Famed for its fine beaches (and now slowly for its waterfalls) which are accessible from Manila by just a few hours of land travel, Pangasinan proves to always be a good idea especially for summer. Roads on the way to Pangasinan is picturesque with the north’s trees, mountain ranges, and province feels. For adrenaline junkies, Bolinao Falls offer cliff diving and some very mild hiking. Also, Patar White Beach is a beauty of its own. The sea doesn’t have big waves for surfing but from the beach you can stare at the glistening water all day long and feel like time got suspended here. The sea looks bulged here, too, like it can swallow you whole.
Siblings and cousins were my dear companions for this trip. In less than 24 hours we were able to go to the following:
- Bolinao Falls 1
- Bolinao Falls 2
- Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
- Patar White Beach
We left Bulacan at 4AM and was back at 1AM the following day but that’s just because of some crazy vehicular accident that caused too much NLEX traffic southbound. We also took our time when we had dinner in one of the restaurants we passed by in Pangasinan.
In the morning, we started our falls-hopping trip around 9AM, went to Bolinao Lighthouse and spent less than twenty minutes there as there really isn’t much you could do in the lighthouse but take pictures than spent the rest of the afternoon at Patar White Beach.
At Patar White Beach, we don’t have a reservation at any hotel or beach resort. Since we didn’t intend to stay the night but just a few hours, we just checked what the agents near the beach were offering and went with the one with parking and affordable entrance fee. We found one with no entrance fee for the six of us, actually. We just rented a wooden table to place our food and some bags. Their parking fee was also free – all inclusive in the dining table rent.
JOURNALYN TRAVEL TIPS:
- Bring tent for your Patar White Beach accommodation. Pitching tent is free or is allowed for a very minimal fee. Better alternative to the available accommodations of papag and damaged wooden seats rented out for 500 pesos.
- Waze isn’t reliable on this side of the Philippines. Use Google Maps – if there is signal.
- Bolinao Falls 1, due to the influx of the crowd, has murky water that hides the large and sometimes sharp rocks underneath the falls. Don’t go barefoot here nor wear slippers. Protect your feet with maybe a strapped trekking sandals or those swimming shoes which are slowly becoming a trend.
- Life vests are available for rent in Bolinao Falls. It is recommended for kids to wear one even if they know how to swim.
- Patar White Beach has dried see weads on its shore though these don’t mar the beauty of the sea, in my opinion.