May 09, 2019

Suba Paoay Sand Dunes in Ilocos Norte: A Geological Yet Thrilling Sand Adventure in the North

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  • A breathtaking view of pine trees, sand formations along with a thrilling roller coaster ride down the bumpy trails of Suba Paoay Sand Dunes Adventures takes you to a different adventure in the North.

    Paoay Sand Dunes Adventures 

    Sand Dunes are hills made up of loose sands often occuring due to the wind and water flow. Strategically located near the Suba Beach, the sand dunes of Paoay has different heights, shapes, and sizes and are not static forms as they change depending on the strength and direction of the prevailing wind coming from the West Philippine Sea.

    Sand Dunes or hills made up of loose sands

    Experience a different kind of thrilling adventure as they take you to a scream-worthy and breathtaking roller coaster ride along the trails of Paoay Sand Dunes through a 4×4 jeep. Down the hill, you’ll be able to go down to take pictures.

    A 4×4 jeep will take you down the hill for picture taking

    Tip: Go there either early in the morning (before sunrise) or around 5 to 6 p.m. for the sunset. Photos taken during the golden hours are the best. Plus, you won’t have to worry about getting burned down by the heat. Just expect it to be windier during sunset.

    Golden hour at Suba Paoay

    There are also two sites for the photo taking if you availed the Tour Package (Php 2,500 max of 5 persons). You can have a side trip to the Himala Sa Buhanginan Structures—a bamboo art installations dedicated to Ms. Nora Aunor as tribute to her Himala movie which was filmed on the same area; and a trip down the breathtaking view of the Suba Beach where you can stroll and take pictures along the shoreline of the West Philippine Sea.  

    The breathtaking view of the Suba Beach

    After the hill trails, you can also try the Unlimited Sandboarding (which is also included in the Tour Package), with free tutorials from the trained sandboard instructors or try the ATV ride (P800/person) good for 30 mins to experience yourself going down Himala sa Buhanginan Site and the beach area.

    Unlimited Sandboarding 

    Also included in the Tour Package is the Sand Dune Tour around the 12.6 kilometers site of Paoay Sand Dunes. The overall tour runs for about an hour so make sure to make the most of your time and try everything out!

    This Geological Monument Site is such a revelation that the sun, sea, land, and sky are like puzzle pieces that fit together to form such a wonderful masterpiece. Make sure not to miss out on this adventure once you visit Ilocos Norte and tell us your experience if you’ve been here before!

    Paoay Sand Dunes Adventure is located at Barangay Suba, Paoay, Ilocos Norte, near the Malacañang of the north. 

    How to get here: 

    • By car: From Paoay Church, take the Marcos Ave and continue onto Laoag – Paoay Rd. Then turn left to Suba Beach Road and continue to follow the road till you reach the dock area. Paoay Sand Dunes Adventure is on the left side.


    Address: Paoay Sand Dunes Adventure, Barangay Suba, Paoay, Ilocos Norte
    Contact Details: 0917-645-3087 or 0929-771-9036
    Business Hours: Daily from 6 a.m. onwards (as long as there are tourists)

    This first appeared in Philippine Primer Japanese Magazine’s March 2019 issue.
    Written by Denisse Tenorio

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