Colibra Island ( Also Known as Snake Island) Side Trip
The first activity Lakwatsera and I did, after arriving at Tambobong beach in Dasol, Pangasinan was make a side trip to Colibra Island ( also known as Snake Island).Unfortunately (or fortunately), its alias, didn't live up to its name. Although, some people claim that the island got its nickname because of the sizeable slithering sea snakes that inhabit the island's surrounding water, we never spotted one the whole time we were there.
Nanay Benilda, person in charge of Tambobong White Beach (see related post), facilitated for us on our trip to Colibra Island. She got us a boat and a boatman for 700.00 pesos.
I first thought it funny when Nanay Benilda gave us a gallon of drinking water and umbrella before we left. The drinking water made sense. But, an umbrella? I said to myself: it's an island beach, aren't we supposed to bask in the sun? I didn't think the umbrella was necessary, at all, but Nanay Benilda insisted.
Colibra Island is a small uninhabited island off the coast of Tambobong White Beach; mostly made up of sand and rock formations. Aside from a few coconut trees and not-so-thick shrubs in the middle of the island, the entire island is practically devoid of shade or protection from the sun. So, unless, you are a hardened sun lover, or someone in need of a quick tan, bringing an umbrella to the island isn't really such a bad idea.
Boat ride from Tambobong beach to Colibra island is around 20 minutes. It was around 9 AM when Lakwatsera and I arrived. There was a group of 5 or 6 tourists swimming and enjoying the island's clear blue waters then, but after 15 minutes, the group left, and so we had the whole island to ourselves.
The first thing we did was scour the island of subjects for photographs. We circled around the small island and took pictures of everything (almost). After almost an hour of traversing, shrubs, hot sand, and huge rocks under scorching heat, we decided to let go of the camera, hit the beach, and go swimming.
Colibra Island is considered by some as a must visit destination when you're in Tambobong because of its beautiful shoreline and clear blue waters that is ideal for snorkeling and diving. True, I guess. Just be prepared to get sunburned and dehydrated because of the heat.
Lakwatsera and I left the island before noon.The one gallon of drinking water we brought, which we shared with our boatman, wouldn't have lasted another hour. Plus, we didn't bring any food, and so, we wanted to be back at the resort by lunch time.
Piece of advise: if you're planning on making a trip to this island: bring lots of drinking water; if you're planning on staying long, bring food; bring things that will protect you from the sun, e.g., sunblock, beach umbrella or tent, and slippers ( sand can be very hot on areas not reached by the sea water).
The 700-peso round trip boat fee is for two persons, I'm not sure how much it is for bigger groups. More persons require a bigger boat so the fee might be slightly higher.