There is more to Pangasinan than its famed Hundred Islands. Head farther in its northwest side and the beauty of Bolinao will take your breath away.
The stunning beachfront is majestically calming. (Photo courtesy of Gelyka Dumaraos)
The booming tourism of Bolinao, a third-class municipality of Pangasinan, is made possible by its natural and scenic golden white sand beach. It boasts the Patar White Sand Beach, a vast blue-green back drop that gives pride to stunning rock formations and a postcard-worthy view.
Stunning rock formations by the seaside are a sight to see in Patar White Sand Beach. (Photo courtesy of Gelyka Dumaraos)
This unspoiled paradise is a 4-5 hour drive from Manila. It features its pure white sand that glows golden when the sun strikes.
One would enjoy a serene moment of spending time by the beach if he opted to go for an overnight camping. You might also opt to have nipa hut accommodation and embrace life away from the fast-paced hustle and bustle in the metro.
Aside from the beach, there are a number of other stunning sights to s ee when one visits Bolinao.
Just a walk away from the sea stands the second highest lighthouses in the country stand Cape Bolinao Lighthouse. It is housed at the 250-foot hills above sea level and is dubbed as Bolinao’s symbol of tourism with its century-old structure. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
The Enchanted cave in Bolinao, meanwhile offers its mystical beauty within its heart. Lying on its center is a natural spring that brings wonders to the body when you try plunging on it. However, there are places restricted for tourists for their safety.
Lastly, Bolinao Falls is one breathtaking view for those who just want to immerse in teal waters. Just a short walk from its parking area, Bolinao Falls is surprisingly not located in midst of mountains. Its waters came from the higher land of Bani, Pangasinan which cascades to the falls and eventually to the beach.
Hiring a tricycle driver to take you to these places is a good idea as he will guide you and give you a short background of the place’s history.
So the next time you hit Pangasinan, put Bolinao on top of your list and you’ll never regret the experience.
How to go there:
Take SCTEX (Subic, Clark, and Tarlac Expressway) route going to Alaminos and Bani Pangasinan.
Where to stay:
Puerto Del Sol Beach Resort and Hotel Club
Address: Patar Road Barangay Ilog Malino, Bolinao, 2406 Pangasinan
Phone: (075) 696 0530
Article by: Gelyka Ruth R. Dumaraos