Hidden Paradise: Agnaem/Agnain Cove

11/22/2016

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Some travels require a lot of planning, and there are those that can be done on the spur of the moment yet comes out to be the most relaxing and satisfying ones.

Yes, this time, it was a spur of the moment decision that we went to a really peaceful beach view that a reluctant traveler like me hardly ever heard of.

At first, we were planning to visit the popularly quiet Anawangin Cove which was known to be a hidden cove with no telecom reception and can only be accessed using a fisherman's boat.

We were on the right track actually, stopping at Pandaquit, San Antonio, Zambales to get our gears on. There, we had some last minute purchase of foods we might want while waiting for the boat we hailed. It was already late in the afternoon when we arrived, and we were conscious of the fact that they might not allow us to ride the boat in the dark.

After just a moment, the boat was ready. For me, it was a bit nerve-racking seeing as how the waters crash a bit louder against the shore and how my mind goes back to that tumultuous moment on the waters going to Itbayat Island. 



As the salty air whip hard against my face and while the boat does its job to sail us to our destination, I began to ponder at how many beautiful places in this country I have never been to. All the while dreaming of the many popular destinations around the globe that require more than a passport in hand. I could sense the peacefulness and calmness already even though this could just be like any other beach resort in the country.

There was a commotion, though. Breaking through my ruminating thoughts of travel escapades, was some curious exchanges between my sister, my dad and the island guide that went with us. We were supposed to be en route to Anawangin Cove, which was where we intended to spend the night. But the boat was already making its turn to a secluded, almost untouched cove.

Apparently, our timing was off. Since the waves going to Anawangin Cove was already hard at that time, forcing a boat ride to that shore could cause to a capsized boat. So the lady-guide redirected the vessel instead to what they called 'Little Anawangin' or the Agnaem Cove (or Agnain Cove on Google Maps) - without giving us any information about it in the first place. We were annoyed by that, of course, but what better way to spend away our disappointment than to make ourselves comfortable in a Castaway-sque island?




Well, not really, because this cove was apparently privately owned already and has a built-in outhouse for a little bit of comfort while going to the bathroom.

This is the kind of place that has little to no amenities yet what nature has to offer is more than you'll ever expect. Here and there, you will notice tiny brooks and creeks hidden beneath lush greeneries. If you chance upon it, dreamy clouds will hover above you as you hear the gentle splash of water foaming against the shore. If you feel a little bit adventurous, there are a couple of falls hidden up the hills that you can hike up to and explore. Just make sure you are in a proper gear as bugs can crawl and bite anywhere without apology. 










So much for the disappointment.


(Click to Tweet!) This was a sign that even if you didn't get to your expected destination, there's always plenty to explore in God's natural creations.

And to think about it, this was all decided upon on the spur of the moment.

What about you? Have you been to a pretty peaceful place you didn't even plan to visit? Please do share them down on the comments section so I could read it too!


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I recommend that you schedule your trip in time before sundown. That way, you can go to this Cove directly and stay overnight there, as well as to the other most attractive coves in the area like, Anawangin or Nagsasa Cove to enjoy the night with nature. But, in case you arrived late and miss the boat, there are plenty of hotels and resorts you can stay in around the place. Below is a link to the list of hotels and inns in the surrounding area. Otherwise, use the form on the right to search and book for your hotels at your own convenience.





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