Bolinao: Sidetrip at Bolinao Lighthouse
The second tallest lighthouse in the country, this old towering structure was built by the combined forces of Filipino, American and British engineers in 1905. Majestically rising at 351 feet above sea level, it stands on a solid rock in the hilltop of Piedra Point in Cape Bolinao. It is still operational up to this day, guiding ships and other sea vessels cruising the waters of the West Philippine Sea.
According to the Bureau of Geodetic Surveys, the land is elevated at 250 feet. While the interior is off-limits to tourists, the outside structure already gives a breathtaking view that it can offer. From this point, you can see the panoramic view of the West Philippine Sea, Patar Beach and the rock formation, and the lush green forests of Bolinao and Bani.
The structure stands at 101 ft or 30 meters from the ground. According to the inscribed marker: visibility is 42 kilometers at mid-sea towards the lighthouse in Poro Point in La Union. The winding stair has 6 platforms with 20 steps or rungs for a total of 120 steps plus 14 more to the illumination rooms, or an overall total of 134 steps.
Entrance is free and has a spacious parking space. There are stalls selling refreshments, snacks and souvenir items. When sunset approaches, tourists gather in numbers at what was said to be the perfect spot to watch the sunset without obstructions. This is also the favorite spot for pictorial.
The lighthouse is under supervision, preservation, and maintenance of the Philippine Coast Guard with the assistance of the local government of Bolinao. Aside from the lighthouse, no other structures are standing except for some adjacent abandoned buildings.
- Entrance: Free
- Parking: Free
- Public Transport
From Cubao, take the bus going to Bolinao. The trip takes five to six hours.
Upon reaching the Bolinao, take a tricycle going to Maliao River or Patar. This 17-kilometer trip will take at least half an hour.
* It is more economical to hire a tricycle most especially if traveling by groups of 3 or 4. You will be able to visit other places afterward.
Take the road going to Bolinao. Before reaching the town proper, turn left and take the Maliao River-Patar Road. You will be passing through a 17-kilometer road, almost entirely paved with concrete.
TIPS AND QUIPS
- Other tourist spots nearby are Bolinao Falls, Bolinao Cave, and Patar Beach, that you can add up to your itinerary.
- Being the popular spot for sunset watching, it is more advisable to come by late afternoon as the place has no shade at day.
- The way going up to the lighthouse is a bit steep, so it is advised to assist the elderly or those having mobility issues.
- The stalls close at 6 pm and there is no electricity at night.
- There is an ample mobile reception.
- Bolinao Falls
- Bolinao Cave
- Patar Beach
- Santiago Island
- Bolinao Town Proper