Talisayin Cove: Camping Adventure made fun!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Want to Own a Beach Resort even if for just 2 days and 1 night? Or Try camping out with your kids?

Last month blog post about Anna a foreign tourist went viral talking about her Boracay experience. As we all know the Boracay Island  is one of the tourist destinations here in the Philippines.

But let me tell you what I have discovered just a 3 hours drive away from the Metro Manila where you can enjoy beach bumming without hassle vendor and crowded backpackers.

Talisayin Cove is located in San Antonio, Zambales. Although there are a lot of Coves in San Antonio such as Nagsasa, Anawangin and Silanguin I still prefer Talisayin Cove. Let me share you my camping experience in Talisayin Cove.

1. Unlike Boracay or any other beach Taliyasin Cove is like a virgin island. You will feel that you own a beach resort because only few people visit it. When we camp out only we were only 15 people there.
2. Back to basic living that your friends or kids will enjoy. You and your kids can gather some woods for a bonfire, have a barbecue, hotdogs with marshmallows.
3. Unwind from the hectic schedule and urban living. There is no electricity and telecommunication signal so just relax your mind and unwind.

I invited my co-workers and friends to spend our holy week camping out in Talisayin Cove and they agreed. Our budget is P 2,000 per person.


1. Have trusted and reliable contact person. If you arrive at the San Antonio Public Market a lot of people, especially tricycle drivers will offer you some package tours, but because it's my second time to go there I was in charge for the preparation. The first time we go there with my best friend, we aren't happy how our contact person took care of us. So I google to find any other contact person and I reach Mrs. Liezel Nieva and her husband and I'm satisfied how they offer us affordable package and really take care of us during our stay. 

2. Camping Tents. If you plan to stay overnight you need tents. Because there is no hotel or any resort that can offer you accommodation. You can buy it for P 500-1000. Or you can ask your contact person that you want to avail tent rental. My friends rent their tents for P 300 pesos.

3. Food. San Antonio Market is open by 5 am so you can buy first all the food you needed like fresh fish and seafood, uncooked rice, uling, vegetables and etc. Or you can asked your contact person for all in package with food.

Freshly catch fish in the market

4. Bring Water. You need to bring gallons of water because there is only one store available in Talisayin Cove and they sell it expensive, better add this to your package avail from your contact person.

5. Equipment. Flashlights is very important because there is no electricity and cellphone signal.

My best friend cooking our meal

6. Waterproof your belonging. You really need this to avoid damaging your gadgets because it takes 30 minutes to 1 hour of boat ride from Pundaquit to Talisayin Cove.

What to do:

  • Trekking. You can hire some locals to guide you to the Talisayin falls.
  • Snorkeling and kayaking. You can rent some equipment for P 100.00
  • Beach Bumming.
  • Bonfire.
  • Camping
  • Eat the Zambales sweet mango
  • Swimming
  • Photography
  • Island Hopping
My friend enjoying our island hopping in Camara

Me, with Capones Lighthouse in the background

You need to passed this circular staircase before you can reach the Capones Lighthouse peak.

Me from the top of Capones Lighthouse

After our island hopping my friends start to cooked our lunch.

As if we owned this cove we were the only campers here.


Bonfire at night.

Beach bumming.

Individual Expenses:

Pasay to San Antonio - P 257
Package (Tricycle from San Antonio to Pundaquit Round trip Boat round trip Pundaquit to Talisayin, Island Hopping Camara and Capones, 2 Gallons of Water, Cooking Equipment - P 3500 divided by 8) - P 437.50
Food - P 500
San Antonio to Cubao - P 257

P 1457.50 per person

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