After our Cape Bolinao Lighthouse tour, we proceeded to nearby Abrac Beach for an ocular visit. This white sand beach, open to the public, has no entrance fee but has native-style picnic huts for rent (PhP150-300) and a number of souvenir shops selling snacks, T-shirts (promoting Bolinao of course), shell handicrafts and other souvenirs. The Treasures of Bolinao Resort can be seen to the right of the beach. Going down to the beach from our picnic hut was via a steep berm.
|Solomon’s Paradise main building|
We next moved on to the 3-km. long Patar Beach where we visited Solomon’s Paradise Bar Grill Resort. Operated by the nice and friendly Australian Brett Solomon and opened last March 2008, the place truly lived up to its name, being located in a short but very private white sand cove between towering, wave undercut rock formations. Both rock formations have two sea-sculpted caves and each had small huts on top where one could do quiet contemplation while enjoying the invigorating sea breeze and admiring the huge South China Sea waves crashing against the rocky shore, a scene truly reminiscent of the movie “Wuthering Heights.”
The resort has a main building with roof deck (where you can watch the sunset or dine al fresco) and a well-stocked bar. Behind it are accommodations for guests consisting of a native-style rowhouse with 3×4 m. fan-cooled rooms (PhP1,600-2,000 for 2 people and PhP2,500-2,900 for 4 people) with common verandah. In front is a beach volleyball playing area. Common toillets and baths for guests are located at the main building. The resort is a 3-min. drive from Cape Bolinao Lighthouse. Though we arrived at the resort during high surf, during calmer moments guests can swim at private coral-lined “bathtubs” and explore the sea caves. Maybe next time we could make that happen.
|Solomon’s Paradise cove|