Bolinao: Frolic at the Waters of Bolinao Falls #1
Situated in a forested area of Bolinao, it has not only one but three waterfalls. It was named Bolinao Falls 1, 2 and 3, where the Bolinao River flows. Its cool waters are refreshing, most especially being surrounded by lush green foliage.
From our lodging in Barangay Patar, we took the rugged road to Barangay Tupa where it is located. Mostly, only tricycles and vans ply this road as cars have difficulty passing through it. After our 30-minute trip along the rough road, we finally reached the place. Another thing that makes the falls appealing, is it is accessible by vehicles and you don’t need to trek.
At the entrance are banners pointing to the falls #2 and #3, respectively at 600 meters and 1.2 km far. As first-time visitors, we opted to go to Bolinao Falls #1. After paying the PhP20 entrance fee and registration, we went to the downward path. Be careful as the downward trail is a bit steep.
We were still at the stairway but we already saw the falls’ turquoise waters. Being on a weekday (weekend?), the place is a bit crowded, but it is nothing, it was said, compared to holy week when it is flooded with visitors. Though a bit crowded, its large size makes it still enjoyable. Its large basin serving a pool is large as well, but also a bit deep.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can jump from its tip. It is a scary experience, but it’s worth it if you try. Life vests are available to fully enjoy your swim. Some rocks are a little slippery and sharp. You can also try their bamboo rafts for a different kind of enjoyment.
Surely, you will enjoy frolicking on its clean, cool waters which compliment the area’s vegetation. We were enjoying its waters very much that we lost track of the time, thus we were unable to visit the other falls. But it’s OK, the experience is satisfying. For sure we shall return someday to visit the other two falls waiting for us.
- Entrance Fee and Rates
- Entrance Fee- P20
- Cottage – P250
- Lifevest – P50
- Bamboo Raft – P200
- Parking Fee
- Motorcycle – P10
- Tricycle – P20
- Cars, Van or Jeep – P50
- Truck – 60
- Bus – 80
- Public Transport:
From Cubao, take a bus going to Bolinao and tell the driver/conductor to get you off at Barangay Samang Norte. The trip will take from five to six hours. From here, take a tricycle going to Malino River or Patar.
* It is more economical to hire a tricycle most especially if traveling by groups of 3 or 4. You will be able to visit other places afterward.
Take the road going to Bolinao. Before reaching the town proper, turn left at Barangay Samang Norte and take the 5-kilometer unpaved road.
TIPS & QUIPS
- If feeling too scared to jump, better don’t try at all, for it will be harder to return if already at the top.
- Even experienced swimmers are encouraged to wear life vests.
- Mobile reception is weak.
- To save money, you can rent a tricycle to be able to visit other tourist spots in Bolinao.
- Wear water shoes for protection from the rocks’ sharp edges.
- Bolinao Lighthouse
- Bolinao Cave
- Patar Beach
- Santiago Island
- Bolinao Town Proper