Here’s to hidden, secluded and beautiful beaches in the Philippines!
One of the reasons why I love my dear country is because of the beautiful beaches that we have here. What’s even more amazing is that, there’s always something new somewhere to explore.
Take the case of Cabongaoan Beach in the town of Burgos, Pangasinan. It’s unexplored, with very few tourists, and if not for the locals who know about the place, it won’t be discovered at all. I was there a few weekends ago with my officemates. It was introduced to us through a local there while some of our team were looking for new project sites and if it wasn’t for that, we wouldn’t even dare to travel all six (6) hours from Manila to Pangasinan.
Yep, you read that right- 6 hours of road trip! By the time you reach Alaminos, it would be roughly 2 hours more until you reach the beach. Once you arrive at the Burgos Public Market, be sure to buy all the food you want to get because the one (1) hour rough and dirt road trip going to the actual Cabongaoan beach will be so tiring on the butt – literally! Even in a van, the rough road can be a sure pain in the a$$. Lol!
But like all things in life, you need to endure some pain in order to experience beauty (Wow, deep! haha!) Seriously though, seeing the beautiful fine mocha white sand beach was all worth the long travel. Plus the fact that it wasn’t crowded, like we all had the beach to ourselves – WE LOVED IT! We actually had several photo sessions on the beach.
One particular unique spot that made it a bit popular was this gem called the “death pool”. It was featured on local TV some years ago and as we were already there, we had to see it. It’s located on the other side of the beach, and to go there, some hiking and trekking were in order.
As you know, I’m terribly scared of hiking/trekking because I’m so “accident-prone”. The 30-minutes I had to endure going there just to see this death pool was probably one of the bravest things I did so far (yes, I’m exaggerating.). Luckily, I didn’t end up falling, or slipping, or injuring myself or anyone else. Still, once I reached the top and was able to view the death pool from afar, I just happily stayed there and never dared to go down the steep rocky path. I let my friends do it themselves while I take their photos from the top.
All in all, it was a very eventful beach trip – even if it was only a short overnight stay. We had this planned since June, and it finally happened!
How to go to Cabongaoan Beach–
- By car – take the usual NLEX, SCTEX and TPLEX road until you reach the Tarlac-Pangasinan National Highway. With Google maps or Waze, it won’t be too hard to navigate your way to Cabongaoan Beach. I highly advise though that once you reach Burgos Market, buy everything you need because it would be too difficult to ride back to town once you reach the beach area. The road is rough, not cemented, and with no electric lights. Unless you booked in a more expensive resort, some necessities won’t be easily available.
- By commute – Take the Victory Liner bus going to Alaminos, Pangasinan. From there, you have to transfer to another bus line going to Burgos. Drop off at the Burgos Public Market and look for tricycles who will take you straight to Cabongaoan Beach. Take note though, rough road + tricycle = a very bumpy ride!
Where to stay-
There are several resorts in Cabongaoan. One of the more popular ones are Roven’s Place and Amayaj Bora Beach Resort. Most of the resorts can be found on Facebook.
We got the kubo cottages in Amayaj for Php3800 each which allows for a maximum of 5 pax. They charge cooking fee of Php200.00, where you can use their stove, grill, cooking utensils, and outdoor kitchen area. Checkout their FB page here for more details.
Overall, we only spent around Php3000 each more or less for the whole trip, including our van rental and accomodations. Food was pretty cheap because we just bought local produce at the market. We also rented a videoke machine for Php1000.
I hope you like the photos. You should discover some new beaches, too!