Labrador: Tubuan Beach and Cabalitian Island
Tubuan Beach is a public beach located between the towns of Labrador and Sual in Pangasinan. Compared to other beaches whose sands are usually whitish, the almost kilometer stretch of Tubuan Beach grayish or blackish in color. But do not be disappointed, the place is frequently visited not just by the locals but also by foreigners due to its fine sands.
The beach is not new to the flock, we already landed here several times already. Aside from being accessible, it is also very affordable for those wanting a quick get-away. There is no entrance fee, and for those wanting to rent a cottage, they can get one for as low as PhP200-300 depending on size. There is also a resort along the stretch for those finding a wholesome relaxation.
The beach is perfect to visit during the mornings when it is not yet warm. For those fearing or don’t know how to swim, the waters are just shallow even far from the shore. Even kids will enjoy being here as the waves are not very strong. Kids usually enjoy here playing with sands, and you can just let them enjoy and be confident with their safety.
Docked boats lined up the beach: aside from fishing, tourism is another primary livelihood of many residents here. Some boatmen are offering island hopping to another coastline – the Cabalitian.
While Tubuan’s are black, this beach has white sands but is much smaller. There are also rock formations perfect for photo ops.
Boat ride costs PhP800 round-trip and can accommodate up to 10 persons. The boat trip takes about 20 minutes.
- Entrance – Free
- Cottage – PhP200-300
Take the road going to Alaminos or Bolinao, and tell the driver to drop you off at the Tubuan Beach or Covelandia (a popular resort here)
Take the road going to Alaminos, before reaching the town of Sual you can see the beach at the right-handside. Enter the narrow road (esquinita) going to the beach. A large parking space is available.
TIPS AND QUIPS
- If you forgot to bring your own food, there is a talipapa just several meters away that offers a variety of fresh seafoods. You can order them to be grilled.
- For those on a budget, there are sari-sari stores right beside it. They also serve hot coffee, perfect especially during cold mornings. Or you can wait for walking vendors selling taho, pandesal, suman, balut, corn, etc.
- The place has a poor mobile signal reception.
- To maximize your enjoyment, avoid going on weekends.
- From here you can see a giant chimney, a part of the Sual Power Station, a coal-fired power plant that supplies more than 1,200 MW power to the Luzon grid.
On the evening of 10 December 1999, a massive blackout struck the entire Luzon. It was first rumored to be a coup attempt against then-President Joseph Estrada (now mayor of Manila) or an early manifestation of the Y2K or Millennium bug. It was later found out that the outage was caused by massive droves of jellyfish, estimated to be “50 truckloads”, obstructing the water cooling pump of the Sual power plant, with its shutdown cascading to other power plants in Luzon.
- Alaminos – Hundred Islands
- Bolinao Falls
- Bolinao Lighthouse
- Patar Beach (Bolinao)