Last updated on January 9th, 2019 at 07:14 pm
It was our second time in Pagudpud Ruben’s favorite places to visit in the Philippines because there are almost no tourists around the area comparing with other destinations like El Nido and Siargao. Pagudpud, officially the Municipality of Pagudpud, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It had previously been a part of the neighboring town of Bangui where you can find the windmills.
The scenery when you go to Pagudpud is breathtaking; with its green hills, rice paddies, and grassy plains, everywhere you look is such a sight to see. With a lot of attractions and things to do in Pagudpud, you will truly enjoy the serene and calming feel it can give you.
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How to get to Pagudpud?
How to get to Pagudpud by plane
If you want to get there faster, since there is no airport in Pagudpud, you have to book a flight from Manila to Laoag. There are schedule flight everyday to Laoag via Philippines Airline. You will land in Laoag International Airport. From Laoag, you can then ride a bus or a van going to Pagudpud with the travel time of 2 hours and it costs 100 PHP. Check skyscanner to get the best deals!
How to get to Pagudpud by bus from Manila
You can ride a bus directly to Pagudpud via G.V Florida Transport and it costs from 750 PHP to 950 PHP. Travel time is about 10 hours. It is best if you want to enjoy the scenery along the way. If you choose this option, you’ll pass by a few provinces that you might love the view of. G.V Florida bus offers sleeper bus for a more comfortable trip.
How to get to Pagudpud from Tuguegarao
If you’re coming from Tuguegarao, buses like GMW Liner and Florida Liner have buses bound to Laoag, Vigan or Abra that pass through Pagudpud. Just tell the driver to drop you off in Pagudpud. Fare costs no more than 250 PHP per one way.
How to get to Pagudpud from Clark
If you are coming from Pampanga, you can ride the shuttle or jeepney going to Dau Integrated Bus Terminal in Angeles City. In Dau Terminal, you can look for buses going to Laoag running at night time. We took the bus at 9 pm and we reached Laog at 4 am. There are a few buses during the night. The price is 740 PHP per person depending on the bus company.
From Laoag, there are vans and buses serving Laoag-Pagudpud route 100-120 PHP depending where are you stopping. The vans start at 5 15 am. You can also take the buses bound to Cagayan that pass through Pagudpud.
How to get to Pagudpud from Baguio
If you are coming from Baguio, you have to ride twice as there is no direct bus going to Pagudpud from Baguio. Ride a bus to Laoag. Partas Bus has buses going to Pagudpud. Fare costs 499 PHP one way. From Laoag to Pagudpud you will have to take a mini bus, or catch the big buses coming from Manila. The most popular big bus is FLORIDA. Trip is 2 hours, and fare is 100 PHP.
Transportation around Pagudpud
Just like other provinces in the Philippines, Pagudpud has tricycles for short trips or to go around the area. You can also rent tricycles if you want to have a DIY tour, although this is only advisable for 2-3 people only since tricycles are quite small. Prices for tricycles are from 60-100 PHP around Pagudpud. If you want to hire them for a day tour prices are 600 PHP for North day tour and 900 PHP for a South day tour.
Day Tour in Pagudpud
If you want to explore Pagudpud there are a few options. You can rent a motorbike for 400-500 PHP per day for a day tour in Pagudpud. You can also rent tricycles for a day tour 2-3 people maximum. Prices for a day tour in the North are 600 PHP and 900 PHP for South. If you do both day tours in the same day it costs 1300 PHP.
North Day Tour in Pagudpud
If you go by tricycle prices for a day tour in North part are 600 PHP and they will include these spots: Kabigan Falls, Patapat Viaduct, Timangtang Rock, Bantay Abot Cove, Blue Lagoon and Dos Hermanos Island. You can also try the zip line after Bantay Abot Cove and before going to Blue Lagoon.
South Day Tour in Pagudpud
If you go by tricycle for a day tour around Pagudpud the price is 900 PHP and they will include these spots: Bangui windmills, view point Bangui windmills, Kapurpurawan Rock formations and Burgos Lighthouse. For last 2 spots you will have to get a tricycle from Burgos (Pagudpud tricycle drivers aren’t allowed to drive you around) and your driver will wait for you. The price for last two activities are 300 PHP and they will discount from the cost of the tour 900 PHP. You have to pay 10 PHP entrance fee before Kapurpurawan Rock formations and 20 PHP entrance fee for the lighthouse in Burgos if you access there!
