Bolinao, the perfect place for adventure lovers
Bolinao is a third class municipality in the province of Pangasinan, and is located north west from Manila with Lingayen Gulf on the East, and the South China Sea to the west. In 2015, my family and I took an Easter road trip that entailed driving inland up to Bolinao from Manila, and then driving back down the west coast of Luzon, with a stopover in Agno, and one night’s stay in Tambobong. We had an absolutely fantastic road trip and would love to do it again.
In Bolinao, we stayed at a place called SCL Garden Paradise Resort, which was right on the beach. This was a local style resort and was more than adequate for our needs. Easter was the time we went, so the choices were restricted. There are a dozen or so resorts in the area worth looking into, particularly closer to Patar Beach.
So many things to see and do in Bolinao
Bolinao is a place that really offers so much to see and do. It has white sand beaches, caves, waterfalls, amazing rock formations and the historic Bolinao Lighthouse. There was certainly plenty to keep us entertained. Whilst not as popular as the nearby and more renowned One Hundred Islands, I was amazed we didn’t see more foreigners there as this place offers so much, but maybe the locals want to keep it that way?
From the moment I first kicked back in our nipa hut with an ice cold beer, overlooking the serene waters of the South China Sea, I remember asking myself why I hadn’t visited this place sooner! This is a place that certainly isn’t talked about much. Maybe the long drive is what turns people off, but for me, it was well worth the journey!