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
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.
Shutter Speed 6" | Iso 100 | Aperture f11 | Nd Grad + CPL stack
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.
|Kapurpurawan Rock Formation|
Shutter Speed 1/200 | Iso 100 | Aperture f11 | CPL
|Horses for rent|
Shutter Speed 0.4 | Iso 100 | Aperture f8
|Thanks to my three legged friend again = )|
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.
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