I had the chance to visit the scenic Punta de Riviera in Bolinao, Pangasinan on Feb 6 when I attended the annual summer outing of St. Therese Choir from Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish.
The travel time by land from Manila to Bolinao took around 5-6 hours with stops along the way. From Manila, there are buses that goes straight to Bolinao. You could call their office for the definite time of departure because there are limited time schedules.
Still if you dont catch that, you could take the bus that goes to Alaminos and from there get on another bus or jeep that travels to Bolinao. It takes 30-40 mins of travel time from Alaminos to Bolinao.
Buses that ply the Manila – Pangasinan route:
' Dagupan Bus Line (Manila to Bolinao) New York St., Cubao Tel # 929-6123, 727-2330
Fare: Ordinary bus – Php 305.00
' Victory Liner (Manila to Bolinao) Cubao, Q.C. Tel # 727-4534
Fare: A/C bus – Php 410.00
' Five Star Bus Line (Pasay City to Bolinao) Tel # 8516614
Fare: A/C bus – Php415.00
' Philippine Rabbit (Quezon City to Dagupan & Bolinao) EDSA, Q.C. Tel # 734-9836
There are numerous resorts to Bolinao and its really not the usual Boracay and Puerto Galera setting where all resorts are in one place. There are few resorts residing at each other like in Brgy Ilog Malino, where Punta de Riviera and Puerto del Sol is located.
After a delightful 6 hour road trip I arrived in the resort run by a lovely lady and her foreigner husband. The resort was very clean, beautifully landscaped – and very well linked into it’s seafront and river environments.
We went kayaking up the river of Ilog Malino. The infinity pool was just lovely and overlooks a big, wide white beach coastline. Their seafront is wide open and the breeze blows right through the gardens.
We spent most time in the pool and the area around there because it seems to have the best ocean view and breeze from the resort. They also have lots of amenities like beach volleyball, table tennis, billiards etc.
All in all it was a fairly enjoyable stay at the resort.