ATM’s in Pagudpud
Pagudpud might be fairly secluded but there are still ATM Machines available. There’s one near Pagudpud’s municipal library which is PS Bank while there’s also another one near Bangui Public Market. It’s Development Bank of the Philippines. It’s still advised to bring cash for emergencies.
Internet and Wifi connection in Pagudpud
The free wifi on the resorts and hotels and other establishments are at a decent speed. However, internet connection isn’t really rampant here. There are also areas where even cellphone signal is quite hard to get. Pagudpud was called a digital detox paradise since you’ll really enjoy the place and not be glued to your phone because of the lack of internet connectivity.
As Digital nomads w always care about internet connection and we could get 3G in Pagudpud and stable connection at the place that we were staying: Evangeline Beach Resort that allows us to do our online work. Globe has stronger signal than Smart in Pagudpud.
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Best time to visit Pagudpud
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Pagudpud, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less. If you’re looking for the warmest your best time to visit Pagudpud, the hottest months are May, April, and then June.
Daily Budget in Pagudpud
For transportation you can rent a motorbike to explore the are 400-500 PHP or going for a day tour in a tricycle 600-900 PHP. For food there are local carenderias serving orders as cheap as 60 PHP. In restaurants orders are 200-300 PHP. For accommodation a budget room would cost minimum 1000 PHP ($20 USD) and you can go up to 5000 PHP.
Things to do in Pagudpud
There are a handful of places and a handful of things that you can go to or do in Pagudpud. The province may not be as developed as other provinces around the are but it can promise you pure fun and excitement. From scenic views and places to water sports activities, check out the following things you can do in Pagudpud.
1. Visit Bangui Windmills
Bangui Wind Farm is a wind farm in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. The wind farm uses 20 units of 70-meter (230 ft) high VestasV82 1.65 MW wind turbines, arranged on a single row stretching along a nine-kilometer shoreline off Bangui Bay, facing the West Philippine Sea. The wind farm is created to supply electricity to the province. Thus, the windmills are not only beautiful to look at; they are also useful and environmental tools used to supply electricity.
The beach is so windy an ideal for taking pictures. To get Bangui windmills from Pagudpud is 25 kilometers ride. Once you are there you can buy souvenirs and enjoy the views. There is no entrance fee!
2. Saud Beach
The jewel in the crown of Pagudpud is Saud Beach, with its renowned wonderful fine white sand. Saud Beach has cream-colored sand and cool waters, perfect for swimming and beach bumming in. Have a relaxing day or afternoon just on the beach. The resorts in the area makes sure that the shores are clean, so it is a plus point. There is plenty of room for activities such as volleyball or throwing a Frisbee.
The colors are so blue, it can be little bit waivy. And the sunset is amazing from Saud beach!
3. Blue Lagoon in Maira-ira Beach
Maira-ira beach is a stretch of white sand and crystal clear waters stretching out to the West Philippine Sea. Dubbed as the Blue Lagoon, this is one of the most well known destination in Pagudpud. A number of resorts, luxury and budget, are along the way so tourists can surely enjoy the view and the activities such as swimming and other water sports longer.
The water is so clear and you can even get there with the zipline!
4. Timangtang Rock
Timangtang rock is a rock formation that can be seen along the seacoast of Sitio Gaoa, Balaoi, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. It is shaped like a sloped hill and is said to be a part of Bantay Abot Cave. They are often called the lovers as Timangtang rock is the male counterpart.
5. Secret Green Hills
If you want some quiet and relaxing time in Pagudpud, the Secret Green Hills will be perfect for you. It is said to be Pagudpud’s version of Batanes. It is a hills at the edge that composes of lush greenness where you’ll be swayed by the cool wind. Make sure to bring a bottle of water as the walk to this grassy hill via a well-trodden path will take an hour long.
