I want to share to you my first experience of traveling solo 🙂 I saw posts in DIY Travel Philippines from women who have tried going to Dingalan alone so I decided to try it also. Here are the places I visited plus some tips along with the expenses.
How to get there:
Bus to Cabanatuan – 3hrs (There are terminals in Cubao and Pasay. I picked Fivestar in Cubao)
Van from Cabanatuan Terminal to Dingalan – 1.5hrs (If it’s a weekend, vans may leave as early as 4am when its full. In my case, it was a weekday so the van left at 6am, even if it was full or not.)
I already contacted a tourguide in Dingalan beforehand, Kuya Jeff – 0948 409 8651. He’s very nice and I highly recommend him He captured some of my breathtaking photos. He’s really good He will not let you down, unlike your ex. Haha 😂
When I arrived at Dingalan, my guide fetched me from the “Kalabaw” monument area and from there, we went to feeder port for registration and payment. This is a must. If you don’t have a guide yet, they will provide you once you register at the port.
🏝 Going to white beach, you can ride a boat especially if you go there by group. But in my case since I am traveling solo, I chose to trek with Kuya Jeff going to White beach (30-40 mins)
⛰ From white beach, you can trek to the lighthouse (30-40 mins). The lighthouse is closed but you can still take pictures. The view from that area is nice.
⛰ From lighthouse, you can trek to Mountain view (30-40 mins). This one is my favorite The view is perfectly beautiful! I understand why it is called Batanes of the East The area was so relaxing and breathtaking. I would want to go back there soon.
After the wondrous time at the mountain view, we went back down to white beach. Kuya Jeff and I were tired so we had softdrinks and took time to relax for a while. I didn’t want to say goodbye to the beautiful place but I was also going to Baler that day and time was gold. So I decided to ride a boat back to the port since there was a couple who was going back too. I was already tired anyway to trek from white beach to the port so I opted to join the couple and be the third wheel. Jk!
💦 You can have a sidetrip to Tanawan Falls if you still have plenty of time
If you plan to have an overnight stay in white beach, you can try Lourdes and Buboy Cottages or ask your tour guide where you can stay.
If you’re heading home, it’s easy as how you got there. Just ride a van that’s going to Cabanatuan at the terminal. Then from there, ride a bus going to Cubao or Pasay
All in all, I can say that the experience was great! I’m proud of myself because I enjoyed traveling solo for the first time and I believe I picked the right place to do so. I never felt afraid that I was alone. I would definitely want to go back to this place when I have the time. No doubt that this place is highly recommended to those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and would just want to relax and enjoy the gift of nature. The views are truly majestic!
Manila – Cabanatuan: 185/way (bus)
Cabanatuan – Dingalan: 100/way (van)
Per tourist spot: 200, trek to white beach: 200
Entrance fee to Lourdes and Buboy’s Mountain View: 50 per group. If you’re alone, you still have to pay the same amount.
💸 Feeder port registration: 50
Budget : 1.5k+ with food if solo
*200 per tourist spot (good for 5 pax)
Breakdown: Lighthouse – 200, Mountain View – 200 Trek to and from White Beach – 200
Plus 200 if Tanawan Falls is included 🙂
Feel free to send me a message if you have questions. Safe and happy travels everyone<3