Bolinao Travel Guide

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Bolinao Highlights

  • Pro
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     People are friendly and very helpful. 

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     Not a whole lot of eating places 

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     A must see in North Luzon! 

Bolinao Things to Do

  • Caving Swimming

    There's 2 caves in Bolinao and this one I forgot the name haha but after paying Php 70, we had the whole cave for us to swim and take photos. It was really nice!

  • Visit Bolinao Parish Church

    Before going home, we decided to visit St James Parish. it is an old church located at the main town of Bolinao. Back in 2010, the church was still in construction from the damages that it got from the last typhoon that went so we were not able to fully appreciate the church. However, what you want to check out is the facade of the church. Take a...

  • Take a dip at the Enchanted cave

    There are actually three caves in Patar but we decided to visit the enchanted cave because of it's name hahaha! According to the locals, it is the largest cave among the three so it was a great choice.We enjoyed the cold water from the underground pool especially after being under the sun for quite sometime. What you may not enjoy is how the cave...

  • Picture taking at the light house

    When in Bolinao it is a must to visit Cape Bolinao light house! It is located at Brgy. Patar on your way to Patar beach. You could see the view of the beach and it's sorrounding coconut plantations below. The only down side here is, you cannot actually climb the light house you're only get to experience it from below.

  • See The 400-Year Old Catholic Church

    I've always wanted to see for myself the beautiful architectural treasure of Bolinao, the St. James The Great Parish a.k.a. Bolinao Church. I've seen pictures of period-inspired weddings held there, so I was excited to see its massive facade, intricate retablos and belfry. Backgrounder: St. James The Great Parish recently celebrated its 400th year....

  • Cape Bolinao Light house

    The second most highest light house in the Philippines built by the Americans in 1905.The lighthouse provides a panoramic view of a portion of the Cape Bolinao Dendro Thermal Ipil-Ipil Plantation on a land area where archaeological excavations have revealed relics from the 14th to the 15th centuries. You can enjoy the blue water of South china sea...


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Bolinao Restaurants

  • Open 24 hours

    -Located in the town center and a few blocks from the famous Bolinao Church-Open 24 hours and offers local food (Filipino Food), like any small food shop in the country, price is one of the cheapest when you bill out-Across the restaurant is a tricycle terminal where one can go after meals to negotiate with one driver for the guided-tour

  • Seafood!

    -Prior our travel to Bolinao, almost all online info say getting food is a huge problem when in the town especially on the side of Patar Beach, not anymore at this time - too much newly opened restaurants and small groceries grew in the area of Patar Beach and most are open until late night (especially on summer weekends), one of those is the Bicol...

  • Something Different in Bolinao

    Simple fare made special because it is fresh! I had a good meal in Sungayan! It was great to eat while gazing at the clean water of Balingasay River and the well established mangrove on the riverside. I loved the stuffed grilled squid with a salsa made of tomatoes, onions and green mango and ar-arosep (seaweed) side dish. Their sinigang na...

  • The Best!

    If you are billeted at Punta Riviera Resort, you may eat at the bar/resto or pavillion or cabana. Since our Sunset Room had its own nipa hut-inspired cabana right infront of our door, we had our dinner and lunch served there. For breakfast, we ate at the Pavilion since the bar/resto was full. Eating at the cabana was like having a picnic with...

  • Japanese Mini Cakes

    Another street food: Right behind the IUD & Pork BBQ being sold at the street are Japanese mini cakes. My daughter suddenly had a craving for the mini cakes because she imagined it would have the same taste as the ones she buys in the backstreets of Makati Business District. She bought 4 pcs. At first bite, she was disappointed because the taste...

  • Ever Heard of IUD BBQ?

    Al fresco bbq! As in other places in the Philippines, Bolinao has street vendors catering to all kinds of people. I couldn't help but check out what people where lining up for in the street corner. It was the barbeque vendor. There is pork bbq but the most sought after bbq was the IUD, so called because the chicken's intestine is skewered in the...


Bolinao Nightlife

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    Punta Riviera Karaoke 1 more image

    by cyndymc Updated Sep 7, 2009

    On the bridgeway of Punta Riviera is a drop-coin karaoke machine. There are many song albums from which you can choose your piece and belt out like your favorite singer. Since the karaoke site is on the bridgeway, you will feel like you're singing to the world, without disturbing the other guests so much...well, except those billeted in the Sunset Rooms (like us!). Although our room had an air-conditioning unit, we could still hear the karaoke. Fortunately, the singers had good voice.

