Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Matabang Beach Resort at Tambobong: Pangasinan Series

As of this writing, there's only one resort in Tambobong: Matabang Beach Resort. If you're coming in from Dasol, it's the first establishment to your left as you enter the beach road. If you're taking the Burgos route, then it's at the end.


Since Tambobong is not developed, you can either choose to stay in Matabang or stay in one of the houses in the barrio. I've heard there are some residents who open up their homes for guests. Matabang Beach Resort is owned by a very friendly retired couple.


The accommodations here are very basic, as you can see on their website. There are open air cottages for picnics or for day trips. I highly recommend you stay overnight though, since Caiman Cove (the entire area) has a lot to offer.


There's also a fishing pond at the back of the resort, that makes the ambience of the place more relaxing and soothing. With towering rocks and coconut trees as backdrops, the pond has a fresh water fishes that you can cook.


Truly, Tambobong is a gem in Pangasinan. I haven't stopped raving about this place ever since I arrived in Manila. I asked the locals there if there were still lots available, but they said most of the ones for sale are inland where the meadows are.


Matabang has a beach front, and just 10 meters from its gates, the sea meets the sand. It's a nice place to swim in the late afternoon, when the sun is not as harsh, and when the sun begins to set. The place is quiet, though you can see a lot of people.


So, with that, how do you get to Tambobong? Well, Tambobong is located in the town of Dasol in Pangasinan. The best way to go here is via the Alaminos - Mabini Route. In Alaminos, turn right going to Mabini (there's a short diversion road and a sign to guide you). From there, it's straight to the town of Burgos. In Burgos, ask around on how to go to Tambobong via the rough road. It seems difficult to go, and I couldn't even remember the turns. So, just ask around. You can also go straight to Dasol, which is after Burgos and take another rough road to Tambobong. Just ask where the turn is in Dasol, but from what I remember, it's on the curve before the bridge after you enter the sign post of Dasol. Both rough roads will set you back an hour of travel, totaling the entire journey from Manila at 5 hours average.

But believe me, it's worth it.

30 comments:

  1. we've been to Tambobong Beach and yes indeed it's superb, crystal clear water, very clean beach front and the best beach weve been to. at the end of that 18 kms all weather road of meadows and tropical forests is a shangrila of a beach paradise....Tambobong Beach! thanks to a brod from Dasol.

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  2. that was 3 or 4 years ago....a visit from our college org kabataang naglilingod sa bayan. thanks for enjoying tambobong - osmena, nalasin area and the farm too! see nasa web na paradise natin!

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  3. how's the overpriced resort?

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  4. I just got home from MBR yesterday. Sure the place was perfect & very relaxing but I don't know about the owners. First about sa comfort room, we were reprimanded to wash up first & remove the sand off our body kasi pumapasok sa loob ng CR. Ang pagkakasabi pa sa 'min nung male owner ehh "magshower muna ako dun sa shower jan sa labas para hindi pumasok ung buhangin. Kaya nagbabara ung mga CR dun sa hundred islands ehh". Sinunod naman namin siya, one of us was even gracious enough to clean the CR that night before we hit the sheets. Kung tutuusin that was the job of their care taker, that's wha we paid for. Then the day after, we are having our games in the evening when around 10:30, pinatayan kami ng mga may-ari na yan ung ilaw sa labas! How RUDE! Napakabastos sa mga guests. Akala ko ba they are supposed to be mabait at accommodating according sa mga blogs dito? On our third day there, very early in the morning, the male owner picked up the trash na naiwan namin last night because it was so dark for us to clean up, plus we are very exhausted. We are supposed to feel sorry pero dahil sa pangbabastos na ginawa nila sa 'min hindi na namin naramdaman un. Marami pa silang ginawa. Sinabihan ba naman ung isang kasama namin na, "hindi ba kayo marunong magbasa?". And then yung isang mother na kasama namin, when she was washing up her 3 children sinabihan na isang shower lang gamitin nyo para hindi sayang sa tubig! OMG! Anu bang binayaran namin dito? Ung pagsusungit nila? Hindi pa sila nakontento, that Tita Heyse you are calling talked sa isa mga kasam-bahay na kasama namin kasi yung person na dapat niyang kausapin eh nagbibihis pa. Sabi nung kasam-bahay na hantayin ung boss niya makabihis but she kept on blabbering. She even said na "Siyempre we adults set an example sa mga bata, kung anu nakikita nila un ang gagayahin nila". Who is she to lecture us about how we are to raise our young ones when sila itong mas matanda sa min pero pulos kabastusan ung ginawa nila sa amin!?! No wonder na nung tinanung kami nung tindero sa palengke kung san kami nagsstay at malamang nandoon kami sa MATABANG BEACH RESORT sinabing bakit doon kami nagstay eh kilala sa pagiging masungit sa lugar na un ung mag-asawa at sana doon daw kami sa kabila nagstay dahil may videoke pa! Somebody blogged that they are well-respected by the villagers there pero let's put into our minds that there are 2 kinds of respect, One is pure respect for a person and the other is fueled by FEAR.