6. Watersports in Pagudpud
There are numerous water sports that you can do and experience while you are in Pagudpud. You can ride a banana boat with your friends or family, kayaking alone or with a friend or your special someone, surfing, jet skiing, use pedal boats and speed boat. You can ask the resorts you checked in to if they offer such service or activities and enjoy it under the basking sun. The best place to practise is Kingfisher Resort in Pagudpud, it’s also a great palce to relax retired of everything in Pagudpud.
You have to be careful when practising watersports in Pagudpud. It can be quite dangerous with the wind!
7. Kayaking on Bulu River
Bolo River is the river that divides the Municipality of Pagudpud and that of Bangui. The river has its source up in the mountains near Adams, It is absolutely perfect for the visitors or the tourists that wants to have fun on clear water and shoot the rapids in a kayak.
8. Paraiso Ni Anton
Paraiso ni Anton is a Pit stop offering a tiny shrine & cascading spring with waters believed to have healing powers. It is just located along the highway. It is a spot where motorists stop over for souvenir items and cool down at three mini waterfalls which are said to gush out miraculous water.
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9. Burgos Lighthouse
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse, is a cultural heritage structure in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, that was established during the Spanish Colonial period in the Philippines. The lighthouse of Cape Bojeador serves shipping heading towards the Pacific Coast heading towards the Babuyan Channel, also serves ships heading towards the ports of Salomangue and Curmimao.
You can visit as part of the South tour in Pagudpud after visiting the windmills. There is an entrance fee of 20 PHP.
10. Aqua Grande River
The Agua-Grande River is known for its eco-friendly and non carbon producing mini-hydro electric power plant. This was commissioned in 1983 and has been providing a renewable and alternative power supply to the consumers of Pagudpud, Bangui, Dumalneg, Adams and Burgos. The Agua-Grande and Mabogabog falls supply the water power to turn the turbines.
11. Kabigan Falls
A rustic trail through tropical forest leads visitors to this dramatic natural waterfall. Reaching the place from the main highway is approximately 30-45 minute walk depending on your speed and power. The trek going to Kabigan Falls is mostly in a flat area so you’ll have time to enjoy the beautiful panorama.
It’s mandatory to hire a guide for 120 PHP to reach the waterfalls. Once in Kabigan waterfalls is a nice place for relaxing and it’s not so crowded.
12. Kapurpurawan Rock Formations
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is a natural rock formation created through the years by the natural forces of the ocean on the rocky coast of Burgos, Ilocos Norte, just a few minutes from the Cape Bojeador. Kapurpurawan comes from an Ilocano word “puraw” which means white. Since most of the rock formations in that area are white, local folks called it “Kapurpurawan”.
It’s located in Burgos. You can rent horses to walk around. It’s only 10 minutes walking around and there is an entrance fee of 10 PHP. You can even rent a horse to ride around Kapurpurawan rock formations.
13. Dos Hermanos Island
The Dos Hermanos Islands are two rock formations located off the northern coast of Maira-ira Point in Pagupud, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. The twin islands are often visited by tourists, and are a natural landmark of Pagudpud.
14. Bantay Abot Cave
Bantay Abot cave might look like a cave, but it is not really a cave. It is actually a hill that was wrecked by an earthquake in the 80’s leaving a hole in the middle. The top of the cave is covered with lush green vegetation thus adding the beauty of the cave. To get to the interior of the cave, you have to go down a few concrete staircase and a rocky part going up to the hole.
15. Patapat Viaduct
The Patapat Viaduct is a viaduct at the municipality of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, a coastal resort town on the northernmost tip of Luzon Island in the Philippines. The bridge is elevated 31 meters over sea level.
Another exciting thing to do or activity to do in Pagudpud is zip lining. Pagudpud has the record for the longest zip line over water. The 1.7 kilometer and 1.2 kilometer zip lines over water is established by Hannah’s Beach Resort Convention Center in Barangay Balaoi. At least 100 local and foreign tourists on the average try out the ziplines on a daily basis. It costs 800 PHP and the views are insane!
17. View Point of Bangui Windmills
After visiting Bangui windmills is worth it to go to the view point and check the view from the top. You can see rice fields and the view of the windmills. It’s hard to talk a picture of everything but the view is breathtaking!
