Pangasinan has been synonymous to the famed Hundred Islands in Alaminos and the line of beaches in Bolinao, Anda, and Lingayen. Although these places are all equally gorgeous, Pangasinan has much more to offer beyond these areas. Hidden in the far west end of the region, facing the South China Sea, is a faintly discovered paradise in Dasol, Pangasinan called Tambobong.
Tambobong is one of the barangays in the quiet town of Dasol. A town also known for producing export quality salt. From the main highway in Dasol, it takes about an hour more to reach the barangay. During our trip, we reached Dasol at 4AM. It was earlier than expected so the road was pitch black.
The drive going to Tambobong is winding (similar with Kennon Road going to Baguio City). There were a few street lamps but not enough to light the entire route so we were very careful. It’s a good thing that the road is well paved. There were a lot of dogs sleeping in the middle of the road too! We didn’t want to hit any of them by accident so we drove cautiously.
The road seemed unending at one point. There were no markers to tell us where we are exactly and since it was too early, we had to rely on the instructions given to us prior to our trip and look for possible landmarks. After an hour drive, we found Tambobong Beach Rains Resort, our home for the next 2 days. We had enough time to settle in before sunrise so after tossing our bags in our rooms, we waited for sunrise by the shore.
I have been traveling for quite some time now but I must say that Tambobong had one of the best sunrises I’ve seen. The sea was calm that day. It sounded almost like a lullaby as touches of blue and streaks of teal and gold slowly began illuminating the dark sky. The air was cool yet gentle. The entire beach was so quiet as if it was waiting for something mysterious to unfold. Everyone in our group was quietly and still. After all, it’s not every day that you get a front seat to see God’s masterpiece unfold in front of you.
What a way to start our first day in Tambobong. What’s waiting for us next is sumptuous breakfast prepared by the staff of Tambobong Beach Rains Resort.
After our friends from the Norte Bloggers arrived, we arranged to get a couple of boats for an island hopping. We were told that there are a number of caves to be explored in nearby islands but the access depends on how high the tides will be for the day. The first island we passed by was Balinmanok. It’s a beautiful private beach where the infamous shipwreck can be seen. However, it’s not as visible as the old pictures I’ve seen online. The shipwreck is almost covered by water and maybe after a few months or years, it might totally sink already. Our bangkero’s opted to take us to Culebra Island instead.
Culebra Island is an island used to be infiltrated with sea snakes. Over time, the snakes began to wander off. There are still a number of them but not too many to impose danger to the visitors of the island. There are caretakers of the island who oversee its cleanliness and safety. Upon docking on the island, there are bamboo huts available where you can rest. You can opt to bring food for lunch and grill or cook there. We only had water but it didn;t really bother us since we were too busy exploring and taking photos of the entire island.
The island I must say is ‘heaven’ for IGers, photographers, or bloggers. The rock formations are set almost like a stage for anyone who’d like a photo opportunity. There are additional huts on the uppermost part of the isalnd overlooking the turquoise blue ocean which is a perfect place to capture those “alone travel moments”. At the far back of the island, there’s an area that looks like a swimming pool where the water isn’t that deep.
Another thing to do in Culebra is to snorkel and swim. The crystal clear water almost doesn’t look like sea water but rather clear water from a pool. Culebra is a clean island and its ridiculously gorgeous.
After Culebra Island, we passed by one more island with a lot of visible small caves in it. Unfortunately, the tide was too high that day making it impossible for us to dock safely so we opted to go back to Tambobong Beach Rains Resort for lunch. After lunch, we decided to take a chance and finish what we have on our list. We asked for other attractions from the locals and was directed to a cave nearby. The cave was a few meters away from the resort and had a pool like water inside. It’s possible to take a dip but not swim because the area isn’t that big.
