Pangasinan Travel Guide

Overview of Pangasinan

Just a 3–4-hour drive from Manila, Pangasinan is a popular vacation spot for travelers looking to visit islands, beaches, waterfalls, and delectable indigenous cuisine. Pangasinan is known as the "place of salt" because it is a significant salt producer. In fact, bagoong (shrimp paste) and alamang (krill), which add taste to food, are two of their key goods. If you're searching for a fast getaway from the city, put Pangasinan on your bucket list.

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Where to Go

Hundred Islands National Park

This is perhaps the most famous attraction in Pangasinan. It's a cluster of 123 limestone islands scattered along Lingayen Gulf. Visitors can explore caves, go snorkeling, diving, or simply relax on the beaches.


Bolinao offers beautiful beaches, including Patar Beach, known for its golden sand and crystal-clear waters. You can also visit the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse, Bolinao Falls, and the Enchanted Cave.

Bolinao Church (St. James the Great Parish)

This centuries-old church is a significant historical and religious site in Pangasinan, featuring Spanish colonial architecture.

Dagupan City

Known as the "Bangus Capital of the Philippines," Dagupan is famous for its delicious milkfish (bangus). Visitors can enjoy a seafood feast at the local restaurants and explore the city's markets.

Manaoag Church

The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag is a popular pilgrimage site known for its miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary. The church attracts thousands of devotees every year.

Bani Sand Dunes

For adventure seekers, the Bani Sand Dunes offer thrilling activities like sandboarding and ATV rides amid vast stretches of sand.

Lingayen Beach and Capitol Park

Lingayen Beach is a serene spot for relaxing by the sea, and Capitol Park is a great place for leisurely walks and picnics.

Pangasinan Provincial Capitol Complex

This complex features a striking modernist design and serves as the seat of the provincial government. It's worth visiting for its architectural beauty.

Bolinao Marine Laboratory (UP Marine Science Institute)

This research facility offers educational tours where visitors can learn about marine conservation efforts and interact with marine life.

Island Hopping

Explore the stunning Hundred Islands National Park by hopping from one island to another. Enjoy activities such as snorkeling, swimming, cliff diving, and cave exploration.

Beach Relaxation

Pangasinan boasts several beautiful beaches like Patar Beach in Bolinao and Lingayen Beach. Spend a day soaking up the sun, swimming in the clear waters, and building sandcastles with your family or friends.

Water Sports

Engage in water sports such as jet skiing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and banana boat rides, which are offered at many beach resorts and rental shops along the coast.

Cultural Tours

Immerse yourself in Pangasinan's rich cultural heritage by visiting historical sites like Bolinao Church, Manaoag Church, and the Pangasinan Provincial Capitol Complex. Don't forget to explore local markets and try traditional Pangasinense cuisine.


Pay a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag, a renowned pilgrimage site known for its miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary. Join the devotees in prayer and witness the fervent atmosphere of faith and spirituality.

Adventure Activities

Get your adrenaline pumping with activities like sand-boarding and ATV riding at the Bani Sand Dunes. Experience the thrill of speeding down sandy slopes or navigating rugged terrain on an ATV.

Nature Trips

Explore the natural wonders of Pangasinan by trekking to Bolinao Falls, swimming in its refreshing waters, and marveling at the lush greenery surrounding you. You can also visit the Bolinao Marine Laboratory to learn about marine conservation efforts.

Culinary Delights

Indulge in a gastronomic adventure by sampling local delicacies such as bangus (milkfish) dishes, patupat (glutinous rice cake), and other seafood specialties. Visit Dagupan City, known as the "Bangus Capital of the Philippines," to savour fresh and delicious seafood dishes.


Don't forget to shop for souvenirs and local products at markets and souvenir shops across Pangasinan. Look for handicrafts, woven products, and other unique items to take home as mementos of your trip.

Relaxation and Wellness

Treat yourself to a relaxing massage or spa treatment at one of the resorts or wellness centres in Pangasinan. Unwind and rejuvenate your body and mind amidst the tranquil surroundings of this beautiful province.

When is the Best Time to Visit Pangasinan

The dry season typically runs from November to April, Pangasinan experiences sunny weather with minimal rainfall. This period is ideal for beach activities, island hopping, and outdoor adventures. The sea is usually calm, making it perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and diving in the clear waters of Hundred Islands National Park or along the picturesque coastlines of Bolinao and Lingayen. Additionally, the dry season offers pleasant temperatures and clear skies, creating perfect conditions for exploring cultural sites, embarking on nature trips, and indulging in culinary delights.

The wet season in Pangasinan occurs from May to October, characterised by increased rainfall and occasional typhoons. While this period may deter some travellers, it presents its own unique charm and opportunities. The lush green landscapes come alive during the wet season, offering a scenic backdrop for nature enthusiasts and photographers. The rain also brings relief from the heat, making it a refreshing time to visit waterfalls, such as Bolinao Falls, which cascade with renewed vigor.

How to Get to Pangasinan

By Air

The nearest airport to Pangasinan is the Clark International Airport (CRK) in Angeles City, Pampanga. From Clark Airport, you can take a domestic flight to the nearest airport in Pangasinan, which is the Lingayen Airport (RPLU). Several airlines operate flights between Clark and Lingayen, although schedules may vary.

