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!
How to Get to Bolinao
Where to Stay
Things to Do
Where to Eat
Example Bolinao Itinerary
Budget and Expenses
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.
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
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.
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!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.
Things To Do and What To See in Bolinaothings to do and places to visit in Bolinao, I created a separate blog post about it.
Where to Eat
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!
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:
Bolinao Budget and Expenses
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.
Love Bolinao? Here’s a Bonus wallpaper for you! (If you love hermit crabs)
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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