Surip Beach | Things to do in Bani-Pangasinan
Don’t let Bani’s small-town charm throw you off—this unassuming municipality may seem off the beaten path, but it more than deserves a spot on your itinerary. Be warned, though, the adventures to be found in Bani aren’t for the faint of heart. A must-go destination for adrenaline junkies, Bani is home to amazing treks and jaw-dropping cave systems just begging to be explored. For those looking for something a little more laidback, the town is home to a lot of history (just ask about the story of the Bani tree and the myth of Sitio Surip!) and excellent grub.
Bani is also a pilgrimage destination, as it is home to the Redeemer’s Cross and the Immaculate Conception Parish, so be sure to book your accommodations early if you want first dibs on an amazing place to spend your Holy Week!
|Address:||Surip Rd, Bani, Pangasinan, Philippines, Bani, Pangasinan|
|Fee:||Entry at the beach is free|
Cape Bolinao Lighthouse sits on top of Punta Piedra Point in Patar, Bolinao. Although no longer open to the general public, it remains one of the tallest lighthouses in the Philippines, having 135 steps of stairs. It was built in 1905 by British and Filipino engineers on the lofty hill of solid rock that is Punta Piedra Point, 18 kilometers from the town proper of Bolinao and 351 feet above sea level. The lighthouse provides a 360-degree panoramic view of a part of Cape Bolinao Dendro Thermal Ipil-Ipil Plantation and the West Philippine Sea. The lighthouse has been a frequent site of location shooting for local movies. This lighthouse is just 35 feet shorter than the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Ilocos Norte.
If there's one place that you wouldn't be able to forget in Bolinao, aside from the Bolinao Lighthouse, it would be the Rock View Beach Resort! This beach is not your ordinary one. Once you get to sit in your rented cottage (P500 / P1,000 for your whole stay) to drink in the view of the West Philippine Sea, you would be greeted by Rock View's sensational rock formations!
This newly introduced tourist attraction is one of Bani’s most adventurous—not to mention most romantic. Also known as burubur ni ayat (burubur is Ilokano for bukal, or spring) or the Spring of Love, Busai Falls is a popular date place for local and visiting lovers alike—the barangay chief will even joke that it seems to be effective, if you judge it based the small sitio’s rather large number of children. The half-hour trek leads you through the woods to the 40-foot falls where you can swim at the bottom pool or continue the trail to the top—and rappel down to the bottom for added thrill! The falls are fed by a fresh mountain spring so it’s stunning anytime of the year.
Where to stay
Situated between Alaminos and Bolinao, Pangasinan lies a hidden paradise in the town of Bani — Oldwoods by the Sea Nature Resort. It is a cozy mountain resort with breathtaking views of the West Philippine Sea.The most striking feature of this Pangasinan resort is how it was built to blend in with the natural elements of the area. One can expect to walk among the unaltered trees and gardens along its grounds, making it a tranquil retreat spot for those looking for a quiet vacation.For more adventure, the resort is also near some of the best beach destinations in Pangasinan: The Hundred Islands National Park, Patar Beach, and Surip Beach. Here, you can go snorkeling, island hopping, and cliff diving.
Unwind and get close to nature at this resort in Bolinao, Pangasinan. This place invites you to take a breather away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still offering you the basic amenities you need. Whether you’re looking for a new adventure, in a new town or a quiet respite from your busy schedule, this relaxing getaway has you covered.
What started out as a way to accommodate visiting friends turned into an entire lifestyle change for Glory and George Wilson in 2000. Years later, they've turned their 3-hectare beachside property into a sprawling resort in Sitio Surip, known as a lookout point and was so named for the large rock (resembling an Easter Island head) on one of its cliffs (surip also means silip, which means to sneak a peek at). Visitors can opt to hang out for the day or pitch their own tent on the beach for PHP150, or rent out one of their rooms or suites for the night. Visitors may come for the proximity to pilgrimage sites and underwater caves that you can scuba dive to, but they stay for the freshly-caught seafood platter, the restaurant's specialty and the incredible hospitality.