My First Vacation During The Pandemic


Looking back at the height of the cases of COVID-19 in the country, I always thought that I would never be able to go on a vacation trip again. The cases are never going down and new variants are being discovered. Hence the restriction in some parts of the country including metro manila was hardly eased.

My First Vacation During The Pandemic

This year we finally dared to go on a vacation trip to Anawangin Cove in Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales City! We packed our bags and got the essentials. I was with my mom and some of her co-teachers. It was a 4 hours trip from Manila to the place where we are going to stay. We had the best companion while we were there.

Photo by Genesis Guerrero

Ride on the Waves!

Another thing I miss about vacation isboat rides! On our way to the island, we jumped on in a motor boat; life vests will be provided. The ride cost about 1,000 to 1, 500 PHP. According to the locals, the costs usually depend on how many people will ride the boat, at that time we are about 10 people including the local boaters. The boat was pretty wide and sturdy like it was built for many people to ride.

On our first boat we experienced an unexpected problem, we stopped in the middle of the sea. Some of my fellow travelers got scared, which is understandable. But since it was not my first time riding a motor boat going to an island, I was not that afraid. Thrilling, yes, but more than anything I felt safe knowing that our boat drivers are locals and confident. So you can ease your mind and enjoy your vacation!

Photo | Genesis Guerrero

It’s a Summer Paradise.

The first thing I noticed arriving on the island is the white sand and clear blue water near the shore. When my feet first touch the refrigerant water and the rocky corals grinding on my skin I felt the legitimacy of the moment. It was a bizarre feeling; as if the excitement and the longing are stirring inside me.

Upon entering the premises you’ll be required to pay 50 PHP (per person). Expect low to no signal at all from any network while on the island. So you’ll have a chance to enjoy the vacation, appreciate the view, and talk to the people you’re with.

Aside from the view, they have cottages available for tourists and travelers who want to be comfortable during their stay. The regular rate costs 250 PHP; although if you’re planning to stay overnight, there are additional rate fees. In addition to that, you can rent a tent for 500 PHP so you can sleep under the light of thousand stars! On the other hand, if you want something that feels like home even if you are on a vacation, you can rent a Big Kubo overnight for 2, 500 PHP.

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Picture Perfect Scenery.

Inside the island is the Anawangin Lake. What’s amazing about this is you can spot the estuary—the surface where the fresh water and seawater combine. There you can walk to the other side of the island by crossing the wooden bridge. It was very Instagrammable and can be a perfect place for photoshoots.

A lot of young people are spending their vacations on the island with their friends, family, and loved ones. Some are having a picnic as they brought a lot of food, some are having photoshoots finding the right angle to capture, some are already swimming in the ocean, but most importantly, is that they are having a good time.

It’s never too late to be in a summer state!

Personally, the trip to Anawangin was one of the most unforgettable trips I had. Had sight of the greenest trees and bluest sea. Tasted the most authentic dishes. People are friendly and are just so accommodating. So if you’re still hesitant or unsure of your next destination for vacation I’d say Anawangin Cove is a lovely place to be.

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