Much has already been written about this little piece of paradise off the coast of Zambales. Although not as popular as Anawangin and may not be as interesting as Capones, Nagsasa Cove hold it's own as one of the most scenic and at the same time laid-back place where you could easily get lost to its beauty and not mind anything at all.
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The beauty of Nagsasa Cove is an offshoot of the Mount Pinatubo eruption. It used to be a usual rocky cove that has nothing much interesting to offer. But due to outflux of lahar flows from the eruption, tons of ash has been deposited in its mountain range that eventually cascade into the sea forming a shoreline made-up of sand and ash. It is an an evolving landscape that took twenty years for mother nature to develop.
And view does not end with the sea because the constant lahar flows also formed a lake within the cove which is the primary source of tap water in the area. The waters from the lake flows from the mountain and into the sea.
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This cove is a favorite spot of one of my buddy Lantaw and when I went there for the first time this summer, I had an instant appreciation of why he like the place. I was half-expecting a turbulent boat ride from Pundaquit to Nagsasa but much to my surprise, the ocean is pretty calm. So calm that you could even take a nap in this a little more than an hour ride occasionally waking-up at the sight of Capones, Camara and Anawangin Cove which you will pass-by.
And when you reach the island, you will be torn on whether to explore it first or just relax on its sleep-inducing ambiance. Either way, you will always end up a winner for you can either have some amazing souveneer shots of the place or have your weary city-body rejuvenized or envigorated. Luckily, I did both... and the best part is, Nagsasa Cove is relatively cheap and barely four hours away from Manila.
Sunset views from Nagsasa in my next post.