While Manila is a wonderful place to spend a day or two, you’ll soon most likely want to get away from it all. Pagudpud is an excellent place to go. It’s clean and green and apparently in a different world. In fact, Pagudpud is the farthest geographical point from Manila without leaving the island of Luzon. This has its advantages. By land, Pagudpud is approximately a 90 minute bus ride from Laoag City. Several bus lines serve the Manila-Laoag route, namely Partas, Florida, Farinas, and Maria de Leon among others.
Pagudpud is a coastal resort town of Ilocos Norte province, in the northern Ilocos Region of the Philippines. According to the latest census, Pagudpud has a population of 23,533 people, it is the northernmost settlement on Luzon Island. The town rolls over mountains, hills, valleys and flat coastal land. It is 72 km north of Laoag City, the provincial capital, and about 560 km north of Manila. Most people make their living through farming, fishing and subsistence retailing. Tourism is a growing part of the economy.
Its white-sand beaches and crystal-blue water makes Pagudpud a haven for tourists. Maira-Ira Point is also an emerging attraction with its secluded beach known as the Blue Lagoon, as well as kilometer-long Saud Beach. Access to this public beach is from a secondary concrete road on the north side of the Maharlika Highway just before approaching the Patapat Viaduct. On the way to the Blue Lagoon, a sea arch can be seen. Coconut trees line much of the town’s coast. On a clear day, the Babuyan Islands are visible from Patapat National Park.
Bangui Wind Farm
The Northwind Bangui Bay Project ” Bangui Wind Farm “is located at the municipality of Bangui, Ilocos Norte. Located at the north-west tip of Luzon island.
The wind farm has 20 units of 70-metre high wind turbines, or ” Giant Electric Fans ” arranged on a single row stretching along a nine-kilometer shoreline off Bangui Bay, facing the South China Sea.
You don’t need a tour guide to reach this place. You just need to know where to turn and go straight passing by a village all the way to this Bangui coast . This bangui coast is a black pebbled beach with a fishing community along its shorelines. It is quite a walk from one windmill to another. The best time to go is before sunset where you get an awesome sunset sky as a backdrop to your windmills shot, a perfect background photo shot with the turbines.
Also known as ” Faro de Cabo Bojeador,This is a truly a perfect portrait place and I must admit, “Faro de Cabo Bojeador is set majestically on top of a hill overlooking the South China Sea. Located approximately 35 kilometres north of the City of Laoag, the lighthouse is the most accessible of all lighthouses in the north of the Island of Luzon. Situated 160 metres on top of a hill named Vigia de Nagparitan, the lighthouse of Cape Bojeador serves as a station point for ships veering towards the Pacific Coast heading towards the Babuyan Channel. Similarly, it as well assists ships heading towards the ports of Salomangue in Ilocos Sur which is 87 kilometres south from the lighthouse, and Curmimao, which is 60 kilometres away in Ilocos Norte.
In addition, beyond to the port of Manila. Completed on the 30th of March, 1892, the design and construction of the Lighthouse of Cape Bojeador was initially undertaken by the Engineer Magin Pers y Pers but was subsequently reconfigured and finished by the Engineer Guillermo Brockman. .. and its on the Heritage Conservation Society – Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.
Cordillera Mountain Range
Located 16 kilometers from the town proper, it offers a scenic view of Pasaleng Bay- a view that leads towards wide and pristine beaches backed by mountains with breathtaking waterfalls Kabigan and Mabaga, along with the many cool, refreshing springs waiting to be discovered within.
Is surrounded by thick forest and well known for its concaved basin, located at the eastern part of Barangay Balaoi, about 1.8 kilometres away from the national highway. Kabigan falls is also part of the town of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. The trek going to Kabigan Falls takes 30 to 40 minutes mostly of flat area so you’ll have time to enjoy the verdant panorama. Although there is a visible trail going to the falls, you’ll still need a tour guide if it’s your first time there just to be safe.
Is 2 hours north of Laoag City, has powder-white sand, but it’s hard to tell which is bluer: the sky or the sea. While you are making up your mind, you might also consider a stop in Pasuquin, where the famous biscocho (Ilocos biscuit) is a favorite take-home delicacy for local visitors. But don’t forget to check your watch, for while you play in the waters of Pagudpud, you may not notice how much time you have spent on these delightful shores, which are at the very tip of Luzon Island.
The Patapat Viaduct
Elevated at 31 metres above sea level, is 1.3 kilometres concrete coastal viaduct that connects the Maharlika Highway from Laoag to the Cagayan Valley Region. It rises along the town’s coastal mountains, which is the starting point of the Cordillera Mountain Range that snakes through Northern Luzon. It is the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines