Bolinao is one of the coastal towns in the province of Pangasinan. It is popularly known for its giant clams that are locally known as ‘Taclobo‘. This municipality is also widely known for its waterfalls and beautiful fine-sand beach.
HOW TO GO TO BOLINAO PANGASINAN?
Bolinao is a 6-hour drive from Metro Manila. Here are a few tips on how to get to Bolinao:
PRIVATE CAR: You can drive north to Tarlac via NLEX. Bolinao is just a couple of hours away from Tarlac.
*You may also opt to rent a van for your family’s trip through Van Rental services. I highly recommend Taong Kalye Van Rental Services. Visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/noahoberez.
COMMUTE: Five Star Bus offers a direct trip from Cubao, Quezon City to Bolinao. Or you may also take a bus to Tarlac, and then take a regular bus from Tarlac to Bolinao.
WHERE TO STAY IN BOLINAO?
We have been to Bolinao four times already. And during our most recent 3-day stay in Bolinao, we stayed in Birdland Beach Club in Long Beach, Bolinao. It’s the best place to stay in Bolinao! It’s just 5 minutes away from the market and bus terminal. It has a reliable internet connection, several room accommodation options, and an overall quiet, relaxing environment.
You can book your stay directly by contacting them using the following information, or you can book using Airbnb, just like we did.
Birland Beach Club, Bolinao Website: https://www.birdlandbeachclub.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdlandbeachclub Phone number: +63 977-807-4794
Here are other accommodation options in Bolinao:
Treasures of Bolinao https://treasuresofbolinao.com/ Address: Treasures Rd, Patar, Bolinao Contact Numbers: +63 906-475-9366
Rockview Beach Resort https://www.facebook.com/rockviewbeachresort14.net Address: 2406 Patar Rd, Bolinao Contact Numbers: +63 905-261-6686
Puerto Del Sol Beach Resort www.puertodelsol.com.ph Address: Patar Rd, Bolinao Contact Numbers: +63 2 8710-7371, +63 917-554-2859, +63 908-895-8491
Sundowners Vacation Villas www.sundowners.ph Address: Luciente 1, Bolinao, Pangasinan Contact Numbers: +63 (977) 859 7299, +63 (998) 544 8070
El Pescador Resort Hotel www.elpescadorbolinao.com/ Address: San Andres St, Bolinao, Pangasinan Contact Numbers: +63 999-992-6184, +63 927-145-0110
TOURIST SPOTS TO VISIT IN BOLINAO PANGASINAN
Bolinao is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Pangasinan, and even in North Luzon. Not only that it has very good and relaxing accommodations, but it also has a few places worth visiting! Here are some of the places you should not miss visiting when in Bolinao:
Patar beach is a public beach area in Bolinao. It has beautiful cream-white fine sand and clear turquoise blue water. It is free for everyone’s access, and one is not required to rent a cottage. Wouldn’t it be nice if all beaches in the Philippines are like that?
Cape Bolinao Lighthouse.
This lighthouse was built in Patar, Bolinao in 1903. It stands at 351 feet above sea level on top of Punta Piedra Point. It provides a panoramic view of Patar white beach and Cape Bolinao Dendro Thermal Ipil-Ipil Plantation.
The enchanted cave is indeed so enchanting. It’s probably the most beautiful underwater cave that I have seen so far. It has clear cold water inside and there are lights installed. There are also giant clams shells around the area which means that this cave as well as its surrounding used to be part of the ocean!
There are two other underwater caves in Bolinao, but the Enchanted Cave is the most popular.
Bolinao Falls 1
Bolinao has a series of waterfalls on its streams. The first waterfall that you will see when entering Brgy. Samang Norte is simply called Bolinao Falls 1. It’s the tallest waterfall in Bolinao and has a deep basin of more than 30 feet.
Bolinao Falls 2
I like the second waterfall better than the 1st one. It looks more quiet and peaceful. It has several huts beside the waterfall perfect for a family picnic or barbecue time.
There is a third waterfall downstream which we decided not to visit at this time.
WHERE TO EAT IN BOLINAO
My personal favorite in Bolinao is Tummy Teasers because they offer a variety of food options on their menu. For budget travelers, I would also highly recommend JQ’s Corner. Tummy Teasers restaurant is in Poblacion, along Saturnino Camaingan Street (the road leading to Patar Beach), while JQ’s Corner is right beside the bus terminal.
Here’s my list for you:
JQ's Corner Type: Budget Breakfast Location: Poblacion Contact number: +63 915-925-7627
Giant Taklobo Resto Grill Type: Sea food Location: Patar Road Contact number: +63 921-463-0623
Bolinao 2 London Type: Grill and Cafe Location: Poblacion Contact number: +63 921 563 5765
Sungayan Grill Type: Sea food Location: Balingasay Contact number: +63 912 353 4433
WHY VISIT BOLINAO?
Bolinao, Pangasinan is a 6-hour drive from Metro Manila, but it’s so much worth it. It has everything that you will ever wish for in a vacation; waterfalls, underwater caves, a white-sand beach, and a totally relaxing accommodation.
It is possible to visit Bolinao on a one-day trip. Some tour agencies and operators offer day-tour packages to Bolinao which are normally really cheap. The itinerary includes leaving Manila at 12 AM, arriving in Bolinao at 6 AM, and going home after a whole day full of adventures. But I highly recommend that you stay for a few days so you can maximize your time at each tourist destination.
The secret to a perfect Bolinao trip is to spend a few days and just feel the serenity of the place. Thus, choosing the right accommodation is certainly one of the most important things in planning your travel to Bolinao.
Let me share a few photos of our very cute accommodation in Birdland Beach Club.