    We paid for our accommodation there, a chance to relax & we are supposed to have fun but we are pissed off hanggang pag-aalis namin! Maybe to some of you they were accommodating but to us they are not. They were rude, disrespectful & insolent!

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    1. For you anonymous, that's not what i've heard about the folks that stayed there. As a matter of fact, my friends went to that resort. Kabaligtaran ang mga sinasabi po ninyo. Kung waldas ka sa tubig at napakadumi mo pa at hindi mo magamit ang common sense mo kung bakit may shower or faucet sa labas, so you can wash-out your self first bago ka pumasok sa restroom, kasi puro buhangin ka! Ganoon lang yon, and maybe you're not use to that kind of surroundings. I would advice you not to go back there anymore. Go somewhere else! You can't even define what is respect, fool!:)

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    2. Hi, we were in Matabang Beach Resort last Nov-2011, the couple were very, very nice. Nothing unpleasant happened during our stay there. They even lent us cooking utensils and were very accommodating. Plan to go back there this summer, but unfortunately I lost Heyse's contact number. Do you have it? Pahingi please. Thank you so much!

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  5. That's very sad to hear. When we were there, the couple was accommodating to us. They let us use their wash rooms and parking, even if we weren't in house guests. We jut paid P150 for the usage. They also arranged our boat.

    I know how you feel though, because I also went to a resort based on the good reviews, but when I got there, it was the total opposite. We really didn't stay in Matabang, nor spent time with the owners. We were just there for Tambobong and Colibra.

    So to all the other readers, please consider this. We don't want to tolerate resorts who are abusive and disrespectful.

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    1. Some guests does'nt know how to appreciate things that we do. They just think that once they paid their rent, they can do whatever. Sad to hear that...

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  6. i didn't avail matabang beach resort as it is overpriced for me..Php 2,500 per aircon room good for 2 and additional fee for extra person. i was able to visit the place though, on a more affordable rate. hope to any readers, you may also try aling benilda's homestay..

    http://adventurousfeet.blogspot.com/2010/05/pangasinan-tambobong-white-beach-in.html

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  7. i was reading ur blogs and got kinda disappointed coz 1 of my pick where to bring my family is matabang beach.can anybody recommend a resort where we can stay overnight and do some activities?pls...pls..

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  8. if you're bringing a family, stay in Bolinao instead, or Alaminos. Just take the drive to Tambobong, since there is no real resort there. One full day is enough to explore the area.

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  9. i truly agree.. yang MATABANG BEACH RESORT n yan...MATABANG din sa ugali.. we had the same bad experience from them..we were there April 2009 .. kahit ung mga kapitbahay nila were saying na masama talga ugali ng mga yan.. nung nagrent nga kami ng boat parang galit pa sila ..dahil ndi ung boat nila ang ginamit nmin eh paano OVERPRICING sila! and then ung keychain dun sa key nila nawala ng isang kasama namin..at ang sabi pa nung HEYSE na yan..galing pa daw Paris ung keychain na un..tanga ba sya. ndi porket eiffel tower eh galing ng Paris.. saka bobo ba sya..galing ng paris..ilalagay nya as keychain na pinahihiram sa guests?!! sayang ung lugar kasi breathtaking talaga..pero kung ganun ung UGALI na ipapakita sila sa mga guests nila..WAG NA LANG!!

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    1. Sorry for your bad experience. But my family were treated nice with the owners and caretakers. I guess not all guests will get the same treatment lalo na iyong ibang guest eh asal hayop and does'nt know how to appreciate or see things around are beautiful resort. The bottom line is not all guest are qualified to stay in this resort. And one thing, you also have at least a good cash to spend in a great get-away paradise! I highly recommend this place. It's a PARADISE!!!Check it out and don't get affected by those negative blogers and pre-judgers. Good luck!

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  10. where planning to visit tambobong dasol, pangasinan. wala po kmi idea sa mga beach dun. where looking like Patar, Bolinao, u can rent a cottage for a day and a bathroom for replacement of wet clothes..can u suggest a place like that?...thank you.

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  11. i recommend you try tambobong white beach resort.. kay manang benilda.mas friendly pa sila.. i was planning to go next weekend sa matabang but since ive read these replies, parang ayaw ko na

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    1. YEah, go to Matabang Resort! This is a great place to unwind! We were there. It's an amazing place. The only resort that has a huge fresh water area or pond with also a natural fresh water pool.

