Saturday, May 21, 2016

Anawangin Cove via Mt. Pundaquit (Zambales, 464+ MASL)

At the ridge of Mt. Pundaquit, the cove of Anawangin in the background (taken on May 2016)

Noted for its fine gray volcanic sands and picturesque pine-like Agoho trees, Anawangin Cove is a prime quick getaway for the busy and weary city dwellers. Conveniently located in San Antonio, Zambales, it is a mere 4-hour ride away from Metro Manila via public buses that ply the route to Sta. Cruz, Zambales. From Brgy. Pundaquit, the most convenient way to reach the cove is via a 30-minute boat ride which will bring you directly to the cove's beaches. However, for a more intense and challenging experience, Anawangin Cove can also be reached via a 4 to 5-hour hike to Mt. Pundaquit via the hot and open trails of the Pundaquit Range and traversing to the cove.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Cavinti Underground River and Cave Complex (Cavinti, Laguna)

Taken inside the Underground Cathedral Cave (May 2016)

Another one of the hidden gems of Cavinti, Laguna is the Underground Cathedral Cave. Included in the Cavinti Underground River and Cave Complex, the Cathedral Cave offers pristine cave features like crystalline white stalactites, stalagmites and columns. Located in a remote corner of Barangay Paowin, the cave is nestled deep inside the forest at the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range and is only accessible via a rough dirt road on a 4X4 jeep.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mt. Maculot (Batangas, 930+ MASL)

At the Rockies of Mt. Maculot (taken on May, 2016)

Another favorite dayhike destination near Metro Manila is the picturesque Mt. Maculot. Conveniently located in the town of Cuenca, Batangas, it is very much accessible from Manila, either from Cubao in Quezon City or Buendia in Pasay. Buses that ply the route from these points to Lemery, Batangas pass through the town proper of Cuenca. Even in the rare event that you cannot get on a bus bound for Lemery or has missed it, you can ride buses bound for Lipa, Batangas from where you can get another jeep ride to the nearby town of Cuenca where the jump-off of hikers to Mt. Maculot is located.