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Bing's Beach Resort

Bing’s Beach Resort

So I admit I didn’t take much part in booking Bolinao resorts for my family during our family outing. I’ve booked many times in other places that got cancelled, so I figured I must be the bad luck. This time, my sister did all the searching on where to stay in Bolinao. She was the one who contacted Bing’s Beach Resort and booked us a place to stay in Bolinao for April 20 – her birthday.

Bing's Beach Resort
Bing's Beach Resort

When we arrived at Bing’s Beach Resort – which was, I admit, a lot more than I expected, they had run out of the rooms that we reserved – already a bad sign for me. I hate reserving a room and then not getting the room I expected. I know my sister had a P1800 room reserved that I don’t know what happened because we ended up paying more for our room.

Bing's Beach Resort
Bing's Beach Resort

Bing’s Beach Resort is divided into two – the resort near the beach, and the resort across the road which is the main hotel. Bing’s is located in the farthest part of Bolinao – where there are less streetlight and is just a short ride to the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse, although not close enough to Patar Beach or Solomon’s. The road isn’t cemented well here so expect a bumpy ride. There is a small store across the resort at beach front, but aside from that, I don’t think the resort has a restaurant. Good thing, my parents and Kuya Chris’ family had brought dinner.

The façade of the main resort has a fountain and a playground.

Bing's Beach Resort
Bing's Beach Resort

We booked two rooms that night, each room consisting of two double beds, a side table and a cabinet, a bathroom and air condition. It cost P3500 for each room which wasn’t very appreciated by my mother because the room was very ordinary with no amenities included.

Bed in Bing's Beach Resort
Bed in Bing's Beach Resort

The beds were made out of bamboo and covered with simple, white sheets. Each bed had two pillows but an extra pillow doesn’t cost extra.

Bed in Bing's Beach Resort
Bed in Bing's Beach Resort

The bathroom wasn’t anything special although it wasn’t particularly brand new or even in its best condition. The sink looked like it was clean enough, however, if you look closer, the metal bars holding onto the sink looked about to fall off and if you lean on the sink, it doesn’t feel as stable.

Bathroom in Bing's Beach Resort
Bathroom in Bing's Beach Resort

The room has 3 sockets.

The resort is huge, if you add both sides together. The building houses are not exactly cemented but look sturdy enough. In front of each beachfront room, there is a small foyer that has a table and some chairs, although our chairs were taken by the party of the other guests.

In the middle of the long house and the main lounge – which I wasn’t sure if it was for rent or privately owned because it had a television, there’s a two storey cottage with a roundabout staircase. This was where the other families or group of friends had been holding their Ms. Gay contest.

That night, we were accompanied by a couple of families who were having a party and quite disturbing the quiet environment of the Bolinao night. They had music playing and were really loud.

Beachfront of Bing's Beach Resort
Beachfront of Bing's Beach Resort

Bolinao’s a really romantic place to be in, simple but romantic and the loud party in the midst of the quiet seemed a little out of place – although I imagine if they weren’t partying the place would’ve seemed creepier with no streetlights and no beach lights.

Bing's Beach Resort Beachfront before sunrise

The staff that we met on our visit seemed a little young and although bubbly.

Overall, despite the price, you can consider Bing’s as one of the good Bolinao resorts – especially with its location.

Bing’s Beach Resort

Bing's Beach Resort Contacts
Bing's Beach Resort Contacts

Brgy. Patar, Bolinao

Contact Numbers:
09212807142
09289394561
09174750914
09282477501

 

How to Go to Bolinao?

Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

Bolinao in Less Than 15 Hours

I woke up at 5am the next morning on our 2nd day in Pangasinan. I was ready to go see the sunrise at the lighthouse. Not everyone was as ready as I was – the unfortunate thing about touring with the family is that while I may not have to pay for anything, when it comes to the itinerary, we never know what may happen, especially because I have two younger brothers who don’t really like waking up at 5am in the morning.

We missed the sunrise, but no matter, I was ready for a day of Bolinao fun.

Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

The first place we went to was the famed Lighthouse or Cape Bolinao Lighthouse. It was closed so we couldn’t come up. The caretaker came about a few minutes later and offered to borrow the key so that he could open it for us. We said yes, but if we stayed too long to wait, we’d miss our whole itinerary.

Jumpshot at Cape Bolinao
My sister's jumpshot at Cape Bolinao

We took some pictures and then headed off to Patar Beach.

Patar Beach
Patar Beach

Patar Beach is better than the beach in front of Bing’s, although if you prefer less waves, Patar Beach shouldn’t be on your list. Unlike Bing’s beach, there’s no ledge in Patar and the rough waves go all the way to the shore. However, the beach and shores of Patar Beach is cleaner and smoother than it is on the other side. You won’t have to worry about stepping on rocks or corals while swimming. It is, advisable for younger swimmers to be watched at all times, just to be on the safe side.

Patar Beach
Patar Beach

I didn’t swim, but I did savor a little bit of soft sand and bought souvenirs for my friends. Souvenirs at Patar Beach are the same rate as most tourist spots.

Cindy's Cave
Cindy's Cave

On the way back to Bing’s Beach Resort, we went to Cindy’s Cave. I guess I got used to caves being a historical and natural place so when we entered Cindy’s Cave, which is a cave, really, but very much developed, I got a little disappointed. The mystery and natural beauty of the cave was ripped off by the fact that the cave now has entrance fees, and it has cemented stairs and railings and a developed picnic area inside the cave. I’ve always been fascinated by caves, but if the caves are like these, it really rips off the natural charm of a natural land formation.

