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 😂
A few kilometers away from the falls is the Enchanted Cave. We paid 150pesos entrance fee and 30pesos lifevest rental.
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.
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.
Our last stop for that day was at Patar Rock formation for the sunset viewing. For photos, click here.