The warm water enveloped my body as I dived into the calm turquoise water of Tambobong Beach. From the images I saw at Google Maps, Dasol Bay looks quite promising for underwater fun; it was spotted with different shades of green, indicating a rich a marine environment.
The clarity of Tambobong’s water is excellent as I swam my way from the shore to its deeper regions. It took me a while though as the seabed has a very gradual slope. I got pretty far, having no fear of being dragged by the current, the water being as calm as it was.
The cove’s underwater life is indeed quite healthy. Sea grass and flowers are blooming profusely under its green surface with a few colorful corals every now and then.
I understand that this is a fishing village and I know that Dasol is no Coron but I was a bit disappointed with the number of fishes I saw as I snorkel even in its deeper parts. There are colorful fishes, yes; but not in multitudes like most snorkeling sites in the country. The fishes here are naturally afraid of people and quickly hide whenever I get too close.
Still, I guess the fisherfolks of Tambobong must be practicing correct fishing methods as small fishes still thrive here, replenishing the bounty most people around the cove live on.
Aside from the vibrant fishes, I also saw quite a few sea slugs and starfishes on the sea bottom. There were also rare encounters with eels (or were those seasnakes?) and apple-sized jellyfishes.
One interesting feature of Tambobong’s water can be found on its eastern end where saltwater mixes with freshwater that seeps out from the jagged stones along its bank. Here the water shifts from warm to cold and clear to filmy in matter of seconds. It’s an eerie experience especially if you’re swimming alone.
Considering that Tambobong Beach is really not a tourist destination and most especially it being a fishing village; I still got to enjoy gliding over its calm green waters. The fishes may be few and the corals may not be as abundant as those in Coron and Balicasag but its wild underwater garden was enough for me.
Brgy. Osmena & Brgy. Tambobong
GPS Coordinates: 15.931093,119.786167 | Click to view location on Google Maps
Matabang Beach Resort
Telephone: (02) 425-4980 | (0905) 245-5425 | (0928) 937-7701
GPS Coordinates: 15.93107,119.788128 | Click to view location on Google Maps
How to get to Tambobong Beach by Commuting:
From Manila, board an Alaminos bound bus (Php300.00). Alight at Alaminos and board a jeep going to Burgos
(Php27.00) and ask the driver to drop you off at the Burgos Market. From there, rent a tricycle (Php200 to 300.00)
to Tambobong Beach or Matabang Beach Resort.
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DASOL SUNSET AT TAMBOBONG BEACH
2010 TAMBOBONG BEACH SERIES
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