Nagsasa Cove: A Campers’ Haven
Beneath the towering mountains where shallow seawater kisses the gray shoreline lies a cove embraced by the foot of the hills, protecting the calm and pristine blue waters from huge waves. Nagsasa Cove is best described as a place where the lake and the sea meet, where pine trees abound the beach, and where a picturesque landscape governs its magnificent beauty. This unspoiled treasure is becoming popular to outdoor enthusiasts for beacheneering and as a camping destination.
Coming to this place lets one enjoy solitude and serenity, experience nightlife amidst bonfires, the glitter of the stars and the romantic gleam of the moon. The wind that blows through the thin leaves of the pine trees creates a soothing sound like rain. And the never-ending splashes of the water along the shore can keep one into a deep slumber. The night can be a total silence, only the whispering of wind and the gushing of water dominate, given the total absence of electricity.
The sunset is even breathtaking. It could be multiple reflections of silver and gold from the lake to the sea. The contour of the silhouetted mountains appears to be crooked outlines drawn just above the shore. And the sky is a semblance of multiple progressions of azure blue, pale yellow, orange, red orange and even pink.
Sunrise is another experience. The sky turns from dark to velvet blue and a glimpse of red orange in the beginning. And as the sun begins to claim its glory, the misty mountains start to appear, and the blue sky takes over the stars. It can be best witnessed with just a small climb to the side of the mountain. Waking up early in the morning can be a nuisance but the prize is insurmountable. A local will be willing to show you the way.
An afternoon nap on a hammock under the trees is yet another thing. Don’t deprive yourself of this simple delight. Or better yet, lie on a blanket along the shore under the shade of the trees and it will surely give a different joy.
Behind Its Name
Just like many places in the country, Nagsasa got its name from a plant called sasa which thrived there. Years after tons and tons of ash and lahar filled the area when Mt. Pinatubo erupted in 1991, pine trees literally emerged in Nagsasa. It is evident that these trees are still young considering their sizes and other features. Locals have told that the cove was even larger before, and the shoreline was near the foot of the mountains. A dramatic catastrophe has resulted to a newborn cove, giving birth to a kilometer stretch of beach that is now seen today.
Nagsasa has a fair share of history as well. It used to be a target point for battleships during World War II when the Japanese occupied the country because of its strategic location. There is believed to be shipwrecks near the area. It also served as a practice bombing range when Subic Naval and Clark Air Force bases were still operational.
Savor the Grandeur
The river cum lake that separates the shoreline appears to be an infinity pool which runs through the sea. And this amazing syncing of nature makes the seawater less salty. An early morning glimpse when the water is still extremely placid shows a perfect reflection, doubling the image of the landscape upside down.
The towering peaks that surround the cove have unique contours and shapes. Their colors could change from verdant green during the rainy season to brown during summer. Dwarf bamboos and pine trees grow in harmony, creating a unique combination of flora.
Nagsasa has shallow crystal clear waters compared to its sister cove Anawangin. The sand can get fiery hot during the midday, considering that it is a byproduct of a volcanic eruption. However, the texture of the sand allows building a bonfire with no trace of ashes at all. Firewood sold by the Aeta community would last for hours. Imagine hotdogs, marshmallows, tequila and a roaring bonfire. Certainly exceptional!
Nagsasa, in whatever angle, is always picture perfect. It is a paradise that brings you to a time when life is not yet that complicated, a glimpse of stressless living, and a great escape from the hustling and buzzing metropolis. The preservation of Nagsasa lies on those who visit this place, to the natives and notwithstanding the political will of the local government.
Coming back is an assurance that everyone who comes to Nagsasa makes, me definitely included.