Travel Guide: Pagudpud Tourist Itinerary
11 hours drive away from Manila, Pagudpud is located at the northernmost tip of the Philippines. Despite its location, tourists seek out this small coastal town of Ilocos Norte as a number one destination when seeking a one of a kind adventure and perfect unwinding spot. Pagudpud’s peaceful rural communities, rich, unspoiled natural resources and the absence of mass tourism make the place even more visit-worthy.
Below is a 3 days and 2 nights tourist itinerary guide if ever you want to experience an exhilarating quest to the “Haven of the North,” Pagudpud.
By land: There are various bus companies that travel to Ilocos but most of them go up to Ilocos Sur only. If you want a bus that will travel from Manila all the way to Pagudpud, go for Florida bus. Don’t fret, the bus has its own restroom so going to the CR will not be a problem.
Contact number: 731-4473
Things You Need To KnowAccommodation: There are lots of resorts and rest houses in Pagudpud, so if you want to see the place first before booking you can do so. However, during peak seasons like December, April, May and June, almost every resort in the area is fully booked. Resorts or inns usually start at Php 1,500. If you are on a tight budget, you can also stay in transient houses.
- Apo Idon Beach Hotel- is "Pagudpud's best and nicest place to stay."
Tel. No: 077 861 1491
Mobile: 0917 5100671/0939 5368966
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Facebook : http://facebook.com/apoidonbeachhotel
Blog : http://apoidon.blogspot.com
- Pagudpud Rinnovati- is located at the juncture of Saud Beach Cove in Burayoc Point, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines - Pagudpud Rinnovati provides a premium quality type of accomodation. Our room facilities have a modern type of fixtures, fittings and furnishings. You can select different type of facilities; from fully furnished air-conditioned rooms and with full cooking facilities or saver type of room that are superb value for those on the budget.
Tel. No: 63-77-7641005
Mobile: 0918-9371752; 0920-2558377
Tele/fax: (077) 7721845
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Mobile: +63919 640-5630; +63921 484-7746
Important things you need
- Cash. There’s no ATM machine in Pagudpud. The nearest one is in Laoag, which is two hours away from Pagudpud. You wouldn’t want to travel back to Laoag and waste time would you? So remember to always stash extra cash with you.
- Chips and lots of water. The trip to the north by land is approximately 11 hours so it is expected that you will get hungry and thirsty. Though there will be at least 2-3 stopovers, it is still safest to pack lots of food and water. Chips and finger foods are recommended because they’re not messy and easy to dispose of.
- Medicine. For people who have motion sickness, don’t forget to take medicine one hour before travel. Bring some paracetamol and analgesic with you as well.
* Good for one person only
- Fare - Php 1,600
- Accommodation - Php 3,000
- Food - Php 1,500
- Touring - Php 1,000 (depends on where you want to go)
- Entrance fees - Php 200 (includes payment for the tour guide in the Kaibigan Falls)
- Pasalubong - Php 500
Php 8,000/person is the safest budget one can allot for this trip because there might be other places you want to visit that may require additional payment for touring. Also, this usually depends on the number of pasalubongs you want to bring home. Again, it is always advisable to travel in groups to save more.
First dayIf you leave Manila at 12:00 midnight or 1:00 a.m., it is expected that you will arrive in Pagudpud before lunch. Unpack your things first, check the water supply and beddings. Then when you are all settled, find a place where you can have lunch. If you stay along Saud Beach, Polaris Beach Resort can cook food for you for a price of Php 50 only. However, raw ingredients should be bought by you unless you ask them beforehand to do the marketing for you.
After a hearty lunch, you and your friends can while away the hours by staying in your room, watching television if provided, or ask the resort administrator about tours. If a tour guide was referred by a friend, better let him know about your plans for the next day’s touring.
Granting you stay in a resort along Saud Beach, 5:00 p.m. is the perfect time to stroll along the beach to watch the sunset. Facing the west, the south portion is where you can see the Bangui Windmills. You can actually see all the 15 windmills and take a picture of them all. If you have a DSLR with a zoom lens of at least 70-300mm, it is enough to capture the mills' beauty.
Wake up early to catch the sunrise and breakfast before leaving for the tour. Start the tour at 8:30 or 9:00 a.m. Always keep your camera handy because you’ll never know what you will see along the way. Some things, places or sceneries might capture your interest so always keep those video cameras and DSLR ready. Be sure they are fully charged as well.
