About Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
At Punta Piedro Point lies one of the most significant landmarks in Bolinao, Pangasinan. Facing the West Philippine Sea stands one of the oldest lighthouses in the Philippines — the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse.
Was built in 1905 during the American’s rule in the archipelago, the lighthouse stands tall at 351 feet (107 metres). It did not just help navigators and sailors reach the shore and travel the seas safely, but given its age, it is sure to have witnessed how Bolinao has grown and evolved.
It is also believed to be near the “area where archaeological excavations have revealed relics from the 14th to the 15th centuries”, although there are not enough records supporting such a claim.
Beside it is the Cape Bolinao ruins which used to be the Lighthouse’s administrative building which adds more character to the lighthouse.
How to get to the Lighthouse
Cape Bolinao Lighthouse has become one of the popular tourist spots in the municipality and a favourite side-trip after visiting the Enchanted Cave or Patar Beach. It is in Patar, Bolinao, Pangasinan.
Upon reaching Bolinao, you can hire a tricycle driver to bring you to the municipality’s tourist attractions (including Cape Bolinao Lighthouse).
1. There’s no entrance fee – You could enter the premises of Cape Bolinao Lighthouse for free. However, the tower itself is no longer accessible to tourists.
2. It is on a steep location – Most tricycles would drop you off at the foot of the lighthouse’s entrance. Which means you’d have to walk on the steep road to get to the lighthouse which will only take a 5 minutes or less.
3. Perfect spot to watch the sunset – Since it is facing the west, it could be a perfect spot for watching the sunset should the weather permits. You could also see the Patar coastline from its vantage point.