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Review of Tambobong Beach

Tambobong Beach
Ranked #693 of 1,691 things to do in Luzon
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Reviewed 20 June 2017

Droved past here last May on a long weekend and it was too crowded. The beach was nice, calm clear waters and creamy white sand. It was fairly clean at that time but there was quite a lot of boats docked so finding a good spot to swim was a challenge. We decided to leave and return during non-peak season weekends since we were not able to find any place to stay since the place was already overbooked (local houses were having their rooms rented for visitors since all of the beach resorts were packed).

We returned last June 17 and boy were we in for a surprise... not a good one. The beach was full of trash, plastic bags, bottle and what not and also a whole lot of washed up sea grass. You can't even see the sand near the shore with the amount of grass and trash lying around. Looks like the locals don't care cleaning the beach when its not peak season. There was still a lot of boats docked but not as jam packed as last time we were there. It was truly disheartening to see such a beautiful beach so unmaintained. Would have been a a nice place to visit during off peak season. We might still return, but just to visit the islands near the area.

5  Thank Lon V
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Reviewed 4 May 2017

The Dasol beach is at the western coast of Pangasinan, north of Zambales. If you come from Manila it is a 6 to 8 hours drive. So it is not a one day destination. While you plan consider to stay there for several days/nights, the Marianne Family Resort is the best suggestion (I will write a review for that later).
We were there over the Easter weekend 2017. Usually the beaches and resorts are overrun by people at this time. While the resorts were fully booked the beach was fairly crowded.
The beach sand is fine powder and you can walk hundreds of meters out into the sea. However after a few meters seaweed covers the ground.
If you are up early you can watch the fishermen coming in with "Pussit" Squid.
For a few Pesos you hire a boat and go Island hoping. If you are a snorkeler you find your spot along Crocodile island. An Island just offshore to the north got its name from its name from the shape looking like a Crock.
You have to bring your supplies however. Except some Sari-Sari stores (small local shops) there are no restaurants and little opportunities to buy stuff.

2  Thank htmcrp
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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Tip #1: Lower your expectations.

The resort we stayed in advertised air conditioned rooms that could fit 4-6 people.
Except they couldn't.
The rooms could only fit half of that. The rooms were so small. The air conditioning was not working.

The beach front was full of fishing boats, which would have given the place a rustic, laid-back feel.
Except it did not.
We had to constantly push the boats away because we had kids with us who were trying to swim.
You can also see thin-film interference on the water. (That's the rainbowy color you see on the water when it's mixed with soap... or gasoline... from fishing boats...)

You can rent a fishing boat to ferry you to two nearby beautiful islands (the only reason you should visit Tambobong. Most of the pretty Tambobong pictures you see are actually from these two islands).

Time your schedule though, because if it's peak season, you might have to contend with hundreds of people for a good spot on these islands. And every 5 minutes, you might have to stop swimming because boats would come in to load/unload visitors (they don't have a designated docking area).

All in all, our Tambobong experience has one or two good points, but most of our bad experiences trumped the good ones.


Tip #2: read tip #1.

9  Thank les b
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

If youre not going to culebra island then there is no point coming to this beach, the place is isolated and not worth the long drive, patar beach is a far better option. If you insist on visiting the place, bring with you food as there is nowhere to find anything to eat, even inside the resorts. The accomodations are overpriced, which is very common in pangasinan.

3  Thank Alma B
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

We were expecting to be able to swim with big waves before arriving to this place but unfortunately we were disappointed to find out that the beach is shallow (knee deep) with lots of rocks and weeds on the water. It is a good place to relax though but bring your own food and drinks as the stores nearby can offer limited options for a meal.

6  Thank MilesExplorer
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