Bolo Beach Pangasinan was both hot but also at the same time a definite NOT…
In some ways, Bolo was a disappointment but, at the same time, we loved the place. When we were there in July there were quite a few jelly fish floating in the water and washing up on the beach. Be warned that there are times of the year when these things might happen and it only takes one jelly fish sting to ruin a holiday.. On previous visits we didn’t have this problem so I hope it is a one time thing.
Bolo Beach Pangasinan
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Approximately 10 kms from Alaminos City is found a weekend destination that has been largely over-looked until recently. When you think beach destinations you immediately think Borocay, Palawan, Coron or Bohol and that is where you stop. Bolo beach Pangasinan is rapidly becoming a favorite getaway for families who feel the need to escape the city pressures and unwind.
This quiet, out of the way, sandy bay not far from 100 Islands National Park is a great base location to explore 100 Islands.
The resorts in the area are not 5 star by any means but still good for budget priced accommodation. Most things in the area are still reasonably priced making it an inexpensive holiday destination.. Most of the horse-shoe shaped beach is lined with resorts with a small fishing village at one end. You can hire one of these local fisherman to take you to the Islands if you haven’t organised a trip with your resort. Bring fresh fish and crab with you and the fisherman will cook them for your lunch.
Many of the resorts feature Videoke which is very popular with the locals. Quite often you will hear the singing well into the night. I am so glad the 10 pm sound restriction law was brought in and enforced. By 10 pm the Kareoke stops and peace returns.
Most of the beach cottages that you can rent also come with videoke equipment so if the mood hits you, why not start your own party (but remember the 10 pm curfew)
To be honest, the music was not overly loud to start with so I really should not complain. (I’m just jealous I can’t sing that well..lol)
Bolo Beach Pangasinan Review
Bolo Beach Rock Cottage
Why not be different and rent a “Rock Cottage” ? Rock formations protruding out of the water have been leveled on top and a cottage built there. You get benches, tables and, you guessed it, your own Videoke machine. The Bolo version of “Floating Huts”.
We stayed at the Bolo Hills Beach Club when we were there. The beach and surrounding area near the club was kept clean and tidy. On the weekend many of the locals rented out the beach cottages and stayed most of the day so it is you should get in early to secure a cottage.
The beach itself is nice and sand is soft but not white as I have heard other people say. The waves aren’t rough, this is not a surf beach. It is a very family-friendly beach with the water not getting up to waist height until you have walked a fair distance out (perfect for non-swimmers and waders).
When we were there, to rent a kubo was P500 which I thought was a reasonable price compared to other beaches but one of the locals told us the price was double what it usually is in the low season.
Often when there is an early high tide there will be seaweed washed up on the beach but other than that the beach was clean. It has not been over developed yet so it is not a major tourist draw making the area peaceful and social in a way. As 100 Islands Nature Park becomes more and more widely known and popular, Bolo beach will start changing as it will be one of the main drop-off points for those wanting to see the nature park.
At the moment I could still sun-bath on the beach without being pestered by people wanting to sell me things. There were a few stray dogs wandering around though.
When there, try some kayaking, it is fun and good for your health. As mentioned earlier, the beach is clean but the water can sometimes get silty and full of leaved and debris after a storm. When we were there the water was clean but not clear (you couldn’t see the bottom). In some areas you need to be careful where you walk when wading out because the rocks and coral in some areas can be sharp.
Where we were behind the resort there was not this problem but further up the beach was a different story.
If you are going to Bolo Beach on a day trip, make sure to bring food with you or by it in Alaminos City before going to the beach. If you don’t you can always buy lunch at one of the resorts. I’m feeling hungry just thinking of the crispy pork, chicken and milkfish dishes.. Yum.
Bolo Beach in Alaminos – , Access to the beach is a lot better now with the new road so that is definitely in its favor. There are barbecue areas, toilets and change rooms available for beach users but the standard is not good but they are kept clean (Usually).
In our opinion, if you have been to Anawangin, Boracay, El Nido, Galera, or Honda Bay then you won’t think much of Bolo Beach other than cheap accommodation for exploring the area. The sand is not white and the water is not crystal clear.
But, if you are looking for a comfortable getaway just to wind down or take the family, this location is good. If you are coming here for an over-nighter or a weekend getaway, you will definitely find good deals here as well as an amazing sunrise.
Take a few weeks out of your life and explore the area from Dasol Bay to Infanta and Santa Cruz. You will be amazed at the scenery.