The coast of Pangasinan harbors some of the beast beaches in the country. With its cream to white fine sand and bountiful sea harvest, the waters off the coast of this province is starting to hit big to beach lovers and sun worshipers.
But Pangasinan is not only about the Hundred Islands in Alaminos or the beautiful beaches in Bolinao and Anda, all in the mouth of Lingayen Gulf. West of the province, fronting the West Philippine Sea are other beautiful beaches, scenic coastline and picturesque spots that are lesser known yet equally enchanting, Dasol for one.
Formerly an integral part of the town of San Isidro de Putot in the province of Zambales, Dasol is a now a quiet town of Pangasinan known for salt making. Dasol Bay covers its entire coast which is blessed with white sandy beaches on the northern shore and a lovely view of sunset. Off the coast are tiny islands and islets that are perfect for an amazing island getaway.
Dasol is a promise of new Pangasinan experience, a place away from the usual crowd but holds surprises for a not so popular tourist destination. Truly a worthy escape, have fun and get a tan in Dasol.
How to Get in Dasol
The best and easiest way of going there is via the night air-conditioned bus of Victory Liner in Cubao bound to Sta. Cruz, Zambales via Alaminos that passes directly to the town of Burgos and Dasol. Trips are limited though.
Another option is to catch a bus going to Alaminos City. Victory Liner, Dagupan Bus, Five Star Bus and Philippine Rabbit have multiple trips daily to Alaminos City. Aircon bus fare as of June 2010 is approximately P350.00 one-way Manila to Alaminos, while ordinary (non-aircon) bus fare is around P250.
From Alaminos City, transfer to another local bus bound to Sta. Cruz in Zambales. Buses leave Alaminos terminal of Victory Liner every 30 minutes. Dasol is less than an hour ride, fare for is not more than P50.
Where to Stay in Dasol
The best way to experience dasol is to pitch a tent on the beaches of Barangay Tambobong and Osmeña or in the small island of Culebra off the coast of Barangay Tambobong. But if camping is not your cup of tea, you may stay to these resorts in Tambobong and Osmeña.
Matabang Beach Resort
Contact Person: Heyse Pineda
Address: Bgy. Osmeña, Dasol, Pangasinan 2411
Tambobong Beach Resort
Address: Bgy. Tambobong, Dasol, Pangasinan 2411
Pantalan Beach Resort
- Island and beach hopping in Culebra Island, Polo Camaso Islet, Crocodile Island, Lagaratas Island, Paratec Beach, Pao Beach, Balinmanok Beach and other beaches and islands nearby
- Beach bumming in the beaches of Tambobong, Osmeña and Macalang
- Swim in the Cabongaoan Tidal Pools or Burgos
- Diving/Snorkeling (bring your own equipments and gears)
- Trek to Salabusuban Falls
- Caving in Rongaab Cave
- Kayaking and other water sports
- Sunset/Sunrise watching
- Visit the beaches of the neighboring towns – Bolinao and Anda
- See the Old Spanish Lighthouse of Bolinao
- Explore the Hundred Islands in Alaminos
- Drop by at Our Lady of Manaoag Church considered by Catholic as a miraculous church
Sample Itinerary (Cabongaoan-Tambobong-Colibra Weekend)
Budget: Less than P2,000 per person (group of two to three persons)
0000H: Departure (Cubao to Alaminos)
0400H : Arrival in Alaminos
0430H: Alaminos to Burgos
0500H: Arrival in Burgos Market/Breakfast/Shop for supplies/food
0600H – 0630H: Burgos to Cabongaoan Beach
0630H – 1100H: Explore Cabongaoan Beach and Cabongaoan Tidal Pools aka Death Pools
1100H – 1130H: Travel from Cabongaoan to Tambobong
1130H – 1300H: Check-in / Rest / Lunch
1300H – 1330: Boat to Colibra Island
1330H – 1800H: Explore Colibra: beach bumming, photo ops, swimming, snorkeling, sunset watching, island walk
1800H – 1830H: Return to Tambobong
1830H onwards: Dinner / Socials / Lights off
0600H – 0700H: Call Time, Breakfast
0700H – 1000H: Free time in Tambobong Beach; option to explore Crocodile Island, Lagaratas Island, Paratec Beach, Pao Beach, Balinmanok Beach and other coves and beaches of Dasol and/or Burgos
1000H – 1200H: Wash-up/Fix-up/Rest/Check-out
1230H – 1230H: Tambobong to Highway
1230H – 1330H: Burgos to Alaminos
1330H – 1500H: Lunch/Proceed to Bus Station
1500H – 2100H: Alaminos to Manila
- The best time to go here is from November to May or during dry months
- The ideal time to leave Manila is at midnight to reach Dasol early in the morning