Last April 30 to May 1, my high school friends and I joined a Package Tour for a trip to Bolinao and Alaminos in the province of Pangasinan. This is the day 1 of our vacation in Bolinao. If you want to avail of tour packages at reasonable prices and avoid the stress of planning your itinerary and looking for places to visit and hotel to stay in, I suggest Explore Island Philippines.
Enchanted CaveAccording to the man who served as our guide in the Enchanted Cave, the outside before the entrance of the actual cave are parts of the sea before. Just imagine how high the sea level before! Meanwhile, the inside of the cave is just fascinating as it is part of a bigger cave systems (or something like that) in the area. If you're going to have a swim (which I haven't experienced) I suggest you bring goggles so you could see those sharp rocks. Be careful and enjoy! The Enchanted Cave is along Patar road and it's open 8:30am to 6:00pm.
|Outside the Enchanted Cave|
|Inside the Enchanted Cave|
St. James the Great Parish Church in BolinaoThe Church was built by the Augustinians in 1609. Half of the Church was destroyed by an Earthquake in 1788 while the Church Convent was accidentally burned in 1819. Just last 2009, the Church was heavily damage by a typhoon. The building remains is still its old structure. Repair and rehabilitation is ongoing.
|The altar inside the church|
|Church from the outside|
UP Marine Science InstituteThis is where the government takes care of the marine system in the Philippines. They take care of baby giant clams among other marine creatures before they release them to the sea.
|To see how the government takes care of the marine system visit here.|
|View from UP Marine Institute|
Cape Bolinao LighthouseIs it the second highest lighthouse in the Philippines next to the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. The lighthouse offer an amazing view of the South China Sea.
|There's a ruined house behind the lighthouse (we could only guess what happened)|
|Magnificent and rewarding view from the lighthouse|
Patar BeachWhite sand and calm water describes my experience of the Patar Beach. Though part of the beach is kind of rocky it's still overall good.
|Hello Clear Water!|
|Sunset to end an amazing day in Bolinao|
03:00am ETD from Trinoma
08:00am Picture taking at St. James the Great Parish in Bolinao, Pangasinan
08:30am Breakfast near the Church
09:00am UP Marine Institute
10:00am Enchanted Cave
11:00am Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
12:00nn Patar Beach (and lunch)
05:00pm ETD from Beach
07:00pm ETA to Villa Antolin (Alaminos, Pangasinan)