Right after our Hundred Islands tour, we headed straight to Bolinao where we had booked at Bing’s Resort, one of the resorts with a high rate at Tripadviser and many blogs.
The ride to Bolinao was bumpy. I had slept probably half way to it; however, I remembered that the ride from Bolinao town to Bing’s or the farthest end of Bolinao was bumpier than it was from Alaminos. We did enjoy the scenery though, since Fiesta was coming up for Pangasinan, the road was decorated with shells-turned street lights. It was already around 5pm and we were excited to see the sunset. On the road going to Bing’s, we could see the setting lights in the skies and the shallow waters surrounding Bolinao.
By the time we reached Bing’s the sun was quickly going down and we had to make use of the setting time as quickly as we could.
I’ve heard Bolinao has great sunsets but unfortunately, the cloudy skies were going to prevent the sunset I had dreamed of. Even my sister who’s been to Bolinao hasn’t seen the famous beautiful Bolinao sunset.
Even so, I’m a romantic so the beautiful lights were enough to captivate me.
And to capture my favorite jumpshots.. well, and failed jumpshots…
We stayed at Bing’s for the night and since Bolinao isn’t like Boracay where there is actual nightlife – well, at least in this part of Bolinao – we had no choice but to get to bed early.
I had brought my Globe Tattoo with me, signal was so bad I only had internet every three seconds. Anyway, of course, I didn’t go to sleep yet, my sister and I spent the night talking on the beach, even if it was too dark to actually see the waters.
You see, in Bolinao, the beach is slightly different than most beaches I’ve been to. It’s not like Boracay or Palawan that you just have to walk into the beach, swim a little farther for corals or even La Union where you’d have to worry about your next step on the beach because of the waves.
In Bolinao, you can see harsh, even rough waves coming in – but not technically onto the shore. For some reason, and I’m guessing there’s a sudden drop, corals or maybe even a man-made division, that makes the harsh waves and the tide rush only up to about 20 – 30 meters from the shore. You can see the actual waves come up to a stop because of some ledge and then the actual waters come to a calm shore at the beach – and I find that during the afternoon is the low tide in Bolinao because when we arrived at 5pm, you can walk all the way to the ledge without getting too wet, however, when we swam the next day at 10am, halfway to the ledge was already 5-6ft deep.
Not only that, at night, there were no lights on the beach, at least for most of the stretch of beach along Bing’s Beach Resort until Punta Riviera I think and there were no boats – except for one thing we saw moving that night that up till now we’re not sure if it’s really a boat or just someone walking in the water.
The water is clean, but the seafloor is filled with corals, rocks and stones so remember to bring aqua shoes or at least slippers when walking in the waters. The beach, however, is mostly clean and the sand is soft and light colored although not totally white.
I went to sleep at around 11pm that night, ready for an early morning touring Bolinao.