We were all excited for this trip. The plan was to camp overnight in Anawangin then side trip in Capones Island. Our contact person, Jomar (09082363665), immediately confirmed the availability of their boat (JennyRico).
Planning an itinerary wasn't hard at all.
6:00 AM - eta Victory Liner Cubao
6:30 AM - etd Cubao
10:40 AM - eta Iba Zambales
Lunch in town / buy food
12:00 NN - etd San Antonio town
12:20 NN - eta Pundakit Port
12:25 NN - etd PundakitPort
1:00 PM- eta Anawangin
6:00 AM - wake up call
9:00 AM - pick up
9:30 AM - eta Capones island
12:00 NN - etd Capones island
12:30 NN - eta PundakitPort
1: 30 PM - etd Pundakit Port
2:00 PM - eta San Antonio town
2:05 PM - etd San Antonio town
3:00 PM - eta Olongapo
3:15 PM - etd Olongapo
7:00 PM - eta Cubao
You can reach Iba Zambales via Victory Liner (Pasay, Caloocan & Cubao). Check their schedules here. Given our schedule and location, Cubao terminal is the most accessible for us. If we fail to catch the 6:30 AM trip, our Plan B was to head to Olongapo and then ride a bus to Iba there. Good thing, we arrived in the terminal just in time.
We arrived in San Antonio at 10:40AM. At the waiting shed, there is a tent where you need to register your names.
We took an early lunch in the Market and bought some food. Jomar, our contact person fetch us with tricycles.Each tricycle can fit 4 persons, costs P30 per person. We reached Pundakit (the drop off) where the boat was waiting.
After 30 minutes, we reached Anawangin Island. We spent the whole afternoon taking pictures by the lake and bonding in the evening. It was fun, our drinking session that night. We got to know each other better, there were crying moments and tawanan. It was definitely a thing to remember.
I must say I had an easier experience here compared to my first time camping in Dampalitan Island. There is water available (saltwater though) and sari-sari stores. We arrived early, so we got to do a lot. We already bought ulam in town kaya we didn't have to prepare our food for so long. Needless to say, hindi kami nagutom unlike when we were in Dampalitan. :(
It was also my first time playing with my new DSLR. Thanks to Karen for the Photography 101. There are still a lot to learn though, but one step at a time.
The next day, we were picked up at 9AM so we could visit Capones Island. We didn't trek up the lighthouse, we just spent our 2 hours in the beach. Capones Island is not ideal for swimming because of strong undercurrent and consistent waves. There's not much of a shed too. This is only good for side trips.
We went back to Pundakit where we took a shower at Jomar's place. We were fetch by the same tricycle and dropped us off the waiting shed near San Antonio Municipal Hall. We rode a non airconditioned bus bound to Olongapo. Then rode Victory liner going back to Cubao.