Cindy's Cave Entrance
Cindy's Cave Entrance

Cindy’s Cave rates are below:

Cindy's Cave Rates
Cindy's Cave Rates

The cave hosts a freshwater stream inside with shallow and clean but very cold water. The cave is about a 15 meters long and 10 meters wide in my estimation although I’m probably pretty bad at that. 15 meters long because the cave and the stream goes farther than I had wanted to check out (somebody screamed “snake” and I was out of there – even if it was only a joke).

Cindy's Cave Stream
Cindy's Cave Stream

There are lights inside and some tables and chairs. Outside, there are also tables and chairs and a bathroom for those who swam inside the cave.

Cindy's Cave Tables and Chairs
Cindy's Cave Tables and Chairs

The owner of the cave told us a story about some men who had come to the cave once upon a time to steal gold that was hidden inside the cave. It was lucky that the owner was not there at that time or he would have been killed and thus, nobody to share the story with tourists anymore. He even showed us the part of the cave where the men had dug but is now refilled and covered for safety measures (check the left hand side of the cave, facing the cave, below the rails). I love a little history.

Anyway, we didn’t swim much, just took some pictures and then headed off to Enchanted Cave.

Enchanted Cave
Enchanted Cave

Our experience at Enchanted Cave was disappointing. It costs P70 per person to go inside (P50 if you don’t swim) and you have to be guided by someone inside for the length of your stay. If Cindy’s Cave’s development had ripped out its natural beauty and charm, there wasn’t any left with Enchanted Cave, except for the fact that I may just be a little curious.

Here are the rates for Enchanted Cave:

Enchanted Cave's Rates
Enchanted Cave's Rates

When we inquired with the men or the guides, he was irritated for some reason while talking to Kuya Chris (who was with us) and when we changed the number of people going in, he got even more irritated. That, in turn, got Kuya Chris mad because of his lack of customer service that ended in most of us not wanting to go inside anymore. Since I wanted a full Bolinao experience, I went inside, despite the fact that I really wanted to do something to make him even madder.

Enchanted Cave
Enchanted Cave

When we went up to the cave which was preceded by tables and chairs, a souvenir shop, fountain and swings and hammocks, the cave was filled with people. I mean – filled with people. I can barely breathe inside with all the tourists and their guides hanging around.

Giant Clams at Enchanted Cave
Giant Clams at Enchanted Cave

Enchanted Cave, I asked why the staff and the guides why they called it Enchanted Cave and no one knew why, has a pool inside, only their freshwater stream is deeper than that of Cindy’s Cave. The guide says water can go up to 14ft deep inside the cave.

Enchanted Cave
Enchanted Cave
Entrance to Enchanted Cave
Entrance to Enchanted Cave
Enchanted Cave
Enchanted Cave

We didn’t stay long nor did we wish to swim.

I’d have loved to visit Wonderful Cave, but after the two misfortunes, no one but me was feeling the curiosity anymore of the unexplored cave. Besides, I didn’t have money anymore to spend for the entrance fee of Wonderful Cave.

Slightly disappointed, we went back to Bing’s Beach Resort to swim for a bit in shallow waters before heading back to the town.

At 1pm, we headed back to Bolinao town for lunch with Kuya Chris’ family. We didn’t even get to visit any waterfalls or go to The Redeemer’s Cross because everyone had gone haywire with how the tour was going and how we had been treated at Enchanted Cave.

A little tragic? Yes, so we ended the tour with a visit to the Bolinao Marine Laboratory, The Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines.

Bolinao Marine Laboratory
Bolinao Marine Laboratory

BML is the official marine station of MSL that serves as the base for research for the activities of MSI, including visiting scientists, students and even other institutions. BML is also the place for coastal resource management activities of Bolinao.

Outside Hatchery
Outside Hatchery at BML

The station is where they grow corals until they can put back the corals and animals to their rightful place in the sea. In their lab, they also have a pawikan or a turtle and lobster in their outside hatchery that they found when it was still a baby and helped the sea animals grow. The institute does have plans to bring back the animals to the sea as well.

Pawikan or Turtle at the BML Hatchery
Pawikan or Turtle at the BML Hatchery
Corals at BML
Corals at BML

 

There is also a freshwater stream near the institute that they have no idea where it comes from – especially since the institute is located right next to the beach.

Freshwater Stream
Freshwater Stream

At the end of the day, we just went to the Bolinao Church for the Holy Thursday mass and play.

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Bing’s Beach Resort

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Bolinao Jumpshot

Twilight Jumpshots in Bolinao

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.

Bolinao before sundown
Bolinao before sundown

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.

Bolinao Sunset
Bolinao Sunset

Even so, I’m a romantic so the beautiful lights were enough to captivate me.

Bolinao Jumpshot
Bolinao Jumpshot

 

And to capture my favorite jumpshots.. well, and failed jumpshots…

Failed Bolinao Jumpshot
Failed Bolinao Jumpshot

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.

Low Tide at Bolinao
Low Tide at Bolinao

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.

 

Bolinao at sunrise
Dark Bolinao at sunrise

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.

Morning Waves
Do you see the point where the waves all come crashing to?

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.