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June 22, 2009

tondol beach: anda's low tide beauty

Tondol Morning Boats II
Tondol beach after Typhoon Emong

The area was still recovering from the havoc brought by Typhoon Emong when I visited Brgy. Tondol in Anda, Pangasinan. There was no electricity at that time and most of the beach were strewn with debris. Nevertheless I find Tondol beach's rustic charm irresistible.

I stayed mostly at Tanduyong island but had the chance to visit the beach area after sunrise one morning. True to the blogs I read about Tondol beach, the low tide scene is amazing.

Tondol Morning Boats
early morning at Tondol Beach

There is a large expanse of flat powdery white sand beach. During low tide you would be able to walk from Tondol beach to Tanduyong island (just about 800m offshore). Even at high tide there are sections between Tanduyong and Tondol where the water is just about 4 feet deep.

Tondol Lowtide
boats stuck in lowtide

Most of Tondol's beach front are private resorts but there is a public beach area at the western end. Entrance fee is just 5 pesos and you can rent open cottages for 250.00 pesos a day. There is no camping fee if you prefer to pitch a tent.

Accommodations in Tondol

There are lots of homestay accommodations in Tondol beach, most with air conditioned rooms that range from Php 1,000 to Php 1,500 / night.

However if you want a beeline to Tanduyong island, the best place would be the eastern end of the beach. The eastern part has the shallowest beach and provides a "direct" route to Tanduyong island.

There is a large two bedroom bungalow there that you can rent for Php 4,000 pesos (for the 2 rooms) a day. Each room is air-conditioned and has its own CR.

Contact: Amiz/Ampong +639202972305

There are also smaller bungalows and rooms that you can rent for Php 1,500 - Php 2,000 per day.

Its best to check the tide information when going to Tondol as the beach is best enjoyed during low tide (lowtide was from 3am - 7am when I was there).

Contact: Ate Medy +639207002122 or +639282786118

During March-April the water is crystal clear. The lowtide area "expands" during December when it reaches some parts beyond Tanduyong Island.
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r-yo said...

another great place to visit.

Gaelyn said...

A beautiful place. Like the colorful outriggers. How fun to walk from island to island at low tide.

the donG said...

beautiful during low tide because of the large expanse of white sand. making a sunset so romantic there.

Marites said...

i like the "rural" feel of the place. Just love the skies too.

Photo Cache said...

Wonderful post with very informative text and amazing photos. This would be a doable trip for me when I go home (dont know when) because it's so close to my home province.

My world entry is here:

SandyCarlson said...

Those colors are extraordinary.

Lawstude said...

thanks for the info pards. dong ho went there a few weeks ago but i was not able to join him because of problems with work. but i will surely keep this in mind if ever given the chance to go there.

Sylvia K said...

What a marvelous place! And your photos are stunning as always. Enjoyed the information you included as well, always makes the photos even more interesting. Your header pic is breathtaking!
Have a great week!

Guy D said...

These are outstanding pics, and your header photo is incredible.

Have a great week
Regina In Pictures

Ferdz said...

Nice to see you back Allan! Hope youre feeling better :D

Ganda nga ng morning dyan. And thanks for the reference on accommodations in case mapunta kami dyan :D

Island Rambles Blog said...

It is sad that they are still recovering from the typhoon but your photos really make it look wonderful and I would love to go there..That was a lovely series of beach photos...My World is always an adventure to see all the different places..

ladyfi said...

I love the splash of colours made by the stranded boats.

Arija said...

Another beautiful place you are featuring. The beach is to die for.

Babooshka said...

Just stunning images of beauty and calm after the typhoon. Beautiful.

erin said...

gorgeous shots...i so like all of your posts and photos. always a joy.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Very beautiful beach even after the typhoon. Love those colourful boats.

Nobe said...

i wish i could travel as much as you do.


dodong flores said...

Nice photos. It doesn't seem like the place was struck with typhoon. I wish I can visit such interesting places such as this...

Karen said...

Beautiful shots !! Love the way the sun lights up those colourful boats..

Pacey said...

Ha! beautiful getaway place. Maka adto unta ko ani unya ug maka bakasyon ko next year dinhi, pohon. Great places you've visited, makaibog and make jealous, hahahah...

Carver said...

What a beautiful place. You captured it so well in these wonderful photographs. I am sorry they were hit so hard by a typhoon.

Russ said...

Very nice! That second one is breathtaking. Awesome light.

Glennis said...

Doesn't look too badly damaged by the typoon, still a nice beach place to visit and go out in a small boat.

bw said...

the calm after the storm... very nice shots :)

jen laceda said...

you're a great ambassador to the Philippines. Absolutely spectacular photos

Anonymous said...

ive been in this place... the water is not that great but the place is very relaxing...

Park Allard said...

Hi Allan, my wife and I drove up to Tondol just this weekend for a quick escape, the information here on your blog are quite helpful. Thank you for that. I actually told the folks out here of they're being on the web because of you, Mang Boyet remembers you fondly, they all send their regards. Anyway, just a correction, "Amiz/Ampong +639202972305" should be Amy/Ompong. Thanks again.

Ciska van Geer said...

The sun rises. A new day has begun. The Gulf of Lingayen, Pangasinan shows one of its treasures. Red colored clouds in a blue sky reflect in the sea, in water as smooth as a mirror. Barking dogs, crowing cocks. The day begins shortly after five o’clock. The two of us enjoy a beautiful morning walk on Tondol White Beach. The sea has lost space. A picnic table on a raft lies on the dry sand. We walk in ankle deep water. The sun stains the air rose-red. A flying fish quietly swims along. There is not one reason to flee. In the distance fishermen wade through the water, pulling their bamboo oblong, carrying baskets. They slowly pull their nets. Everything is done by hand. We collect shells in all shapes and sizes, look at them and throw them away again. We see craters in the sand but no sign of life. The phenomenon brings back the memory of giant earthworms. Walking in ankle deep water we enjoy the peace and tranquility of our beautiful surroundings. We see little hermit-crabs and find pieces of coral on the sand. A see-urchin with long black needles warns us: beware. On the white sand we find a few tropical fish; beautifully coloured, but unfortunately they are dead. There are many slender fishing boats coming to land; Philippine fishermen in their bangkas drop anchors or move on to the beach. The work has been done, the crew comes ashore. It is the weekend, and there are not many visitors on the beach. In the clear water just before us a huge eel-like fish squirms ahead. It looks like an eel, but it could very well be a moray; we have to be careful once again. Before we can focus the animal has disappeared. Then we see vague star like prints in the sand. With a little grubbing we have a bite. We are exactly on a field of starfish. Further on, a small group of seabirds flies away, leaving a white heron behind on a sandbank. Anda passes as in a dream; yellow and green, dead and alive, rich and poor.
Ciska van Geer

Anonymous said...

I would Like to say THANK YOU!for posting those nice picture taken on my very own place........I do appreciate it!!!!!

Clarriz Anne said...

kailan po ang low tide sa tondol, sa may 3 po ba low tide? gusto po sana namin pumunta dyan kung low tide., may schedule po ba kung kailan low tide o high tide??, pls reply.. :)

Lantaw said...

@Anne, look for a calendar with moon phases, it also has tide information

Nate said...

thanks for telling people how lovely my hometown is.... "ABAW A SALAMAT!"(thanks a lot!)

Ciska van Geer said...

I've come back to your site to see your photos again, you express the stunning beauty so well.

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