May 07, 2015

Day Trip in Bolinao, Pangasinan

My husband was born and raised in Pangasinan so we always have reasons to visit this province. Most of our visits in Pangasinan, we just stayed in their house or we will visit Lingayen beach. You can check it here

It’s been three years since our last visit in their province so we took advantage of the long weekend (May 1 - 3) to visit my grandmother-in-law in Bugallon, Pangasinan and at the same time visit Bolinao, Pangasinan

We’ve never been to Bolinao, Pangasinan so few days before our trip I checked possible places that we could visit for a day. After breakfast (May 2), off we went to Bolinao, Pangasinan. We used google maps and Waze for directions. 

1. Our first stop was St James the Great Parish located in Don Alonzo Ponce Street, Poblacion, Bolinao Pangasinan. The church was made out of black coral stones. Its church tower is seventy-five feet which is the tallest in the whole Pangasinan but the earthquake toppled about half of it in 1788. After that, the church was accidentally burned in 1819 and suffered in Typhoon Emong in 2009. 

2UP Marine Science Institute - my husband suggested this so I searched if this is open for the public. We’ve been in Giant Clam Culture in Camiguin but I have no idea that the Bolinao Marine Laboratory (BML) is the main office. 

According to their website, BML is the official marine station of the Marine Science Institute (MSI), University of the Philippines, Diliman. BML serves as a research base for the scientific activities of MSI’s senior staff, visiting scientists, graduate students, and other collaborating institutions.

The clams that I’ve seen in Camiguin came from Bolinao, Pangasinan. There is no doubt that this is the main office because their outdoor hatchery is bigger compared to Giant Clam Culture. The entrance fee is P20. 

3. Sungayan Grill at Balingasay River 

We had lunch in Sungayan Grill, it is a floating restaurant in Balingasay river. This river is one of the cleanest rivers in the country. I will share more of our experience in my next post. 

4. Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

I’ve first seen this lighthouse in the “The Promise” movie starring Angel Locsin and Richard Gutierrez. 

I’ve been to Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Pagudpud and Guisi Lighthouse in Guimaras so this is the third lighthouse I’ve seen in the Philippines but unlike the two lighthouses, we can’t go up to the top. 

5. Enchanted Cave 

There are three caves that you can visit in Bolinao, Pangasinan such as Cindy’s Cave, Wonderful Cave and Enchanted Cave. We chose the latter because it is more popular. I will create another post for this cave. Entrance fee P150. 

The cave was our last stop because we have to drop by at the Bani market to buy seafood for our dinner. 

Places that you can visit in Bolinao, Pangasinan. 

Falls - Bolinao Falls 1 & 2 and Tara Falls 

Resort - Puerto Del Sol Resort, Punta Riviera Resort and Treasures of Bolinao Resort. 
Beach - Patar White Beach and Rock View Beach Resort


  1. Dami pala mapuntahan dyan eh!

  2. Hopefully I can visit Pangasinan too. Too many places in the Philippines, too little money and time for me :/

  3. I have no idea dami palang mapupuntahan sa pangasinan. Thanks for this. :)

  4. I love bolinao, their beach is one of the nicest beach I've been too! Golden sand!


  5. Wow I want to go to that enchanted cave!

  6. Lahat ata ng probinsya sa north magaganda lalo na ang Pangasinan at ilocos, ma aapreciate mo talga! :) Medyo nakakatakot lang tlga sa cave, i wonder bakit siya tinawag na enchanted?

    1. I have no idea too bakit sa Enchanted Cave. :)

  7. I was in Pangasinan too in May 3th and 4th. I went to Alaminos to see the hundred island. It's great that you saw the cleanest river in the country. I love rivers and it makes me feel sad that a lot of our rivers in the Philippines are now super dirty, good to know that we still clean rivers.

    1. I hope I could visit Hundred Islands too on our next visit. :) Yes, the river is really clean and they offer river cruise too but I have no idea with price.

  8. We always just go to the beach whenever we're there. There's so much to see pala!