Tambobong, Dasol, Pangasinan

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Main photo is late summer sunrise.

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5/20/16

Travelling Solo

beach side, Tambobong

Another unknown to many and a far-flung destination. It’s a 7-hour trip from Cubao – Alaminos – Bobonot -Tambobong. And the road to heaven is a carnival ride -especially if your “service” drives like a pro.

The tricycle driver recommended that I stay in Colli Resort. I didn’t mind as long as I can go island hopping.

Now here’s how to reach Colli Resort and its must-see beach sides.

First, ride a bus either at Victory Liner or 5Star Cubao Terminal. I went for Victory (Bolinao or Alaminos bound). Ask the conductor to drop you off at Alaminos bus terminal. In the same bus stop, ride another bus bound to Sta. Rosa. Ask the conductor to drop you at Bobonot. From Bobonot, there are tricycle drivers and you can ask anyone to drop you at Tambobong.

Now, Day 1 of the fun ride begins.

Road goes up and down; sharp turn to left then a swift downward, now it’s to the right. If you’re alone in the tricycle, your butt is sure to slide on both sides of your seat repeatedly so brace yourself.

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Real colors!

The driver is kind enough to offer me to take a picture at Malacapas view deck. The sun is shining too bright for my eyes and photography and I am not in mutual agreement right now so this other picture here is a buff but the actual scene is a must see!

Before you can savor the beach side, the path is going to spoil you with plains & terrains.

After a 45-minute tricycle ride, I arrived at Colli Resort. I’m gonna do a separate blog for them as thanks to their people. 🙂

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Entrance of Colli Resort. Formerly a private property.

Entrance of Colli Resort. Formerly a private property.

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Beach front on a bright daylight

Beach front on a bright daylight

Start of Island Hopping

Right after the boatman and and I spoke, I got dressed for the island tour and in a matter of minutes, we’re traversing the ocean eyeing Colibra Island.

1st Stop: Colibra Island

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Colibra Island

This is owned by a Filipino, and the management is strict about taking home sand or stones from the island – which I find great. I was able to get a vial sample though as they allowed it.

To give you a glimpse, here are some pictures around the island.

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White sand with speck of gray sand.

 

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The sand at the other side is more like cream white.

Then on the far end, it’s pinkish & cream white.

More pictures in Gallery! You’ll not regret browsing through it!

2nd Stop: Cabacungan Island

You’ll feel like you’re in Jurassic or Mesozoic Era upon seeing this island! I can guarantee you’ll love Cabacungan be it high tide or low tide! And what’s more, there is a beautiful cave on the side of its shore.

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Blue waters, yellow and green stone corals and rouge rock formations. What else could I ask for?

Blue waters, yellow and green stone corals and rouge rock formations. What else could I ask for?

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This picture is captured when we’re climbing on a short but steep path.

This picture is captured when we’re climbing on a short but steep path.

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Spectacular view on top. If only I can, I’d stay here for long.❤❤

Spectacular view on top. If only I can, I’d stay here for long.❤❤

I think, beneath this part is where the cave is situated.

Okay one more shot to spoil you.

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The top of the island rock is covered with sharp, spikey and sponge-like rocks common in Pangasinan shores.

The top of the island rock is covered with sharp, spikey and sponge-like rocks common in Pangasinan shores.

 

On the side is a cave they call Cabacungan or sometimes “Skullrock” cave to visitors. I don’t have a nice photo inside but my tour guide does!

This cave was oozing with power. You know the feeling of fear at the same time admiration? My tour guide and I were the only visitors that time and day. So.. lucky! (fear for at this age and time, I still don’t know how to swim, admiration for this place is a spectacle)

There were 3 youngsters hanging around the island, ages 6-10 I’d guess. And the oldest braved the altitude!

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She jumped!! Oh my gosh!!

She jumped!! Oh my gosh!!

And I just died. I am not a fan of heights so hands down to this kid. Like oh, nothing happened.

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One more time!

One more time!

And I left them and their adrenaline lust before I die due to nervousness. 😂

3rd stop: Crocodile Island

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Getting close to Crocodile Island. The Island without crocodiles.

So-called because of its shape resembling a crocodile’s head.

I wanted to get close but I’m alone and there is no place to dock. My tour guide, Kuya Enteng, can’t go near as well.

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If you want a picture inside this cave like hole, you got to swim and climb it yourself. I was told only the locals can climb the top 🙂

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Intriguing caves.

Intriguing caves.

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Nice view!

I will create the page for “Day 2” of my solo travel where I will feature the remote shores of Pangasinan (when I got extra time). And when I say remote, these are places both local and foreign tourists rarely discover and reach. 🙂

I wondered how the same place can exhibit different scenic places. Well, it’s the Philippines. I can’t get enough of Pangasinan and I plan to explore their other municipalities. I’m excited what to see next!

Have you decided to come and see it yet?

Mapating Beach, Batangas

Want to go somewhere near yet unknown?

4/24/2016 – 3rd Stop

“Mapating” comes from the root word Pating which means “shark”. Adding the prefix “ma-“ may change its meaning to “full of sharks” or “has the quality of having sharks”. But don’t panic as there are no sharks – well I have not sighted any so you’re okay to party.

When the boatman said we’ll go next to Mapating Island, I found myself repeating the word. Not that I’m scared of sharks or what – in the first place I don’t know how to swim so there’s no reason I’ll go to the deeper parts – but it looks like I may have been full of wonder and excitement towards the possibility of seeing sharks. I’ve seen sharks in aquariums (hammerhead); saw their noses bruising due to bumping on the glass walls – I pity them. They should be free. So going back! It was named Mapating.

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Disclaimer: This wasn’t the boat we used. Ours has no roof to protect us from the sun.

Here’s one that was described as “Caribbean Sea” by one of the 2 seafarers with us. He said as if  adoring the beauty of the place. He was a local, had seen lot’s of places, he’s been to several countries. To think that he’d still find this little island a paradise is really something.

I got the chance to get sand sample -again as a remembrance. I make sure to get only a small vial of it. I know I shouldn’t disrupt the natural ecosystem of the places I go to. What I’m taking is a part of the ocean; belongs to the ocean and the inhabitants of it. I am not sure if there were also people sacking sand to sell 30-50 kg of it for P50 like in Maricaban – hope there’s none. They may not have other means to live but I am hoping they’d  learn to take care of the planet that gives them something to live.

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It’s a mixture of cream white and gray sand. I’m sure that my eyes saw speck of gray on the dry parts. It’s still white on the eyes anyways. Just go there for yourself and let me know if you see green or blue. I have never been a fan of gray sand but this one taught me it doesn’t diminish the beauty of God’s creation. Mapating Beach is   b r e a t h   t a k i n g. 🙂

And hey, it’s picture-worthy.

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Southern part of the island with big rocks. They are pretty to look at though as they’re neatly arranged – naturally? That I’m not sure.
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To the northern part is this picturesque view of the ocean. From the area where the boat landed, your eyes will be diverted to this area and you’ll be lured to ward to it’s direction.

From Anilao Port, you may ask your tour guide/boat man to drop you there.

Prices may range from 3000-5000. Equip yourselves with haggling skills!