Have you ever gone through the northern part of Luzon somewhere in Ilocos Norte and discovered the breathtaking view of Pagudpud? If not yet, you might actually be missing a quarter of your life. Read on and discover what this Ilocos top destination has to offer.
agudpud is a fourth class municipality and a coastal resort located in the province of Ilocos Norte. The town is bounded by the Cordillera Mountain Range and the province of Cagayan to the east and the town of Bangui to the south. The South China Sea lies to the west and north, making it a perfect destination for swimming and water activities.
Located all the way up north, Pagudpud is known as the “Haven of the North.” You will find a peaceful, calm, and tranquil ambience in Pagudpud.
Aside from the refreshing sight of water on its western and northern sides, the town rolls over mountains, hills, valleys and flat coastal land. Having a population of more than 22,000 people, the town offers farming, fishing, and subsistence retailing as means of living. With the increasing number of local and foreign visitors in Pagudpud, tourism is a growing part of the economy.
Traveling to Pagudpud
ituated 45 miles north of Laoag City, the capital of Ilocos Norte, Pagudpud can be visited by land or air. Having a distance of 350 miles from Manila, the town can be reached in about 10 hours by car or bus. Some bus companies provide a direct trip to Pagudpud daily for only Php 500. Others offer Manila-Laoag trips only. From Laoag, it is only a two-hour bus or jeepney ride to Pagudpud.
By air, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific offer flights from Manila to Laoag, with a travel time of approximately one hour. From Laoag, there are local jeepneys that can take you straight to Pagudpud or you can take buses bound to Cagayan that will pass through Pagudpud.
ocated all the way up north, Pagudpud is known as the “Haven of the North.” It offers a relatively small settlement and is known best for humble nipa houses, towering coconuts, fine white sand, and crystal clear waters. Like other provincial setting in the Philippines, you will find a peaceful, calm, and tranquil ambience in Pagudpud, making it an ideal venue for relaxation and family vacation.
Here are fun and interesting things you can do in Pagudpud.
- Swim and surf in the breathtaking Saud Beach. Dubbed as the “Boracay of the North,” Saud Beach is probably the most popular beach destination in the northern part of Luzon. The beach is a favorite among tourists and natives alike because it has a long stretch of fine, powdery sands dotted with coconut trees, giving the beach a fresh ambience and tropical feel.
- With its clear blue waters, sparkling beach, white and fine sand, living marine life alongside the open swimming spot, Blue Lagoon gives Boracay White Beach a run for its money. For people who want to have a blast at the beach, enjoy the cool, clear blue waters, Blue Lagoon doesn’t disappoint. Great for picnics and do wait for the sundown!
- Paraiso ni Anton, which showcases the mini falls with the surrounding green scenery, has more than make up for its shortness of appeal due to its interesting story and priceless benefits it brings. It is near the spot where souvenir shops or stalls are, at the last part of the panoramic Patapat Viaduct. After a long day on the road, this is a nice spot for a break just to be freshened up by the cool waters and be soothed by the tranquil surroundings. And did I mention that the scene from the place is ideal to get pictures with Patapat Viaduct on the landscape?
- Experience a thirty-minute trek to the majestic Kabigan Falls. Located 10 minutes away from Pagudpud, the falls is an ideal destination for nature trippers. “Kabigan” was derived from the Tagalog word “Kaibigan” which means friend. The falls was given that name because the water from the river and the falls are friends. There will be a 20 pesos preservation fee at the entrance. A tour guide will accompany you as you go to the falls.
- Explore Bantay Abot cave, where you will see the beach waters hit the cliff. Bantay abot cave is actually not a cave but a hill that was wrecked by an earthquake in the 80’s, leaving a hole in the middle. The top of the cave is covered with lush green vegetation, adding beauty to the cave. To get to the interior of the cave, one need to go down a few concrete staircase and a rocky part going up to the hole.
here are a lot more wonderful things and activities to do in Pagudpud like Mitchie here enjoying and relaxing at Hannah’s Beach Resort. Make sure to take some time off your busy schedule and travel all the way to the north to experience what Pagudpud has to offer.
So where is your favorite spot in Pagudpud or Ilocos Norte?