Bolinao, Pangasinan, Philippines

BOLINAO, PANGASINAN TRAVEL GUIDE (DIY ITINERARY + BUDGET)

1/17/2018


ESCAPE TO BOLINAO:

Bolinao: Municipality of Pangasinan.
Coordinates: 16.3425° N, 119.8927° E
What to eat: Tupig (grilled sticky rice wrapped in banana leaf) and Binungay (sticky rice with coconut milk cooked inside a bamboo)
What to do: swimming at the beach and waterfalls, caving, hiking
Where to stay: Villa Soledad Beach Resort, Rock Formation Tents, rooms and cottages
Ideal time to visit: It can be quite crowded during summer but it is the best time to visit the beach. Non-peak season is during Jan-February. 
Language: Pangasinense/Ilocano

See complete itinerary below.

Bolinao is located on the left sideof the Philippines facing the West Philippine Sea. It is a home of white beaches, underground caves and stunning waterfalls. It would take 5-6 hours of land travel to reach Bolinao.

BOLINAO FALLS 1



We asked Kuya Wilmer to drop us off at our hotel before starting the tour. It would cost 150php to resorts around 10 minutes away from Town Proper and around 250php to resorts at Patar white Beach which are around 15-20 minutes away.

We started the tour at 9am. We headed back to the main road towards Bolinao Falls. It was 20 minutes of rough road until we reached the entrance of Bolinao falls 1. It was just a couple of steps down and you can already see the 4-storey high Bolinao Falls.




BOLINAO FALLS 2







BOLINAO FALLS 3

Not more than 10 minutes away from each other are Bolinao Falls 2 and 3. Both are smaller than Bolinao Falls 1. Unlike Bolinao Falls 1, Bolinao falls 2 is roughly 1 storey high, easier jumping this falls!



Bolinao Falls 2 and 3 are less crowded compare to 1. Life vests are available on all fall stations. Cottages, rafting, souvenirs and small sari-sari stores are present also.



WONDERFUL CAVE

After lunch, we headed to wonderful cave. An underground cave wherein water comes in especially during high tide. The enchanted caves as well as Cindy's cave shared the same mountain, what made these cave different are their entrances. 






ENCHANTED CAVE



PATAR ROCK FORMATION


Patar Rock Formation shows how the sea can be as powerful whenever it wants. It overpowers and crashes onto huge rocks.










We arrived at the area around 2 in the afternoon. We were the only people in the area. Everything was so calm-- just the sea moving back and forth and the breeze on our faces.



CAPE BOLINAO LIGHTHOUSE

Cape Bolinao Lighthouse stands at more than 100 meters. It is one of the highest lighthouses in Luzon and is second to Ilocos Norte's Cape Boneador. It is considered as a cultural heritage.




PATAR BEACH


Not far from Cape Bolinao is Patar Beach, Pangasinan's own white sand beach. Its has crystal blue waters and fine white sand.


We were really excited to head to the beach on this trip. Although during the tour, we arrived around 4 in the afternoon. Huge waves crashes near thr shore, it was a struggle retaining balance. We spent an hour or less and decided to visit thr beach again early next morning for a calmer sea.







ST. JAMES'S THE GREAT PARISH CHURCH

We were heading back to the bus terminal when we passed by St. James's The Great Parish Church. It has a renaissance style of architecture eith its trefoil arch entry door.










The attention to details was outstanding. According to the Church Marker, the church tower measures 75 feet and is considered as the tallest one in Pangasinan, but half of it was broke down in a 1788 earthquake. The church is currently undergoing renovation.





Tip:

↠ You can save more if you bring a car if youre more then 3 pax. All destinations can be accessed by a car/van. Average parking fee is 20php.


↠During peak seasons, tours and accommodations prices tend to go up. Be sure to look for cheaper prices to be prepared. 



ITINERARY (3D2N): 

Itinerary based on our trip. Good for two persons.


Cubao to Bolinao Pangasinan: 6-7 hours via bus | 460PHP | Victory Liner (02-7274688), Five Star (09262321740) and Solid North has direct bus going to Bolinao. 
Tricycle to any resort: 10-20 minutes depending on the location of the resort | 150php | tricycles are waiting at the bus stop
Bolinao Tour: can be half day or whole day | ranges from 1000PHP-1500PHP | Contact Kuya Wilmer: 09096731764
Entrance fee to Bolinao Falls 1: 5 minute walk down | 20PHP
Entrance fee to Bolinao Falls 2: 5 minute walk down | 20PHP
Entrance fee to Bolinao Falls 3: 5 minute walk down | 20PHP
↠ Lunch
Entrance fee to Wonderful Cave:  5 minute walk down | 100PHP
Entrance fee to Enchanted Cave:  5 minute walk down | 150PHP
Cape Bolinao: Free
Entrance fee to Rock Formation: 75PHP
Patar Beach: Free
Accommodations: 2000PHP | ranges from 1500-5000PHP depending on the resort 
↠ Dinner

- Rest - 

↠ Breakfast
Hotel to Patar Beach: 15 minutes via tricycle | 200PHP oneway or  350PHP roundtrip
St. John the Great Parish Church: Free
Accommodation to Bus Terminal: 10 minutes via tricycle | 150PHP
Lunch
Bolinao Bus Terminal to Cubao Terminal: 6-7 hours via bus | 460PHP | Victory Liner (02-7274688), Five Star (09262321740) and Solid North

TOTAL: Solo-travel: 4955PHP Group-travel of 2 (per person): 3590PHP

Food ranges from 100-250PHP per meal


ITINERARY (DAYTOUR):

Cubao to Bolinao Pangasinan: 6-7 hours via bus | 460PHP | Victory Liner (02-7274688), Five Star (09262321740) and Solid North has direct bus going to Bolinao. 
Tricycle to any resort: 10-20 minutes depending on the location of the resort | 150php | tricycles are waiting at the bus stop
Bolinao Tour: can be half day or whole day | ranges from 1000PHP-1500PHP Contact Kuya Wilmer: 09096731764
Entrance fee to Bolinao Falls 1: 5 minute walk down | 20PHP
Entrance fee to Bolinao Falls 2: 5 minute walk down | 20PHP
Entrance fee to Bolinao Falls 3: 5 minute walk down | 20PHP
↠ Lunch
Entrance fee to Wonderful Cave:  5 minute walk down | 100PHP
Entrance fee to Enchanted Cave:  5 minute walk down | 150PHP
Cape Bolinao: Free
Entrance fee to Rock Formation: 75PHP
Patar Beach: Free
St. John the Great Parish Church: Free
Bolinao Bus Terminal to Cubao Terminal: 6-7 hours via bus | 460PHP | Victory Liner (02-7274688), Five Star (09262321740) and Solid North

TOTAL: Solo-travel: 2455PHP Group-travel of 2 (per person): 1880PHP
Food ranges from 100-250PHP per meal

*Prices may change and travel time may vary.

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FOOTNOTES:

Credits to Cheloi Marasigan | Bolinao, Pangasinan | January 2018
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