HUNDRED ISLANDS + BOLINAO Travel Guide – Itinerary + Expenses

Hundred Islands Itinerary

Hundred Islands Itinerary includes Bolinao Falls, Patar Beach, and Enchanted River. I am excited to share to you the amazing weekend me and my friends had in Pangasinan. The Hundred Islands National Park of Alaminos City is a protected area in Pangasinan that comprises 124 islands spread out along the Lingayen Gulf. It is also known as “Kapulo-puloan” or “Taytay-Bakes.” Four of these islands have already been developed to attract more tourists: Governors Island, Quezon Island, Marcos Island, and Children’s Island. 

Here are our two-day and 1-night adventure escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Hundred Islands – Bolinao Itinerary Day 1:

My excitement hyped up thinking that this would be an exciting “barkada” outing. We left Manila at 1 AM and arrived in Pangasinan at around 5 am in the morning – actually pretty early to start our adventure. We decided to have our breakfast first in a Jollibee near their Municipal Hall.

After that, we are ready to head to our first stop…..

Bolinao Falls

There are 3 waterfalls in Bolinao’s Barangay Samang Norte, all located adjacent to each other and lying along the Bolinao River. These waterfalls are numbered 1 to 3, with the numbering based on their proximity to the center of Bolinao town. Bolinao Falls 1 is thus the closest to the town center although each waterfall is a mere 3 to 5-minute drive away from the closest one. We did a refreshing dip at Bolinao Falls 1. The water is very clear and you can see the bottom at the shallow part of the lagoon. It has 3 level cliff diving that we did enjoy.

Bolinao Falls Pangasinan
Enchanted Cave Pangasinan

Our Pangasinan trip will not be complete without visiting the famous Enchanted Cave. It’s a soothing and fun experience to be able to swim in cold water inside the cave.

Before entering the cave, you can observe that the place is very much maintained by the management. They offer a kid’s pool, a wishing well, and a lot of hammocks within the area. There are also monkeys in the trees beside the gate entrance.

Hundred Islands Itinerary
Patar Beach

This is the most popular beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan. It’s a white sand beach that is open to the public – meaning it’s for free. You just have to rent your cottage. We spent the whole afternoon enjoying this beautiful beach. Check out the video below made by our friend Jin.

DAY TWO: HUNDRED ISLANDS TOUR

Hundred Islands National Park is the first national park and a protected area located in Alaminos, Pangasinan in the northern Philippines. The islands, totaling 124 at low tide and 123 at high tide, are scattered in Lingayen Gulf covering an area of 16.76 square kilometers (6.47 sq mi). Only three of them have been developed for tourism: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children’s Island. The Lucap Wharf in Alaminos, the entrance to the National Park, is about 240 kilometers (150 mi) north of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Hundred Islands Itinerary
Photo Credit to Ivan Basa

We first pay for our registration fees at the Lucap Wharf where we also rented a boat that we will use during the island hopping. It is more advisable to travel in a group so you can share the cost. (See Registration Fees, Boat Rental Fees, etc below)

After the registration, our Island Hopping began and we first went to Governor Island where we enjoyed this beautiful view.

Hundred Islands Itinerary

We enjoyed snorkeling, banana boats, and swimming on Quezon Island. And of course, we did try cliff jumping in Marcus Island.

How to go to Hundred Islands?

We rented a van during the whole trip but if you are going to Hundred Islands directly, you can go to Cubao. There are a lot of buses like Victory Liner, Dagupan Bus, and Five Star Bus liners that have regular trips from Manila to Alaminos City. Bus fare is around Php 400.00 and travel time is about 5-6 hours. From Alaminos Terminal, you have to ride a tricycle going to Lucap Wharf.

BOAT RENTALS AND FEES:
Environmental Fee is Php 40.00 per person for a day tour and Php 80.00 per person for those who are planning to stay overnight.

Small (max. of 5 pax) – Php 1,400.00
Medium (max. of 10 pax) – Php 1,800.00
Large (max. of 15 pax) – Php 2,000.00

ISLAND ACTIVITIES:
Snorkeling – Php 250.00 per set gear rental
Zipline (546 meters) – Php 250.00 in Governor’s Island
Zipline (120 meters) – Php 100.00 in Quezon Island
Banana Boat (max. 7pax) – Php 1,500.00 per ride
Helmet Diving – Php 400.00 per dive (20 mins.)

Overall, we really enjoyed the whole Pangasinan trip! And we are heading next to……..

Sneak peek of our Pangasinan Adventure. Subscribe to my friend’s YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUMjD7fuZlk&t=336s

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