The next on the list was Salubusuban Falls. I’ve heard and seen some posts about Salubusuban Falls but there wasn’t enough information on how we’d get there. So I was determined to find where it was. Not far from the main road is Barangay Bobonot where the falls is located. A small beaten path lined with bamboo trees will lead you to Salabusuban Falls.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t what I have expected because it wasn’t actually a falls. “Wag mag expect para hindi masaktan“. Ha! The area was more of a small pond where spring water flows. During rainy season, the pond overflows into the rock formation beside it making the extra water cascade thus getting the name “falls”. Maybe worth the peak during rainy season but not during dry season. Sorry.
We decided to head to our next destination since it’s almost sunset. We headed to Malacapas View Deck. This is a few meters drive from Bobonot and the same route going back to the resort. One realization I had that day was “that nothing happens by accident”. If we had arrived earlier and followed our original itinerary, we could have missed the sunset in Malacapas which I would put the ‘highlight’ of this entire trip.
The view deck has a wide area overlooking the South China Sea and the rest of Tambobong Beach. The weather was perfect but the sunset was divine. It’s one of the rare moments that you know you see something really special. For some reason, the golden light emanating from the sunset is somewhat “healing” to the soul. To experience the sunset in this area once more would be enough reason for me to go back to Tambobong.
After dinner, just when we thought that the day couldn’t get any better, there were still some surprises that Tambobong has in store for us. The staff from Tambobong Beach Rains Resort set up a bonfire by the shore where we gathered, laid our tired backs in the sand, and gazed at the stars. Our stories went from scary to funny, to heartaches and new beginnings. And everyone just listened to each voice without prejudice. Talk about travel goals!
The next day we still had enough time to witness the beautiful sunrise at the shores of Tambobong Beach Rains Resort and it’s still as mesmerizing as the first time. On our way back, we passed through the town of Alaminos to try pigar-pigar (carabao meat cooked in soy sauce, bistek style) and to buy some pasalubong.
Full tummies, amazing photos, warm hospitality – all these moments and more are what we have for now to remind us about Tambobong, Pangasinan. Until it’s time to go back and make new memories again.
2 Days/1 Night ITINERARY:
02:00 AM – ETD Dau, Pampanga (you can adjust this based on where you are coming from, add 1 hour if you are coming from Manila)
06:00 AM – ETA at Tambobong Brach Resort
07:00 AM – Breakfast
08:00 AM – Start of island hopping (3 islands ideally)
09:00 AM – 11:00 Island hopping
11:30 AM – Arrive back in the resort
12:00 PM – Lunch
02:00 PM – Walk to nearby caves and salt beds
03:00 PM – Drive to Salubusuban Falls (optional)
The option we can suggest is to drive to the town proper and check the different products. You can buy quality salt at a very good deal.
05:00 PM – Drive back to Malacapas Viewdeck and wait for sunset
06:30 PM – Drive back to resort for dinner
08:00 PM – Set up bonfire and star gaze your heart out
* atke up early for sunrise
07:00 AM – breakfast and beach bum onwards. There are a lot of places nearby that you can check out
10:00 AM – Check out at resort and drive to Alaminos
11:30 AM – ETA Alaminos, Pangasinan/Lunch
01:00 PM – Drive back to Pampanga/Manila
BUDGET (Private Vehicle/Group of 10):
VAN: (P9000.00/12 pax) = P750.00 per head
Boat Rental plus docking fee: P900/6 pax per boat = P150.00/head
Accommodation: (Tambobong White Beach Rain’s Resort)
Family Room 8 – 10 pax = P3500.00/350 per head
Food: P250.00 (share with the group for 2 days, the cost was more than enough for us)
TOTAL: P1,500.00/head (excluding extra expenses like pasalubong)
Tambobong Beach Rains Resort Rates:
Rooms good for:
8-10 pax = P3500.00
6-8 pax = P3000.00
4-6 pax = P2500.00
2-4 pax = P2500.00
Kids below 4 feet-Free (free when you’re a checked in guest)
Videoke = P500/24 hours