pagudpud is a very scenic place...... i'm sure you'll enjoy it too when you see this place...... but it's a real bummer if you arrived during the rainy season (just like what happend to us).....
see below..... this is according to a local of pagudpud.......... you might find this useful when you're planning your pagudpud trip...
November to January is rainy season at
June, July is typhoon months for pagudpud
Summer and October is the best time to
go to pagudpud
Their town fiesta is in April
Fondest memory: i stepped on a big carabao poo on our way to kabigan falls..........hehehe....
Pagudpud had a lot of unbelievably amazing spots..
Though the weather isn't that good and twice inevitable bad things happen, still we dont let that affect our dream vacation.
We stayed at Glenmark's Homestay near Hannah's Resort. It was a house divided with 3 rooms (I guess). We got the room with 2 Queen size bed and a living room. :)
If you choose to take a vacation leaving all your worries away and just wanna hear the breeze of the air and the waves with low budget.. then try to visit them.
We hired Kuya Lee Molina to reach those spots.
He was so......SMART..promise!!
He knows what he was saying and he answers all my questions.
(As if he's Google)
He was also a Good Photographer and a fortune teller too.. haha!
(the later was just a joke)
We don't need to ask him to take a picture of us, cause he was the one instructing (insisting?) us to strike a pose (and he took picture's really well).
We start our trip around 8am, and yes it was raining..
First stop was on Blue Lagoon, just around 5 mins away from our place..
not too far was the Bantay Abot Cave ( i find it so Romantic ) and the Timangtang Rock.
Both has old folklore to tell. :)
Next stop was the Patapat Viaduct (a really great infrastructure)
and lastly for our North tour was the Kabigan falls guided by ate Francis.
(Tourist were required to have a tour guide)
Excitedly going to the Bangui Windmill --- uhmm we had a sort of m@7@$ thing, but treated as Blessing in Disguise, since we able to take a rest after a 30 mins walk for the Falls.
After fascinated on the Windmill and took a bit of science lesson from Kuya including his great Capturing the Image experience we headed to Cape Bojeador Lighthouse with some walking, jogging and waiting.. haha! The Lighthouse was a bit creepy (was too old and a story by Kuya adds the horror factor) but offering a great view of the sea. As if you are on top of everything!
We ate on a carinderia which cater their local delicacies and try some empanada by the street..
Pagudpud had alot to offer, bad that we dont have the luxury of time on that moment, but we're sure we'll be back SOON.
Glenmark's Homestay - 0930 866 24 51 / 0928 609 96 99
Lee Molina - 0929 813 83 52 / 0932 257 99 86
(you can ask kuya lee about everything, including your stay, food etc)
the tour goes so well that you may think that it was UNDERpriceed..
Fondest memory: Well, it was our first time at Pagudpud but we dont feel any alien type of treatment.. Though people speak in different dialect, it feels like we also live there for they show us SUPER HIGH level of hospitality and care. Locals were so comfortable to talk to, they were so futuristic, polite and SMART.
I envy those local who live there, they were really blessed with healthy environment.
NO matter how bad the situation is, they still think positively.
may it be of the undeniably beautiful surroundings which they really take care....
the truth is it was a domino effect for me..
SHARING their stories and good vibes..
Visiting Pagudpud doesn't only took me to nice places but also to beautiful people..
Lobster is only P300.00 (4 big pieces) we had 1 piece each with garlic/butter/pepper/salt as the sauce. Fish are really fresh and cheap also. Feels like a great vacation, really! You can buy them at the nearby talipapa along the hi-way. You can get there through tricycle or better yet arranged for the tricycle to pick you up at the resort then bring you back. P25/head tricycle ride 1-way.
Fondest memory: Great beach! One of the best beaches I have seen in the Philippines. Very clear water with blue and green water. It is a cove so it has great color. But the water is quite deep. Biglang lalim yung water. There is a part there that you can go snorkeling.
The teamwork of the people when they do their fishing is amazing! Hehe
Very serene place, I can actually stare at the green water for hours and get so refreshed! Not yet commercialized, so the place is very natural, with 180 degrees greeneries.
Lobster is only P300.00 (4 big pieces) we had 1 piece each with garlic/butter/pepper/salt as the sauce. Fish are really fresh and cheap also. Feels like a great vacation, really!
If you are the adventurer type & does not mind sleeping on the beach, then you can rent a tent from the caretaker in maira-ira, price between 200-400 and enjoy the beach all by your own. no electricity but you will be provided with a lamp.
Fondest memory: The beach is definitely unforgettable. the water is warm and a lot of fish can be seen swimming near the shore, just be careful though because jellyfish are also abound to stung you, i was mildly stung but that doesn't stop me from enjoying the beach. swim on the far right side of the cove, near the rock formations because there are almost no waves unlike on the center of the cove.
Favorite thing: hi if you are planning for a day tour in pagudpud i just want to recommend a nice and very reliable tour guide name roland villaluz his contact number is 09275590818, he can also helped you in your laoag-vigan tour coz he has a partnership in vigan and laoag...they also have homestay near hannah's beach located in blue lagoon beach for a very affordable price..hope this could help you.Godbless!