18. Sunset in Pagudpud
We have to say that sunsets was one of our favorite things to do in Pagupdud. They are so colorful with the view of the windmills on the bottom. We were so lucky that we spend a few days in Pagudpud. Despite of little bit rainy during the day, we were so lucky of enjoying the sunsets everyday.
19. Climbing a Palm Tree
20. Nightlife in Pagudpud
The nightlife in Pagudpud starts early since is a quiet place and we loved it! We were just enjoying our drinks or beers at sunset in Pagudpud while taking pictures. It was quiet and so relaxing having that infinity views of the windmills.
Where to sleep in Pagudpud
There a lot of options when it comes to accommodations in Pagudpud. There are cheap hotels, mid-range ones and luxury resorts that you can choose from. There are resorts with amazing views as well as amazing amenities. We chose two options where to sleep in Pagudpud: Evangeline Beach Resort in Saud Beach and Kingfisher which is a lonely place perfect for relaxing and water activities in Pagudpud.
Evangeline Beach Resort
We had an amazing staying at Evangeline Beach Resort! Our room was big enough for the three of us with all the comfort that we needed like hot water, fridge and yes good wifi connection. There is a pool area which was perfect for us since we were traveling with our little one 6 years old.
Just one minute walking distance from Saud beach and their restaurant with seaview. The food was delicious and all the staff was super friendly and helpful with us!
Kingfisher Resort in Pagudpud
Kingfisher is a few kilometers far from Saud Beach. It’s located in the windest part of Asia so you will have the best opportunities if you like surfing and other watersports. Also great place for relaxing in the area with the hammocks. It’s quiet and ideal for disconnecting of the real world.
For more places to stay in Pagudpud check your Airbnb options and the best deals in Booking and Agoda.
Where to eat in Pagudpud
Pagudpud has a variety of places to eat to. There are restaurants along the road as well as restaurants inside the resorts and hotels.
Evangeline Beach Resort
Evangeline Beach Resort’s Emohruo Restobar serves a unique blend of innovative Asian cuisine that they themselves have created. The menu boasts of a variety of offerings ranging from creative seafood fares to spicy Thai curry sauces, all made from the freshest ingredients and herbs freshly-picked from the resort’s very own organic garden. We loved it the longanisa as is mandatory to try when visiting Ilocos Norte.
Local carinderia in Pagudpud
There is a local carinderia if you go on a budget near Saud Beach where you can find budget meals for 60 PHP and local beer for 40 PHP. Budget meals include meat, fish and fried egg and rice. You can also order fish, pork and other dishes.
Bergblick is a charming restaurant located in Sitio Salucag, Brgy. Burayoc in Pagudpud. It’s one of the most well known restaurant in Pagudpud that tourists would go to. They serve authentic German and Filipino dishes. The guests love the fact that even though the owner is a German, the Filipino dishes they serve tastes authentic as they also use local ingredients.
Kapuluan Vista Resort Restaurant
Situated in Sitio Baniaran, Barangay Balaoi in Pagudpud, Kapuluan Vista Resort Restaurant serves hearty Asian and Filipino food. From sweet potato chips to burgers made of Banana, Kapuluan serves their food beautifully and appetizing to the eyes. They also have happy hours if you want to stay for the night and have some cocktails.
Festivals in Pagudpud
From festival that shares colorful parades to the ones honoring a certain animal, every tourist should be happy if they happen to witness any of these festivals.
Kangayedan Festival is celebrated in in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte every 22nd to 26th of April. Its highlights are: dance parade, trade and tourism fair, beauty contest. There is also a balikbayan night, coco food fest, matinee shows, water sports and goodwill games.
Kurarapnit festival is dedicated to the bats in the town which are endemic or abundant in the caves. There are various caves found in the town however there were only few of them explored such as caves in Saguisi, Pasaleng Bay and the Nabca Cave. The very highlight of the festival was the dance competition. Different group of students will compete complete with wings and costume for the prize.
There are more places to visit in the Philippines and around Pagudpud. You can go to Laoag and Vigan in Ilocos Province.