Pagudpud Things to Do

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    Take a ride with the horse

    by shavy Updated Jan 13, 2015

    When going to Kapurpurawan Rock we walk sometime from the main road, the rock is in a hidden place, a step down to a stair and then follow by a walking path. If one does not want to do the walking thing the horses are waiting for someone to ride. This guys are ready to negotiate, the horse to the rock formation and return cost 100 peso.

    The steps to the sights and return can be hard for some people with walking possibility. Horse can help a little bit the rest of the walk

    They can be use as guide. We haven't done the horse ride, but I've seen many locals take advantage of the horse. I'm not sure how many horses were there, but certainly a lot more. There were group of local who does occupy all the horses. I see there is waiting shed, probably if horses were all occupied some visitor must waited here, and probably drinks were also sold

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    Have a look to the stalls

    by shavy Updated Jan 13, 2015

    Overall where the sights there are always a stall for souvenir or local specialty. This stalls is just before we entered the way to Kapurpurawan Rock. I found it very funny though even umbrella is for rent. Well, is not a bad idea for a business, renting umbrella

    But in our case during our visit it was rain and very windy so, I don't think umbrella can survive the weather. Some stalls selling local specialty such as Empanada. It looks so yummy, it is made from sausage and egg, we have try the Empanada it is very delicious the color turn to orange because of the pigment. Local souvenir is also available drinks and etc.

    Local specialty empana
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    Well worth to climb

    by shavy Updated Jan 13, 2015

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    After visiting the rock formation our tricycle driver drove us to the light house, is quiet a long drive and last part of the ride he has to climb the road to the parking lot. In the parking area there were stalls for souvenir. We saw the staircase to go up. Our driver was waited in the parking so, we did start climbing, we meet some people going down on our way up but the stairs are wide enough for both way.

    When we're on the top of the light house we wanted to go up to the top but it is closed for safety reason. It was a bit disappointed after all the climb we done. Most lighthouse I have seen the colors are red and white, but this one here is different. I thought need a re-paint but I think is a natural color, it looks unique that way

    They said is one of the tallest lighthouse in the Philippines, built in 1892 in service to those ships who pass by the Northern part of the South China sea. We walk inside I found the building not very firm it looks like worn out. Whatever I've seen it's quite unique architecture, from the lighthouse we have a nice view to the coast of Pagudpud

    Cape Bojeador Lighthouse Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
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    Beach, nature or combination

    by shavy Written Jan 13, 2015

    For some traveler heading Pagudpud for beach. Apparently there were more to see around if not beach is not your main thing. We can't enjoy the beach during our visit so, we enjoy ourselves to the nature.

    We staying in Saud beach area but due to rain and cold weather we can't do much on the beach. My favorite thing to do in Pagudpud is during our trek to Kabigan falls. I'm amazed the nature on the way to the falls. And during our walk to the Kapurpurawan rock.

    People of Pagudpud were very friendly and I have the feeling they were depending on tourism. Our guide said, in recent years the place is became known spot for local visitor in Ilocos norte, not only known for the beautiful beach but also for nature. Outside town I noticed many farmers live here, despite to all the resorts in the area. Visiting the beach side area there is a big difference than outside. Unbelievable how the area turn to a famous place

    One of the nature to discover
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    There are more to see than the usual tours

    by shavy Updated Jan 12, 2015

    We discovered during this trip that Pagudpud has a lot more to offer than usual things to do. For those does not want to follow the route of other visitor you always find something very interesting. We have been taking photos during this trip, something that other didn't done. I love nature and I really adore it.

