Talisayin Cove is a sitio of Barangay Pundaquit – one of the 14 barangays of the 3rd class municipality of San Antonio in the province of Zambales. It is just one of the pristine coves nestled along the Zambales coastline where visitors are treated to a more relaxed and quiet environment. Just like the more popular Anawangin and Nagsasa Coves, Talisayin doesn’t have resorts or any sort of accommodation yet except for beach huts and one big beach house that are used as vacation spots by the owners of the privately-owned island.
During our visit to Anawangin, we were fortunate enough to have been invited by Sir Paul to visit his beach hut at Talisayin Cove. We had just finished our lunch when our chartered boat fetched us from Anawangin. It was around 20-30 minute boat ride along rugged hills and mountains before we reached the almost deserted island. The place was just as breathtaking as Anawangin Cove. And perhaps, it can even rival it now with fewer visitors and more serene environment.
We didn’t waste any time and had our picture-taking session the moment we reached the shores of Talisayin. Some of my friends started to gather some colorful shells while I was busy exploring and taking pictures. After further exploration, we came upon this picturesque river on the edge of the mountain lined with pine trees on the other end. It was like looking at one of the lakes of Canada or Colorado. The water was shallow and crystal-clear.
We also went to the concrete steps on the way to the grotto at the edge of the mountain. I almost passed up going up to this place but I’m glad I didn’t – when I reached the top I realized why it had been put there. The stretch of fine white-sand against the green mountains and the pine trees was an amazing sight to behold. We had a panoramic view of the cove.
After a few more minutes of exploring around, we rested at Sir Paul’s small hut where he served free lunch for us. It was a pleasant experience to be able to explore the beach on our own. The place was so serene and beautiful. Resting in the hammock under his beach hut was all I needed to recuperate from the grueling hike of Mt. Pundaquit. Talisayin Cove is an ideal place for a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of our daily existence.
I went back to Anawangin fully invigorated and excited to explore its own beauty.