Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
Hi guys, I hope everyone is having a great day…the sun finally showed up after days of rain and gloominess. Days like this reminds me of our summer vacation in the Philippines. In this post, allow me to share with you our Wow Bolinao experience. I will try to keep it short, I hope.
Bolinao is a municipality in the province of Pangasinan. We decided to make a side trip here after we visited Hundred Islands National Park. It was about an hour commute from Alaminos, Pangasinan. My sister suggested some places we can visit before heading to Sundowners Vacation Villas. Among those she mentioned were going to Bolinao Falls, check Cape Bolinao Lighthouse and swim at Patar Beach.
First stop was Bolinao Falls, it was a bumpy ride for almost 30 minutes which seems like forever! We were on a dirt road, it wasn’t paved for the most part. Luckily we were on an SUV and my sister’s car survived it too just so you know. We finally reached the site and the friendly parking attendant offered suggestions because we didn’t know that there were two falls. We asked which one is better, he said it was in fact Bolinao Falls 1 where we were. He said it was a very steep descent with the stairs to reach it. We couldn’t here the sound of the falls at the parking so we thought it will be far to walk. Wrong because just a few steps and you are already on your way down to the falls. Some of the blogs or review I read have said how majestic it was and if you expect too much which I did, it was a let down especially if you have been or seen a larger fall already. Or maybe when we were there it’s a bit dry, and that minimal water was flowing from the falls.
The water temperature at that time we were there was okay, we have seen some children swimming. There were also picnic huts you can rent. The water is clear, somewhat greenish in color.
What we enjoyed after climbing up the stairs back to the parking, was the refreshing Buko Juice. I just cant get enough of this coconut water. Nothing beats fresh coconut water and I know it is a healthier option too because of all the electrolytes it can provide you especially beating the summer heat.
The consensus was final, we are not going to the other falls. Instead, we opted to head straight to Patar Beach so the kids can take a dip on the clear water and play on the sand. On the way there we passed by Cape Bolinao Lighthouse.
Patar Beach was really inviting, the kids couldn’t wait and wanted to take a dip right away. We were there right after Holy Week, so there weren’t a lot of beach goers. The waves were gentle at the time, thus it was kid friendly!
We only took a dip and ate our lunch then left Patar Beach. The beach we went is really close to Treasures of Bolinao thus I have some pictures here to show you. The best part of our Pangasinan Getaway I would say was our stay at Sundowners Vacation Villas. The only regret was that we only stayed a day. We should have made a reservation for two days to enjoy everything it has to offer.
After our check out, we left and decided to visit the oldest church in Bolinao which is St James the Great Parish Church before heading to Isdaan Floating Restaurant. This church was built in 1609, it is over 400 years old. In front of the church were stalls that sells Binungey, a popular native rice delicacy of Bolinao.
And that concludes or Wow Bolinao experience…
There are other places and activities you can do that we didn’t get our chance on:
- Visit the other falls, Bolinao Falls 2 and Tara Falls
- Explore the Enchanted Cave
- Cruise along Balingasay River, considered one of the cleanest river in the Philippines
- Discover Ilog malino
- Try water activities like snorkeling and jet skiing