Four or five years ago, Nagsasa Cove was still young. Only a few knows about this hidden gem of Zambales, and only these few can tell how beautiful and seductive it was during its youthful glory.
Today, Nagsasa Cove is no longer a secret. More and more people, tourist travelers, campers and curious souls alike flock to Nagsasa to experience for themselves its captivating beauty. Just like the many others, I want to see it for myself. It will be a shame if I have not been to Nagsasa given that Zambales is my home province. And yes, I could say that it still possesses that rugged charm.
The two-hour boat ride from Pundaquit to Nagsasa has gotten me deaf for a while because of the noise our motorized boat was making the whole trip. Nevertheless, it was a full 2-hour nature show. We passed by Capones and Camara islands and Anawangin and Talisayin coves. Nagsasa is the farthest, biggest and most captivating cove among the others.
At a distance, Nagsasa is very picturesque. The mountains on the background, the agoho trees on the foreground, and the clear waters facing the South China Sea are a sight to behold. For a while, I couldn’t believe that I’m still in Zambales.
As we settled our things in our cottage, we started to explore the place. Seeing and feeling the place first hand, I thought, it’s quite different in pictures. I was waiting for that feeling of awesomeness that gets me imagine that there’s some force/element of nature that takes care of the place because it’s too beautiful to actually exist in this time of the century (as what I’ve felt when I saw Mt. Pinatubo and Coron Island), but no, I didn’t feel that.
The place quite fell short of my expectations. Probably because it was summer time during our visit and the place is quite touristy and tent-crowded, trash is accumulating in the surroundings, and the lagoon is a bit dry. Nonetheless, it’s still a nice place to bask in the sun. It’s still a peaceful place worth visiting.
We wanted to see more of the place, so we decided to go on a trek to the nearest waterfalls. The locals said there are two waterfalls in Nagsasa, the other one is farther. We opt for the nearest, about an hour trek under the sun with our young guides.
The sceneries on our way to the falls are a real thrill to see. The grasses are taller than me. These tall grasses look nicer because of their golden summer color. They create a gradient of brown to golden to orange. The trees are kind enough to give us shade and cool breeze whenever it gets too tiring to walk under the scorching heat of the sun.
Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the falls. Just 15 minutes more to the falls, Jep didn’t notice a branch of a tree treacherously buried on the ground. He accidentally stepped on its sharp edges and there goes non-stop blood gushing from his right foot. I felt weak at the sight of the blood continuously gushing out. I washed his foot with the drinking water we brought and tied it with my bandana. It was still bleeding and it would take 45 minutes to go back.
A family on their way back to their camp from the falls saw us. They stopped to check if Jep was okay. I was so thankful they offered to assist us on our way back to the camp. One of them is a student-nurse. He re-tied Jep’s foot properly with my bandana and hand towel and off we trek back. Back at the camp, we cleaned up Jep’s wound with tap water. They were so kind, they even provided us with betadine, bandage, and pain reliever. We were so grateful to them. I was really touched with the student-nurse’s response when I thank him, “It’s ok, it’s my duty.”
Meeting this good family on the valleys of Nagsasa is the best experience to keep in this trip. Because of them, I learned that it’s not always the place/destination that would wow you. Sometimes, it’s the kindness of the people you meet that will remind you how many beautiful strangers are out there. It’s the beauty of traveling I guess, you not only discover places, you also get to know more of yourself and more beautiful people along the way.
Overall, Nagsasa Cove is still a must visit. It’s a place of serenity and the horizon is simply breath-taking. It is enthralling to feel the breeze coming from the open sea. And it’s “the beach place” after all. 🙂
Overnight: Php 100
Tent Rental: Php200 each
Boatman: Rodel Villanueva (09394139000)
Boat: 4,000 (for 10 pax)