Experience Breathtaking and Peaceful Scenery At Patar White Beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan

Here’s our unplanned trip going to Bolinao, Pangasinan to experience the beautiful white sand beach and to witness its breathtaking scenery with my family and with my lovely girlfriend.

Because this is a family trip we decided to rent an SUV Van going to Bolinao. We left at 5 in the morning in Marikina City while our first stopover is in Tarlac where we had a quick coffee break. By 11:30 in the morning, we’ve made it to our destination. That was a long trip indeed but I’m telling you it’s all worth it!

Bolinao Island is considered to be the hidden jewel of the north which makes it an ideal weekend getaway and an ideal holiday destination for beach bums and nature lovers.

I’ve created a video to summarize our short trip. Watch it below:

How To Go To Patar White Beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan

Ride A Bus and Reserve Your Seat

This is the best alternative way to reach the place instead of guessing how to go there but if you think Waze App is reliable, then go bring your own vehicle.

There are 3 major bus companies that operate a trip back and forth from Manila to Bolinao. It has 3 bus stops as well – Dau Terminal, Tarlac Terminal and Alaminos City Terminal. Be sure to check the bus schedule so you know the time the buses leaves and I would suggest you make a reservation too for a confirmed seat (just like how airlines work). Below are the bus companies that you can rely on:

Dagupan Bus Line

Terminal: Cubao, Quezon City
Phone: +632-825-2927 or +632-825-2930

Victory Liner

Terminal: Cubao, Quezon City and Pasay City
Phone: +632-727-4688 or +632 410-8986

FiveStar Bus Line

Terminal: Pasay City
Air-Conditioned Bus Rate: Php459 per passenger*
Ordinary Bus Rate: Php351 per passenger*
Phone: +632-851-6614
*Has 20% Discount for Senior Citizen, Students and Disable

Where To Stay in Bolinao, Pangasinan

Please bear in mind that if you are looking for cheap accommodations in Bolinao, you can’t expect to much in the place (during the posting of this in 2014). You get what you pay for. There are several places to stay depending on your budget.

If you plan to stay on your budget, here are my top 3 recommeded accommodations:

Puerto Del Sol Beach Resort

Rate Starts at: $100 or approximately at Php4,300
Address: Patar rd. Barangay Ilog Malino, Bolinao 2406, Philippines
Contact Number: +63 75 696 0530
Reviews: From TripAdvisor

Punta Riviera Resort

Rate Starts at: $50 or around Php2,000
Address: Patar Rd, Bolinao 2406, Philippines
Contact Number: +63 75 696 1350 or +69994432940
Reviews: From TripAdvisor

Treasures of Bolinao Beach Resort

Rate Starts at: Below $100 or Php4,000
Address: Barangay Patar, Municipality of Bolinao 2406, Philippines
Contact Number:
Reviews: From TripAdvisor

In case you are adventurous enough and don’t want to spend on a lavish accommodation, perhaps renting a nipa hut (bahay kubo) would do. Below are the contact numbers of people who allow nipa hut rental in the place.

  • Ate Mylene’s Kubo: +63946716926 or +639297950398
  • Ate Rebecca’s Kubo: +639293741489
  • Ate Rosita’s Kubo: +639479222965
  • Kuya Charlie’s Kubo: +639075294883 or +639081882796
  • Ate Rose’s Kubo: +639086446100
  • Kuya Gener’s Kubo: +639076743144
  • Kuya Benjie’s Kubo: +639108366257

What to do in Bolinao, Pangasinan

Patar White Beach

The sands are as fine as Boracay’s or perhaps better and the very clear water (play the video above and see it for yourself). There are also rock formations on some part of it. Most of all, sunrise and sunset views are remarkable!

Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
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Faro de Punta Patar is the Spanish name of this old run down lighthouse which is situated on top of a hill. The lighthouse is locked and the opportunity to take a photo from its tower is not possible

Overall, it’s a worth visiting for taking pictures and overlooking view is magnificent.

Caves in Bolinao

Enchanted Cave

Enchanted Cave Bolinao
Exploring Enchanted Cave with my Family

A “must see” spot according to the locals. Entrance fee is Php100 to get inside the area to see a simple cave. If you want to swim, you pay extra Php50. The cave is small and water in the cave is about 6 feet.

Cindy’s Cave

Cindy's Cave Bolinao
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Almost the same as Enchanted Cave, however, the only difference is the quality of service and price. Remember the saying you get what you pay for.

Falls in Bolinao

Saint James The Great Parish

Saint James The Great Parish
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Also known as the Bolinao Church that is made of black coral stones that were built by the Augustinian Friars in 1609. Its bell tower was once the tallest in northern Luzon.

Sculptures are great, the church’s facade is nice and the growing plants adds beauty to the place.

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