Top 5 Tourist Spots in Pangasinan You Should Check Off Your Bucket List
You’ve probably heard of Bohol, Boracay, Siargao, and Palawan before. While these destinations are no doubt beautiful and worth the visit, you’d also encounter lots of tourists and have to deal with overcrowded hotels. If you’re looking for a quiet place to head to for a vacation, then you might want to check the magical tourist spots in Pangasinan.
The Northern province is known for its salt production, with its name literally translating to “a place where salt is made.” There are multiple bus lines that offer daily trips from the metro to the city of Bolinao, Pangasinan, so you won’t have any problems reaching the area. You might want to brace yourself for a long ride, though, as each trip can go as long as 6 to 7 hours, depending on the amount of traffic you’ll encounter.
But you can ask anyone who has been to Pangasinan and they’ll say the long journey is truly worth it. And the different yet equally mesmerizing spots in this Northern Luzon province that awaits you are enough to prove that true.
Top 5 Tourist Spots in Pangasinan
Pangasinan is decorated with the most beautiful tourist spots and untouched landscapes. Some you may already be familiar with, as they are often featured in magazines and other international publications. Beaches, caves, islands, waterfalls, Pangasinan has it all! Below you’ll find a list of the best places to visit in the province of Pangasinan to help you plan your next adventure.
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1. Hundred Islands
The Philippines is home to 7,107 islands, 123 of which are scattered around the southwest of the Lingayen Gulf. The unique, mushroom-like islets and picture-perfect shorelines of Pangasinan’s Hundred Islands draw in a lot of guests each year, making it one of the most famous tourist spots in Pangasinan.
Just don’t expect to have the chance to visit each of them, though, since not every islet has a white sand beach for docking. The most popular islands are Quezon Island, Children’s Island, Governor’s Island, and Marcos Island. You can book an island hopping tour or enjoy camping overnight in one of the islands. Other daytime activities include helmet diving, zip-lining, and banana boat riding.
You can take a bus directly to Alaminos, Pangasinan, from Pasay City terminal. From there, take a tricycle from the city to Lucap Wharf.
2. Patar Beach
Pangasinan has multiple beaches that rival that of Boracay and Bohol, sans the huge crowds of course. Patar Beach is a huge stretch of fine, au naturale sand and crystal-clear waters. Surrounding this secluded spot are the most stunning rock formations you’ll ever see. Since it is a public beach, expect to see a lot of locals and tourists settling in for the weekend. You may also spend overnight here to make the most of your stay. Choose from a variety of budget to luxury accommodations around the area and make sure you get a room overlooking the beach.
Patar Beach is a 40-minute drive from Bolinao town center. Although entrance is free, parking fees may apply.
3. Bolinao Falls
Bolinao Falls has three waterfalls in its vicinity, all of them deserving to be included in the list of the most enchanting tourist spots in Pangasinan. The first one is the eponymously named Bolinao Falls. It is a short 20 feet drop of cascading waters from the elevated stretches of the Balingasay River. The falls are a perfect place to unwind and be one with nature. Guests can enjoy activities such as cliff jumping and bamboo rafting. There are also nipa huts and life vests available for renting.
Bolinao Falls is located 19 kilometers from the town center. As of 2015, a ₱50 fee is required for guests.
4. Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
Lighthouses are always a great way to get a glimpse of the past. The Cape Bolinao Lighthouse was constructed in 1903 by Americans passing through the shores of Pangasinan. It stands proudly on top of Punta Piedra Point, offering guests a stunning view of Patar Beach and the West Philippine Sea. Throughout the decades, the lighthouse has prevented accidents at sea by serving as an international marine passage to Hong Kong, Japan, USA, and other countries.
5. Enchanted Cave
Travelers who have been to Pangasinan have a lot to say about Enchanted Cave, but thing’s for certain: all of them will agree this is one of the most beautiful tourist spots in Pangasinan. The centerpiece of this natural wonder is a turquoise blue natural pool that lives up to its name. It is said that Bolinao Cave had been submerged underwater since a million years ago as evidenced by the number of coral formations and fossilized clams.
The depth of the pool is estimated to be around 3 to 6 feet deep. Getting to the pool is easy since tourism officials have constructed a man-made staircase to help visitors venture inside. Not every section of Enchanted Cave is open to the public, though, there are certain areas that are off-limits.
Enchanted Cave is located in Bolinao, Pangasinan. An entrance fee of ₱150 will be collected from guests.