When the group arrived in Bolinao, we had a quick breakfast before our tour guide immediately whisked us away to this secluded gem which was around 20 minutes from the town proper . The road leading to Bolinao Falls was a little rough, but since the hotel arranged us a van to go around, it wasn’t too much of a problem.
The place seemed like an unlikely place for a waterfall since we didn’t have to climb any mountain. The van parked in the middle of a field and I thought “Are they messing with us? We’re in a field!”
After walking for a minute, we saw a set of concrete stairs leading down to what seemed to be a pool below. While at the top of the stairs, our guide told us 3 different legends behind Bolinao Falls about two lovers named Boli and Nao, which I don’t really remember anymore. But I think the man, Boli, was watching Nao take a bath naked in the pool.
Once I got to the falls, I was pretty amazed at what I saw. The pool was of clear blue green color and it was really calling out to me. “Bakels! Gora na and sumisid sa beauty kez”, it said. I was a bit hesitant to swim at first so I just took photos of my friends atop this rock formation with the view of the falls behind it. The waterfall itself is not remarkable in height, but the simplicity of it plus the colors of the pool gave the place its enchanting beauty.
Dork Tip #3: Make sure to bring your swimming clothes, a towel, and rubber slipper before you go down the stairs because it’s a long way back up to the parking lot! You won’t be able to resist the alluring charm of the pool!
On the side, there’s this small area where strong water currents are gushing out from the main pool to a stream and I saw my friends having the time of their lives so I decided to give in. So I rushed back to our van to change clothes, skipped down the stairs, took off my shirt to display my Mossimo Bikini Summit body, and I jumped right in. I didn’t bother go to the bigger pool because it was deeper and I didn’t know how to swim.
The water was so refreshing and it felt like I was in a cold Jacuzzi. I could’ve stayed there the entire afternoon just chilling. In fact, I remember throwing a bitch face to our tour guide when he said we had to leave. I’m glad he didn’t see me, though. Hahaha.
After some research online, I found out that there are actually two Bolinao Falls in the area: Bolinao Falls 1 and 2, such creative names, I know. I don’t really know which of the two is the one we went to, but based from photos I saw, the other one looks so much better!
If you are going to Pangasinan, a quick side trip to Bolinao Falls 1 or 2 will definitely recharge your spirits as long as you make sure to take a dip.