    Dress Code: No dress code

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Bolinao Transportation

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    The Five Star Bus terminals located in Cubao and Pasay terminals have scheduled trip to Bolinao. Fare ranges from 300 to 450 pesos. TheCubao terminal terminal is along EDSA near cor Aurora boulevard and the Pasay terminal is in Tramo st. I suggest to take the A/C buses to make your travel comfortable. The trip will take 5 to 6 hours.You can call...

  • Tricycle

    Tricycles are the usual mode of transportation to go from one barangay to another. There are tricycles in the Poblacion that you can hail to bring you to your resort or hire for a day to bring you around the tourist destinations.Since tricycle drivers will definitely know you are tourists, they will charge you a flat rate (I was told it ranges from...

  • Car/Private Vehicle

    For us, convenience is a primary consideration in long road trips. We could have full control of our time and stopovers for pitstop. We need not wait for tricycles to come or hire one before we could go around the tourist stops.From NLEX, we headed towards Tarlac through Bamban-Mabalacat route. We stopped by Hacienda Luisita for breakfast and...


Bolinao Shopping

  • Beautiful Handmade Shell Craft

    Rose sells varied shell craft souvenir items that are meticulously handmade by locals. Shell craft souvenir items: earrings, bracelets, necklaces, drapes, chandeliers, paper weights, key chains, pen holder, decors, etc Depending on what you'll buy: P15-P350

  • Genuine Pangasinan Specialties

    At the Bolinao Public Market, you can buy cheap but genuine Pangasinan specialties. Various types of Pangasinan bagoong & alamang, dried fish & squid, native vinegar Much, much less than Manila prices

  • Pasalubongs

    The Bolinao Public Market is a good source of pasalubongs. You can get fresh seafood, dried flying fish, octopus, locally made fish and shrimp sauce, etc. The stall owners are friendly and gregarious. You'll learn more local color here than anywhere else in town! 1. dried flying fish2. fresh shrimps3. milkfish4. fish sauce I got 1/4 kg. dried...


Bolinao Warnings and Dangers

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    bumpy road

    by laqjaw Written May 20, 2007

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    If you are planning to go to the public white beach on the farthest end of Patar, be sure to bring food . There are no canteens nor restaurants . They only sell cold drinks. Remember, the market is 30 mins away, and the road is bumpy.

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Bolinao What to Pack

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    by cyndymc Updated Sep 7, 2009

    Luggage and bags: Backpack, belt bag or sling bag will do for 2 days stay in Bolinao + camera bag

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts/capri pants, cotton tshirts, hoodies, swimwear, marine shoes if intending to go to rocky beach or sandals/flipflops for fine sand beach

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Maintenance medicines and vitamins; bandaid & betadine ointment, antihistamine for allergies, first aid medicines for headaches & stomach problems; insect repellant; sunblock; sachet size shampoo & conditioner

    Photo Equipment: digicam, videocam, monopod or tripod

    Miscellaneous: If going there by car/private vehicle, bring cooler with lots of bottled water, juices & energy drinks. Bring lots of chips & cookies, too.

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Bolinao Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit to the UP-Marine Science Institute

    You can probably ask the Institute if they can accomodate you and take you on a tour of their facility. It's an interesting activity since the UP-MSI Bolinao Marine Laboratory is undertaking several researches (e.g. on sea urchins, giant clams, etc). Address: Guigui-wanen, Barangay Luciente I, Bolinao, Pangasinan

  • Feed the Fish in the Pens

    If you have a local contact in Bolinao you can probably ask him/her to take you out to the fishpens in Kakiputan Channel, Bolinao. You can time it so that you can watch the milkfish being fed their quota for the day.

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Bolinao Sports & Outdoors

  • River Kayaking

    Kayaking is fun, especially if it is free! If you are billeted at Punta Riviera Resort, you are entitled to 30 minutes FREE kayaking at Ilog Malino. You only pay after the 30 minutes. Kayaking at scenic Ilog Malino is a pleasurable, safe activity. Kayaks with seat cushions and paddles will be assigned to you at the station. You will also be...

  • Beach Volleyball

    Beach volleyball is fun to do at the resort when you're not swimming. You may borrow the ball from the front desk. The net is already set up in the beach.

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  • Bolinao Tour Guide (Kuya Julius)

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  • Swimming at Bolinao Falls

    -One of the worth visiting place when in the Town-Originally planned to stay for a few minutes to shoot but left the place after 3 hours-The clear and cold and fresh water is very inviting

  • Bolinao Lighthouse

    -The 2nd tallest lighthouse in the Philippines-Bolinao Lighthouse visit comes with the offered package tour and worth a visit-One can get a panoramic view of the town and a glimpse of the South China Sea since the lighthouse stands on a hill-Just before you enter the lighthouse premise, stalls selling Bolinao souvenirs and the like are scattered,...


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