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Pagudpud and its Hidden Gems


We arrived in Sta. Ana Cagayan  bus terminal around 10:00 pm and the driver informed us that the first bus to Laoag, Ilocos Norte leaves at 3:00 am. We have no choice but to wait for 5 hours at the bus terminal. Good thing we have our jackets and mosquito repellent =).

Fortunately, the bus departs ahead of the scheduled time and picking up additional passengers along the way. The non-ac bus filled up easily with passengers, goods, commodities and livestock. The bus cargo compartment is already full so they put some chickens and sacks of rice inside the bus. The over loaded bus traveled on a level and winding road for 6 hours passing  Appari, Sanchez Mira and Claveria towns via Asian and Pan Philippine highway. 

We finally arrived in Pagudpud. From the bus terminal, we took a tricycle to Cathy's Homestay located at Saud Beach.Cathy the owner, greeted us warmly and she showed us our room. The room is spacious, great ambiance, clean and most of all affordable. Why spend more when you can spend less right?. Homestay's are more affordable than hotel. We just  payed P1,000 per night. Here are some images during our trip.


The points of interest where we went to are the following:
  • Pagudpud Beach
  • Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
  • Bangui Windmills
  • Cape Bojeador Lighthouse 


Powdery white sand of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Early morning walk at the famous Saud Beach. Voted by Cnn go's top 10 Philippine beaches and " The most beautiful beach in Asia" by Sunday Herald. 


ruly a majestic sunset experience taken at the eastern part of Saud
Pagudpud Sunset
Shutter Speed 6" | Iso 100 | Aperture f11 | Nd Grad + CPL stack

Lovely hues combined with the radiant glow of the sun .Truly a majestic sunset experience taken at the eastern part of Saud.

The following day, we contacted our tricycle driver  to pick us up around 7:00 am for our Pagudpud South Tour.  Due to time constraint, we just do the South Tour only. We paid P600.00 for the South Tour or Php 1,200 for North and South Tour.

North Tour: Kabigan Falls, Patapat Viaduct, Aqua Grande, Bantay Abot Cave, Blue Lagoon and Timantang Rock.
South Tour: Bangui Windmills, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Cape Bojeador.



Stunning rock formation of Burgos, Ilocos Norte
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Shutter Speed 1/200 | Iso 100 | Aperture f11 |  CPL
Kapurpurawan means "white" when translated. The horse handler told us that it was formed by the forces of nature.This rock formation attracts thousands of tourist every year.

Burgos Ilocos Norte
Horses for rent
Those horses are for rent for Php 50.00 from the entrance to the site.

First power generating wind farm in the Philippines and Southeast Asia
Bangui Windmills
Shutter Speed 0.4 | Iso 100 | Aperture f8 
The first power generating "Wind Farm" in the Philippines and Southeast Asia . These energy generators standing proudly at Bangui Bay were prominently featured in one of the country’s tourism advertisements, firmly asserting its status as a tourist destination.

Ilocos Norte
Thanks to my three legged friend again = )
Visitors are welcome at the wind farm. There are markers along the road that leads to the turbines. It' s easy to spot and the last marker is right before Baruyen bridge, another marker will be found leading to the wind turbines.



Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
This 100 year old Octagonal tower still functions as a welcoming beacon to the international ships that enter Philippines. It is a cultural heritage structure built during the Spanish Era. The lighthouse needs rehabilitation and hopefully the local government can come up with something.

Burgos Ilocos Norte

Cape Bojeador is  the  final destination of our tour and we had our lunch at a local eatery near the lighthouse. While waiting for the bus, we spotted him spearfishing along the coast. We flagged down a bus going to Laoag and continue to the next gem of our journey.

Rundown of Expenses 
Hotel (Cathy's Homestay) - Php 1,000 / day
South tour - Php 600 /trike

Food - Php 500.00 /pax/ day
Souvenirs - Php 50.00 


21 comments: Leave Your Comments

  1. great pictures! thanks for the tips. Pagudpud always seemed to far for a road trip, but does look like the travel is worth it...

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  2. Love the picture, it's awesome.. Makes me wanna go to Pagudpud..

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  3. beautiful photos,hope I can visit Pagudpud this year.

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  4. awesome pictures, i have related blogpost too: http://arvinhadlos.blogspot.com/2013/05/ilocos-norte-beach-windmills-rock-and.html

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  5. I have never been at Pagudpud i guess i should go there atleast once..

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  6. Wow! I like your captures! They are really nice and beautiful. I can visibly see the picturesque scenery of Pagudpud.

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    1. Thanks for the compliments :-).You should visit it too.

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    2. Your welcome! Yes I will visit it next time. :)

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  7. Is this for real.. Best Place! its just too AWESOME plus perfectly captured!

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    1. Thanks!. Philippines is truly a paradise.

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  8. Hi!
    What time did you get to Pagudpud from Sta. Ana Cagayan? what is your travel time?
    What Bus Liner did you take and how much is the fare?
    Thanks.

    Vicky

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    1. Sorry about the the late reply Miss Vicky..Travel time was 6-8 hours and we departed around 3:00am. We forgot the name of the bus liner but they have regular schedules to Laoag and Pagudpud. The fare was around 300-400 to Pagudpud.

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  9. Hi. Is it true that Pagudpud trikes are no longer allowed to take passengers to the Burgos sites. There was a mandate that only Burgos Tricycle drivers can take tourists around within their town, The rate for the tricycle tour in Burgos is PHP300 per tricycle. That means a total of PHP900 for the whole South-bound tour alone.

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    1. I'm not sure about the mandate and the rates but you can always haggle and ask the locals about it.

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  10. pagudpud tour for only 700php,for the north and south bound tour;VAN,KOTSE for pagudpud north and south bound tour for only 2,500php.call me at;09067960934,09302845897.

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  11. thanks tuklaserang matipid sa blog mo,at makapagpost ako ng number ko online,salamat uli madame!

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