First Timer in Bolinao, Pangasinan

This trip wasn’t really planned. My high school friends and I saved the date, June 24-26, but we didn’t really have a place to go to. They told me we can go anywhere I like but they have conditions. 1st, the place must be in the north. I was like “It’s time to bring them in Sagada!” . 2nd, they don’t want a very long trip (ME: OK… 12 hours isn’t that long. You just have to sleep so you won’t get bored). 3rd, it should be a relaxing and chilled trip — no hard and heavy physical activities (ME: OK.. It’s not Sagada then).

I was choosing between La Union, Baguio and Pampanga. I was searching the web for recommendations about those places when I heard someone said “Bolinao”. And in an instant, that place was added in my choices. And it won! When I searched for an itinerary, google gave me pictures of Sunset in Patar Beach. Those pictures made me decide to text my friends and tell them we’re bound to Bolinao.

My friends and I met at FiveStar Terminal in Cubao. There are buses that go directly to Bolinao, some blogs said buses leave every hour, but as per our experience, it’s not true. Joyce, who came early from Laguna, arrived at 9AM but she didn’t see any bus with Bolinao signboard. She asked around and the dispatchers said we just have to wait. That’s what we did since we were still waiting for Nadine, who came half an hour after 10. Again, we asked the dispatchers, one honest man said that there’s a bus that goes directly to Bolinao BUT WE HAVE TO WAIT cause it REALLY takes time for that bus to arrive. They can’t even tell us what time would that be. It was already 11AM, still — there’s no bus. We decided to take the Alaminos-bound bus. It took us 2 stop-overs and 5 hours to reach Alaminos. From there, we rode a van going to Bolinao.

It was getting dark when we reached Bolinao. Kuya Joseph, our tricycle driver / guide, was already at the terminal waiting for us. He brought us straight to Ilog Malino Beach Resort. He told us he will pick us up at 8AM the next day for our tour.

Next day came… Our Bolinao tour via tricycle started. Our first stop, the famous 3 Falls of the town, Bolinao Falls #1, #2 and #3. Yeah, they kinda had a hard time thinking of the name i think πŸ˜‚

Falls #3

How bout a dip in the cool water of Bolinao Falls 3?

Less than a hundred stairs to reach the falls.

Falls #2

Falls #1

AΒ few kilometers away from the falls is the Enchanted Cave. We paid 150pesos entrance fee and 30pesos lifevest rental.

Enchanted Cave




We were supposed to make our 3rd stop in the lighthouse. But our tummies were already rumbling so we asked Kuya joseph to bring us first to Patar Beach for lunch. When we had our tummies full, we went in the beach area to see what’s in there. It was 2:30 in the afternoon and the sun was at its hottest. None of us dared to swim, since we already enjoyed swimming in the falls and in the cave.Β 

Patar Beach

After spending a few minutes in Patar Beach, we went back to Cape Bolinao. A vendor at the foot of the hill said we can enter the lighthouse if the coastguard is in there. Unfortunately, he just left when we arrived.

Cape Bolinao


Our last stop for that day was at Patar Rock formation for the sunset viewing. For photos, click here.



  1. I’ve read about the cave before from another blog. I only remember its distinction because of the well. And as much as adventurous the cave is, something about any waterfalls that draw me more to it. Your images make me want to take the plunge.
    I love you go…go…go… spirit. πŸ˜‰

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    1. we only live once so I’m making the most out of it. YOLO! hehe
      if only i know how to swim, i would have jumped in the water. but i had fun just swimming in the green pools naman πŸ˜€


  2. Super pictures Joanne. Your country is incredibly beautiful and we hope to visit again. There are quite a lot of people even in Bolinao where I don’t think many foreign tourists visit which is quite nice actually, the locals enjoy themselves πŸ™‚

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    1. Hello there! thanks again for appreciating the photos πŸ™‚
      Know what? your comment made me realize that, yeah, there are still a lot of places here that only local tourists get to enjoy. you are so observant πŸ˜€
      you should go there when you come back here in our country πŸ™‚

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