The Villa Balinmanok in Dasol, Pangasinan, Philippines
The Villa Balinmanok
The archipelagic features of the Philippines paved a way to fabulous, raw and untroubled sceneries known to man. Dubbed as the "Pearl of the Orient Sea," this country can name thousands of tourist attractions that can fill in the adventurist spirits of people from around the world.
Since this country is composed of islands, it is savored with beaches that can captivate the hearts and spirit.
Beaches like those of Boracay and Palawan are known internationally. They are actually far from the capital, which is the Manila. For those who don't know, there are also great white sand beaches that are near it. Pangasinan is a town that is home to such.
The Villa Balinmanok is one of the hidden treasures of Dasol. The term "Balinmanok" came from the Filipino word "manok," a Filipino word meaning chicken. According to the owners, the place was inhabited by wild fowls before their ancestors found the place.
The Villa Balinamanok had been a private resort for years. They just opened it to the public a few years ago.
I above-mentioned the word "hidden." Please take it literally.
To go to this place, the best thing to do is to go to the more popular beach, which is the Tambobong. Then, ride a boat that will take you to Villa Balinmanok.
If you have your own vehicle, you can also reach it by land. I'm telling you, it's a long. But, very worthy.
From Manila, you should go to the Alaminos town proper take the short road to Mabini where the Burgos is. There is a Petron Gasoline station in Guiang and take the opposite road. Then, just ask for locals the road that will take you to Villa Balinmanok. I suggest that you contact the owner (contacts below) for clearer directions and they will also have someone to serve as a guide when you reached the Concordia Plaza.
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The Beach and Nature
The beach is highly recommended, especially when you have kids with you. The water is very calm with little to no waves, it is also shallow. It is best defined as "crystal clear." The only things that you can see are the leaves that are falling from the trees. You can even see very small fishes that are trying to go near your feet, maybe, they found fungi that serve as their food. I also saw a medium-sized lobster that I tried to capture manually, but it's quite fast in the water.
The owners are serious protecting the place even in a way that commercialized boats for swimming are prohibited to the area.
The sand is not as fine as those of Boracay, but they are also great. No small rocks that can hurt your feet while taking a bath in the shallow waters.
The air is very fresh. Absolutely, no pollution at all. When you walk away from the beach, away from the entrance, the place is like forest and smells like dried leaves.
The place is surrounded by giant rock formations, which you can explore as the sides are still shallow waters. You only have to wear slippers or swimming shoes as the submerged rocks are sharp. While exploring, I was amazed by the wonderful marine life. It's the first time that I saw a big crab resting. When it saw us, I went away. I realized that it's much better if I will snorkel in the sides. I saw lots of creature like blue fishes, angelfish, and
I also snorkeled in the sides. I saw lots of creatures like blue fishes, angelfish, and much more.
Overall, the place is quite great. There are only places that you can't swim as sharp-dark rocks are there. Nature is really preserved. It's a must-see place.
On the right side (facing the beach) is a narrow path. This will be a ten-minute walk and ends in another beach front lot. A few meters from the beach is a ship wreck that is preserved for tourist attraction. We don't have much time when we discovered the place. But, according to some locals, there are lots of fishes inhabiting the place which tourists can catch for meals.
According to the owners, the ship was a Chinese Cargo vessel that carries about 600 kilograms of Shabu. That time, it's a storm and the officials of the ship accidentally dropped the anchor. The ship was damaged prompting the crew to abandon.
Near also that place is a sea cucumber yard. There, they culture the leathery animal for business.
The owners and personnel of Villa Balinmanok are very accommodating. One of the owners, Mr. Ogie welcomed us when we arrived. During our stay, he used to visit us in our cottage, to have a little chit chat and to know if we needed something. By the time we're about to go home, he even bid us goodbye and thanked us for visiting their place. After a few hours, we received a message from him asking us if we got home safe and hoped that we will be back.
The crews are always ready to serve. They are willing to help even to the smallest things like chopping the onions for your meal. They will always offer hands on a way that I got a little shy as I'm not used to those kinds of services.
When we went for island hopping, we asked them to cook our foods and when we're back our meals are ready.
All the crews are always smiling. It made us comfortable and at home. One of the little boy, which I suppose the son of one of the crews played with me and hugged me before we went home.
In terms of the personnel services and friendliness, I will give them 98%.
All of us has our own definition of vacation. Some wanted it loud with lots of people bumping each other. Some wanted to meet new friends on the beach and some wanted to drink all night with bands entertaining them.
But for me, a vacation is the other way around. My definition of vacation is relaxing in front of the beach with my family. I want it peaceful and stay away from too many people, noise, and pollution. I'm not anti social, but I prefer a resort that has 2-3 groups sharing the beach because I want my vacation worthy so I can release the tension brought by the urban life. That's why Villa Balinmanok is best for me.
This is also best for kids because the water is shallow and calm. You will not be worrying that kids will be taken away by the waves. I can assure you that because the area was being protected by the huge rocks from the waves. They can also play to the sand. My niece thought they are sugar.
If you'll ask me, am I going to go back this place? I'll answer yes, with full of conviction. This article is not paid, and I just did this as I want to tell the world how beautiful the Philippines is.
For people who wanted to visit Villa Balinmanok, you can contact the owners through the following details:
- Cellphone - 09152092010 | 09084551047 - Look for Ogie Belarma