Mt. Pundaquit and Anawangin Cove


FUN AT Mt. Pundaquit and Anawangin Cove

Trail Difficulty: 3/10

Adventure Duration: 1 day/s

With its volcanic white sand, pristine waters, and pine trees, Anawangin Cove is a striking beach destination for outdoor-lovers. Because of its seclusion, it is most easily accessed via motorboat. But if you’re feeling adventurous, the nearby Mt. Pundaquit offers a great opportunity for you to climb a mountain and hit the beach, all in one go.

The Pundaquit traverse to Anawangin starts off at one of Zambales’ many lahar fields, then proceeds across a few streams and riverbeds. The ascent up the grassy slopes of the mountain offers little shade, but affords good views of the mountains and surrounding countryside. Cresting the summit (464 meters above sea level) reveals a fantastic view of the West Philippine Sea and Anawangin Cove with its inviting white sands. After a two-hour descent, the cove’s cool waters feel like a prize at the end of a journey. And really, what could be more rewarding than relaxing on a white sand beach and taking a dip after a long, tiring trek?

After getting your strength back, you can go on to do some sight-seeing in nearby Capones Island, pitch a tent and spend the night on the cove, or call it a day and head back to the jump-off point via motorboat.

Did you know?
The name Anawangin is derived from the wild nuang (Ilocano for carabao) that graze freely on Mt. Pundaquit’s slopes.


Day 1
12:01 AM Meet up and Registration at McDonald's El Pueblo, Ortigas.
12:30 AM Depart for Mt. Pundaquit, Zambales.
04:30 AM Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) Mt. Pundaquit jump off point.
04:45 AM Final preparation. Orientation.
05:00 AM Start trek. Open and exposed trail.
06:45 AM Start of ascent.
08:30 AM ETA Summit. Rest, relax and enjoy.
09:30 AM Start descent.
01:00 PM ETA Anawangin Cove. Swim and easy.
02:00 PM Depart for Capones Island.
03:00 PM ETA Capones Island. Head to light house.
04:00 PM Depart back to Brgy. Pundaquit.
04:45 PM ETA Brgy. Pundaquit. Wash up.
05:30 PM Depart for Manila.
09:30 PM ETA Manila.



Roundtrip private vehicle: Manila-Mt. Pundaquit, Zambales
Boat ride: Nagsasa to Brgy. Pundaquit
Registration, beach, entrance and DENR fees
Adventure Guide/Coordinator
Local Guide 
Trail AdvenTours ID




Please email for any inquries and booking.
  • Clothes good enough for the trip (for changing after the hike)
  • A good pair of trekking shoes
  • Jacket (It is advised to have 2 jackets a cotton/fleece jacket for the cold and a water proof jacket)
  • Rain and Sun Protection (Sun block, shades, rain coat etc..)
  • Head Light
  • Water or rehydration fluids
  • Snack/ Trail Food
  • Lunch
  • Trekking Pole
  • Toiletries (tissue, wet wipes, tooth brush etc.)
  • Camera
  • Personal medications
  • Slippers
  • Deposit slip and remaining balance
  • Book donation (optional. This is for our 1 Book Project. We prefer books for elementary students) 
You can download our waiver here.
Waiver (PDF)

1. How hard is the climb?
Mt. Pundaquit has a difficulty scale of 3-4/10, 10 being the hardest. It is a 3 to 4 hour trek straight ascent to the summit and a gradual descend on the way to Anawangin Cove. However, the main challenge for this trek is the heat of the Sun. Thus, we will trek before Sunrise to avoid long exposure to the Sun during the trek and for us to be able to witness the Sunrise in Mt. Nagsasa. 

2. How do we get to Mt. Pundaquit?
We will be on private vehicles. Travel time is around 4 hours. 

4. What if it rains?
The trail will be muddy and slippery. Let's prepare accordingly thus we require everyone to bring rain protection such as raincoats and poncho. If a storm signal is raised in the area the climb is automatically cancelled. For other decisions on cancelation the management will announce this to everyone. 

5. Are there restrooms in the mountain?
There's a decent restroom at Brgy. Pundaquit where we can wash up before dpearting for Manila. Aside from these there are no other restrooms.

6. Is there mobile signal?
The jump-off point and majority of the parts of the mountain will have no signal. There is signal at the summit.

7. Is this ideal for beginners?
Yes but one needs to be physically fit and helthy for the hike. 

Destination Date Remaining Slot(s) Status
Mt. Pundaquit and Anawangin Cove Feb 10,2019 10 Active
Mt. Pundaquit and Anawangin Cove Mar 10,2019 14 Active
Mt. Pundaquit and Anawangin Cove Apr 21,2019 14 Active

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