Have you ever heard a beach place called Tondaligan Beach? Probably if your not from the north specially from Dagupan, Pangasinan this beach would be unknown to you. I know, it is for me until the day I visited the area accidentally. I joined a friend who was been invited to give some talks to nursing students. The place is in Dagupan City, which is known for the fish called Bangus or Milk fish and their festival itself the Bangus Festival.
Coming from Baguio City going to Dagupan City would take 1 hour to 2 via Kennon Road, then going to Rosario upon reaching the Quezon Highway turn left going to San Fabian then take the diversion road going to Bonuan.
If you are coming from Manila, take the route going to NLEX then SCTEX then exit at Luisita then take the McArthur Highway passing the Tarlac area of Paniqui and Gerona going to Villasis and when your in Urdaneta, take a left turn before the bridge that will lead you going to Dagupan. And Estimated travel going to Dagupan would be 3-4 hours.
As I’ve said it’s unknown to me and I am sure to some this beach area. The day we arrived in Dagupan, it was already dark and we visited a local restaurant and I was surprised to hear the waves when we where having our dinner. I asked the other guy, is their a beach nearby, and he said yes, it was a few meters away. Because it was dark and and lots of coconut trees was in between us I can’t see the beach itself but only hear the sounds of the waves.
The next morning, I decided I just drop off my friend to his seminar and I will pay a visit to this beach area. And yes, I did, stayed the whole morning till afternoon. I enjoyed just watching the waves, making friends with the people and specially with the kids. Walking around the beach area, was so relaxing. I don’t have to go far to eat my lunch by the way. There are small nipa hut surrounding the beach shore that offers breakfast, lunch and even dinner. They will cook your food when you wait. There are also some fish vendors going around selling there fresh catch of the day. And you can asked those nipa hut owners to cook it for you. Which I did, I got the sinigang na Bangus for my lunch.
If you are going to swim or have an outing to Tondaligan Beach, you don’t have to pay anything. You can bring your own food, own tables or just go to those for rent Nipa Hut for your food and you can also have a Karaoke or Videoke.
The owner of the nipa hut told me that the area is busy during the night. This is where the students and other folks gather around to relax and have beers and yes enjoy the videoke. I didn’t stay until that late, but I was able to capture the sunset. So here are the photos of the Tondaligan Beach of Dagupan Pangasinan.
Here are some of the photos of the children playing around the beach and just enjoying the sunny day. To bad I wasn’t able to bring any swimming trunks or shorts..
Oh yes even the puppies are enjoying the Tondaligan Beach.
There you go, my little adventure of the Tondaligan Beach of Dagupan Pangasinan. I hope you enjoy the photos and someday, you can visit the place. It’s surely more fun in the Philippines. So Come and Visit my Philippines (Tondaligan Beach).
Your Pinoy Adventurer!