Every summer, the Holy Week vacation meant a 4-day long weekend and going home to the province to relax and basically do nothing. But my friends proposed a short beach getaway this year to fight our boredom. After a long discussion on the places we wanted to go, we decided to go to Burgos, Pangasinan to see Caboangan Beach and the death pool that recently went viral on Facebook.
Three couples went on this trip so there already was a buddy system in place. LOL. This trip was a great chance to catch up an unwind with long-time friends.
How to get there:
Jhodan kindly volunteered their car for the trip and drove all the way to Burgos. Travel time from our home town in Binmaley was only 1.5 hours. But it lengthened to 3 hours because we made frequent stops along the way to buy food, booze, and whatever else we thought we needed. Our destination was fairly easy to find because of Waze.
For those planning to drive, the road to Caboangan Beach turns rough on the last 30 minutes of the journey. There were areas where the road was already paved but it can only fit 1 vehicle at a time. So every time we met a car in front, one of us had to give way. This was also difficult because the paved roads were high. Jhodan’s car endured a few scratches when he tried to go maneuver outside the road and the car dropped several inches on the ground.
Finding a place to stay in Caboangan Beach was difficult because the resorts in the area didn’t have websites. The only resort we knew of was already fully booked several weeks before the Holy Week.
But we finally found a resort through the power of friendship. 🙂 A friend of mine went to Caboangan Beach in early April and I got the contact number of the resort where they stayed. I think that we got the last vacant cottage on the resort. Lucky!
We spent our overnight trip at Luzviminda’s Resort. They were responsive to our text messages and their rates were affordable too. Sometimes though, their number couldn’t be reached or it would take a few hours before they reply. This is just normal since mobile signal in the area is weak.
Luzviminda’s Resort offers several options for it’s accommodations:
- Air-con rooms – we didn’t inquire for the price though
- Cottage fan rooms (6-10 pax) – Php 1,800
- Cottage for overnight stay – Php 1,200
- Tent (7 pax) with use of table with umbrella – Php 1,500
- If guests bring their own tent – Php 200 per pax
We rented a cottage for our overnight stay and pitched our own tents too. The owner kindly waived our tent fees so we only paid for the cottage upon check out. The cottage was spacious and had a good view of the beach. At night, the resort provided a thin mattress and a couple of pillows so we can sleep on the cottage floor. The boyfriend and I slept on the cottage while our companions slept on their own tents.
I was expecting a cool summer’s night but I didn’t feel even a slight breeze at all. 😦
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Caboangan Beach and the Death Pool
We arrived at almost 3 in the afternoon and spent some time organizing our stuff, pitching the tents and preparing for dinner. The famous death pool was a 20-minute walk away so we decided to explore it the next day instead.
Caboangan Beach was a pleasant surprise for me. I wasn’t expecting white sand and blue-green clear waters at all. No wonder that the beach became an instant hit to locals and tourists alike.
Swimming in the late afternoon was a pleasant experience. It was a low tide which meant we could go a bit far from the shore. We also got to witness a beautiful sunset which reminded us that it was time to cook dinner. 😀
However, do be careful when you do decided to swim. The beach was a bit rocky and I had to gauge each step I took in the water to see if the rock I was about to step on was sharp or not.
The following morning, we planned to wake up at sunrise and walk to the death pool. But since we slept late the night before because of alcohol and good conversation, we woke up at 8am. 😀
After breakfast, we walked for 20 minutes under the bright sun towards the famous death pool. It is advisable to bring slippers as it is located in the rocky part of the beach.
There were many people surrounding the death pool when we arrived. The waves were a bit strong that morning so only a few brave souls dared to dive and swim in the pool.
After taking a few mandatory pictures of the death pool, we swam and frolicked for a few minutes at the beach. Instead of sand, the seabed in the area was made of stone. I loved the therapeutic feel of it to my feet but boyfriend found the pain unbearable.
We didn’t look forward to the walk back to our resort because of the heat and the painful rocks along the way. We discovered that there were boats for hire that take guests to and from the death pool. So we immediately hailed one of the boatmen to bring us back to our resort for Php 300. Angeline used her charms to haggle it down from Php 500. 😀
After our morning walk and swim, it was time to pack up and leave. 😦
Caboangan Beach was a good experience but the road to it was not. The roads were under construction when we went there but I have no idea when the project will be completed. I definitely think that Caboangan Beach has a lot of potential and could use a few improvements. If the influx of visitors continues, I hope that the local government put some strict measure for visitors to follow like not throwing trash just everywhere and not disturbing the sea life. I saw some people catch tiny fish swimming around the rocks just so their children can play with them. 😦
- Mobile signal in Caboangan Beach is unreliable so be prepared to disconnect from the outside world when you are here
- There are no luxury resorts (yet) so expect the most basic accommodations and facilities
- Bring lots of drinking water! We ran out of water in the morning to find that all the stores were sold out of bottled water. They only have 1 supplier so expect that when 1 store is sold out, the others are as well
- Bonfires are not allowed
We spent less than Php 1,000 per person for our short but sweet summer getaway:
|200||Luzviminda’s Resort (overnight cottage for Php 1,200 / 6 pax)|
|250||contribution for gas|
|200||contribution for food, water & alcohol|
|50||boat from death pool to Luzviminda’s Resort (Php 300 / 6 pax)|
Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time, burn nothing but calories