This sunset tour on an all-terrain vehicle will make you fall in love with Pangasinan

Soak in the spectacular view of the Lingayen Gulf in a 15-kilometer ride that takes you all the way to Limahong Channel

All-terrain vehicle ride in LIngayen

If you still have more than a month to burn before the next school year starts, what better way to enjoy the summer break than by spending it at the beach with the whole family or the barkada. That is what the local tourism of Lingayen had in mind when it opened the Lingayen Adventure Park in March 2021.

The park’s main draw is its “Take Me Back to the North” program, which takes tourists on a thrilling 15-km ride on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), starting from breezy coast of Lingayen Beach and ending in Limahong Channel to catch the sunset.

“Our vision is for the park to open this early so by the time the Covid-19 pandemic is over, people will already know about it,” says Josephus Jerico “Boji” Ramos, owner of Tour of Lingayen Recreational Hub, one of the private operators tapped by the local tourism office to offer ATV rides.

“Take Me Back to the North” takes tourists on a thrilling 15-km ride on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), starting from breezy coast of Lingayen Beach and ending in Limahong Channel to catch the sunset.

A 2.5-hour drive from Clark International Airport, the municipality of Lingayen, specifically its gulf area, is one of the country’s most historic bodies of water. It was here, in 1945, where General Douglas MacArthur, landed with his troops to free Luzon from the Japanese Army in 1945. At the mouth of the Lingayen Gulf, where the Agno River runs, is the Limahong Channel, named after the Chinese pirate and warlord, Lim Hong, who together with 2,000 of his men, dug a channel that would allow them to sail back to China and escape from the Spaniards in 1574.

With the introduction of ATV activities, visitors to Lingayen can now enjoy both history and adventure. Currently, TOL Recreational Hub offers two packages: a 10-minute ride that allows riders to go around a circuit by the beach, and a one-hour ride that starts from Lingayen Beach and traverses the Capitol Complex until finally reaching the Limahong Channel.

The packages costs Php 200 and Php 1,200, respectively. “Anyone who knows how to ride a bike can also maneuver an ATV,” says Ramos, adding that kids as young as eight can drive with a guide. However, if you want to create your own special memories, then take the one-hour package timed in the late afternoon to catch the famous pink sunset from the Limahong Channel.

If there’s still some sun left, you can go for a dip in a public beach or try out other activities offered in the park such as kayaking, scooter rides along the 659-meter-long bay walk, or explore the Lingayen Eco-Tourism Trail on a bike. During weekends, bazaars offer street food and other native delicacies. Lingayen beach is 10 kilometers away from the town proper and five kilometers from the Capitol Complex.

The Lingayen Adventure Park is part of a bigger development called the Limahong Channel Tourism Center and is funded by the national government. The vision is to develop the Limahong Channel and the areas surrounding it as a tourist hub. Until then there’s the ATV ride into the magical sunset of Lingayen, something families can look forward to on their next visit to this northern province.

The Lingayen Tourism Office can be reached via +63 919 0895831.

Written by

Dahl Bennett

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