Exploring Bolinao Pangasinan

Bolinao, Pangasinan can be a perfect getaway for a family or backpacking trip. Although Bolinao may not be as popular with Alaminos or San Fabian, this town offers a unique charm. The enchanting places to visit in Bolinao are really worth exploring. The experience of knowing more and exploring Bolinao, Pangasinan is totally exhilarating!


Located at the westernmost tip of Pangasinan, getting to Bolinao is a test of patience. It took us almost 3 hours from Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan. Since we were on a family trip, we have our own private ride. We brought pretty much everything we need like kitchen utensils, charcoal, water, and food.


Day 1 in Bolinao

sunset in bolinao


It was late afternoon when we arrived. To save time, we immediately set up our camp while others prepared dinner. I was mesmerized by the sunset.

camping in bolinao


There are several places to stay in Bolinao but we preferred to sleep in our family-size tent for a real outdoor experience. We built a fire along the shore and got ourselves chilled drinks (bonfire was permitted by a local).

bonfire along the beach in bolinao


Day 2 in Bolinao

We set sail off to Bolinao’s Santiago Island. The island is comprised of six barangays namely, Pilar, Goyoden, Salud, Victory, Lucero, and Binabalian. We rode a motorized boat to reach the island. The locals also rely on boats to take them and their goods to and fro the mainland.

boat ride bolinao


boat ride going to santiago island bolinao



We arrived on the island and this sign welcomed us. Sibarbar Juction.

sibarbar junction, santiago island, bolinao, pangasinan


A family friend invited us for lunch. Do you smell What the folks are cooking? 😀

inihaw na bangus, roasted milkfish


Finally! Bon Appetit!


There is nothing more we could ask for after our hearty lunch. Afterwards, we tried to explore the neighborhood to somehow know more about Santiago Island. Here are some shots.


tuyo, dried fish making


filipino traditional nipa hut


We returned to the port to catch a boat back to the mainland. The day is far from over because our next stop is the famous Patar rock formation and watching the sunset at Cape Bolinao.


Click to read more about the beautiful spots in Bolinao including rock formations in Patar and Cape Bolinao Lighthouse.


Day 3 in Bolinao

This is the day to go back home. But before we do, we don’t want to miss visiting Church of St. James the Great.

Click to read more about St. James the Great Parish Church in Bolinao.


It’s sad to think that I’ll be going back to my routinary home-work-home lifestyle. Yet still, a little break from this agonizing pattern recharges me. I’m looking forward to my next adventure!


How to Get to Bolinao

Manila (Cubao) to Bolinao is a 5-6 hour bus ride and Dagupan to Bolinao is a 2 to 2½-hour trip. Local bus trips are available daily. Once in Bolinao bus terminal, hail a tricycle to take you to Patar.


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