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  12. We're all set to go to Matabang but I am apprehensive since we're travelling with young children (4 yr old and 6 yr old). I'd like to have other options.. @Magi, may I have the number of Manang Belinda from Tambobong White beach. Is Matabang really still the only resort along this cove?

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  13. hi everyone, i called their resort cel# just this morning inquiring about the roomrates coz were planning to visit the tambobong this 25th, the owner is quite ok over the phone but too pricey cottage indeed...it will be our 1st time to have a getaway in pangasinan and i really want to see tambobong beach, i havent made a reservation yet coz were planning to have a sidetrip to bolinao too..and now im kinda confuse where to stay after seeing your feedbacks on that named resort..are there any available resorts aside from the two resorts mentioned??? ...oh btw Mr RJ Samson your travel blog is grrreaat--thumbs up!!! lastly, how many hours is tambobong to bolinao? Thank you!

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  14. Hi guys, I'm so sorry but I cannot answer these questions, since I haven't been back to Tambobong. Hopefully, someone in this thread can. Again, we didn't sleep in Tambobong. We stayed in Bolinao for 2 nights. Bolinao to Tambobong is around 1.5 hours, because of the rough road from Dasol.

    And thanks for the comment!

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  15. whew.. great, fun, cool and awesome.. 3days and 2 nyts at matabang beach.. i dont know why ive read some negative feedbacks.. the couple(owner) was kind and hospitable to me and to my friends.. i dont see any pag susungit or anything bad bout them.. sbrang maasikaso nga cla smen.. no problem with them.. well, thats my opinion.. kx wla clang gnawang masama smen. bitin pa nga kme.. maybe nxt year babalik kame dun.. :)

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  16. hi rj, just wanna ask do u know the directions going to tambobong resort from manila via commute only? is it possible to get the number of manang benilda of tambobong resort?thanks

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  17. tanong ko lang,anong number nung sa private house na pede rentahan?ok din b dun?

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  18. mga guys dun n lng kau s benilda resort e2 ang number nila 09105641382 mura p e 1,200 lng ang ac room nila kz my prens n kano n ako dinala dun e ok dun my videoke dun at ndi sila mahigpit kahit mgdamag kau mgvideoke ok lng. s matabang e masungit talaga my-ari dun..

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  19. Personally, I really hate resorts with videoke kasi kaya nga ako pumunta sa malayo eh para makatakas sa ingay(noise pollution) ng Maynila. So I really try to avoid resorts with karaoke machines. I think thats the major trend din ngayon especially resorts geared towards Manila residents.
    There is a new resort there, just starting. Its called PANTALAN BEACH RESORT in Tambobong. Cemented parking for 10 cars(50/night), kubo rental at only 1.5k per night and maintenance fees at only 50/head for use of cr and bath pero very very basic facilities lang. They even offer set meals kung 5pax up ang group niyo. 75/meal/pax lang! 4 meal set(300) for 5pax up ! Or if you want them to cook merong minimal fees lang. The kubos are built right on the pantalan (port) so GREAT view of the ocean talaga. Its owned by the Bobises so just call nanay Precy bobis or Deo Bobis at SUN#09227154685 or LANDLINE(02)9830432 for reservations and arrangements. I understand they can even arrange transpo to/from manila na rin now. Pls call or text for rates nalang. Thanks.

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    1. Hi, just wondering if you could give some more information about Pantalan Beach Resort (it's my first time to the Philippines, so I'm a bit unfamiliar with what places have to offer). What kind of accommodation would they have for just 2 quiet people? Is there an option for a room with a private bathroom?

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  20. visit this site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lemon_glenn/5181783530/

    or this:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lemon_glenn/5181783530/lightbox/

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  21. are there still rough roads on the way?

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  22. Try to stay at the beach resorts alng the Dasol bay by Hermosa and Petal and just hire a boat to take you for a tour to Tambobong white beach and even tour the camaso island. I am planning to put up my own resort somewhere along the Dasol Bay coastline.

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  23. Hello, Nakapunta na rin po ako ng Pangasinan but not in Matabang Beach resort, Maraming magagandang beachse dyan sa lugar na yan at plano nga namin mg bakasyon ulit dyan siguro by next year. Hmmmmm hnidi naman po siguro masama ang pagtrato nila kasi my kaibigan akong nakapunta na dyan at very accommodating naman daw ang mga staff dyan. Depende na lang po siguro yan sa kung pano niyo rin sila pakikitunguhan ,..sabi nga po diba, if you give respect you will receive respect. hehe...Give and take na lang.Thanks for this post.

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