Day 1: Tour to Hundred Islands -- see this post
How to Get to Bolinao:
From Manila, there are bus lines which can take care of your transportation to Bolinao. Two of I know: Victory Liner and Five Star Bus line. I just checked victory liner's website and it will cost you 446 pesos from Manila to Bolinao. But if you're already on Alaminos, there are non-aircon bus (costs around 40 pesos) and aircon vans (P50) that will transfer you to Bolinao. From Bolinao town, you still need to take a tricycle so you could get to your chosen resort. Depending on its distance, ours is around 100-120pesos per tricycle.
Travel time from Manila, around 5-6 hours.
Travel time from Alaminos, around 1-2 hours.
From our transient house in Alaminos, off we went to the town proper to eat our breakfast. We then ride the non-aircon bus to Bolinao, though the trip is not that polluted, unfortunately, almost two barrios away, the bus got trouble, driver/konduktor can't repair it so we had to take tricycle from there. Tip: if you're already in Alaminos, I suggest ask anyone where is the aircon van transfer to Bolinao to avoid what happened to us. Hehe.
fixing a broken heart..errr, i mean broken bus
Where to stay in Bolinao:
There are numerous resorts to Bolinao and its really not the usual Boracay and Puerto Galera setting where all resorts are in one place. There are few resorts residing at each other like in Brgy Ilog Malino, but there are other resorts from different barrios as well.
villa carolina resort's swimming pool
kuya dandy - certified cool tourguide!
or play billiards for free
For the list of Bolinao Beach Resorts and their contacts, kindly go here:
What to do in Bolinao:
Aside from beach bumming, swimming galore, and other amenities at the resort you could use, there are few destination in Bolinao that is a must and will really take your entire trip a memorable one. We hire the resort's crosswind van to make a tour around Bolinao. We already arrived at the resort 11am from Alaminos (we wake up late that's why) so we only have limited time on our itenerary. Make sure to get to Bolinao early so you could roam around everything about Bolinao.
Our crosswind we rented for P2,500. Dust till dawn.
Roadtrip to Bolinao falls is not that easy. It is out of way to Patar Beach and Cape Bolinao Lighthouse and will take you approximately 1 hour on a rough road. If you don't want dust in your face, make sure to close the vehicle's windows. Bolinao Falls is superb, and yes we did jump to the falls even I'm really scared of heights. Villa Carolina let us borrowed their life vest to suit your jumping career.
Bolinao Falls, Bolinao, Pangasinan
jump off point at Bolinao Falls
shallow part for kids
off to Bolinao falls
One of the bolinao caves that we explored. Cool waters like a pool that you can enjoy inside the cave. It's really easy to go down this cave, because of the stairs made until you reach it.
Entrance Fee: P40.00 if you take a dip at the cave waters, P20.00 if not
stairs to enchanted cave
Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
This lighthouse is restricted to climb at the top. A story of a friend says somebody jump and tried to suicide at the top that's why we could no longer see the view at the top of the lighthouse.
beautiful tree at Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
You will love to stay at this beach and relax. The waves are strong yet it didn't lessen the beauty of the beach. It feels like the sand is made up of real fine shells and it feels really good!
Tables for rent - P200.00
our super cute baby ellone at patar beach
Last Day to Enjoy
At day 3, we just enjoy and swim at the resort while it lasts. We left the place around 2pm-3pm. After eating our late lunch and bought pasalubong, we take a van from Bolinao proper to Alaminos Victory Liner for P50.00. Why not ride bus directly from Bolinao? Because it is non-aircon and we definitely wouldn't want our ride home to be super exhausted from pollution hehe. Aircon bus from Bolinao to Manila will be available on its 12 midnight schedule.
Ilog Malino taken from Villa Carolina Resort
Maam Carol and me
Where to Buy Pasalubong
We bought some pasalubong at the Bolinao Market: Danggit/Dried Pusit/Dried Dilis, around P120-140 pesos one-fourth kilo. It's already plenty and can subdivided to two-three plastics for three friends you will give your pasalubong. There's also bamboo rice cake, also known as "suman" just in a bamboo cane. Patar Beach also have lot's of shell-made curtains, keychains, and decoration for your home.
shells are lovely
Our trip costs us P3,000 per head including our transportation and food for 3days. This trip is spectacular and good for us, budget-wise.