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The Villa Balinmanok in Dasol, Pangasinan, Philippines
Last Summer, me and my siblings went on a vacation at Pangasinan and for me, that one was one of the best vacation ever. We went to one of the hidden beauty of the town, The Villa Balinmanok located somewhere in Dasol.
This place captivates me and how about making a wonderful lense for this wonderful experience?
The Villa Balinmanok and How to Go?
The Villa Balinmanok is one of the hidden treasures of Dasol. Balinmanok came from the Filipino word "manok" means chicken. According to the owners, the place is inhabited by wild chickens before their ancestors found the place.
The owners only opened this resort to the public, 2 years ago (as of the writing).
To go to this place, the best thing to do is to go to the more popular beach, 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. But, I'm telling you, it's a long trip. Before reaching the Alaminos town proper take the short road to Mabini where the Burgos is. There is a Petron Gasolene station 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, specially when you have kids with you. The beach is very calm with little to no waves, it is also shallow, and the water is crystal clear. The owners are really protecting the place even on 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 will taking a bath in the shallow waters.
The water 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 serves 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 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. Very refreshing...
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 with the wonderful marine life, it's the first time that I saw a big crab resting, and, it's kinda fast when it saw us. I realized that it's much better if I will snorkel in the sides. I saw lots of creature like blue fishes, angelfish, and many more.
Overall, the place is quite great, there are only places that you can't swim as sharp-dark rocks are there. The nature is really preserved and the rawness of the place is very obvious. 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. In 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 inhibiting the place which tourists can catch for meals.
According to the owners, the ship is a Chinese Cargo vessels that carries about 600 kilograms of Shabu. That time, it's a storm, the officials of the ship accidentally dropped the anchor and the ship was damaged, prompting an immediate evacuation.
Near also that place is a sea cucumber yard. There, they culture sea cucumbers 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 visited us in our cottage, couple of times, to have a little chit chat. 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, that'll make you comfortable. One of the little boy, which I suppose the son of one of the crews played with me and hugged me before we go 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 in the beach and some wanted to drink all night with bands entertaining them.
But for me, a vacation is the other way around. For me, a vacation is relaxing in front of the beach with my family members. I want it peaceful, and stay away from too much 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 to let myself relief from the stressful life in the urban. That's why Villa Balinmanok is best for me.
This is also best for kids as the water is shallow and very calm. You will not going to worry that the kids will be taken away by the waves. They can play to the sand, my youngest niece even said they were white sugar.
If you'll ask me, am I going to go back this place? I'll answer yes, with full conviction. This article is not paid, and I just did this as I want to tell the world how beautiful Philippines is.
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For people who wanted to visit Villa Balinmanok, you can contact the owners through the following details:
- Cellphone - 09152092010 | 09084551047 - Look for Ogie Belarma