March 23-24, 2016
This was a family outing on a holy week. But we went there on a Holy Wednesday and we’re lucky enough that we were able to get the place (Bolo Hills Beach Club) exclusively ours. It’s really nice to have an out-of-town or any travel before the holidays or weekends. Good for me, my rest days are on Wednesdays and Thursdays. I just can’t attend fiestas because they usually happen on weekends.
We rented out 2 vans going to Alaminos, Pangasinan from Marikina which costs P9,000 each van for 2 days. We were 21 who occupied seats and 1 baby. You may ride a bus from Cubao to Alaminos, you may take a Victory Liner which costs P393. Our departure time from Marikina was around 3am. Travel by van would take 4 to 5 hours, while travel by bus would take you 6 to 7 hours. Well, of course the type of transportation would depend on the number of people who you are going with. It is usually more expensive if you are a solo traveler or with less people. It would also vary on the convenience versus the budget.
We booked our stay at Bolo Hills Beach Club, Alaminos City, Pangasinan. It is a beach front in Alaminos with beige fine sand. It was not so crowded, so we enjoyed the beach by ourselves. We had 3 cottages for overnight for P15,000, but since there were no tourists yet, we were able to occupy the entire resort with no extra cost.
We had boodle fight for our lunch, dinner and breakfast the next day which costs P10,000 for 21 persons.
After our lunch, we headed straight to island hopping among the 123+ islands of Alaminos. We rented out 2 boats for P1,000 each. We were able to visit the Governor’s Island, Marcos Island, and Quezon Island.
Not all islands can set foot there, some were like rocks on top of the water. The islands where you can set your foot offer fine white sand, pristine waters, and some beautiful under the sea creatures.
Too bad we’re not able to do snorkeling, but my niece and I were able to do a zipline instead. Haha!
Our first stop is the Governor’s Island which offers an overlooking view of the islands nearby. It has fine white sand but it’s not really a spot for tourists to swim in.
The peak is breathtaking, aside from the pleasant scenery of the sprouting lands on the sea, it is also exhausting climbing the peak.
You have two options of going down, it is either by stairs or by 546-meter zipline going to the Virgin Island next to the Governor’s. We opt the stairs. You may also reach the Virgin Island through the floating bridge from the Governor’s Island.
We passed by an island full of bats. There’s no name on it, I don’t know what to call the island. Let me check if Google knows. There! It’s called Bat Island. Wow, very creative. I would’ve never guessed that.
Then we went next to Quezon Island where we were able to do zipline for P100. It wasn’t that exciting though.
But the beach is very gorgeous, it is the kind of fine white sand I am looking for and the water is clear and clean. You may camp out in the island if you want to have an overnight for P200 each (camping fee) and P400 for tent rental. You may bring your own tent to save your P400. You may also do a day tour and book a room around Alaminos. You can check at agoda.com for easier booking.
There are other activities in the island like banana boat, kayaking, snorkeling, etc.
After Quezon Island, we proceeded to Marcos Island. The sand there wasn’t that fine and not as white as the Quezon Island’s but there’s a spot in Marcos Island in a cave where you can do a cliff diving.
I am really afraid of heights, I just did the Canyoneering in Cebu to conquer my fear but I’m not in the mood that day to conquer my fear again. My goal that day was to relax and be boring. Hahaha!
I just stayed at the beach, snorkel and got terrified with the sea snake I saw among the seaweeds. I backed out and warned my family on what I saw. It is better to be safe than sorry. I would really like to return to Quezon Island and enjoy the beach there if given the chance to choose.
We went back to the main land of Alaminos before it gets dark and had our boodle dinner at Bolo Beach.
We were able to get a chance to see a full moon on that night. It was a penumbral lunar eclipse but it wasn’t that much of a spectacular sight.
The next day, we had our boodle breakfast before packing to leave the beach.
We dropped by the market to buy some longanisa and went to Lucap Wharf to buy souvenirs, we rode the tricycle for P100 so we can come back faster. We had our lunch at Jollibee Alaminos before returning to Manila.
If you are commuting, you can ride a tricycle from Alaminos for P15 each, but you need to wait until the tricycle is full or you can pay P100 for the entire tricycle ride going to Lucap Wharf. Pay the P40 for day tour and P80 for overnight at Lucap Wharf. Take a boat at the Lucap Wharf going to the Hundred Islands for P800-1,000, depending on the size of the boat and number of people going to take a ride.
There’s another budget beach near Alaminos, in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
|Item||Commute||Rented Van (Group)|
|Package||Divided by 21|
|Van (Marikina to Alaminos RT) P9,000 x 2||18,000.00||857.14|
|Bus (Cubao to Alaminos) P393 x 2||786.00|
|Accommodation in Alaminos||400.00 to 1,500.00||15,000.00||714.29|
|Tricycle to Lucap Wharf||15.00 to 100.00|
|Hundred Islands Fee||40.00 to 80.00|
|Boat Ride (Island Hopping)||800.00 to 1,000.00||2,000.00||95.24|
|Tricycle from Lucap Wharf to Alaminos||15.00 to 100.00|
|TOTAL||2,700.00 to 4,216.00||47,150.00||2,345.24|
*Photos taken with Samsung S6 Edge and GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition
**Some photos were grabbed from Rhea Barcos