    Pagudpud has a nice landscape when I looked at it, I've see plenty of green everywhere. Most people here were farmer. The place is a combination of beach and nature as I called it, too bad some visitors hasn't make the effort to discover the nature of this place. During our walk to the sights, someplace where extraordinary and I find it pity if I don't mentioned here, those place must be seen

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    One of the many isolated beaches of Pagudpud

    by shavy Written Jan 12, 2015

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    Of our last stop is in Blue Lagoon, the beach has fine sand, because of bad weather the sand is full with dirt. When the weather is nice Blue Lagoon is one of the nicest beach in Ilocos norte. I'm not surprised why they called it Blue lagoon, because of the blue water and the form of the beach is like a basin which is nice to see. We certainly coming back for a swim

    Pagudpud is known to be a surf spots in the Philippines all year round, that's why is not easy to find a place to stay for budget traveler and if there's a cheap lodge that will be far away from the beach

    December months is not for swimming of course, many of the cottages are being covered. Blue Lagoon in Maira-ira Point, a 20-minute drive from Saud beach. Apparently Blue Lagoon is very popular for the local especially for surfers

    Blue Lagoon
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    Seems one of the known bridge in Ilocos

    by shavy Written Jan 12, 2015

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    Our driver stops here but I recognized the bridge from the picture a coastal bridge that stretches more than kilometers is featured by a long highway along a winding mountainside. It was constructed to prevent landslides which was then a common problem in the area and a common source of accidents.

    A concrete coastal bridge 31 meters elevated from the sea connecting the Maharlika Highway from Ilocos Norte to the Cagayan Valley Region. It rises along the town’s coastal mountains, which is the starting point of the Cordillera Mountain Range.

    Patapat Viaduct
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    Take a short trek to the falls

    by shavy Updated Jan 12, 2015

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    During our visit to Pagudpud was not the best time of the year, December month is much rain and cold, but we did it anyway. Visiting a falls on a rainy day was not a good idea but we wanted to see it so, we did the trek to the fall

    This is a first sight of the northbound, our driver took us to the (called) tourist center where we have to register with small amount fee.They also provide a guide to the falls, no one is allowed to go alone, the guide fee is 100 peso

    We have an elderly woman guide she said is about 30 minute walk from the point to the falls so, return is an hour. It was continue raining but we don't mind we have our raincoat on. Some way there is no walking path and is worst when its rain, muddy everywhere

    On the way to the falls is very amazing place where you walked through all farms and rice fields, it could be much more nicer if the weather was good. Nature is beautiful!

    After 10-15 minutes walk we arrived at the falls, I thought 30 min walk. The guide said, for some people it takes 30 -50 minutes to walk. The waterfalls we're beautiful despite to bad weather, the flowing water is very strong due to rain. During summertime is possible to swim under with guide supervision. Is something not to miss when visiting Pagudpud

    Kabigan Falls
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    Incredibly how this rock formation turn to

    by shavy Written Jan 11, 2015

    This is on the south bound tour, which is a long drive by tricycle to get here, from the main road our driver Ramon drop us on the point. Here is the tourist center and every visitor must register to this point which has a fee of 15 peso each. Another trikes to the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. This is what he say on his explanation another extra charge. We have been pick up buy another trikes, and the trikes cost 300 peso, after visiting the Kapurpurawan Rock the tour continues to the light house totally we spend almost an hour but is worth it

    From the main point still another 30 minutes drive to get the Kapurpurawan Rock. The driver is also our guide to get to the coast side. When we arrived to the place on the road, is still a walking distance, walking is the only way to reach the rock. Kapurpurawan Rock is on the seaside and winds was terrible, there were walking path I think we walk for about 10-15 minutes but is well worth though

    From the distance I've seen how extraordinary rock formation until we're so close to it. We followed our guide he climbed to the rock I thought is not possible. In the rock there is a hole where you can stood for taking photo but we can't hold it the wind blows. We walk around the rocks but we hardly can't stand because of the wind, so, we return to the walking path to go back outside. Well, even though was a bad weather plenty of local tourist around.

    Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
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    Bangui Windmills

    by shavy Updated Jan 11, 2015

    Our trip start to South bound and our first stop was this windmill as part of the tour and sightseeing, it is not very surprising place for us, we have many windmills in Belgium but okay this is windmill in Philippines so, they should be proud of it. We have a bad weather that day very windy and foggy, so visiting the windmill on the coast side is terrible the wind blown us off

    Each windmill has 236 meters apart on shore the structures has 41 meters blade and the its height is roughly equivalent to a 23 storey building. It is situated in the town of Bangui, 30 minutes away from Pagudpud. These giant windmills utilized the wind as a source of clean and renewable energy in the province

    There were totally 20 windmill lined up on the coast of Ban­gui, Ilo­cos Norte fac­ing Ban­gui Bay. Our guide informed that these 20 north­ wind power devel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion tur­bines pro­vide 40% of the elec­tric­ity needs of North­ern Luzon. It was just a quick stop if the weather cooperated we could walked on the coast

    There were 20 windmills
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    Contact this local guide he is very generous man

    by shavy Written Jan 11, 2015

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    Visiting to Pagudpud one can do both beach and nature, not everyone going to this place for beach only. Despite from beach there are nicest things to do as well. Pagudpud has so much to offer, the nature were amazingly wonderful. If you are arriving without a contact person hire a tricycle to get around and do things at your own. But I don't know how thing goes on, I would prefer to have a contact person before I arrived

    When arriving in Pagudpud we already have a contact person who can show us around, he owns a tricycle and tour a guide. When I was planning my trip to Ilocos norte I read a lot of blogs from local people who has done the trip. I've seen Ramon's name mentioned to some blog and it didn't surprised me the man has a good reputation from his previous customer

    He is honest, after he drop us to our hotel I asked him how much is the tour from A to B he went to his tricycle to get his route card with a price in it. He explained everything about places from A to B and beside his price list there will be some small additional fee, such as going to Rock Formation and Kabigan falls. He doesn't want us be surprised if we pay some extra to some sights around

    We were very satisfied with the service he offer to us, it was pretty bad weather that day was rain a lot and very cold. But he done his best to enjoy us which we're appreciated. As I read many blogs before our trip, many of the locals who knew him. They were all very satisfied like we do. Of our last day in Pagudpud I asked him of how to get straight to Vigan without changing bus in Laoag. So he say, I'll come to pick you up tomorrow morning and take you to the highway.

    So, he took us to the highway where we had waited a bus for Vigan, we have waited for about 2 hour and Ramon was still with us, he didn't left us alone in the waiting shed, I really admire his generosity. If some of you looking for a tour guide in Pagudpud I highly recommend you "Ramon Caraang" his local cell phone number is 09 09 67 45 778 I promised him to recommend to other travelers

    A must things to do in Pagudpud
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    Go down Bantay Abot

    by IamPam Written Jul 12, 2013

    Bantay abot is an Ilokano word which means "Big Rock with hole". This beauty is the first landmark that you'll see when going to the famous blue lagoon. You can reach it by going down the stairs beside the road. You just have to be really careful because from our last visit, the stair was really steep and narrow. Make sure to visit this in the afternoon during low tide.

    Bantay Abot
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    Explore Dos Hermanos

    by IamPam Updated Jul 12, 2013

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    Dos Hermanos is a twin mountain at the Maira-Ira Cove. You can get to this majestic mountain by wading through knee deep water during low tide. You can explore the cave at the mountain and take pictures at its foot.

    Dos Hermanos Background We reached it! On our way
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    Stop by the Patapat Viaduct

    by IamPam Updated Jul 12, 2013

    The Patapat viaduct is a bridge that connects Ilocos Norte to Cagayan Valley. Built at the side of the Cordillera mountains, the winding bridge is contrasted by the torquise blue water of the sea beside it, Making it a must see tourist spot.

    Swoosh! Water from the mountain
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    Swim Maira-Ira Cove

    by IamPam Updated Jul 11, 2013

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    Maira-Ira cove is located at the top most area of Pagudpud where the most famous blue lagoon is. It is also where the Dos Hermanos mountain is located. Back in August, the waves were pretty strong so you could go surfing in it.

    Tips when swimming here: Wear beach shoes for protection as the beach floor is filled with corals and rocks.
    Extra Info: When you're in Maira-ira You'll see a range of mountains at the sea. This is the Fugo Island, Part of the Babuyan Island group

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