I went back to Anawangin but stayed in Nagsasa

Sunday, May 18, 2014

April 26, 2014

Anawangin is the place that had inspired a song. This is the place that allowed me to see how the verge between sea and sky became so blurry one could not tell where one ended and the other began. Lying in the sand, under the gleam of millions of stars, it is impossible not to believe in a Higher Power. I swore the first time I've been there that I'd return. And I did, but only for a short while.

After going on a trek at Mount Pundaquit, we emerged from a cluster of trees and was finally in Anawangin.

We were in Anawangin, and my companions were so exhausted they had just plopped down wherever after gorging down our packed lunch. Moments later, most of them were sprawled in the sands, snoring contentedly. A little more later, our boat ride to Nagsasa arrived. In short, we didn't get to explore Anawangin thoroughly.
But that's ok.

In any event, the boat ride from Anawangin to Nagsasa took almost an hour.

Here is where we set up camp.

In Nagsasa, the water was cleaner and people were less. The view was likewise breathtaking and activities like minor trekking and rock climbing are also possible.

But Anawangin will always have a special place in my heart.

Cheer to the next adventure!

P.S. Please be extra careful when swimming in the white sand beach of Anawangin (and maybe even Nagsasa). I've read that the clear waters have instances of rip currents which are deadly even to the most experienced swimmers. Also, read up on proper outdoor insulation especially when you plan to go camping here during the cold months (-ber months). Anawangin, Nagsasa, and all the coves are prone to precipitation which means drizzles, sudden temperature drops especially at night, and strong rainfalls are an ever present danger. Remember that even the most beautiful places can be treacherous. I quote Nicolo Machiaveli: Before all else, be armed.

Cheers to a safe adventure!

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