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A Quick Escape to Dingalan (I Bet, You Probably Haven't Heard of This Place!)

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

After exploring Minalungao National Park in the town of Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija, we went to Cabanatuan City to have our lunch. We are planning to take the next bus bound for Manila, but the scorching heat of the summer sun made us change our plan. While eating, we asked some locals of what else can we see around the city. They suggested some resorts nearby, but someone also suggested that we go to Dingalan, Aurora if we want a beach. Hmmmm... sounds interesting!

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

From the terminal in Cabanatuan City, we took a Dingalan-bound van. It took us about 1.5 hours to reach the town proper of Dingalan.

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

Still clueless where to go, we asked the locals where the beach resorts are. One tricycle driver recommended Coastal Cove Resort, a beach-front resort located along the shores of Brgy. Butas na Bato.

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

So, from the town proper, we rode his tricycle and drove all the way to the resort. Travel time is about 15 minutes.

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

Upon arrival at the resort, we inquired about their overnight accommodation. The resort offers several accommodations; the most affordable are the nipa huts with common toilet and bath. We decided to stay overnight and paid the overnight room rate. I think it's around 1,500 pesos per night, but we're able to haggle it down to 1,000 pesos/night for 2 persons.

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

After settling our things, we quickly went to the beach.

The beach is about 1 kilometer long with a shoreline composed of a mixture of small to medium-sized pebbles and fine black sand. It also has few cottages that can be used by the guests.

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

It is also dotted with tall coconut trees and surrounded with mountains on both ends that make a lovely backdrop for it.

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

We walked along the shoreline and just enjoyed the strong wind blowing from the Pacific and savored the awesome views.

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

At night, we just bought papaya and some bread for dinner at a nearby store outside the resort. Since there's really nothing much to do inside the resort, we called it a night at around 9:00 PM.

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

We woke up very early the following day to catch the sunrise. Since the town of Dingalan, Aurora is facing the eastern part of Luzon, it is a great spot to watch the sunrise.

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

We enjoyed the stunning view of the rising sun while being caressed by the strong winds. As the sun peeked into the clouds, its rays filled the sky with radiant and vibrant colors. It's like a painting slowly done in front of me! Truly beautiful!

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

After having our breakfast, we just spent the whole morning at the beach, swimming and enjoying the nice beach.

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

We then prepared ourselves for checkout at around 9:00 AM.


Upon checkout, we took a tricycle and went back to the town proper. While waiting for the van bound for Cabanatuan to be filled, we roamed around the town to see things around. At around 10:00 AM, we left Dingalan, Aurora.

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

It was certainly an awesome unplanned trip. We just went on with this trip, even if we were uncertain and we both don't know what to expect. Good thing we did, because we really enjoyed our quick adventure in Dingalan Aurora!


Dingalan Aurora Adventure Trip Photos

I heard there are still a lot see and to explore in Dingalan. Maybe next time!

How to Get To Dingalan, Aurora?

From Manila, there are several bus companies that goes to Cabanatuan City (Five Star Bus Co., ES Transport, Genesis Transport Services, Baliwag Transit, Inc). Bus terminals can be found in Pasay, Avenida, Cubao and Caloocan. Travel time is 2.5 - 3.5 hours depending on which route it will take. The fastest route is via the SCTEX which only takes 2.5 hours. AC bus fare is around 185 pesos from Cubao.

Upon reaching Cabanatuan City, make your way to the bus terminal and take a van bound for Dingalan Aurora. Travel time is about 1.5 - hours and fare is around 150 pesos.

Note: This trip happened in April 2013.


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8 comments :

iamjorge927 said...

I hope you get back to Dingalan and experience more soon. We also have falls (Mahogany Falls, Tanauan Falls, Abungan Falls), trekking and boating adventures, Lipit River, Umiray River (boundary of Aurora Province and Quezon Province) and Lighthouse at White Beach where u can witness a mini-Batanes view on top of it. Thanks btw for appreciating and promoting our town Dingalan. I hope you had a great time.

Anonymous said...

hi iamjorge927...do you know the schedule of buses back and forth to dingalan from cabanatuan? we are planning to visit there soon...tia

Unknown said...

Hi! I am planning as well to go to Dingalan, any accomodation you can recommend? Thank you! :-)

Unknown said...

Hi mam and sir. Tanong ko lang po kung mag kano boat ride?

Unknown said...

Hi mam and sir. Tanong ko lang po kung mag kano boat ride?

Joel Galisanao said...

Love the people and place. I've in Dingalan, back and forth every week just to be with my love one before. Now I will visit Dingalan as a tourist not a lover anymore.

Anonymous said...

There are more to see in Dingalan, I'm an adventurer too and a sucker for snorkeling and diving. One day in an unplanned visit to Dingalan we were lead to unexplored snorkeling area in Matawe, Dingalan and it was truly amazing to see and experienced....clear waters and great garden of corals, hundreds of different species of fish... I look forward to visiting again.

Anna Magtibay said...

Hi, what to you think is much okay, Dingalan to Baler, or Baler to Dingalan. Im planning to go to both places one time. I hope for your response thank you.

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