Pangasinan is derived from the word “panag asinan” which means “where salt is made”. The third largest province in the Philippines. In this article we will explore the best places in Pangasinan Philippines.
A home to many natural wonders, including caves, mountains, waterfalls, hills and also its famous white sand beaches. The beaches coast is not only an attraction but also a source of livelihood for those who farm salt from its rich salt beds
Here are the Best Places in Pangasinan Philippines
1. Hundred Islands National Park
Hundred Islands National Park – is the top destination for local and international travelers. The first national park in Alaminos, Pangasinan.
The protected area boasts of 123 islets scattered across Lingayen Gulf. Each islet is uniquely shaped and believed to have been formed millions of years ago, making the view of them even more special and rare.
Some of the islands have white sand beaches, while some feature limestone cliffs. Going to Hundred Islands island-hopping tour is the best because booking in that island will take you to the main islands like Quezon Island, Governor Island and Children’s Island.
2. Manaoag Church
Minor Basilica of our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag – commonly known as Manaoag Church, the famous Pilgrims center of the north attracts thousands of tourist and pilgrims daily especially during Holy Week.
One thing that makes this church special is the declaration as a Minor Basilica in 2015 which recognizes history and architectural value.
It is also a canonical affiliate of the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome. Our Lady of Manaoag is a religious shrine with countless miraculous tales and healing power
. The devout Filipino Catholic revered Our Lady of Manaoag as the patroness of the sick, the helpless and the needy. You can see rosary park, spacious candle gallery and a Museum of the Minor Basilica which houses the replica and dresses she used on special occassions and a glass case of perfume that was donated by the devotees.
3. Patar Beach
Patar Beach – one of the most popular beaches in Bolinao and it is less than 1 km away from the Enchanted Cave. It is popular for those seeking a quick break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
It is famous for its long stretch of golden sands and clear blue waters that make for a refreshing swim. The location is facing the West Philippine Sea gives it amazing sunset views.
You can camp at the beach and use the public toilets and showers for free but if you wish to stay longer there are handful resirts nearby.
You may also visit Patar Rock Formation which will give you breathtaking views of the huge coral cliffs along the coastline.
4. Enchanted Cave
Enchanted Cave –is another top tourist attractions in Pangasinan Philippines. A good place to cool off if you’re visiting Pangasinan during summer season.
Inside the cave is a pool of clear natural freshwater with an estimated maximum depth of 6ft, making it ideal for a refreshing swim.
It is located near the Patar Beach. It is enchanted because locals believe that millions years ago, Bolinao was actually underwater supported by the presence of coral rocks anf fossilized clams.
One of the greatest attractions of this beautiful province because it is made of coral limestone and one-of-the-kind cave, it has become a favorite stop amongst tourist.
5. Tondol White Sand Beach
Tondol White Sand Beach – “The Little Boracay of the North”, the most visited and one of the top beach destinations in the Philippines. It has long stretches of fine white sand and clear blue waters.
The waters here are shallow enough that you ca walk to the nearby islets and during low tide several sandbars will appear. It is perfect for families, as the shallow parts of the water stretch out far from the shore.
It is located in the municipality of Anda. The best time to visit is when the inflatable water park is set up in the shallow waters of the beach so you can try slides the tunnels and other obstacles that is offers.
You can rent cottages along the shore and book accommodations at one of the many resorts near the shore.
6. Bolinao Falls
Bolinao Falls – is made up of 3 waterfalls. Bolinao Falls 1,2 and 3, they may not sound spectacular but they’re actually some of the top tourist spots.
Along with Patar Beach, the three falls are located in Barangay Samang Norte along Bolinao River. All three falls are breathtaking and vary in heights. Bolinao Falls 2 is the tallest, coupled with turquoise waters. The falls elevation makes it the ideal spot for cliff diving.
Bolinao Falls 2 is more suited in swimming and has a pool with varying depths including shallow spots for children. While Bolinao Falls 3 has fewer people and perfect for those seeking more peaceful.
7. Balingasay River
Balingasay River – is another best places in Pangasinan Philippines. It is the cleanest river in Pangasinan and in the Philippines.
It is a protected area that is home to 15 hectares of mangroves. The most relaxing ways to take it all is the river cruise.
The cruise is usually part of Pangasinan tour packages. The river cruise is last for about an hour and comes with lunch so you can chill and fill yourself up while taking in the fresh air and the relaxing views of mangroves, birds and fish.
The Bolinao local government was given the Philippines Wetlands Conservations award for protecting the mangroves in the river.
8. Tayug Sunflower Eco Park
Tayug Sunflower Eco Park – is located in Barangay C. Lichauco, Tayug, a haven for those who can’t get enough of flowers. The park is a home of thousands of flowers, but they’re not all sunflowers.
You can find beds of marigold, petunia, celosia and other ornamental plants. There are also vegetables in the park which you can pick and harvest on your own for free.
The sunflowers are continously planted throughout the year so you can be sure that there will be blooms no matter when you visit. The eco park sells potted and bloomed flowers including zinnias, torenia and sunflower.
9. Our Farm Republic
Our Farm Republic – is located in Barangay Torre II, Mangatarem. This organic farm is 5.8 ha that is actually both a tourist attraction and a training center for those who wants to experience what it’s really like to grow and harvest your own.
It also offer seminars and courses for both new and experienced farmers. You can harvest produce to take home and even learn farm-to-table best practices by picking the ingredients and cooking the food for yourself.
They offer variety of dishes including kalabasa soup, flower salad (which uses edible organic fresh flowers), tinolang manok, native pork lechon, and desserts including turonopig, a cross between turon (fried banana rolls) and tupig (roasted rice cake wrapped in banana leaves).
You can also take home bottled preserves a different fruits and vegatables. If you want to stay longer in the farm, you may opt to stay in Our Farm’s Republic bed and breakfast with freshly prepared hearty breakfast and the sound of nature.
10. Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
Cape Bolinao Lighthouse – is also a best places in Pangasinan Philippines. It is one of the five major lighthouses in the Philippines and the second-highest of these five bested only by Ilocos Norte’s Cape Bojeador Lighthouse .
It was built by Filipino, American and British engineers in 1905. Standing atop Punta Piedra Point in Barangay Patar in Bolinao, it guided ships cruising in the West Philippine Sea, until it’s batteries gave out in 2004.
The lighthouse may not be working anymore but still attracts tourist because of its unique architecture and the picturesque views, making it a perfect spot for taking pictures.
The 140-step spiral staircase and the lighthouse sitting atop a hill with a 72m elevation, even just a standing at the base gives you scenic views of lush greenery and the sparkling ocean.