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    @David 48 - thanks for the reposts. My net is so slow and a pic takes ages to load, so I'm multitasking while posting pics.

    To continue, more views

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    ^lighthouse on another hill. Our group decided not to trek to the lighthouse anymore since it was on open trail, was also past noon and we were hot, sweaty and hungry.

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    The beach in Dingalan is not spectacular; I've seen better sand and beaches. However, most people go there not so much for the beach but for the views on the hill. As I've mentioned before, it's being touted as "Batanes of the East" and accessible by land travel from Manila (unlike Batanes where one would have to book flights). A day trip or short stay/weekend is possible from Manila and surrounds.

    The beach
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    If on a day trip, you'd have to rent a hut such as this. For overnight stays, you'd have to bring a tent and camp out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    The beach in Dingalan is not spectacular; I've seen better sand and beaches. However, most people go there not so much for the beach but for the views on the hill. As I've mentioned before, it's being touted as "Batanes of the East" and accessible by land travel from Manila (unlike Batanes where one would have to book flights). A day trip or short stay/weekend is possible from Manila and surrounds.

    The beach


    If on a day trip, you'd have to rent a hut such as this. For overnight stays, you'd have to bring a tent and camp out.
    The beach in Dingalan is not spectacular

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    Thanks airportwo for the repost!

    Btw, that area up the hill is called Mountain View. The trail up is covered/ woody trail.
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    Sorry for this photobomber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Thanks airportwo for the repost!

    Btw, that area up the hill is called Mountain View. The trail up is covered/ woody trail.


    Sorry for this photobomber.
    Btw, that area up the hill is called Mountain View

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    Since Dingalan is a relatively new beach/tourism destination, it still lacks facilities. For your bodily functions, there are crude toilets (pail + bucket). For showers, you'd have to shower out in the open and pump your own water from this artesian well. So it's only for backpacker types and not Dillinger or Landreth tastes. I didn't see a single white foreigner in the place, only locals were there.
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    As for our food, included in the tour package was lunch (boodle fight style), consisting of small crabs, mussels (tahong), grilled milkfish (bangus), adobo squid, grilled liempo (pork belly), eggplant, watermelon & unlimited rice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Since Dingalan is a relatively new beach/tourism destination, it still lacks facilities. For your bodily functions, there are crude toilets (pail + bucket). For showers, you'd have to shower out in the open and pump your own water from this artesian well. So it's only for backpacker types and not Dillinger or Landreth tastes. I didn't see a single white foreigner in the place, only locals were there.


    As for our food, included in the tour package was lunch (boodle fight style), consisting of small crabs, mussels (tahong), grilled milkfish (bangus), adobo squid, grilled liempo (pork belly), eggplant, watermelon & unlimited rice.
    Outside Nudie Showers

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    @david48 - no outdoor nudie showers, Que horror! You'd have to shower with clothes on. As for changing clothes, you can use the crude toilets or just cover yourself with a towel/ sarong.

    Dingalan was/is a small fishing & agricultural town and they've only recently opened up the Cove to tourism. Thus, there are no good toilets or showers yet. For drinking water, you'd have to bring your own, or if in a tour group, it could be provided for you (depends on arrangement). There are some small sari-sari stores (mom & pop stores) where you can buy snacks, soda or bottled water.

    Another place that I'd like to explore soon is Jomalig Island, off Quezon province (side of Pacific Ocean). It has golden sand and was recently featured in KMJS - Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho, a local TV show. Because of KMJS and social media, people are now flocking to it. I've a colleague who went there last Easter holidays - she said the small port was full packed and there weren't enough boats to handle the volume of people.
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    After a short rest post-lunch, our group decided not to swim/hang out on the beach. Instead, we went back to the port and travelled by minivan to Tanawan Falls, which is ~20 minutes away from the port.

    Steps leading down to Tanawan Falls
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    After a short rest post-lunch, our group decided not to swim/hang out on the beach. Instead, we went back to the port and travelled by minivan to Tanawan Falls, which is ~20 minutes away from the port.

    Steps leading down to Tanawan Falls


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    ..... sorry don't know what happened there..

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    @toot - thanks for the repost!

    Tanawan Falls & vicinity - it was nice and cool. We stayed there for ~1.5 hours.

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    After the falls, it was time to wash up and leave for Manila. It took us ~5.5H on the way back.

    I'll end this thread with a pic of this dog that I saw while waiting at Dingalan port. Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    After a short rest post-lunch, our group decided not to swim/hang out on the beach. Instead, we went back to the port and travelled by minivan to Tanawan Falls, which is ~20 minutes away from the port.

    Steps leading down to Tanawan Falls


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    travelled by minivan to Tanawan Falls

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @toot - thanks for the repost!

    Tanawan Falls & vicinity - it was nice and cool. We stayed there for ~1.5 hours.





    Tanawan Falls & vicinity

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    After the falls, it was time to wash up and leave for Manila. It took us ~5.5H on the way back.

    I'll end this thread with a pic of this dog that I saw while waiting at Dingalan port. Cheers!

    I'll end this thread with a pic of this dog that I saw while waiting at Dingalan port. Cheers!

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    ^thanks David48!

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    Nice stuff K-Pop, almost makes me want to jump ship now. Sadly i'm still racing the rats. A plus to you and keep trucken on.

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