By Sea

If you prefer traveling by sea, you can take a ferry or RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off) vessel to reach the port of Sual in Pangasinan. Sual Port is the main seaport in the province, offering ferry services from various ports in Luzon, including Batangas Port and Manila North Harbour.

By Car / Bus

Pangasinan is accessible by land transportation from major cities and provinces in Luzon. If you're traveling from Metro Manila or other parts of Luzon, you can take a bus or drive your own vehicle to Pangasinan via the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).

Several bus companies operate routes to Pangasinan from various terminals in Metro Manila, such as Cubao, Pasay, and Sampaloc. The journey by bus typically takes around 4 to 6 hours, depending on traffic conditions and your starting point.

If you're driving, you can follow the well-maintained highways and provincial roads leading to Pangasinan. Along the way, you'll pass through scenic landscapes and towns, making for a pleasant and convenient road trip experience.

How to Get Around

By Taxi / Ride-Sharing Services

In urban areas and tourist spots like Dagupan City and Lingayen, you can easily hail taxis or use ride-sharing services like Grab to get around. Taxis are generally available at transportation hubs, major hotels, and tourist attractions.

By Car / Motorcycle

Renting a car or motorcycle is a popular option for travelers who prefer flexibility and independence in exploring Pangasinan. Several rental companies offer cars, vans, and motorcycles for hire, allowing you to explore the province at your own pace.

What to Eat

Local Food

Travellers can indulge in the delectable cuisine of Pangasinan by experiencing a variety of local delicacies at renowned eateries such as Uson Pigar-Pigar Original, Dad Joe’s Restaurant, and Silverio's Seafood Restaurant.

Fresh Seafood

In coastal towns and beachside areas, travellers can discover an abundance of seafood restaurants and eateries serving an extensive selection of freshly caught ocean delicacies.

Popular establishments include Matutina - Gerry's Seafood House, Giant Taklobo Seafood & Grill, and The Original Matutina's Restaurant.

Western Food

Travellers can visit Pangasinan and enjoy a diverse range of Western cuisine at various restaurants, offering a delightful contrast to the local flavors. Establishments such as Macc Munchies, Don West Food Haus, Scarletta’s Restaurant, and Mesa de Amor are among the popular choices.

What to Buy

When visiting Pangasinan, be sure to indulge in the local shopping experience by purchasing some of the province's specialty products and handicrafts. Look out for delicious pasalubong treats such as tupig (grilled rice cakes), bagoong (fermented shrimp paste), and Pangasinan longganisa (sausage). For souvenirs, consider buying woven products like bags, mats, and hats made from indigenous materials such as pandan leaves and bamboo.

Travellers can also find intricately crafted wooden items, pottery, and handwoven textiles that showcase the craftsmanship and creativity of Pangasinan's artisans.

Where to Stay

In Pangasinan, there are various accommodation options catering to different preferences and budgets. For those seeking luxury and comfort, upscale beach resorts and hotels offer spacious rooms, modern amenities, and stunning ocean views, perfect for a relaxing getaway.

Budget travellers can find affordable guesthouses, hostels, and transient houses in urban centers and tourist areas, providing basic amenities and convenient access to local attractions. Additionally, there are cozy bed and breakfast establishments, homestays, and eco-lodges nestled in the countryside, offering a more intimate and authentic experience amidst Pangasinan's natural beauty. Whether you prefer beachfront relaxation, city convenience, or rustic charm, Pangasinan has a diverse range of accommodation options to ensure a pleasant and memorable stay.

What to Bring

  • Bring sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses to shield yourself from the sun's rays.
  • Comfortable sandals or flip-flops are ideal for beach outings, while a pair of sturdy walking shoes may be useful for hiking or exploring.
  • If visiting during the wet season, a compact umbrella and a lightweight rain jacket can come in handy.
  • Stay hydrated by carrying a reusable water bottle, particularly if you're engaging in outdoor activities.
  • Ensure your electronic devices stay charged by bringing the necessary travel adapters.
  • While there are ATMs in urban areas, having some local currency can be useful, especially in more remote locations.

What to Wear

For your journey to Pangasinan, it is advised to pack lightweight and comfortable attire, taking into account the tropical climate. Choose breathable materials such as cotton and linen to remain cool in the heat.

Bring swimwear for beach outings, and consider modest clothing when visiting religious sites. Comfortable sandals or flip-flops are suitable for casual outings, while a pair of sturdy walking shoes may be useful if you plan to explore nature reserves or hike.

Things to Note

  • Stay hydrated, especially in the warm weather, and use sunscreen to protect against the sun. Consider bringing insect repellent, particularly if you plan to explore nature reserves.
  • The local currency is the Philippine Peso (PHP). While ATMs are available in urban areas, it's advisable to have some local currency on hand, especially in more remote locations.
  • Keep a list of important contacts, including the local emergency numbers, contact information for your accommodation, and the nearest embassy or consulate.
  • Filipino and English are widely spoken, but learning a few basic Filipino phrases can enhance your travel experience and interactions with locals.

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