Situated approximately 183 kilometres north-east of Metro Manila, Dingalan has been dubbed as the Batanes of the East because of its picturesque view of its mountain ranges beside the Pacific Ocean.
We left Manila after a very good dinner at Mama Rosa, Kapitolyo at around 11:30PM. We hit NLEX around 12MN and started following Waze as our guide. After 4 hours of scary (at least for me, because the roads are all empty as we go farther to Dingalan) weve reached Dingalans Feeder Port at around 4:30AM.
We were greeted by Kuya Bong, he introduced himself as the Ports security guard and offered to coordinate a boat that will take us to the lighthouse. There were already passenger and cargo boats waiting at the port. We asked him for one boat and told him there are just two of us. We would still wait for other DIYers that might want to split the boat fare for us. 10 minutes after a couple arrived (Hello Joan and Reymar!).
We left the port at 5:30AM so we could see the sun rise but apparently it has already risen when we were already leaving port.
Upon reaching White Beach (which really wasnt white) we were greeted by one of the caretakers and asked if we are on our way to the lighthouse. We said yes and were given a tour guide, a 12-year old boy who helps his parent earn a living by guiding tourists on their way up the lighthouse.
Dingalan White Beach in the morning.
Was it necessary to get a tour guide? Yes. Tour guide fee: P200.00.
The hike approxitemately took us 30 minutes (I was with a group on non-mountaineers). Some parts of the trail will give you a beautiful view of the White Beach.
The higher you go the more beautiful the scenery gets.
For non-hikers, there are stops where you can rest. Take your time, and dont forget to bring water (especially when you go there noon or afternoon).
When got really excited when we saw the lighthouse. It has this welcoming vibe, like a man who stands there to give you a good view of the Pacific Ocean from the peak of the mountain.
The gates to the lighthouse were still open to the public when we went there so I was able to snap a few photos at the stairs.
The view from the top gives justice to the long drive and hike to this magnificent spot.
Php 1,000 Gas expenses, good enough to cover distance to and from Dingalan (starting point Makati)Php 700 Boat from Feeder Port to White Beach and Lamao CavesPhp 200 Tour guide to Dingalan lighthouseAdditional expenses for food
1: 00 am departure from Kapitolyo, Pasig04:30 am ETA feeder port Dingalan registration05:30 am Estimated time of departure from Feeder port06:00 am Arrival at White Beach06:30 am Trek to lighthouse08:30 am Trek down to white beach
It rained very hard as we reached the nipa hut cottages at White Beach, we had to stop and eat breakfast instead of braving the rain and the big waves of the Pacific.10:00 am Boat ride to Lamao Cave island hopping10:15 am Decided to go back. The waves were crazyily big.11:00 pm ETA Feeder Port
Where to eat:
There are many carinderias at the local plaza. Typical meal costs around Php70.