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Located at the northern tip of Anda is Tondol Beach. Anda itself is a municipality on an island that was previously only accessible by boat through Catubig Channel. Since the 1990s, a bridge was made connecting the island to the mainland of Pangasinan. Tondol Beach features a long, white sand beach that is shallow and serene. It is said to be one of the best, if not the very best, beaches in Pangasinan. It is the perfect place to go if you are looking for peace, quiet, and zen. However, the place is also flexible enough to be the place for those who want to make their own music (depending on how good one’s singing voice is when one sings on the karaoke machine). It could very well be a haven for photography enthusiasts, hobbyists, and even professionals. The use of the beach volleyball court, hammocks, and WiFi is free. There is no corkage fee for bringing in food and drinks. Visitors may also cook their own food at the resort. The use of the resort's refrigerator, freezer, and cooking utensils is also free.
There is no sweeter sight for city-weary eyes than Pannacalan Island, a stretch of white sand whose shape depends on the season, located in the middle of the sea and accessed via an island-hopping boat from Brgy. Sablig in Macalaeng, Anda. Whether you choose to transfer to another island or stay the whole day, this slice of paradise is available regardless of the tide. It lies on the border of the marine sanctuary, so count on healthy marine life and being able to hang out at the two huts with local fishermen.
Made of dead corals, this island popped up during the time of former Philippine president Corazon Aquino and is named after her. There's little sand here amongst the sharp rocks, but the quick five minute walk from one end to another is an unreal experience on its own.
The largest of the islands you can hop to in Anda, Tanduyong is covered in healthy coconut, aroma (kiawe), ipil-ipil and talisay trees, with a stretch of white sand beach that just begs for you to pitch a tent on it for the night. Access to the island is only PHP20, and local fishermen fish the waters for danggit, parrotfish and other rock fish around the area. You'll even catch students from the UP Marine Science Institute going diving and doing research. There's a small kubo that can be rented from the locals, and while walking from one end to the other only takes 10 minutes, during extremely low tide you can walk down a sandbar to Cory Island.
Past the picturesque steel bridge that lies between Bani and Bolinao lies Anda. Plans to stay in this island town (also known as Cabarruyan Island) off the coast of Pangasinan province can quickly go from a weekend to an entire week, so take care not to fall in love with its powder-soft white sand beaches and crystal-clear blue waters. Seriously, you’ll forget about every other white sand beach that came before it, and every one after will struggle to compare. It won’t come as a big surprise to learn that much of the town’s waters are protected marine reserves when you visit its coastline and dive into its waters to find them teeming with healthy wildlife. For a trip that’s sure to thrill the nature-lover in you, Anda is the place to go. Did we mention that while island-hopping from Tondol Beach, you can also make a quick trip to the