Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tondol Beach, Anda: Pangasinan Series

I read about Tondol Beach in Anda from Ivan. Since we're searching for the best beach in Pangasinan, we had to pass by here, seeing Ivan's great pictures. Who would not gravitate towards this beach? Anda is on the way to Bolinao, you just have to take a right turn from the main road to Bolinao, just watch out for the signs. From that turn, Brgy. Tondol is about 25 minutes away.


Well, we were still sleepless, and upon arrival in Tondol, we were greeted by this sight. An entire community had their family day of sorts at that time. The lady in the gate told us to move to the other side of the beach, nearer the island that was fronting Tondol Beach.


It was high tide, so we didn't see the spectacle that Ivan witnessed. It was already 9AM, and we were told that the low tide will come late in the afternoon. Too bad.


It was Beach no.1 in our search, and we were disappointed. Tondol Beach was a bit dirty. Trash was visible at the shoreline and at the back areas.


There were fishing boats and nets. I wasn't particularly happy as well with the sand quality. It looked like sand used in construction. Though fine, it was off white. The water was not clear as well, and had a lot of sea debris like sea grass.


We arrived at a modest resort that had some rooms and cottages. I thought there were no resorts in Tondol, but it turns that there there were a handful, all significantly cheaper than the ones in Bolinao. We decided to get a room for the day since it only cost us P600. The overnight rate was P1,500, but since we were the only tourists there, we were given a huge discount (the caretaker was friendly too). The room was actually good, clean and spacious enough.


We didn't rest in our room though. We laid out our beach mats in front under the trees. It was so relaxing and quiet. The sun was hot, but the coconut and talisay trees shaded us well. We took out our books, snacks, drinks and began to chill out. We were beginning to like Tondol.


At 10AM, I was able to sleep, and woke up at 12 Noon, in time for lunch. We bought lunch from the stores and another resort outside. We had tocino, fried bangus and pork barbeque. It was simple, but satisfying. We even had sweet mangoes for dessert - the beach life indeed!


I slept again after lunch, while the rest hit the beach. The tide was going down slowly we noticed. By 3PM, the tide was already low, revealing the water up to the knees, but still not the same as with Ivan's experience. The water was still not that clear. There were a lot of starfishes on the sand.


We bid goodbye to Tondol at 4PM, to catch the sunset in Patar Beach in Bolinao, our no. 2 beach. We were not as impressed with Tondol, but I think with the right clean up, the beach will be more attractive. The sand extended to the sea, and yes, it was perfect for swimming. Maybe, we came at a bad time. However, we stayed the entire day there, and witnessed both tides. A great beach will always be breathtaking, no matter what time of the day or year.

33 comments:

  1. andi ka pakit sa beach mi.. mabalaw..

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  2. too much perfection seems to be unbelievable... getchie..

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  3. ganda nmn d2,,namiss ko sa tondol beach!sana mapunthan ko ulit!wehhhh!!

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  4. Hi po... ask ko lng po kung how much ung accomodation nyo po sa resort and ilang rooms po cya? and also hanngang ilang tao po kya ung pwd? =)

    Thank you po.. Your Kind response would be very much appreciated po.. =) me and my group of freinds are looking for a nice place to relax this summer po sana.. Thank you.. =)

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  5. nagkataon lang cguro na nng pumunta kayo e pa nahon ng alon ng dagat kaya mo nasabi un.

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  6. subukan mng pumunta sa april dyn ka mag enjoy, pati laman ng dagat maraming makukuhang makakain

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  7. Yes, I hope to go back to Pangasinan soon and I will make that stopover again in Tondol. But of course, I found paradise already in Tambobong.

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  8. hello...tga tondol ako.. musta njan?

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  9. hello! i really love this place, not only bcoz i came here (tondol, anda pang.) but it's very especially place for me.. when i went home i'll always visit the beach to relax and have a peace of mind..

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  10. Na miss ko itong lugar na ito you can called it PARADISE talaga I love it

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  11. hello there! we are planning to have an overnight stay at this place you featured. can i have the contact no of the owner of the cottage. we are 22pax with kids and planning to do this may 2-3, hoping for your reply soon, thanks!

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  12. I miss Tondol Beach! I'm coming back to the most beautiful beach in Pangasinan very soon!

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  13. We went to Tambobong Beach and the place is so nice and quite especially in the Colibra Island. We stayed in Nanay Benilda's house. She is very accomodating and lend us her utensils. What is not good in the Resort is the water, there is no running water and they fetch it from the water pump and brought to the room. We paid 2000 per day for 2 rooms with CR. The town of Dasol should fixed the road for more tourist coming to Tambobong the beach is so good but the road is so bad.

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  14. I agree with you. Tondol beach is not as impressive as I expected it to be. :(

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  27. Hi, I was there (Tondol) 5 days ago and i find the place beautiful. although a small primitive fishing town, but nature is beautiful. And this is how beaches here in Pinas should look. boracay was the same before the criminals turned it in to a circus..... Maybe you just came in the wrong time... It was clean well except from the sea weeds, but it is not trash... Well I agree with u that the local government should come in to control the constructions that are going on. They should have a master plan to follow so that if ever sumikat ang tondol it won't look like Boracay na chaos. I hope you will give tondol a second look.... tondol deserve it.... Compare sa beach nang Bolinao n Hundred island hindi hamak naman na mas maganda ang sand ng tondol. tnx.

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  28. Hi, I was there (Tondol) 5 days ago and i find the place beautiful. although a small primitive fishing town, but nature is beautiful. And this is how beaches here in Pinas should look. boracay was the same before the criminals turned it in to a circus..... Maybe you just came in the wrong time... It was clean well except from the sea weeds, but it is not trash... Well I agree with u that the local government should come in to control the constructions that are going on. They should have a master plan to follow so that if ever sumikat ang tondol it won't look like Boracay na chaos. I hope you will give tondol a second look.... tondol deserve it.... Compare sa beach nang Bolinao n Hundred island hindi hamak naman na mas maganda ang sand ng tondol. tnx.

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