Tambobong White Beach is located in a remote, secluded fishing village in Dasol, Pangsinan, here in the Philippines. It is a quaint, small, family-run resort right at the heart of Tambabong Beach (white beach, clear waters, ideal for sailing ).
I had the chance to visit this place a couple of months right after summer this year.
As always, Lakwatsera arranged for everything.
As always, Lakwatsera arranged for everything.
Travel time from Manila to Alminos, Pangasinan is around 3 to 4 hours. We took a bus ride from the Victory Liner Bus Station in Cubao at around 12- 1am , and by 4am, we were at the Alaminos Victory Liner Bus Station in Pangasinan. We wanted to be at the Tambobong White Beach by 7am, at the earliest.
After spending more than one hour around Alaminos bus station, we finally boarded an Olongapo-bound Victory Liner bus. We had no idea where we were headed, exactly. All Lakwatsera did was instruct the bus conductor to drop us off Burgos Market, in Burgos, Pangasinan. In less than an hour, we found ourselves in Burgos Market. The Market was still closed. After a light breakfast on a nearby carinderia we approached a small group of tricycle drivers, and asked one of them to bring us to Tambobong White Beach. Fare from Burgos Market to Tambobong is 300 pesos. We were suspicious, at first, but that is the standard fare.The 1 hour ride from Burgos Market to Tambobong beach will take you to a series of, smoothly-paved, and most of the time, rough-and-rocky, roads. By 8am, we were at the Tambobong White Beach. We contracted the driver to pick us up the next day, after Lunch. He agreed.
We were welcomed by the very accomodating, Nanay Benilda(owner). What made this place unforgettable, for me, is the way we were treated.
We felt at home right from the get go. We didn't feel like ordinary tourists or customers of the resort. Our hostess made us feel like we were special guests visiting family.
Tambobong beach is not the typical commercialized white sand beach you'll find in the Philippines. The surrounding village is very quiet. You can roam around the beach area as long as you want without being bugged by locals selling souvenirs. The amenities are simple and basic. Tambobong White Beach may not be at par with other resorts or white sand beaches when it comes to amenities or vacation related services, but privacy, peace and quiet, a good host and kind people make this one of the most unforgettable places I've visited, so far.
We got ourselves a fully air-conditioned room for 1,500 pesos/night/ two persons, but the room can accommodate more than 2 pax. Bathroom and comfort room are communal.
Tambobong White Beach also has a non-aircon room (kubo/communal bathroom and comfort room) at 800 pesos/night/2 persons, and, for larger groups, 10 to 15 persons, a house with kitchen, living room and CR for 4,500./night.
The room we stayed at had a sofa, queen size bed; and right outside, a dining table and sala. This is a pretty good mid-range accommodation. The only downside is that the communal bathroom and CR do not have running water. Water is fetch from a water well-pump (by the staff ) and stored in water buckets inside the bathroom and CR.
Just a short side note to this post: I consider this one of my most memorable travel not only because of the place itself, but also because of the person I travel with. Lakwatsera and I have known each other for more than 10 years and I really treasure travels like these because there's always possibility it might be the last.
I admire people who do solo travels or people who love travelling with different people each time. I will probably do that someday but I know that traveling without her will never be the same.
For the meantime, I will be treasuring moments like these while it last. I love all the places I've been to, but my favorite place of all is anywhere where Lakwatsera is.
Okay, back to the topic. The First thing we did after fixing our things and getting them settled to our room was make a side trip to a nearby island. We made it back shortly before lunch to Tambobong beach, and explored the surrounding village.
Food at the Tambobong White Beach is fairly affordable. Nanay Benilda will cook anything you want as long as it is available. After Lakwatsera and I ate lunch, we rested a little bit and went swimming.
The beach sand directly in front of the resort is white and smooth. The water, clean and clear.But there are rough areas on the beach as well, especially the beach area not directly in front of the resort where sand is mostly made up of small pebbles and shells.
After we got tired of swimming, we rested a bit in our room and waited for sunset so we could take pictures. Unfortunately, we both fell asleep. The sun was already down when we woke up. I had no choice but to make sure I rise early the next morning to catch the sun rise.
Nanay Benilda treated us to free dinner that day. She brought us huge servings of spaghetti, sandwiches and california maki. And early that evening, she also offered to take us to Manila the next day so Lakwatsera and I didn't have to commute. She said her relatives were driving to Manila early in the morning. We, of course politely declined.
I was able to wake up early enough that morning and got my shots of the sunrise.
We had a light breakfast and explored the area a little more. It was our last day. We had to check out after lunch.
We enjoyed the entire time we were at Tambobong White Beach, and as far as accommodation is concerned, this is the best accommodation I've ever had, so far. Nanay Benilda's hospitality is the best!
Take a Victory Liner Bus to Alaminos, Pangasinan.
From Cubao Victory Liner Station to Alaminos station, fare is 347.00 pesos/pax
From Alaminos, take a jeepney or bus ride to Burgos Market. Olongpo-bound buses take this route; just ask the driver or conductor to drop you off to Burgos Market.
From Burgos Market in Burgos Pangasinan, take a tricycle ride to Tambobong beach. Fare is 300 pesos. Standard fare as of posting date. There is a jeepney ride to Tambobong as well but very seldom. Better take the tricycle ride.
Road to Tambobong Beach:
On your way home from Tambobong, unless you've contracted a tricycle to pick you up from the resort, you have no choice but to wait for the jeepney that take this route . Better ask Nanay Benilda about the time this jeepney normally passes by in front of the resort. You dont need to go back to Burgos Market on the way home. Immediately after hitting the main road from Tambobong , you can wait in front of Burgos Elementary School for jeepneys or buses which will take you back to Alaminos Bus Station.