For me, Tondol White Sand Beach is not quite the “Boracay Of The North” or not even the “Best Beach In Pangasinan”. Read on to see why… The beach was a pleasant surprise. The roads are surfaced and decent all the way making travel a breeze. The area still remains remarkably unspoiled and scenic. Nature lovers will adore its simple beauty.
Tondol White Sand Beach Anda Pangasinan
Often called the “Boracay of the north”, and the “best beach in Pangasinan” by so many bloggers. Often described as having beautiful white sand and crystal clear water… The fact is you really don’t know until you see for yourself… So we went to Tondol white sand beach and what we found is not what we expected…
The New Access Road Is A Dream
We arrived in Anda early and were lucky enough to find a tricycle available near the bus drop off point.As we were squeezing into the tricycle my mind flashed back to the last time I visited Tondol Beach. It was 2012 and the access road to the beach was terrible… 17 Kms of holes and bumps. I was so pleasantly surprised to see the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) had completed the paving of Poblacion-San Jose-Namagbagan-Imbo-Tondol Road leading to Tondol Beach. It is sooo much better!
Now, I would like to state from the beginning that I don’t consider Tondol white sand beach (as it is often called) to actually have “White” sand. It is more of an off white or “ask” color. Sure, if you compare it to Patar Beach it is definitely whiter, but still, to be honest… not white but close.
The best time to appreciate the sand and the beach it self is close to low tide. If you get there at low tide, you will unfortunately need to walk a fair distance out to reach water you can swim in. This makes it a great family, child-friendly beach as the water at low tide is not deep.
Seaweed On Tondol White Sand Beach
Talking to a few locals, I found out that Tondol has always had a seaweed problem but in the past the seaweed was collected before it would build up. Remembering back to my last visit in 2012, I can’t remember seaweed being as bad as it is now. One of the locals joked that those in charge of the beach are too busy collecting entrance fee to be able to collect the seaweed. And I tend to agree with him… You would think the cottage or resort owners would do something, after all, a clean beach could mean more customers for them.
The seaweed isn’t a big issue but at low tide it is hard to miss. Oh, when we were there, entrance to the beach cost P5.
If you are feeling energetic, try kayaking. It is great in the morning when the water is calm. Then have lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing or swimming. If you are not a good swimmer, this is a great place to be. The water is clear, cool and not too deep. In fact, it doesn’t get much over waist height for a long way out. Near the beach it is knee deep or nothing. Very child friendly. I also found the beach to be very relaxing. I hope it can stay this way and not get to developed and touristy.
Personally, I have seen better beaches, but Tondol has its own unique feel and qualities. Its “almost” white sand, shallow family-friendly waters, low tide is so low you can stroll to the neighboring island, beautiful sunsets, clean water and lovely bancas for rent. Yes, Tondol definitely has its charm and attraction..
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How to Get There
By Private Vehicle
Tondol Beach is located at the northern tip of Anda, Pangasinan; five to six hour drive from Manila. It is an island municipality which you can reach by crossing a bridge that was constructed to connect the island to the mainland. Head to Alaminos first. From Metro Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) through Tarlac via the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). From Tarlac go through Camiling and pass by Lingayen continuing to Alaminos. It is on the way to Bolinao after the town of Bani. After Bani you will see a junction that leads to to Anda.
By Commute/Public Vehicle
- You can take a bus at Victory Liner Cubao Bus Station going to Alaminos. Bus leaves as early as 4:30am. You can also try Dagupan Bus Lines also in Cubao. For both you can ask the driver to drop you off at Tara junction to the municipality of Anda.
- The best option I can see is by taking Five Star bus bound to Anda Public Market. From There you can take a jeepney or a tricycle to Tondol Beach.