PAGUDPUD: The Charming Tropical Paradise of the North

It was drizzling when we flew from Davao City to Manila on the evening of February 8. It was Wednesday. Most of my local trips happened during weekends but this one was different. This is a 4-day trip packed with fun-filled and time chasing itineraries. Our target destinations were the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. Knowing all the fun and thrills store for us there; excitement consumed me while waiting for boarding at Davao International Airport.

After 2 hours of bumpy flight, we touched down Manila. It was almost midnight. Days prior to our trip, we contracted a service vehicle we can use for the whole 4-day trip. An hour before our arrival, the van was already there. When all was set and ready, our journey to the scenic provinces of both Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur commenced. It was already 1:00 in the very cold dawn when we left the Metro.

Both Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur are situated in the northwest tip of Luzon. All the coastal towns of both provinces face the great South China Sea. The rustic Municipality of Pagudpud being among farthest coastal towns of Ilocos Norte from Manila was our first destination.

Traveling overland going to Pagudpud was a long journey. It took us almost 13 hours to actually get there passing different provinces, cities and towns of Ilocos Region. Some of these towns and cities were actually part of the itineraries but we opted to proceed first to Pagudpud as our first goal. Seriously, this is by the far the longest road trip I have made in my whole journeys. Being on the road for 13 hours was a no-joke. Thanks to GPS, we made it to our destination.

When we reached the town of Pagudpud, we headed immediately to Patapat Viaduct which is about 20 minutes drive from the town proper.  The Patapat Viaduct is one of the most important bridges in this northernmost part of Luzon. It was constructed to connect Ilocos Region to Cagayan Valley. It has an elevation of 30 meters above the sea level and about 1.5 kilometers long. From afar, the view of the long and winding bridge alongside the mountains of the Cordillera looks indescribably amazing. I have never been to a bridge like this thus seeing this for the first time truly wowed me. The green side of the mountains, the azure skies and the cobalt waters of the South China Sea complimented each other. What a perfect view, I muttered!

THE PATAPAT VIADUCT 

From Papatat Viaduct, we headed back the same route this time going to the Blue Lagoon. About 10 minutes drive from Patapat Viaduct, the Blue Lagoon is considered an equally prized jewel of Pagudpud. The view of Blue Lagoon looks pretty much inviting. It has a long stretch of powdery white sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters. Using the GPS, the cove appeared like a giant swimming pool in the map. Commercialization has greatly influenced the whole beach. There are big resorts and beach hotels there already. It was past five when we got there so we didn’t have the chance swimming at the Blue Lagoon.

THE BLUE LAGOON
 

Another interesting feature in Pagudpud is the Bantay Abot Cave which is just a few minutes away from the Blue Lagoon. Bantay Abot Cave is not really a cave. It is more of a hill that was wrecked by an earthquake in the 80’s leaving a huge hole in the center. The hill is still covered by verdant vegetation, thus, adding exquisiteness of the Cave. Dropping by there before heading to the Blue Lagoon is a worthy stop-over. The view of the whole environs surrounding the Cave is truly fascinating. On one side, you can see the huge waves splashing on the rocks of the mountain while on the opposite are the charming seascape and the verdant mountains therein. The place is not fit for swimming but view of the vast blue sea complementing the Bantay Abot Cave is truly worth visiting. And yes, this is perfect spot for a timeless photo souvenir.

THE BANTAY ABOT CAVE

It was dusking when we left the Blue Lagoon and Bantay Abot Cave. We hurried back to the vehicle to head to our final destination for the day, the Saud Beach. Popular not only in the country but some parts of the world, Saud Beach is a long curving 2 kilometers of pristine white sand beach lying on the magnificent blue and crystal clear waters of the South China Sea. Saud beach embodies the definition of a perfect beach destination but it remains to be rustic, unpolluted and less inhabited by beach crowd. In other words, it remains to be pristine even to date.

THE PRISTINE BEACH OF SAUD

Pagudpud is coined by many as the “Boracay of the North”. While those beach combers keep comparing Pagudpud to Boracay Island, it purely is what Boracay once was – pristine and untouched. Pagupud remains to be an absolute beach haven away from the bustling noise of the concrete jungle one can find now in Boracay.

As we ended our long day and long travel to Pagudpud, it was the glorious sunset that highlighted our long tiresome journey. Exhausted we may be but the beautiful sunset that was laid before our eyes soothed our tired minds. When we got to Cathy’s Homestay, our home in Pagudpud, we immediately rushed to our own rooms and savored the homey comfort of the place. While resting, we can’t help but talked about the long trip we had for the day but we all agreed that all was worth it. Pagudpud is worth visiting indeed. And so early to bed, the next day will be another fun-filled long day!

