Saturday, July 17, 2010

Anawangin: Camping Survival

What makes Anawangin special is it allows you the opportunity to experience nature in its almost raw state. If you find the idea of camping is equal to sleeping with bugs, you have the option to stay at resorts/accomodations in Pundaquit. However, I strongly recommend to camp out during your stay. Aside from Camping in Anawangin, camping in Nagsasa Island is also possible.


Your Personal List:

  • Backpack. Something light.
  • Plastic bag for wet clothes
  • Plastic bag for dirty clothes
  • Personal food and snacks (which you will eventually share with everyone)
  • Personal drinking water. I suggest at least 3 liters. Buy two (2) 1.5L bottles or 1 2L and 1L bottle.
  • Clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Sarong
  • Flashlight or headlamp – charge those batteries
  • Sandals. Keep in mind that you will be doing some hiking in Capones Island
  • Hat/Cap/Bandana
  • Sunblock
  • Blanket/Jacket
  • Sleeping bag (Bought mine in SM for Php 550)
  • Personal medicine
  • Insect Repellant
  • Sun Block
  • Toothpaste & Toothbrush
  • Alcohol
  • Tissue/Wet wipes
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap,etc.)
  • Camera with extra batteries

Group Items:

  • First Aid / Medicine Kit (Mefenamic acid, paracetamol, antiseptic creams, Band-Aids, etc)
  • Plastic / Trash Bags
  • Hammock
  • Frisbee
  • Playing cards
  • Portable radio/Battery-poweredIpod docking station
  • Tent with groundsheet
  • Cook Stove & Fuel Refill (Butane Gas)
  • Cooking and eating utensils
  • Water for cooking – you can instruct your boatman to arrange this for you
  • Matches/lighter
  • Kerosene Lamp
  • Mat/Camp chair

Packing tips:
Distribute the load among your group.
Anawangin boats are small. Don’t bring unnecessary stuff.
Charge those cellphones and cameras. There’s no electricity in Anawangin.
Better yet, turn off your cellphones when you get there.

Tent rental is Php 400 per night. Inform your boatman ahead if you are renting tent. A new tent costs only Php 700 (generic brand bought at Ace Hardware. Coleman tent (medium) costs Php 1,000+.

Premium tent accomodation


Bring easy to prepare food. If you plan to cook rice and viand, bring all you own cleaning utensils. Be ready to clean them after. Food will be washed/rinsed from the Poso water. Bring plastic bags for your trash. Do consider that there is no fridge.

Toasting the buns and hotdog

We bought this fish from a roaming vendor in the cove. I think he sold this one for Php 340 (with the coal).


Mr. Poso

Anawangin Accomodation

Three toilets on the left side of the island.

Anawangin CR

CR is located near the tents.

Drums of water

Anawangin's camping fee (Php 100/head) is used to maintain these facilities. At times, the toilet is really icky because the users themselves do not flushing the toilet after - probably because its flush is "manual". I urge you to do your part - don't be a brat and leave the toilet unflushed after using. Also, be considerate in flushing out the sand/mud in the floor.

Anawangin Toilet

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