It’s More Fun in Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte is situated at the northern part of Luzon, Philippines. Easily accessible by plane or buses. Famous for its beaches, ancestral homes and sand dunes.

Getting here

By Bus:

1. Rajah Bus – Tel # 7493969

2. Partas – Tel # 7257303 / 7251756

3. RCJ – Tel # 7412994 / 7819306 (they have Manila-Pagudpud Trip)

– Located in Espana Lacson St. (Infront of UST school)

4. Maria de Leon – Tel # 7314907

5. Florida – Tel # 7315358

6. Farinas – Tel # 7314507 / 7314375 / 743858

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The Story

It’s one weekend that me and my boyfie decided to take a trip up north. We inquire all the possible bus lines if there’s a trip from Manila to Pagudpud – Tuguegarao. We chose RCJ Bus lines and at 8:30 PM, we’re headed to Pagudpud.

We arrived at Centro in Pagudpud around 7:30 AM the next day. It’s a grueling 11-hr ride.

8:00 AM – Centro to Polaris Beach Resort (located in Saud Beach). There’s a neighboring beach which is Blue Lagoon, secluded and better beach. Tricycle ride is 40 php.

8:15 AM – Check-in at Polaris – 1000 php / night

Verdict

Location: 😊😊😊😊 it’s a 1 minute walk to the beach

Cleanliness: 😊😊😊 it’s ok for the price

Recommendation: 😊😊😊 i would recommend this for budget travellers, not many options in Pagudpud but i think it’s ok to stay here for a night or 2.

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9:00 AM – Breakfast – 100 php / person

10:00 AM – Hired a tricycle for our South tour – 600 php (tricycles are located at the main road, few minutes from the beach)

Pagudpud Tour is divided into 2:

North Tour: (Pagudpud Tour)

a. Kaibigan Falls

b. Bantay-abot Cave

c. Blue Lagoon

d. Patapat Viaduct

e. Aqua Grande

f. Paraiso ni Anton

South Tour: (Near Towns)

a. Bangui Windmills

b. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

c. Cape Bojeador orΒ Burgos Lighthouse

We opt to do the South tour since our time in Pagudpud is limited.

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First Stop: Bangui Windmills

Located in Bangui, Ilocos Norte a neighboring town of Pagudpud. This windmill was the project of former ilocos governor, Bongbong Marcos. Situated near the beach, this project is synonymous to Holland’s famous windmills. It’s consists of 20 white-colored power generating windmills. Believe to be the first windmill farm in Southeast Asia.

Many filipino movies were also shot here. It’s unbelievably romantic, that’s why it’s a great back-drop to any romantic movie. Perhaps, any Ilocos tour will not be completed without visiting these giants.

2nd Stop:Β Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. Built in 1800, during the Spanish colonial era. Used to light the way of ships entering the Philippines to guide them safely away from the rocky coast. Its one of the cultural heritage of the Ilocos Region.

3rd Stop: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Probably one of the most majestic rock formation i’ve ever seen. This was made by the forces of the ocean and weather conditions to the coast of Burgos, Ilocos Norte. It’s mainly creamy-white colored limestones. It’s so immaculate that you will be grateful to God for creating this one of a kind remnants of nature.

2:00 PM – Back to Saud Beach, Pagudpud

Pagudpud is known as the Boracay of the North. Maybe because of the white sand beaches. It’s less crowded and a bit laid back.

Lunch at Polaris

3:00 PM – Beach Bumming Time

-Waiting for Sunset

Sunset

7:00 PM – Dinner (there are many hole in the wall eateries around the area, so one need not to worry aboutΒ starving)

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The next day, we woke-up early, fix our things and have our breakfast at the resort. Around 9:30 AM, we went to Centro to catch a bus going to Laoag City. It’s a 2-hr ride from Pagudpud. Laoag city is the capital of Ilocos Norte.

-Road to Laoag

There are a few tourist attractions in Laoag City

a. Museum of Ilocos Norte

Website:Β http://www.museoilocosnorte.com

Location: Gen. Antonio Luna St. (accessible via tricycle)

Operating Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm

Entrance: 20 php

b. Tobacco Monopoly Monument

c. Sinking Bell Tower – Located at A. Bonifacio St. (accessible via Tricycle)

d. St. William’s Cathedral

Location: Stone-away from Sinking Bell Tower

e. Fort Ilocandia – a 5-star hotel located in the city.

Website: http://www.fortilocandia.com.ph

Location: Brgy 37 Calayab, Laoag Ilocos Norte

f. La Paz Sand Dunes – One can hire a tricycle going here for 150 php

Nearby attractions:

a. Batac – Marcos Museum

b. Paoay – Paoay Church, Malacanang of the North, Paoay Sand Dunes

c. Suba – Suba Sand Dunes

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