The Travel Teller with his RTour Travel Buddies

Next destination: BYAHENG BANGUI, ILOCOS NORTE.

The Bangui Windmills As Seen From Cathy’s Homestay in Pagudpud

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  1. Perfect! Just perfect. Now I am excited more to pull in advance the date in going there. Truly amazing travel Olan! ;)

    Keep your trails going,
    Dave ^_^

  2. Gusto ko na talaga puntahan ang Pagudpod. Haven’t been to Ilocos. I love your sunset pics! :)

    • Hi. :) Thanks. :) yeah, orangey ang sunset dun. :) Napakaganda. :) Nakakapawi pagod. :) You should visit Pagudpud. Ako nga from Davao City pa pero kinaya ang long travel just to see it and the other wonders of Ilocos Province. :)

  3. This is perfectly great Olan. We have an scheduled tour this coming holy week in Pagudpud, and as i read ur detailed adventure, it makes me more excited about our trip. I am a nature lover. Seeing its beauty lang kay makarelax na. Gusto ko mga pictures na kuha. Pls tag me next time na may adventure ka like this. Very very nice.

    • Hi Eth, thank for dropping by. :) I love taking pictures of the many amazing sights in Pagudpud. They are just too picture perfect i cant miss to shoot. :) I will be having more trip in the future. Just follow my trails here. :) Thank you so much. Hope to meet you too on the Road!

  4. 13 hoursssssssssss? Makabuang!!! Anyway Patapat viaduct sounds like a vein to me LOL. Nindot jud dira ay!

  5. I am at the moment, wishing to be there also, destination PAGUDPUD.:-). Padayon Olan. Cant wait with the next post bai. Kita kitz .

  6. Ang linis ng beach!

    Di ko yata kaya yung 13 hours na byahe by land. But maybe someday I can visit Pagudpud. Wag lang yung 13 hours, sobrang tagal nun. Hehe!

  7. I haven’t been to far north and this place is enticing me.

    Nice Pics Sir Olan!

    We add you in our blogroll. ^_^

    Joey (Sky)

  8. lee ryck molina says:

    Truly,our place Pagudpud is c0nsidered as the new t0urist haven of d n0rth!.. San ka pa?..halos andidito na lahat lahat.. Caves,waterfalls,white rock 4mati0ns,trekking sites,hiking sites,at ang pinakamagandang white beaches.. Masasavi q yan kc halos araw araw q0ng nililibot yan,because i am a t0urist guide here! So,sa mga nagbabalak at nagpaplan0ng gust0ng puntahan ang pagudpud p0h,just c0ntact me,im KUYA LEE M0LINA,09298138352,09126164127,with tricycle number 329,the only Pink tricycle in Pagudpud..
    I render services also to tour ar0und Vigan,laoag,pick n dr0ps in airp0rt,and even u cn inquire ab0ut much cheaper n super sul8 na acc0m0dati0n.. You cn see my links in Virtual t0urist. the Pink rider.

  9. With these amazing pics, I believe the long journey was worth it. Pagupud is now on my wish list!

  10. Esther C. Marchand says:

    Olan, I can definitely empathize with your 13 hours travel. I was on the air almost the same amount of time from Michigan to Japan. Yikes, my butt was complaining. Surely your trip was worth it and accomplished your goal. Beautiful place!

  11. Hello. Traveller’s

    Any trip bound to Ilocos? Vigan & Pagudpud, City tour…. i will accommodate your tour..

    Call & Text 0905-3505090

  12. hi….nag join ba kau sa group tour? pwede ba malaman sino nakuha nyo para alam ko na ok yung nakuha nyo…we are planning kasi sa november at naghahanap kami ng pwde kami maki join sa tour.. and how much pala.thanks :)

  13. Hi Olan!

    You mentioned that you hired a service vehicle for your 4-day trip to Ilocos Norte. Can you share the details/phone #s of the car/van? You can pm me if you want, for privacy.

    Thanks

  14. Oopps…I apologize. I didn’t realize you drove all the way from Manila with that van. I was only interested in hiring a vehicle to tour Ilocos Norte from Laoag (couple of days). Thanks anyway.

  15. Hi Olan,
    I sent a message via your email olan214@yahoo.com.. I badly need your help about this Vigan tour, hope you’ll reply. Thanks!

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