Another hidden gem uncovered in Tambabong
In the municipality of Dasol, in the province of Pangasinan, you will find a sleepy little place called Tambabong. This little hidden gem is way off the beaten track for most local and foreign travelers alike. It is nowhere near as well known as the more popular One Hundred Islands. I was lucky enough to stumble across a few photos of this on the net one day. It me captivated immediately. I knew that I just had to visit this place due to its isolation and mystery!
Now, I have to say this is not the easiest place to get to. However, I suggest you tie it in with a road trip and look to cover the Pangasinan area. Even if you took a trip further south to the Zambales area, then it is well worth the effort.
Totally undeveloped and full potential
Like many of the places I have visited in the Philippines, Tambabong has total raw beauty. In a way, that’s what makes it so attractive as it isn’t crawling with tourists. However, you cant help but wonder what could be done if there was more investment made to develop this area.
We stayed at a resort called Vivian’s Place. This was a fairly mid range place, however, Vivian’s husband is a Swiss guy. As a result, she is empathetic to European standards, so the food and hospitality was good. This resort is literally less than 30 metres across the road from the golden sand beach, and crystal clear water.
Island hopping from Tambabong
Nearby off the coast, there is also the uninhabited islands of Snake Island (Colibra Island) and Crocodile Island. Snake Island, in particular, is a beautiful secluded island with golden sand and turquoise colored water. Both of these can be done on the same day. You can organize a boat with Vivian or with the local fisherman. The cost is less than P1,000 for the day.