Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bolinao Falls, Pangasinan

It's has been a tradition of our team in the office to relax and unwind every Summer, thanks to our Team Leader (and also my friend) Arrienne. Last year, we went to 9 Waves.
This year, everyone wanted to go somewhere outside Metro Manila so we decided to go to Bolinao in Pangasinan.

There are so many places to visit in Pangasinan. We wanted to make the most out of our trip so we put almost all places in our itinerary.  

First stop, the Bolinao Falls!

   Photo from cafeattinapay.blogspot.com

Going to Pangasinan is not a piece of cake since it takes 5-7 hours travel time. You can get there by car or by bus. There are lots of bus stations in Cubao going to Pangasinan. But since we were quite a large group, we rented a van that will take us there and then bring us back home. We got a huge van that could fit almost 15 people for P6,000 for the whole trip.

We left Manila right after our shift at 11 pm. We stopped at a McDonald's along NLEX to grab something to eat. We spent about 30 minutes there and then hopped back in the car and continued the loong journey. :) 

What to do on a long trip? Sleep, of course! When I opened my eyes, here's what greeted me.

We were already in Pangasinan, somewhere around Alaminos area. But finding the first stop wasn't easy. 

Remember that if you are traveling to Bolinao, visit Bolinao falls first because it's just along the way going to the main city. Don't put it in the middle of your trip because it would be such a hassle to go to the resort and then drive about 40 minutes going to the falls and then drive another 40 minutes back.

Keep your eyes peeled because the signs are too small! Somewhere along the road, you'll see these. Turn left then enter that small path that says Samang Norte.

You have to be patient because it's still a long drive. Also, the road is not very smooth. It will take another 20-minute drive until you see this tiny sign.

Finally, almost there! A little boy on a bicycle saw us approaching so he guided us to the parking area.

Tada! How cool is the parking area? lol

Since it was past 6 am when we arrived, they decided to eat breakfast first. And we had it the old-fashioned way! Bread + ham + corned beef + bread spread = happy tummy! Oh how I missed eating breakfast this early in a surrounding like this! I feel so close to nature!

After a couple of minutes, we excitedly hurried down to finally witness the beautiful water falls. If you are planning to visit Bolinao falls, be sure you are wearing comfortable clothes and foot wear. Aside form the long walk, the road is also steep and rough.

Yay! Finally!

Welcome to paradise!!

How beautiful and breath-taking?!

Only a blogger will understand another blogger why it is important to snap photos first before anything else. Usual travelers will enjoy the moment and then take photos. Bloggers on the other hand, must take some photos first before having fun. :)

There are many kubo's there. Bring packed food or take your adventure to another level by bringing raw food and cooking it there while enjoying the scenery.

If you feel a little lazy to bring food, there's also a cute sari-sari store where you could buy some snacks. There's also a dressing room and a shower area.

The water is so fresh and clear!

This area, for the dare-devils. The water is too deep plus the rocks in the water are too big and sharp. Some men were diving!


That area behind me is where the real water fall happens! But they said it's too difficult to get there and everyone said we should just stay where we were. If you walk the steep path, you'll be able to see this view...

Now I regret it! I was already there! Why didn't I take a little risk? Sigh. Great lesson, while you're there, just take the plunge. It's better that you did something and regret it rather than regret because you did nothing. :(

Anyway, the water is really inviting! If you are planning to just see the place and take photos, then I'm here to tell you that you will lose 50% of the purpose of your travel. It's not enough to just take photos, you have to jump in. So before you get off the car, be sure you are in your swimming attire. You won't be able to resist it. :)

The water is so clear, you can see the rocks beneath.
But be careful. Step on the white rocks because those are the safe ones. The green rocks are the slippery and  dangerous ones. We should know. lol. My friends fell a couple of times! :)

I told you, you won't be able to resist it! My friends and I weren't able to. Hah! The others didn't want to jump in. I'm glad these girls did! :)

The water feels so fresh and clean, if you know what I mean. I feel like I can drink it. lol! It was 7 am when we swam there but the water was neither too hot nor cold, just right temperature for you to have fun!

I've always wondered what it feels like to be a mermaid. This photo reminds me of Ariel that was turned from a mermaid to human rising form the water. hehe.

The boy that guided us, AJ! He looks so shy in the picture because it has only been an hour since we met. But everyone loved him when we left Bolinao. If you are heading to Bolinao falls, I hope you meet our cute little angel, too. AJ became out guide for 2 days. He even slept in our resort and swam with us, too. He is very trust-worthy. He kept out gadgets and held our bags and nothing went missing. He also takes good photos! :)

Our dirty yet happy feet after swimming! Can you tell which one is the dirtiest and which among those feet is mine?

Last photo! I thought bringing a bulky DSLR would be a hassle so I decided to bring my ever-reliable Canon digital camera. I used my Canon IXUS 230 HS the whole trip. This camera really never fails me! Images are sharp, focuses really well, zoom is good and gives quality photos! I love it!

If you are looking for the perfect destination this Summer, Bolinao is a good one! 

I hope you liked this post. I decided to split the whole trip into 3 different posts since I'm such a photo-flooder. hehe

Stay tuned for the other 2 posts! :)