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Surfing your Way to Crystal Beach Resort, Zambales

Have you wondered about doing things that will make your youth worth remembering when you reach the age of no return? Sounds funny but it is reality. While there is still an exuding enthusiasm, strength and means to do it, grab the opportunity. That is just my two cents. I am sharing with you my latest adventure to the sea.

Here is my share of instructions on your way to Crystal Beach Resort in Zambales.

  • Buy a ticket for bus trips to Iba at Victory Bus Liner in Cubao, Quezon City. Trips to Iba start at 5 AM to 9 PM (5 AM, 7 AM, 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, 5 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM). The ticket costs P305 per passenger.
  • Let the bus conductor know that you’ll get off at San Narciso, in front of San Sebastian Church. The trip is about 5-6 hours using public transportation.
  • Across the road from San Sebastian Church, ride a tricycle going to Crystal Beach Resort. The fare is P15 per passenger.

First, go to the registration area. You must have at least one valid ID for identification purposes. Second, check their accommodation options. This is whether you want to stay in an air-conditioned room, fan room, own/rented tent, glam-ping tent or you just want a day tour, just let the receptionist know. Lastly, provide payment corresponding to the number days of stay in the resort. There’s a required deposit of P1000 which will be returned once you checked out.

When I checked in, I chose to stay in a rented tent. It was a budget friendly decision since I traveled solo. The overnight stay was for P950. The amount paid included a breakfast buffet. They serve buffet between 6 AM to 9 AM only. The food was pretty good and there were a lot of options.

In the morning, I woke up at 6 AM to have a breakfast. Then, I registered to surfing lessons for P400 per hour. Telin was my instructor and coach. She did excellent in making me feel confident that I can stand on the surfboard just by her signals. Best first surfing experience so far!

It was a mix of comedy, action and drama when I started to balance my way to the waves. My instructor kept on laughing because my screaming was then longer than the actual stay on the surfboard. The sound and size of the waves crashing made me want to quit. I think the fear was normal for non-swimmers. Nobody wants to drown when the goal was fun and relaxation. And, I did it with flying colors! I conquered the fear and had so much fun surfing. I had enough dose of salt water during the first half of the surfing session.

At night, there were activities in the resort. We had a movie night plus bonfire only because, the acoustic night was cancelled at that time. The night was cozy, not too busy and just pure relaxation. Two bottles of beer made the night perfect. The food and drinks were pricey considering that it is in a province.

Overall experience was fantastic. The ambiance was perfect, fresh air, clean facilities, better accommodations, the people in the resort were always willing to help and they were polite to guests. Visit Crystal Beach Resort website for additional information.

 

 

Remote Paradise of Anawangin Cove

Ah, the smell of the sea… the waves crashing on the shorelines. So calming and inviting even when you don’t know how to swim, isn’t it?

Beaches never failed to excite me all the time. I have been to Anawangin Cove a few times already since 2011. At that time, the place was still undeveloped and unspoiled. Though, it is undeniably a paradise ‘til now. Back then, there was no electricity or generator being used to light up the place or water pump. There was no sari-sari store where you can buy coffee or food in the island too. Now, there’s one store available that sells basic needs. Also, there is already an extended campsite which can accommodate more campers. The campsite and the beach are crowded on holidays and weekends. Additional shower and comfort rooms for men and women have been built for use. It is pretty much well organized this time as compared to the early years.

Traveling from Manila, I normally ride Victory Bus Liner going to Olongapo from Cubao via SCTEX for P235. From Olongapo Victory Bus Liner terminal, I ride a non-air conditioned bus to Iba or Sta. Ana, Zambales for P40 and get off at San Antonio Proper. If you do not want to transfer buses, call Victory Bus Liner to know exactly when their schedules are for buses traveling to Iba or Sta. Cruz Zambales or check their website. Just ask the bus conductor to drop you off at San Antonio Proper or just tell them that you’re heading to Anawangin Cove.

 In San Antonio Proper, there’s another tricycle ride for P35-P40 per passenger each way to reach Pundaquit beach. Before going to Pundaquit, ensure that you have the supplies you need like food, water or even toiletries. There is a 7-eleven store or local sari-sari stores close to where the tricycles park. Not far from 7-eleven, there are stalls where fried and roasted chickens are sold. The store at the beach only sells basic necessities like coffee, biscuits, shampoo, bathing soap, etc. Be prepared because these might not be available if they run out of supplies. But hey! there are ice drop vendors at the beach which will help you quench your thirst in the middle of the scorching heat.

Once you have everything you need, talk to the tricycle driver to make the arrangements of boat rental for you. The boat rental fee is P1500 round trip. If you did not bring a tent with you, the rental fee for a small tent is P100 to P150 but if you need a bigger tent, it should cost you more or double. Remind the boatman when you wanted to come back or be picked up.

At the cove, you can have a walk to the other campsite through a wood bridge. The reason why there is a bridge is because there is a small lake that separates these two campsites. There, you can take selfies and groupies as what everyone loves or just take a walk to enjoy the view and its fresh air.

At night, there’s not much activity you can do. It is advisable to bring a flashlight, power bank and portable speaker so you can also listen to some good music while waiting to fall asleep or even while having some nice conversations with friends or family. A bonfire at night is majestic!

In the morning, I recommend that you climb the hill at the beach. In the last 4 visits I did, I never tried it but when I did the last time – I promise, you will not regret it. The view of the surrounding beaches is stunning. Beautiful it is! You’ve got to try it too.