Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
When people talk of Ilocos, there are a few things that usually come to mind: the city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, the Bangui Wind Farm in Ilocos Norte, and one of the country’s best beach destinations up north, Pagudpud.
BLUE WATERS, CLEAR SKIES. Expect these once you visit Pagudpud. (Photo by Adrian Enriquez via pixabay)
Pagudpud is the northernmost town in the island of Luzon. Surrounded by waters from the West Philippine Sea, it’s a must-visit for anyone who’s headed north yet wants to stay in the island of Luzon. It’s known for its scenic views and miles upon miles of coastlines, as well as an appetite for kite boarding and surfing.
The fastest way to get to Pagudpud is by air. Laoag International Airport is your best bet, since it’s only a 90-minute ride away from the town of Pagudpud. If you’re not keen on boarding a plane, you can always take a bus or rent a van if you’re in a large group. It’s a 12-hour drive though, so make sure you’re prepared.
Where to stay
ACTIVITIES GALORE. That’s what you’ll get at Hannah’s Beach Resort & Convention Center.
Saud Beach is hailed as the best place to stay in Pagudpud, with a wide selection of posh resorts and inns. On the other side of town are Hannah’s Beach Resort & Convention Center and Kapuluan Vista Resort, two of the town’s best resorts. Transient houses are also available for anyone on a tight budget.
Things to do
Ilocos Norte might as well be called “The Windy Provice”, being home to the Bangui Wind Farm. It should come as no surprise that water sports like kite boarding and surfing have a foothold in Pagudpud
BREATHTAKING. Kabigan Falls is one of Pagudpud’s most popular destinations, apart from the beach. (Photo by Perry A. Dominguez via Wikimedia Commons)
Not fond of surfing? You can always take an ATV ride along the beach or ride the longest over water zip line in Asia. There’s also a trek to Kabigan Falls, where you can enjoy a relaxing dip in the town’s most popular falls.
OR DRIVE. There’s always that option. (Photo by Perry A. Dominguez via Wikimedia Commons)
Want to see what humans and Mother Nature can come up with? Put on your track shoes and take a quick run along Patapat Viaduct. The scenic view you’ll get is fantastic; you’ll forget that you’re tired from your jog.
LIGHT THE WAY. Cape Bojeador, a 19th Century lighthouse, still works to this day. (Photo by Popodiaz via Wikimedia Commons)
On your way back, it’s best to pay a visit to Cape Bojeador in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. The 19th-century brick lighthouse still stands to this day, guiding ships as they approach the coastline.
ENERGY AND SHARE-WORTHY PHOTOS. That’s what you’ll get with a side trip to the Bangui Wind Farm. (Photo by Iandelgado via Wikimedia Commons)
Another place to visit on your way back from Pagudpud is the Bangui Wind Farm. Home to the largest turbine facility in South East Asia, these windmills offer much more than electricity for the province; it also gives it some of its most scenic views, perfect for sharing on social media.
If you’re looking to do something different this summer, try Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. From its great beaches to picturesque views, you’ll soon make regular visits to this town in the north. Our only tip: plan your visit between November and April, when the weather is at its best behavior.