do not leave your valuables (money, mobile phone, jewelries, camera) in your campsite. Bring them with you and always make sure that you are in the view of other people or the caretaker.

Anawangin’s Campsite from our contributing photographers:

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