Exploring Ilocos : South of Pagudpud

We headed up North! :)

From Manila Koy and I took  Florida bus, 7:00 pm schedule straight to Pagudpud.  We got to the terminal located along Lacson St. in Sampaloc, Manila a bit early so we decided to take our dinner first. Looking for a place to eat around the terminal was easy, there a tapsilogan everywhere.  Florida Bus Lines also ha a terminal in Cubao.  Another bus line that has a direct trip to Pagupud is RCJ bus located along Laong-Laan also in Manila.  We paid 650 pesos each for a regular aircon bus, they also have sleeper and deluxe bus available if you want a more comfortable 12 hours ride.  Regular aircon bus was not a problem to us, the seats were comfortable enough.  There were about 4 stop overs until we reached Pagudpud.  We traveled about 14 hours from Manila to Pagudpud, we are 2 hours delayed because there was a road under repair somewhere near Vigan City.

We reached Pagudpud at around 9:00 am. I woke up seeing from the window, the white and gigantic Bangui Windmills, what a great way to start the day!  We stayed at Sabrina Beach Home which is just near Polaris Beach House, the place is just 15 meters away from Saud Beach.  Pagudpud has 16 barangays and is surrounded by white-sand beaches and crystal-blue water which makes it a haven for tourists.  The day just started for us, good thing we had a comfortable sleep in last night.

a kilometer stretch of white sand beach

Upon arriving the plaza we went straight to the guest house, we asked our tour giude/tricycle driver to meet us up at around 10:00 am.  We had our breakfast at Polaris Beach House and a serving of breakfast would cost you around 120-150 pesos.  It was still a bit early, that is why we weren’t able to eat at the plaza, definitely food there would cost cheaper.  There are also many other home stays around Pagudpud and accommodation could cost between 150-350 pesos overnight.  During the holidays or peak season (specially holy week) all the lodging are fully booked!

Our tour guide’s name is kuya Raphie Respicio, he attended seminars organized by the local tourism office to be able to become a certified tour guide around Pagudpud.  He was very accommodating and he didn’t even bother to take pictures of us. If you plan to visit Pagudpud I recommend you hire him, you can contact him at 09057256500.

The standard rate for Pagudpud Tour is 600 pesos each  (as of this writing) for north and south this includes the tricycle. For bigger groups there a also vans that can be rented for around 6,000 pesos a day good for 8-10 persons.  A day tour is enough to see the beautiful places in Pagudpud, my only tip is to start as early as 7:00 am so you won’t miss the sunset in Saud Beach (if ever you plan to stay in Saud).  We visited 9 spots for both north and south, we started at 10:00 am and finished at around 6:00 pm.

Our first stop was at Kapurpurawan Rock Formation!  It’s my second time in Pagudpud but I wasn’t able to visit this place, that is why I am so excited to finally see it!  But before that we stopped at the viewing deck of Bangui Windmills and the sight was just so amazing!  The whole Bangui Wind farm uses 20 units of 230 ft high wind turbines arranged on a single row stretching along a nine-kilometer shoreline off Bangui Bay and facing the West Philippine Sea.  There are also some souvenir vendors in the area.

Coming from the main road, the way to Kapurpurawan is not yet cemented so expect a bumpy ride.  After about 20 minutes ride from Pagudpud, we reached the town of Burgos where this priced gem is located.  Before reaching the rock formation, we were greeted by the coastal shores of Burgos.  Waves, blue ocean, small and big rocks gave me giggles :) Leading to Kapurpurawan, are stairs going down to the shores.  It’s around 10 minutes walk to get close to the white rock.  It was already noon and the sun was way too hot so don’t forget to bring hat and sunscreen to protect your skin!

We almost spent more than an hour taking pictures and enjoying the scenic view.  Kapurpurawan is such a gem, it was caused by forces of the ocean by the rocky coast of Burgos developing  a beautiful  white rock formation.   This is truly, nature at its best :)

Us with kuya Raphie, who was so kind to take pictures of us :)

After Kapurpurawan, we then went to Cape Bojeador which is also located in Burgos.   The place is also known as Burgos Lighthouse it was established during the Spanish Colonial times and when you’re up in the lighthouse you’d feel the fresh air overlooking West Philippine Sea.  It is a 66-foot-tall (20 m) octagonal stone tower.

And for our last destination for our south tour in Pagudpud, kuya Raphie brought us to the famous Bangui Windmills!  The gigantic white wind turbines are wow!  It’s like we were in a different country.  It is located in the municipality of Bangui, Ilocos Norte, situated in the beautiful shoreline of Bangui Bay facing the West Philippine Sea.  From a far, they were just like the small scale souvenir that we saw from the view deck, but up close they are really huge!!!

After a starstruck visit to the Bangui Windmills, we decided to take our lunch before heading to our north tour of Pagudpud.  Kuya Raphie took us to a small carinderia which we spent less than 200 pesos for the three of us.  That’s cheap and we were able to have a taste of Pagudpud’s local cuisines :)

This ends  our south tour of Pagudpud and I can’t wait to share with you our trip to the northern part. :)

Places we visited in our south tour (half day)  : Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Cape Bojeador, Bangui Windmills

Don’t forget to bring : hat, sun screen protection, sunglasses, bottle of water, extra shirt, camera and a tripod :)  And oh! if your budget allows souvenir costs between 100-200 pesos, make sure to buy on the shops just near the Bangui Windmills they are cheaper than those on the view deck :)

Tips:

  • It is better to travel at night, Florida Bus and RCJ Bus travels directly to Pagudpud at 650 pesos(regular aircon).  For Florida, there are two trips to Pagudpud only at night.  For their trips to Laoag, it starts at 3:00 am and bus leaves every hour but you still need to ride a bus going to Pagudpud at 60 pesos when you get to Laoag.
  • You can stay at home stay lodging which you can find everywhere in Pagudpud, if you only plan to stay overnight.  Rate starts at 150 pesos.
  • If you plan to stay longer I would recommend Saud Beach Resort,Villa del Mar or Kapuluan Beach Resort (these are a bit pricey)
  • Always bring a bottle of water.
  • Sunrise at Blue Lagoon, sunset at Saud Beach
  • Try Pagudpud’s Longganisa!

Click the link, more photos I’d like to share with you! Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Planning to go to Ilocos? I’d be more willing to help :)

Here’s a video of us, exploring the South of Pagudpud

About these ads

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s