For the second time around, we are again at Nagsasa Cove. Following the exhausting trek up and down Mt. Balingkilat, we immediately rented a hut in one of the camps at the cove. We paid around 400php for an overnight stay including the pitching fee at the place with free use of bathroom and kitchen.
We spent the rest of the afternoon letting our tired souls doze off for hours before we prepared our dinner. Night came and we had bonfire by the shore waiting for the peak of the Quarantids Meteor Shower while learning some basics about the constellations. Eventually, shooting stars came into sight from time to time but sometimes it is just bats whom we thought are also meteors, paniki-zoned at the least, and we called it a night.
The next morning, we broke camp and climbed the nearest hill to witness once again Nagsasa in her serene wholeness, isn’t she such a beauty?.
But this is just another short affair with the cove. We descended down and prepared for our next destination. Our contact boat arrived by 10:30am and departed from place.
The last time we’ve been to Nagsasa, we failed to visit the neighboring islands due to bad weather, and this time, there’s no stopping us.
After an hour of boat ride, we arrived at Capones Island, which looks like an alligator from afar. The tide was so low that the boats can’t dock at the shore near the lighthouse since rocks will be damaging their hulls. The only choice is to swim going to the shore or to dock at the far end of the island and trek to the lighthouse.
We chose the latter, after docking into the shore, we ate our prepared lunch first. Then off we go. The view was much more better when trekking than going directly into the lighthouse. It took us some couple of wrong trails to the beacon that it took us around an hour before finally reaching it after some exploration climb at the least.
After spending some time at the top of the solar powered beacon, we trekked back to the shore and took another boat ride going to Camara Island, but the waves are not permitting that our engine stopped at the middle of the sea. We just went back to Pundaquit rather than gambling our chances of seeing Camara upclose.
Capping of the 2-day adventure is a quick visit to the Santos’ residence where they served us with Chicken Adobo in Pinakurat, Yellow Fin Tuna Sinigang and Zambales Mangoes.
ITINERARY AND BUDGET
(As part of the Mt. Balingkilat traverse Nagsasa, here is the same itinerary.)
2200 Departure from Caloocan via Victory Liner (221php/pax)
0030 Arrival at Subic Police Station, register
0200 Take tricycle to Sitio Cawag (300php/trip)
0300 Arrival at Sitio Cawag, meet guide, register (900php/5pax for traverse)
0330 Start trek
4300 Kawayanan, last water source
0630 Campsite, rest
0730 Mt. Balingkilat summit, breakfast
0845 Descend to Nagsasa Cove
1230 Arrival at Nagsasa cove
1400 Set camp, rest, free time (400php/cottage, free use of bathroom)
2300 Lights out
0700 Wake up, breakfast, break camp
0740 Climb nearest hill (20php/pax, entrance fee)
0800 Highest point
0930 Back at campsite, tidy up, wait for passenger boat (1200php/5pax)
1030 Departure to Capones Island
1130 Arrival at Capones Island, lunch
1200 Start trek to lighthouse
1330 Ascend back
1430 Back at Pundaquit, rest, tidy up, take tricycle to San Antonio highway (60php/pax)
1700 Take bus going back to Manila (250php/pax)
(budget for 3pax)
Total Damage: 1784php/pax
There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so keep rolling under the stars.
– Jack Kerouac
Go, Carve That Niche,