Must-Visit Attractions In Pagudpud Philippines

Located on the northernmost edge of Luzon Island, which lies within the Ilocos Norte Region, Pagudpud is fondly referred to as the Boracay of the north.

However, pristine beaches are just one of the many attractions of this tranquil coastal town.

One of the main reasons why this location is so appealing to holidaymakers comes in the fact that travellers can get to it from Manila without flying (although you can fly to nearby Laoag).

A bus ride or road trip to Pagudpud can be an exciting way to build up the excitement before you get to this impressive resort town where natural beaches can still be found.

Or, if you are fortunate enough to have a private vehicle, a road trip up to Pagudpud is a fantastic way to see the northern parts of the Philippines.

Bangui Windmills

Bangui, a town just south of Pagudpud is South-east Asia’s home of renewable energy. This is a simple stopover if you are heading to Pagudpud by road.

Barangay Balaoi, located in Pagudpud is the perfect spot to take in the impressive view of the gigantic wind turbines lining the Bangui coast. It truly is an amazing spectacle with wind turbines scattered along the coast as far as the eye can see.

Saud Beach

Travellers who wish to enjoy some time on a sandy beach and swim in cool clear waters without jostling for space will definitely enjoy spending time at Saud Beach.

Unlike other popular tourist locations in the Philippines, there are fewer people and even fewer vendors.

The Blue Lagoon

Pagudpud is famed for its distinctly blue waters, and the Blue Lagoon is a testament to this.

Depending on when you time your visit, the waters can be calm as a pond, in April, or riddled with huge waves, during the northeast monsoon season.

Kabigan Falls

Trek from the main Pagudpud highway, across a flat scenic landscape to catch awe-inspiring views of this 80-foot waterfall.

Located in Barangay Balaoi, this attraction offers visitors a worthwhile alternative to the area’s coastal attractions.

Patapat Bridge

Aside from its natural marvels, Pagudpud is also home to the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines, at a length of 1.3Km, the Patapat Bridge is an awesome local manmade wonder by itself.

As a viaduct standing at a height of 31 meters above the sea level, it links Pagudpud to the rest of the province and Cagayan Valley.

Dos Hermanos Islands

An intriguing legend tells of the origin of the Dos Hermanos Islands.

These two little islands offer visitors a great spot to enjoy a swim in the seemingly endless blue waters, explore the diverse marine life and take in unrivalled sunset views.

During low tide, a sandbar appears, giving visitors easy access to the islands.

Other notable attractions in the area include, but are not limited to, the Stingray Memorial, Burgos Lighthouse, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Bantay Abot Cave.

Saud Beach, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Saud Beach is often referred to as the “Boracay of the North”.

Saud Beach, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Saud Beach with the classic bent coconut palm

Bantay Abot, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Bantay Abot Cave (which actually isn’t a cave)

Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Blue Lagoon with amazing blue/green water

Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Blue Lagoon looking back towards Hannah’s Resort

Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Blue Lagoon, the cleanest beach I’ve seen in the Philippines

How to get there

There are no direct flights to Pagudpud. The nearest airport is Laoag which is the capital city of the Ilocos Norte region. Philippine Airlines (PAL) fly to Laoag from Manila two times a day with the flight taking approximately one hour.

The journey to Pagudpud is probably one of the longest road trips you can do in the Philippines. Manila to Pagudpud is almost 600kms and will take you around 11 hours if you drive non stop. However, it is recommended to stay overnight along the way. If not, there are a number of places you can stop off along the way to take a quick break which is highly recommended.

If you fly into Laoag, you can take a bus to Pagudpud which will take about two hours.

If coming from Manila, there are several bus lines but GV Florida bus lines have a direct trip to Pagudpud from Manila. They have an overnight trip option which is good if you can handle sleeping on buses.

If you don’t have a vehicle, there are plenty of tricycles to get you around Pagudpud depending exactly where you are and where you want to go.

Dezza´s Tip

The Northwestern coast of Luzon has some fantastic places to visit. From rugged coastline and pristine beaches to historic towns and landmarks to towering mountains, there is so much to see and enjoy. Therefore, if you plan to head to Pagudpaud, I seriously recommend doing it via a road trip.

You can start by stopping off in La Union for a night, then head up to Vigan for a night and then Pagudpud via Paoay as the final destination. When in Pagudpud, you simply must visit Saud Beach and Blue Lagoon. These are two must-see beaches that will absolutely blow your mind.