Places to Visit in Bolinao
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. April 30 is 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 back then! Meanwhile, the inside of the cave is just fascinating as it is part of a bigger cave system (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 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.
|Outside the Enchanted Cave|
|Inside the Enchanted Cave|
St. James the Great Parish Church in BolinaoThe Augustinians built this Church in 1609. In 1788, an earthquake destroyed half of the Church. An accidental fire burned the Convent in 1819. Just last 2009, the Church was heavily damaged by a typhoon. The building remains its old structure. Repair and rehabilitation are ongoing.
|The altar inside the church|
|Church from the outside|
UP Marine Science InstituteUP Marine Science Institute is where the government takes care of the marine system in the Philippines. They take care of giant baby 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 tower offers a fantastic 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 describe my experience of Patar Beach. Though part of the beach is rocky, it's still overall good.
|Hello Clear Water!|
|Sunset to end a fantastic day in Bolinao|
03:00 am ETD from Trinoma
08:00 am Picture taking at St. James the Great Parish in Bolinao, Pangasinan
08:30 am Breakfast near the Church
09:00 am UP Marine Institute
10:00 am Enchanted Cave
11:00 am Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
12:00nn Patar Beach (and lunch)
05:00 pm ETD from Beach
07:00 pm ETA to Villa Antolin (Alaminos, Pangasinan)