Since summer is about to end, we organized a beach trip either to Cagbalete or Magalawa Island but our plan went out differently. We ended up spending our weekend at Talisayen Cove in Zambales. Who else didn’t want spontaneous trip? Our assembly time in Victory Liner, Cubao was 5:45am to 6:00am. I learned from the site that their first trip bound to Zambales is 6:30am. So we went there earlier than the departure time. Since there were lots of passengers going to Zambales, we bought tickets (P240.00) bound to Olongapo rather than Iba because they were already sold out. That’s why we changed our plan to Nagsasa instead of Magalawa to avoid wasting our time on travelling. Good thing, we scored tickets before 8:00am and then our bus departed at 9:30am. Thanked God for the passes!
We arrived in Olongapo at 1:00pm and then we went to the nearest grocery store to buy stuff we needed like food for a large group of 14. Tip: You should buy things before you go since it’s cheaper to buy in market than in beach. It was scorching hot three in the afternoon and then we decided to go to Pundaquit. We rented a rip-off van instead of taking a bus bound to San Antonio. The rip -off driver let us paid P300.00 per head (We learned that the bus and tryke fare was only P70.00). I don’t know why there are people like that! Such an opportunist! Anyway, after an hour of riding the the rip-off van, we arrived in San Antonio, Pundaquit at 4:00pm and then talked to random boatmen at the shore that will take us to Nagsasa Cove. However, Kuya boatman (Poor me! I forgot his name and wasn’t able to save his number) suggested us if we like to go to Talisayen Cove instead since Nagsasa is 2-hour boat ride while Talisayen is just 1-hour only. We didn’t want to waste our time so we ended up going there! Anawangin, Talisayen and Nagsasa Coves are all part of San Antonio, Zambales. So if can’t decide where to go, I suggest you should try other coves aside from the popular Anawangin.
Finally, we reached Talisayen Cove at 5:30pm and we paid P300.00 (back and forth) for the boat ride. The entrance fee is P100.00 and FREE cottage rental and pitching of tent. Not bad!When I step my foot on the sand, I saw campers and I couldn’t help but think of Anawangin days wayback 2011. Still missing those days!
Reminder: There is NO SIGNAL and ELECTRICITY on the cove. Prepare your flashlights and battery packs, as well as mosquito repellants. And please, Be extra patient with the comfort rooms if there are lots of campers. It took us several minutes of waiting for our turn. Other cubicles were really dirty and disgusting. Oh well, other’s didn’t put too much concern on hygeine.
The morning after, I was one who got up early as early as 6:30 in the morning. I grabbed bf’s camera and took pictures since the sun shined very brightly and it was indeed a beautiful day! Almost all of things I found at Talisayen is the same like in Anawangin. The sand is fine gray in color. The mountain is wallpaper like, very relaxing and photogenic. The sea water is blue green and very calm because of the perfect weather. And the trees, how could I forget about it, very beautiful woods that all I can think of are foxes and bunnies.
It was really hot at 9 in the morning so we decided to hit the beach and took pictures with my friends. There are parts of the sea which are dirty, I guess it’s because of seaweeds. But it didn’t stop us from hitting the small waves! Yey! Super stress reliever talaga ang dagat!
I really had fun staying at Talisayen Cove because the place is new to me and I was with my awesome friends! I think for now, this is the last beach trip muna because I need to save money for our Malaysia-Singapore trip on September! Yey! Excited! We left the cove at 2:00pm because we were expecting a sidetrip to Capones Island but since everybody was tired and I got sick, we just let it passed. We just come back some other time if our schedule permits! 🙂
So, here’s the TOTAL EXPENSES of our Talisayen Cove getaway plus DETAILED ITINERARY:
(Photos Courtesy of Ana, Andy and Kurt)