I’ve been to Bolinao and Alaminos, Pangasinan before but the details in my memory was a little bit too hazy for me to create a travel guide, that’s why I included them in the 12 for 2012 Travel Project.
I was planning to do it solo. The truth is, I was afraid that the budget would skyrocket because I had to pay expenses that could be paid by groups. Luckily Laiza of Azial: Ang Batang Gala texted me and was looking for a quick getaway from the city life. I explained to her that the travel is aimed to document places than to relax, but I will try my best for us to have extra time to relax & enjoy the places. She agreed and we find ourselves in the bus station in Cubao ready for a 2 day fast-paced adventure in Pangasinan.
Without further ado, I present to you the expenses I had during our trip.
|P432.00||Victory Liner Bus from Cubao, Quezon City to Bolinao, Pangasinan|
|P200.00||Short stay at Dos Flores Resort; P350 for 3 hours + P50 for 1 hour extension|
|P50.00||Tricycle to and from UP Marine Science Institute; P100/tricycle|
|P10.00||Entrance to Bolinao Marine Laboratory Outdoor Hatchery; P10/pax|
|P20.00||Entrance to Bolinao Museum; P20/pax|
|P80.00||Breakfast at Adora’s Restaurant at Bolinao’s Town Proper|
|P80.00||Bought ingredients at the market for next day breakfast; Budget P80/pax|
|P80.00||Bought some snacks at the market|
|P50.00||Entrance to Enchanted Cave; P50/pax â€“ w/o swimming|
|P7.50||Parking fee for tricycle at Enchanted Cave; P15/tricycle|
|P40.00||Entrance to Wonderful Cave; P40/pax|
|P0.00||Entrance to Cindy’s Cave; Closed when we got there; P50/pax|
|P0.00||Bolinao Lighthouse; No Entrance Fee|
|P80.00||Lunch at La Parola El Restaurante at Patar|
|P10.00||Shower at Abrac Beach, Patar|
|P5.00||Pooped at the CR at Abrac Beach; Yes, you have to pay to use the CR|
|P80.00||Dinner at La Parola el Restaurante|
|P0.00||Camping at Abrac Beach|
|P10.00||Shower at Abrac Beach, Patar|
|P25.00||Tip for Benjie’s Cottages for guarding our bags while we walked the length of Patar Beach|
|P400.00||Tricycle Tour around Bolinao & Pick-up at Abrac Beach, Patar|
|P0.00||St. James the Great Parish Church at Bolinao Town Proper; No entrance fee|
|P45.00||Mini Bus from Bolinao to Alaminos, Pangasinan|
|P25.00||Tricycle from Alaminos Town Proper to Lucap Wharf; P50/tricycle|
|P20.00||Day Trip Entrance Fee to Hundred Islands National Park|
|P80.00||Lunch at Lucap Wharf Karinderya’s|
|P700.00||Service Boat to Tour Hundred Islands; P1,400/boat for 1-5pax|
|P30.00||Halo-halo at Lucap Wharf Karinderya’s|
|P25.00||Tricycle from Lucap Wharf to Victory Liner Station Alaminos; P50/tricycle|
|P370.00||Bus from Alaminos, Pangasinan to Cubao, Quezon City|
It was still a bit expensive than what I wanted it to be. It would have been way cheaper if there were more of us, but it is still best to move with a few adventurous people. Thanks Laiza for coming on the trip. It was a joy to share the travel experience in Pangasinan with you. 🙂
To read about Laiza’s experience visit her Wish upon a star (update) blog post.
I hope the expenses listed here would give you an idea on how much you will be spending when you do a 2 day Bolinao-Alaminos, Pangasinan adventure.
Number of shooting stars while stargazing at Abrac Beach in Patar, Bolinao: Josiah – 5; Laiza – 8
Sun set at Abrac Beach in Patar, Bolinao: 20 minutes; started at 5:30 PM
Number of People who approached me to sell Boat tours in Hundred Islands Information Center: 7 pax (panic mode!)
Travelling with a friend: Priceless!
Originally, I was planning to do the Bataan-Corregidor Trip solo but during my research it was too expensive for me so I decided to change the location for the first destination of my 12 for 2012 Travel Project to Bolinao & Alaminos, Pangasinan. Hopefully, next time I would be blessed with a budget to do backpacking in Bataan & Corregidor.
This is a part of my 12 for 2012 Travel Project that aims to document 12 local destination in the Philippines in 2012 to help travellers plan their trips faster.
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