Touring in Pagudpud is usually Php 800.00 though you can still haggle. FYI: Bangui Windmills and Cape Bojeador are already outside Pagudpud so the tour guide will charge extra if you want to visit these places, usually ranging from Php100-200. Also, don’t expect a van or car for service since all the touring in Pagudpud is done by tricycle. Anyway, you will be able to take good pictures and enjoy the view more when riding the trike. On the other hand, if you will be traveling in a big group, ask your tour guide if he knows where you can rent a van even just for a day.
1st stop: Cape Bojeador is located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, 45 minutes to 1 hour away from the town of Pagudpud. It is known for being the highest lighthouse in the Philippines that is still functioning since its completion on March 30, 1892. To date, the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse still gives signals to passing ships along the Cape. The place is perfect for viewing the sunset but since this is your first stop, you will definitely miss it, unless you have decided to make this your last stop.
2nd stop: Bangui Windmills is also outside Pagudpud, as the name implies, it is situated in the town of Bangui, Ilocos Norte, 30 minutes away from Pagudpud. Seeing these giant windmills that look like white robots or aliens for the first time will definitely leave you speechless. These giant electric fans are used to generate electricity in the province and at the same time serve as a major tourist spot in Ilocos Norte.
3rd stop: Trek for about 30 minutes to get to Kaibigan Falls -- not so steep falls in the middle of a forest, but still worth the walk. The water is freezing cold. Entrance fee is Php 10.00 and there’s a hired tour guide for the trek. Any amount for the guide, as long as it’s reasonable, would do. Php 50 is enough but if you are feeling a little bit generous, Php 100.00 is much better.
4th stop: After taking a short dip in the falls, you can ask your guide to take you for lunch at Bing Bong’s eatery. It's said that this is the only canteen at Pagudpud. The food is just the usual karinderya or turo-turo. Nothing special at all and just enough to fill your empty stomach, so don’t expect a lot.
5th stop: After lunch, journey to Patapat Viaduct and marvel at the view of the South China Sea. This is the only road you have to pass through in order to reach Cagayan from Pagudpud. This elevated concrete highway constructed along winding/rocky headlands is constructed to solve the problem of landslides in the area that have caused many vehicular accidents in the past.
6th stop: You can choose whether or not to enter Aqua Grande because there’s really nothing special about the place. Just a freezing cold river full of big rocks that meets the sea. Entrance is Php15.
7th stop: Near Aqua Grande is the Paraiso ni Anton. Don’t ask who Anton is because no one knows. Like Aqua Grande, nothing’s very special about this place so this might just bore you. It is just a mini fall with steps to the grotto where one can drink the water coming from the falls. Travelers who pass by to go to Cagayan usually get water here. There are also mini stalls there where you can buy some pasalubongs.
8th stop: Bantay Abot Cave is a must see tourist attraction in Pagudpud. Bantay Abot is a natural sculptured cave which has a hole in the center. The place is very nice for picture taking and offers a great view of the sea as well.
9th and last stop: The last stop for the day and the tour’s highlight is Blue Lagoon, which is commonly known as the "Boracay of the North." The water is crystal blue as the name implies. The powdery white sand is very fine like that of Boracay, and the place is not overcrowded. But if you are someone who loves parties, rubbing elbows with strangers and seashore orgies, then this place is not for you. Read this, Pagudpud has NO NIGHT LIFE. The waves are really big so if you’re not a good swimmer, better forget the idea of swimming far from the shore.
Optional: Since Blue Lagoon is facing west and if ever you are not staying in Saud Beach but still want to see a perfect sunset, you can ask your friendly tour guide to drop by at Saud Beach just in time before the sun bids farewell.
Third and last day
Rest, eat, stroll and bask under the sun all you want while waiting for lunch time. The usual checkout time is 12:00 noon but you can ask the resort administration if you can leave your things in their hotel while you shop for souvenirs and pasalubongs. You can also drop by Florida station, located at Pagudpud’s town proper, to buy or reserve a ticket for the 6:00 p.m. trip.
Manila Bound: If there’s no hustle during your travel, you’re expected to arrive in Manila by 5:00-5:30 a.m. the next day. Take a rest and pray you won’t have any jetlag.
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