They have pretty much answered much of your questions. I'd just like to add (if nothing has been said, yet) that the mini bus trip from Laoag to Pagudpud costs P100. There's no AC but if you are travelling at night, it is bearable.
Fondest memory: Blue Lagoon and Kaibigan Falls!
Meeting Local People who made our Vacation Memorable:
Very Good Service of Kuya Roland Villaluz
My sis and I visited pagudpud for the first time, feeling nervous because we don’t know everything about the place we searched the net and read different reviews thanks to virtual tourist we get everything we need to know. We contact Kuya Roland Villaluz and become our tour guide, we feel safe comfortable going around pagudpud with his company, he always attend to our need, mabait , very friendly humble masrap kasama and lagging nakangiti he helped us manage our tour including our itinerary and homestay. Sulit ang pagudpud tour namin and were looking for the second part of our pagudpud trip surely we will contact him again. He is not only a tour guide but you can ask him to be a photographer, his service exceeds our expectation. if anyone planning for pagudpud trip contact kuya roland super sulit talaga higly recommended.
Here’ s his number:
Favorite thing: I don't know if the various resorts' restaurants still allow this, but you can save money by bringing canned goods and having them cook the food for you there. In our case, we just ordered a pot of soup (bulalo or sinigang) and rice (servings are sensible-- see picture), and the cook saw to it that our canned goods served their purpose. Yum! of course, you'll have to leave a hefty tip, but it's nothing compared to the money you'll save on food!
Pagudpud also is best known for its pristine beaches and serving as a backdrop for many Siguion-Reyna films (a movie producer that love this place very much) they said, “Pagudpud was our main destination for this holiday tour. After having been there, we vowed to come back to experience once again the local hospitality and explore more of the natural attractions that the place has to offer”.
Fondest memory: It’s along drive and tiring journey if you go there by your private vehicle but once you saw the place… all you’re tiring and long journey is worthwhile… I guarantee you that.
One of my friend just went to Pagudpud last April 2004, he told me that it looks like you’ve seen Boracay Island already more cheaper and department of tourism is doing everything to preserve the place so people will enjoy the scenic and awesome beauty of this place.
Favorite thing: We went to Pagudpud 10-15 July 2008. We thought, although it is not the rainy season of the area it is still typhoon season and we should be prepared for bad weather. And the weather was bad indeed. The famous white sands were not white when they were wet and the famous tourquise seas were not tourquise when so wavy. Still there were some positive aspects of the season. First, it was not crowded with tourists and the beach felt vast and reserved for us only. It's also cheaper and easier to bargain. Then we had a half day walk along the beaches and back the inland. We realized that we couldn't have done this if it was sunny (or rainy) so this weather was perfect for walking around. On the other hand, wavy seas are not that inviting and you cannot go snorkeling, diving, etc. when the seas are rough. Even the tricycle tour is not so much fun when it's pouring. We couldn't go up to the waterfall and got a gloomy glimpse of the Blue Lagoon. And we had to cut our holiday short when we learned it was the typhoon Helen approaching. So think of what you want when you are going to Pagudpud during off-season and be prepared.
Favorite thing: Our recent trip to Pagudpud was made more memorable by the people that we met. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. My sisters and I especially enjoyed our Pagudpud tour because of the trike driver that we got for the day. Mang Arnel made sure that we got to go to all the interesting places in their town. If you ever find yourself in Pagudpud itching to explore, I recommend that you contact Mang Arnel at (0918-6890723) and have him pick you up at your resort.
Favorite thing: Pagudpud is a different world that transcends your regular beach hopping acitvity. I like it most because its not crowded, very serene and the people are warm and welcoming. The Blue Lagoon in Maira-ira Point, about 24 km away from Saud beach was just awesome, i cant blink when i saw the jade green sea water in a crescent like formation, it was breathtaking.
Hi..i just got from tropical playa resort last march10-12.. what we did is we ask kuya neil, one of the waiters in playa to give us a tricycle to tour us around laoag..Kuya Lowel (ata) charge us for Php 600 for the tour in laoag..if you want to have a whole day tour in pagudpud you may contact kuya Lee Molina..he will be your tour guide as well as your tricycle driver for the pagudpud tour, he will charge you Php 1200 good for 2-3 pax.. Here's his # 0929 813 8352. enjoy! its worth traveling.. :)
Fondest memory: When we got to pagudpud, it rains and the wind is really carrying us..but then as the we travel along. everything went fine.. especially with the help of our driver/tourist guide Kuya Lee who made our road trip very exciting and worth it..
In our itinerary, we should tour pagudpud to laoag for a day! I thought it will not w0rk out, but thanks to kuya Lee, he made it all possible. He's very patient and understanding.
Though, we didnt visit all the sp0ts in pagudpud and laoag, our tour is worthwhile. If your in a tight budget in getting to pagudpud, contact kuya lee in this number, 09298138352 and he will help you in your accomodations.
Enjoy. . :>
Fondest memory: The road trip from baguio to pagudpud takes 8 hours. Very tiring but, seeing the place is w0rth it.
Favorite thing: This is available anywhere in Ilocos (I think mostly in Laoag). Just please please please try the super yummy empanada. It's huge and it's ORANGE! hehehe! Words can't describe how yummmmy the are.