Years ago, travelers within Luzon would rather go on a roadtrip to nearby provinces where they can get access to the beach and beautiful sceneries. First of all, it is cheaper and more practical. I also think that the tourism industry in Northern Luzon was more in demand compared to now. With the constant promo fares and discounted deals, people would rather fly than drive.
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I am from Pangasinan and I can say that my beloved province has a number of tourist attractions. Although some are not yet highly-promoted, I do believe that the towns of ALAMINOS and BOLINAO tops the list.
In late 2010, I together with nine other travel blogger friends embarked on a weekend trip to West Pangasinan. Our Saturday is devoted for Alaminos, while we were blessed to spend a happy Sunday in Bolinao. More than half of the group had regular jobs then so we really need to squeeze everything for the weekend.
Let me share our simple itinerary for the Alaminos – Bolinao trip:
7AM – Arrival to Alaminos
Half of the group took a van from Dagupan to Alaminos (1hr) while those who need to attend work on Friday left Manila at around 1AM or later. Not sure LOL.
7:30AM – Hotel Check-in
8AM – Breakfast
Since we’re in Alaminos, it is a must that we try the Alaminos Longganisa. Some ordered the Boneless Bangus. It is fun to eat breakfast with a big group who are torn between eating and watching TV. Hehe.
We were also given a short tour around the hotel. Photos of Ms. Earth candidates are all over the place. Even the room names are influenced by the participating countries!
10AM – En Route to Hundred Islands Nature Park
The group was divided to three groups for a 20-minute tricycle ride to Brgy. Lucap, where the Hundred Islands Nature Park is located. We met up with Mr. Rey Livara, the tourism officer of Alaminos City whom we contacted prior to the trip. That time, he saw him helping out his staff for the Christmas decoration. He is one friendly guy with good sense of humor.
We bought packed lunch before we proceeded with the tour. There are hundred of islands seen, but you cannot really stay in all of these islands. We managed to visit the following: Governor’s Island (where the view deck and the PBB House is located), Virgin Island (you need to do a walkathon to reach this one), Shell Island (my favorite) and Quezon Island, the most populated Island hehe. We ate our late lunch there and at the same time had an on-the-spot Kayaking lessons.
So after the sudden Kayaking lessons, we were then divided into four and we kayak-ed (is there such term? but you get my point, right? hehe) our way to the Imelda Cave, where we did some snorkeling and some even jumped to take a splunge. Too bad we didn’t bring our cameras with us. We also went to the spot where the giant clams are located.
We went back to Quezon Island at 5:15PM, just in time for sunset! After a series of photo-ops, we went back to our boat for a trip back to Brgy. Lucap.
7PM – Back to the Hotel
– Change clothes and freshen up!
8PM – Dinner at Island Tropic Hotel and Restaurant
– We’re all happy to be invited by Island Tropic Hotel & Restaurant! They prepared some meals for us and my favorite is the Squid 🙂 Mr. Rey Livara also shared more details about Alaminos City and how they’re planning to attract more tourists to go visit. It’s nice to know that in Alaminos, almost all hotels, restaurants, travel agencies etc help each other in terms of promoting the tourism sector.
9PM – Back to Islandia Hotel
Tired from the physical activities, majority went straight to their beds and slept in a snap. Too Tired!
Â BOLINAO (SUNDAY)
6:30 AM – Wake up! Wake up!
7:15 AM- Bus to Bolinao
– We took a mini-bus to Bolinao. For almost 45 minutes, we enjoyed the scenery!
8AM – Assembly at St. James Catholic Church
– A visit to one of the oldest church in the Philippines
8:30 AM- Breakfast
– Went to Bolinao Public Market and ate our late breakfast there. Loved the Lomi in Adora’s! We also bought Binunguey for dessert and baon.
9:30 Â AM – To Bolinao Falls
– Enchanted with the beauty of Bolinao Falls!
11:00 AM – To Puerto del Sol
12PM Lunch and Resort Tour
– We ate our lunch at La Playa and did a little tour around the resort.
2:30PM – Tour to Bolinao’s Tourist Spots
There are more places to go to in Bolinao and I will update this part later 🙂
6PM- Back to Puerto del Sol
– Since most of us wanted to swim some more, we decided to jump to the pool and have more fun! From jokes to intimate talks that was cut short when they mentioned that dinner is ready!
7:30PM – Dinner
– Thanks to La Playa for allowing us to have an outdoor dinner! Aside from the romantic feel (ka-date mo siyam na tao LOL), it is also a perfect way to celebrate Josh’s 23rd birthday!
9PM – Cocktails and Jacuzzi
Cocktails by the pool and jacuzzi bonding moment after. Love it!
1AM- Bound to Manila
– Those who didn’t file their leave at work needed to go back to Manila via Victory Liner Bolinao that drops passengers at Dau, Cubao and Pasay.
OPTIONAL: If you’re free on Friday or Monday, you can also do a Dagupan-Calasiao-Lingayen tour. Check the following posts for more information.
So there you have it! If you want to take a roadtrip, please consider PANGASINAN! Have Fun in FUNgasinan!