From a quaint fishing village in the western part of Pangasinan where salt-making industry is also thriving, the Municipalty of Dasol is slowly gaining momentum as an emerging tourist destination in northern Luzon. Facing the West Philippine Sea, Dasol offers a picturesque coastline and a less crowded beach perfect for both sunrise and sunset viewing, surprisingly.
Via Sta. Cruz, Zambales (Direct Trip)
From Cubao, hop on a Sta. Cruz, Zambales bound Victory liner bus via Alaminos and alight in Burgos, Pangasinan. From the town proper, hire a motorcycle going to Tambobong where the resorts and homestays are located.
Via Alaminos, Pangasinan
Alternatively, you may take Alaminos, Pangasinan bound bus. Fare from Cubao to Alaminos is Php 393. From Alaminos, take another bus going to Sta. Cruz, Zambales and alight at Burgos town proper. Then take a tricycle going to Tambobong. Usual one-way rate per tricycle is Php 300.
Tricycles/motorcycles are the usual means of transportation going around the places in interest in Dasol. Rates depend on your destination. Having a vehicle of your own would be the best option though.
Interestingly, even if Dasol is in Pangasinan, Ilokano is the more commonly used language. Here are some of the expressions you may use. I also included Panggalatok, just in case you’ll encounter locals who prefer the later.
|Good morning||Magandang umaga||Naimbag nga bigat||Masantos ya kabwasan|
|Good day||Magandang araw||Naimbag nga aldaw||Masantos ya agiw|
|Good evening||Magandang gabi||Naimbag nga rabii||Masantos ya labi|
|How to go to…?||Paano pumuntang…?||Kasano mapan idiay…?||Panon toy unla ed…?|
|Where is the…?||Nasaan ang…?||Ayan na diay…?||Kanto may…?|
|I like you||Gusto kita||Kayat ka||Gabay ta ka|
|I love you||Mahal kita||Ay ayaten ka||Inaro ta ka|
WHAT TO SEE
With its crystal clear water and fine creamy white sand, Tambobong Beach is Dasol’s premier tourist attraction that is at par with the more popular beach destinations in the country. This is also the best spot to watch Dasol’s magical sunrise and witness how the community starts its day. Right after the sunrise you’ll see boats coming back to the shore with fresh catch from the sea, usually fish like “espada” which locals dry and squid with varied sizes. During our stay we even saw one that weighs more than a kilo. There is also an old small port in the stretch of Tambobong Beach which is a perfect spot to watch sunrise or sunset or a spot for your dramatic profile photo 🙂
According to locals, before the influx of tourists, sea snakes are often seen in Culebra or Colibra or Snake Island, and that’s how the island got its name. This uninhabited island may be reached via a 30 to 45 minute boat ride from Tambobong Beach. You will be welcomed by its pristine water, fine white sand, rock balancing figures and huts which may be rented. Opposite the beach side of the island is the rocky side where waves are stronger, there is even a small natural pool.
Also part of the usual island hopping tour in Dasol is Crocodile Island which looks like, yes you got it right, a crocodile. This is also a good place for snorkeling. Unfortunately, due to time constraint, we were no longer able to further explore the island.
MALACAPAS VIEW DECK
Located in Barangay Malacapas, the view deck is the highest place in Dasol which will give you the perfect vista overlooking the town of Dasol and Dasol Bay. This is where we waited for the sunset which enchantingly transformed the area into a picture perfect scene.
Although its formal or official name is unknown to locals, they can easily give you the directions where this cave is located. Just a few minutes from Tambobong Beach, you’ll pass by a residential area leading to a trail in a foresty area. You’ll descend in an inclined path leading to the blue water of the cave pool. Just make sure to apply insect repellant before visiting the place.
CHERRY BLOSSOM-LIKE TREES
On our way to Malacapas View Deck from Tambobong Beach, we were welcomed by Cherry Blossom-like trees along the highway. Unfortunately, we were not able to ask the name of the said trees and if the flowers are all-year-round or seasonal.
Tagged as the “Home of Quality Salt”, one should not miss the salt beds when visiting Dasol. You may even try how salt is harvested.
WHERE TO STAY IN DASOL
TAMBOBONG BEACH RAINS RESORT
Tambobong Beach, Madam Salazar Compound
Barangay Osmeña, Dasol, Pangasinan
Mobile No.: 0920 859 7934 | 0927 764 6545 | 0922 591 4506
Facebook Page: Tambobong Beach Rains Resort
If you are looking for a beach front resort with a homey feel, then Tambobong Beach Rains Resort may be the best choice for you. They may also arange your island-hopping tour or your meals for a fee. But aside from these amenities, the warm hospitality of the management and staff is what made our stay in the resort extra memorable.
Rates and capacity are as follows:
Room for 8-10 pax: Php 3,500.00
Room for 6-8 pax: Php 3,000.00
Room for 4-6 pax: Php 2,500.00
Room for 2-4 pax: Php 2,500.00
Cottage: Php 800.00
Entrance Fee: Php 25.00/person
Videoke: Php 500.00 for 24 hours
WHAT TO BRING HOME
T-shirts and souvenir items are rarely found in Dasol. Other pasalubong items may be bought in the market of its neighboring town Alaminos which include:
- Longganisang Alaminos
- Bagoong Alamang (Shrimp Paste)
- Bagoong Alamang (Fish Paste)
- Patis (Fish Sauce)
- Dried Fish and Squid
WHO TO ASK FOR ASSISTANCE
PANGASINAN TOURISM & CULTURAL AFFAIRS OFFICE
First Floor, Malong Building, Capitol Complex,
Lingayen, Pangasinan, Philippines 2401
TeleFax: (075) 542-6853 / 632-6795
Mobile No.: 0999 883 9740
Facebook Page: Pangasinan Tourism
WHERE IS PANGASINAN IN THE PHILIPPINES
Philippine map by Eugene Alvin Villar (seav) – English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=767366
Dasol holds a special place in my heart. I will definitely go back.