Dawel River Cruise

29 Sep


I was in Dagupan, Pangasinan last weekend and was pleasantly surprised that there is now a Dawel River Cruise. Pleasant surprise #2: it’s free! Good job, city of Dagupan!

My dad hails from Pangasinan and so childhood vacations in Pangasinan often included a trip to the famous Dawel restaurant. What set it apart from other restaurants that served local dishes was the fact that it was on stilts and you had a river under you. It has since became outshadowed by Silverio’s restaurant, built right beside it, until it was no more.

Across the river from Silverio’s is San Marino Place, supposedly the Ayala Heights (read: posh village) of Dagupan. On the river bank right before San Marino’s gate is the dock from which you board the Dawel River Cruise.

It was a nice, relaxing 45-minute cruise with serene fish ponds left and right. Some folk songs and a few commentaries are played on the raft’s Bose sound system. The cruise could be spiced up with a snack bar in the middle. The scenery doesn’t change much during the cruise so it’s best enjoyed with good company.

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: