I’ve been itching to surf again, so I took advantage of the long weekend and went to Pagudpud. My trainer taught me how to control the board this time so I was beyond ecstatic when I finally turned left for less than a minute. Haha!!
Finally our very own shirt!! Get your “Smokin Hot La Paz Sands” shirt from Ilocos Sand Boarding!!
When dressing up for a trip to Ilocos, always remember that flats are your best friends here. Most places here that tourists usually visit have brick or cobble stone flooring like Vigan’s Heritage Street. The last thing you want is to trample in your stilettos in flooring made out of stones
the comfiest pair of shorts I own from Romwe.
These gold flats are so cute!!! It goes with everything I own. It’s available in two colors, gold which I own, and silver. I like that even if you get either, the reflective metallic material blends in with whatever color you’re wearing. Plus it’s surprisingly comfy and Philippine made!
Black and white with Kreme Seen.It’s amazing how much effort the Vigan government makes to preserve Calle Crisologo. They go to great lengths to make sure every structure in the heart of Vigan is designed after the old houses. Kalesas abide by the P150 per hour fee city ordinance, they don’t only take you to where you need to go but they’re also literary your tour guides telling you the stories of each establishment, abandoned house and ruins.
Ever been to Vigan? How was it?
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Day 1 we arrived at Busuanga Airport at around 10:30am and opted to spend the rest of the day at the hotel and go around the town.
We stayed at Sunz En Resort and we’re so glad we did! Not only is the hotel the best at its price range but it has a generator (electricity goes out in Coron every night for a few hours), and a bar by the pool. So in case it rains or you get stuck in the hotel the day won’t be such a waste because the ambiance was really great. Since it’s also located away from the busy part of town it was always peaceful.
I refused to join tour groups because I wanted to take as much time as we wanted in each spot so we scheduled for a DIY tour instead and only picked the best spots. Island tour only cost P1,500 and we spent about P1,000 for lunch which the boatmen cooked for us at a stop over in 91 beach.
Next was my favorite place in Coron: Kayangan Lake, the cleanest lake in the country. Before entering the lake you have to trek a very narrow and quite steep stairway made of rocks. Be sure to bring water with you because it can get pretty tiring.
Next was Twin Lagoon, also one of my favorites. This is where salt water and fresh water meet in one contained area. It was cold and warm at the same time. Water temperatures change if you move just a little. This place really felt enchanted, as if there are spirits guarding the place.
Last stop was Skeleton Ship Wreck, another snorkeling/diving spot. This was the best photo I could take of the ship using my cousins underwater camera. It was pretty scary really, considering we we’re only snorkeling. It was as if a shark or a cracken would show up any minute.
Part 2 coming up…
Day 3 was supposed to be our beach tour (Malcapuya, Banana and Bolog Dos), but we only settled in Malcapuya Island since the waves were pretty big and scary. Traveling 1.5 hours was a mission -_-
Locals call this the “Sleeping Giant”, he guards Coron from typhoons. Can you spot his face? We also tried Maquinit Hot Spring, seriously felt light headed after. And no, we did not smoke some special Coron stuff, it was really just the hot water :p
Did I mention how tasty everything is in Coron?!
This was probably one of my best trips EVER. Every place felt so sacred. Best part of the trip was the Island Tour. It was so good I don’t mind doing it twice in one trip. I cannot wait to take my family here.
Coron is quite enchanting indeed, be sure to visit this wonderful place.
I’m so lucky to live just an hour away from this place. People like to call Pagudpud the “Boracay of the North” but I don’t really think that’s the case. Pagudpud is way more chill than Boracay. It barely makes a “party destination” but makes up for it with its untouched natural wonders: trees that go on for miiiiiles, hidden secret water falls, and many more. Our white sand may not be as fine, but Pagudpud waters are perfect for surfing and kite surfing. Pagudpud is for everyone, for families, for friends looking for a place to just chill, for lovers who want to get away, for adventure seekers and water sports enthusiasts.
Pagudpud is 30 minutes away from Adams, further up north, where you can find magnificent waterfalls, rare birds and flowers. It’s also the town after Bangui (famous for its windmills, you can actually see windmills from the saud area in Pagudpud) and the improved tourist destination, Burgos (famous for Palpalokada, Mamaruk, Kapurpurawan rock formation and the Cape Bojeador light house). Pagudpud is about an hour away from Laoag City, the capital of the province, your first stop to the north via the Laoag International Airport and now, the famous sand boarding destination of the Philippines. I haven’t even mentioned the lovely towns, friendly people and sumptuous food you get to pass by along the way. Pagudpud is defnitely the perfect icing on the cake called Ilocos Norte.
Lala, my childhood buddy and best friend for the longest time moved to Australia when we were 11. I’ve only seen her twice ever since. D, La, her boyfriend and I drove all the way to Pagudpud for the weekend. This is hands down one of the best weekends I’ve had so far.