Bolinao is a third class municipality in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. A remote town and is just an hour away from another tourist hub, the 100 Islands National Park in Alaminos City.
Bolinao is known for a number of pristine beaches, the most popular of which is Patar Beach. Take note, the place is not just about beaches. You can also explore historical places.
How to get there:
There are several bus companies whose buses going to Bolinao. Some of them are Victory liner, Five star transit, and Dagupan bus line. They offer day and night trips, ordinary or air-conditioned bus and bus fare would cost around Php 400-500 one way trip. Those common buses have terminals in both Cubao Quezon City and Pasay City.
Travel time from Manila to Bolinao is roughly 6 hours. Once you arrive in Bolinao (end station), call a tricycle and ask them to bring you to the Beach Resort or penthouse where you wanted to stay or in a place you wanted to explore.
Where to Stay:
There are many resorts in Bolinao. From high-end to open cottages. Name it, they have it! In our case, we stayed at Nelly’s White Beach Resort. We just chose just to have a more peaceful stay while pitching our tent as compared to the populous public beach. You can contact ate Nelly Ramirez, the owner at 639081059493.
Just so you know, staying in cottages along Patar Beach is the perfect choice. Yes, if you’re a beach lover and if your idea of a relaxing getaway is a staycation near the beach, then absolutely Patar cottages would be perfect! Staying in one of the cottages along the beachfront of Patar would also mean an all-day access to Patar’s long stretch of white sand since some resorts will require one to ride a tricycle for about 15-20 minutes just to enjoy the beach.
Where to Eat:
Before heading to Patar, we asked our tour guide (since he fetch us in the terminal) where we can eat. He told us to try the Adora’s at the back of St. James Church. I would opt for a simpler meal as I’m usually on a tight budget. Adora’s looks like a small canteen but food is cheap and definitely affordable.
Must visit places / what to do:
Tricycle is the primary transportation within the town. We got the services of Kuya Gerry to tour us around the town for 2 days with his trike and cost us Php1,500. You may contact him at +639393369550. Just mention him my name (Chris) so he can remember.
1. St. James Church – A very good place to visit. The church stand tall for its history. Locals said that this church is 400 years old but standing still.
2. Patar Beach – Patar White Beach is a promising destination in Bolinao, Pangasinan. They have a great view of the sunset, and on low tides, you can walk to the middle and the waves are barely there. Great rock formations too and big waves. Better and bigger waves than the ones I saw in La Union. For beach lovers, this should be added to your list of must go.
3. Cape Bolinao Lighthouse – One the main attraction in Bolinao where it boast the view of the town and the West Philippine Sea. A dramatic Background makes it perfect for picture taking and cool breeze adds goodness to this place.
4. Enchanted Cave – You are not going to do a cave exploration. Instead you are bound to stay in one place but quiet interesting. The cave (pool) has rope to hold on and the place is lighted and there is a lifeguard who carefully watched the swimmers.
5. Rock Formation – Perfect for photo ops! If you want to enjoy the sound of the sea and the wind blowing around you, you will surely find peacefulness here.
6. Bolinao Falls 1 – The falls is far and the road is rough but once you reach the falls you would start to appreciate its beauty.
7. Bolinao Falls 2 – I honestly didn’t know that this humble town possesses such beauty, and to much more delight, it was likely untouched, different from the Bolinao falls 1 that I’ve seen so far. The stairs going down to Bolinao Falls 1 was destroyed and the terrace that serves as spot for taking photos was also destroyed. A very enchanting place but not very much visited. The waters are clear, clean and rocky, some parts are mossy and slippery. The falls is very tempting, I wanted to jump but kuya (my tour guide) told me that no one tried to swim/dive in this falls after an accident happened years ago. In addition, I don’t know how to swim at the 12 feet deep water.
Bolinao really won my heart. One of the reasons why going to Bolinao is recommended because it is not too complicated to organize.
– There’s no signal in Patar for Smart, Sun, and Globe.
– Strong network signal at Cape Bolinao Lighthouse and Patar Rock Formation.
– Since budget lodgings have limited food to offer, you can buy some groceries (canned goods, bread, fruits and snacks) at Bolinao People’s Market – just enough to make sure that you have enough food during your stay.
– Explore Bolinao during weekdays! 🙂