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Solitude is a word that comes to mind when I think of Cabongaoan Beach. I can see it’s creamy white sand, distinctive tree line and clear blue water now. I can almost feel the sea breeze in my hair. You’ll enjoy every minute here, we did.
We decided to catch a bus (Victory Liner) from Manila to Alaminos then a second bus to Burgos and then a tricycle to the beach. The trip from Manila to Alaminos took almost 5 hours and had us arriving in Alaminos at six in the morning. We had a quick break, something to eat and boarded the bus to Burgos. Two hours later we were arriving in Burgos and dying to stretch our legs. We had a look around the markets and bought some sunscreen before catching a tricycle to the Beach. We were told we could buy freshly caught fish at the beach so we held off on having a large breakfast until then.
Now, don’t expect a three lane highway to get to the beach. It is off the beaten track and it took us a good 1 hour to travel there by Tricycle. The road was bumpy and dusty and quite narrow in parts so if you have a large truck or van you might find it hard getting down parts of the road. But, once you get there you will soon realize it was all worth it.
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We decided to stay at Roven’s Beach Resort, as they don’t have an entrance fee to the beach compared to other resorts in the area. We rented a Nipa kubo for P2,500 which was good because we had electricity for charging our phone and other things as well as having a secure place to keep our belongings. We were allowed to use the grill and cooker for free (Ate Venus and her husband from Roven’s Place are really nice and helpful). We also had the luxury of our own CR.
It was a Saturday and the area was fast becoming crowded. Camping here is free so there were already many tents popping up all over. By the way, camping is free but if you drive here there is a parking fee of P100. If you decide to camp, be prepared to wait for the CR/Shower room… There are 8 shower/change rooms to accommodate everyone. I was so glad we had our own.
There was also a sari sari store there where you can buy water and snacks but be prepared to pay a little extra for that convenience. If you can, bring as much with you from town as you can.
Talking to people we met there, to rent a table for the day (and night if you want) costs P800 but if you wait till 10am you can get one for a cheap as P500. Of course if it is a busy day with many visitor there probably wont be a table left at 10am…
There are grills you can borrow to cook your food and every morning, a vendor comes with the day’s catch. Like fish and lobsters or whatever they caught that morning. There is nothing like cooking up fresh fish for late breakfast… I can smell it now…
Cabongaoan Beach Review
When we were there it wasn’t too crowded so we were still able to experience the area so to speak. Now the sand isn’t brilliant white sand, it is more like a mocha-white but it is soft. The water isn’t quite crystal clear but it is clean and great to swim. The beach is considerably clean except for the seaweed washed up here and there on the shore. The accommodation is not 5 star and there are no restaurants to dine at. If all that is important to you then maybe wait 5 – 10 years for the area to be developed as it inevitably will. But for now it is good just to be able to enjoy the area for what is is.
At low tide there are nearby rock formations that can be explored and 30 minutes away is the fast becoming famous “Death Pool”.
By the way, camping at the beach is free but bonfires on the beach are not allowed so don’t have great plans of romantic nights roasting marshmallows under the stars…
You can feel safe here as there is often police patrolling the beach and there is usually Life Guards on duty.
The beach is considerably clean except for the seaweeds on the shore which I really do not mind. The sand is not so white but you’d really enjoy the feeling of just laying down and watching the majestic sunset. Parking may be a challenge but the people there are more than willing to help.
Sunset at Cabongaoan Beach is a magical time. A few good friends, some drinks, a videoke machine and good times… That is what memories are made of… Come on and join us.. Make a few memories of your own and share them with us. We would love to hear them…
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