First question I had after our Pangasinan trip - why did we not travel here before? Regretfully, this question made me realized that most of our travel focuses flying on airplanes and discovering VisMin (Visayas and Mindanao-Philippines) rather than traveling by land around Luzon. Reasons? In all honesty, most travel enthusiasts fail to explore first those that are accessible to them. Since, they know for a fact that its just there and will always be THERE. Yep, I'm also talking to myself. We tend to ignore what is in front of us. I hope you don't end like me, full of regrets.
Anyhow, one thing's for sure, Pangasinan, had me love at first sight! 😀 Pros for this trip? Transportation is cheap plus planning with execution is easier. No more tedious scheduling and arrangement! Yey! We can pack our bags and hit the road anytime we're available.
Before anything else, let me give you a little history about Pangasinan.
According to wikipedia, PANGASINAN is a province in the western Luzon area of the Philippines. It's name (pronounced "Pang-ASINan") means "place of salt" or "place of salt-making"; it is derived from the prefix pang, meaning "for", the root word asin, meaning "salt”, and suffix an, signifying "location". The province is a major producer of salt in the Philippines. Other products include bagoong ("salted-krill") and alamang ("shrimp-paste"). If you're craving, you know where to find them! 🙂
Learning about their main products, we can now conclude that Pangasinan is a province of numerous beaches. Let us take you to one of its promising beaches - Cabangaoan White Beach, Burgos, Pangasinan.
Cabongaoan White Beach, Burgos, Pangasinan
As I was searching for places in Pangasinan, I bumped into the the article of Rappler about the famous "death pool". Immediately, after reading their article, we booked ourselves at Bon's Place. Bon's place is one of the few beach resorts in Cabongaoan which is only a kilometer away from where the "Death Pool" is. And here starts our adventure.
As much as possible, we plan our trip at the most inexpensive way we can. Accommodation takes huge allocation of a traveler's budget basing from previous experiences aside from food, well, if you're a foodie type of human. 😀 We don't want to adopt this approach. Really, we won't be needing an expensive hotel room since we'll be out exploring and not missing out sceneries of each locale we visit. Skipping these expensive lodge can save you cash. Bon's Place made it to our budget costing only Php 800.oo per night for two persons. By the way, it's the cheapest among the resorts available, the haggling paid off! Sorry, we're just a low-cost traveler! 😀
It's a provincial kind of place to stay. A simple Kubo with small bedroom and small veranda. Double decked-bed, fan room and a beach front lodge. 🙂 The only con is that you'll be sharing restrooms with other guests.
Cabongaoan White Beach is astonishing! Sands are white and water is clear! Not as fine as Boracay's though, but still can be considered as one of the most beautiful and cheapest place to spend those needed vacay! Crowd is few and it felt like we have the white beach all to ourselves. It's quite relaxing.
We did some walking, jumping, running, swimming, sunrise and sunset viewing. Just simple activities. Of course, we did not forget to take some shameless photo's. Don't judge us, we're only human. Hahahah! I bet this place can be your next wedding photo shoot location because of the beautiful settings. Plus, you'll definitely love watching the sunrise and sunset! One of the best things life and traveling has to offer.
Death Pool, Burgos, Pangasinan
The main reason of our visit is to see for ourselves the famous "Death Pool". We did some inquiry and the caretaker of the resort said, that it will take a fifteen-minute walk from the resort to the "Death Pool". She suggested that we use aqua shoes as the trail is slippery and rocky. Seriously, the trail was challenging. It was fulfilling though! We enjoyed the route's scenery and took some more photo's along the way. Here's me trying a "looking far" pose! 😀
Finally, the most awaited attraction - the "Death Pool'' is now in front of us! Without hesitation we plunged into the water even the waves are raging! According to the locals, best time to visit is six in the morning, taking advantage of the low tide which allows easy access to the pool.
If you are wondering, why it was called, "Death Pool", accordingly, its termed this way to describe the natural swimming pool that forms whenever the tide comes in and fills the rock hole with saltwater.
Mary Hilll, Agno, Pangasinan
Beyond the location of "Death Pool" is another attraction that you must see. The Mary Hill, usually a location for pilgrimage and youth camps here in Pangasinan. We were not able to explore Mary hill however, you may check it out if you have lot of time to spare. I think the view from the top is alluring! Here's a photo of Mary Hill on my background.
I hope you enjoyed reading and we also hope that you come and visit Cabongaoan, Burgos, Pangasinan. As I have mentioned, Pangasinan has numerous beaches and this is just one. Stay tuned for more Pangasinan adventures! 🙂
Commuting from Manila
- Ride a bus from Manila going to Alaminos, Pangasinan. Bus fare estimate is Php 400.00. Below are the bus companies you can check and choose from.
- From Alaminos, take another bus going to Santa Cruz, Zambales. It will pass through Burgos, Pangasinan. Ask the driver to drop you at Burgos Market. This will cost Php 50.oo
- From the Market, take a tricycle going to Cabongaoan Beach. This is Php 350.00 per way but if you traveling with friends, you can split the cost. Travel time is around one hour.
- In all honesty, this navigation app called waze, saved most of our travel time. It helped us reach our destination with accuracy. Still, I urge you not to depend on it mostly, as some parts of Pangasinan cannot be located through waze.
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