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WHERE TO STAY IN THE PHILIPPINES
You can get accommodation starting from 800-1000 PHP (less than $20 USD) for a room in a guesthouse. Can you imagine if you are two of you traveling in the Philippines, it will be $10 USD each.
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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.
To get Bangui windmills from Pagudpud will take 40 minutes. We recommend you to do the tour first thing in the morning so you will reach Bangui windmills with almost no people since is the highlight of the South day tour in Pagudpud. After visiting Bangui windmills it will take 15 minutes driving to get to the view point of Bangui windmills.
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!
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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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!
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.
The first stop will be Kabigan Falls and it will be a long one. Since you have 30 minutes walk distance to the waterfall. It will take an hour to go and come back to the waterfalls. Next stop is Patapat Viaduct that can take just a few minutes to reach there and a few minutes to take pictures.
From the viaduct you will drive 10 minutes to reach Timangtang Rock and it will not take long the visit. It’s only two minutes driving distance to reach Bantay Abot. The visit to Bantay Abot can take 10-20 minutes if you want to take pictures and enjoy the place.
From Bantay Abot will take 5 minutes to reach Blue Lagoon and Dos Hermanos Island which are pretty close each other. It depends how long you will like to enjoy the beach and how the weather is. You can also try the zipline to get to the Blue Lagoon, it costs 800 PHP and the views are insane.
1. Kabigan Falls
Kabigan Falls is 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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!
6. 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.
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!
Hope is helpful for your trip around Pagudpud and please let us know if we missed something. Or any changes in the tours about tourist spots or prices.
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