The Ultimate Bolinao Travel Guide For Budget Travelers

Bolinao is known for its pristine beaches, fresh sea food, enchanting caves, and lighthouse. It may not appear to be popular for people who aren’t from north so, I think it’s now the time for you to experience its unspoiled beauty before exploiters invade it!

Bolinao Travel Guide

I already lost count on how many times I’ve been to Bolinao. Maybe 5 or 6!? I just know that I will keep on coming back to this “Hidden Jewel of the North.”

So, what’s in Bolinao? Aside from white sand beach, caves, sunset, and lighthouse, Bolinao is just perfect for relaxation — tranquil and serene, away from bustling noise of the capital. WINNER.

Bolinao Travel Guide by Ada Wilkinson © 2014

Now if you’re looking to see on traveling to Bolinao as your next beach bumming adventure destination, or even for your company’s next team building (I organized a team building for our team once and they loved Bolinao!), but kind of lost and doesn’t know where to begin, how to get there, things to do, or where to stay, then I created this Awesome Bolinao Travel Guide for you.

Before you begin reading, I would like to inform you that this travel guide is for budget conscious travelers only. No fancy accommodations nor high-end restaurants were suggested in this travel guide. So, if you’re high maintenance, I’m really sorry. You may still read the rest of the article to give you a glimpse of what Bolinao has to offer.

How to Get to Bolinao

Via bus (from Cubao or Pasay)

There are 3 major bus line companies which cater passengers going to Bolinao, Pangasinan. Mainly, they are Victory Liner (Cubao Q.C. terminal), FiveStar Bus Inc. (Pasay City terminal), and Dagupan Bus Line (Cubao Q.C. terminal). They offer day and night trips and you can book on ordinary (nonair-con) or air-conditioned bus.

Fare cost: PHP 451.00 – 459.00 for air-conditioned bus and PHP 300.00 – 350.00 for nonair-con bus (one-way trip).

Travel time: 5 to 6 hours and has three stops to Dau Terminal, Tarlac Terminal, and Alaminos terminal. So make sure to bring some foods or snacks to ease bus weariness.

Trip Schedule and Reservations: For trip schedule, ticket reservations, and other inquiries, you may contact the bus company at the following numbers:

Victory Liner, Cubao Q.C
Phone #: (02) 727-4534, 727-4688, 410-8986
Twitter: @VictoryLinerInc

FiveStar Bus Line Pasay City
Phone #: (02) 851-6613, 851-6614, 851-6659, 833-4772

Dagupan Bus Line, Cubao Q.C
Phone#: (02) 727-2330

Upon arriving at Bolinao end station, ride a tricycle and ask them to bring you to your beach resort accommodation or penthouse where you wanted to stay.

Due to rocky road, travel time from Bolinao terminal to resort or hotel accommodation is another 20 to 35 minutes via tricycle or car.

Via car or own transport (from Manila)

Take the SCTEX (Subic, Clark, and Tarlac Expressway) route and pass by Alaminos and Bani Pangasinan — this is the recommended route for first timers. It is very convenient to go to Bolinao if you have your own car. With this, you can tour around the town and its tourist spots without worrying time compared to hiring tricycle drivers.

Alternatively, you can also have a joy ride to Bolinao through Iba (map directions below). Although longer route, guaranteed scenic and you will pass through the beautiful city of Zambales.

View Larger Map (Longer Route, not recommended for first timers)

Where to Stay in Bolinao

It is strongly recommended to stay overnight when traveling to Bolinao if you’re coming from Manila. You may want to relax in this hidden paradise after a long butt-numbing drive!

Budget Accommodation in Bolinao
Rock View Beach Resort
That’s why there are several hotels, resorts, penthouse, and cottages for rent in Bolinao, Pangasinan to choose from. For budget travelers and adventurers, popular choices are room cottages at the Patar Beach. For photographers on a budget, setting up a camp or renting their cottages at Rock View Beach Resort is also a great idea.

View List of Budget Hotels and other accommodations in Bolinao.

Things To Do and What To See in Bolinao

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Best sunset view, relaxing sound of the waves, Cape Bolinao lighthouse, enchanting caves, and many more! Since there are too many things to do and places to visit in Bolinao, I created a separate blog post about it.

Where to Eat

Adora's Restaurant, Bolinao
Adora's Restaurant Special Lomi
Adora's Restaurant Bangsilog (Bangus and Itlog)
I couldn’t recall if there were any high-end restaurants around the town proper. If there were, I would probably skip it as I’m always on a tight budget. A warm soup and rice would always do the magic for me and my pocket.

Although there’s one restaurant that’s always there for you whenever you arrive in Bolinao. The 24-Hour Adora’s Restaurant. The restaurant is just behind the St. James Church. They serve the best Lomi in town at PHP 50.00 that’s perfect after the long excruciating ride. I recommended that you drop by here before heading to your resort or starting your tour.

It is also recommended to buy some groceries (canned goods, bread, fruits and snacks) at Bolinao People’s Market. This is to make sure that you have enough food during your overnight in Bolinao as often times, budget lodgings has limited food to offer. Just so you know!

Bolinao Market

Still worried about your itinerary? Here’s an example of Bolinao Itinerary and yes you can use it as your guide!

If you do not have car and going to Bolinao via Bus, below is the sample itinerary for you:

Sample Bolinao Itinerary

Bolinao Budget and Expenses

Bolinao Travel Guide by Ada Wilkinson © 2014

When I first traveled to Bolinao, we used car and each of us only spent PHP 650++ for the food, gas, and overnight camping fee (we used tent — definitely hardcore cheaper). Meanwhile, if you’re curious of my budget whenever I go to Bolinao, below is the breakdown of my expenses.

My Budget and Expenses in Bolinao

Love Bolinao? Here’s a Bonus wallpaper for you! (If you love hermit crabs)

Bolinao Travel Guide

I really hope that I was able to help you plan your trip to Bolinao or even convince you to make Bolinao your next destination.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ― Marcel Proust

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  • Dan

    Keep up the good work, will go for LABolinao!

  • Queenie Manejero

    Hi! Thank you for your very detailed blog, it’s very helpful. Do you have any recommended accommodation from your list that is very near from the Patar White beach? like walking distance or beachfront? thanks! :)

    • Ada Wilkinson

      Hello Quennie, most resorts are actually beachfront. if you’re on budget, most people would recommend Solomon’s Paradise.

  • Angelito Almero

    we will be lost as well,, not explain how to get to the falls where , like a maps or something to direct us there, to bolinao church is it in the center?

    • Ada Wilkinson

      Hello, We took a land tour arranged by Puerto Del Sol Resort when we got to the falls. You might want to ask the tricycle drivers on how to get there. Sorry not much of help :-(

  • Camelea Dumas

    May i ask, saan pwde mag stay para makita ung sun rise, mag tour kami sa Bolinao on July, around 3am kami dadating sa Bolinao. Thats too early so pwede muna kami mag breakfast sa Adora’s.