Pagudpud Budget Travel Guide

Pagudpud is situated in Ilocos Norte and is most famous for its long stretch of white sandy beaches. Dubbed as the “Boracay” of the North, Pagudpud is often visited as part of an Ilocos Norte tour. You’ll find, however, that Pagudpud can be a destination in itself with lots to offer to all nature and adventure lovers.

Pagudpud Travel Guide
Pagudpud Travel Guide

How to Get There from Manila

By Air

With Manila as your start off point, you can reach Pagudpud by land or air travel. Air travel is by far the easiest with two airlines making the trip on a regular basis. You can board either Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines from Manila to Laoag City and then take the jeepney from Laoag to Pagudpud. You can also take the Laoag-Cagayan route and tell the driver you’ll be disembarking at Pagudpud.


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Cebu Pacific Flights to Laoag
Cebu Pacific Flights to Laoag

By Land

The land trip is roughly 11 hours long through several bus lines including the Florida Bus Line, costing around Php500. The trip is daily and you have several terminals to choose from depending on the nearest one to your location. From the bus stops at Laoag, you can take the jeepney ride to Pagudpud. For large groups, it’s often more comfortable to hire a van for use.

Pagudpud Bus Contact Numbers:

  • Florida Bus Line in Sampaloc- Telephone (632)-7433809
  • Baliwag Transit – Phone Number (+63 2) 912-3343
  • Partas – Hotline (632) 727 8278
  • Fariñas Transit (Bus Schedules) – Telephone (632) 731 4507
Sunset in Pagudpud
Sunset in Pagudpud

Best time to visit Pagudpud

Just like the rest of the Philippine Archipelago, Pagudpud has a tropical climate with warm temperatures year-round. The best and most recommended time to visit are between Dec–Jan and Apr–May, which is considered as dry season. Rainy season in the Philippines starts from June to September.

Things to Do in Pagudpud

Aside from the beach, Pagudpud has the following sites you can explore:

Saud Beach is by far the most popular destination in Pagudpud, boasting a long stretch of sand and a serene atmosphere. While it is equated with Boracay, Saud is infinitely more peaceful with less traffic and less establishments that litter the place.

Pagudpud Budget Travel Guide
Pagudpud Budget Travel Guide

Instead, you get a clean, quiet, and stunning beach view. Other beaches in Pagudpud include the Blue Lagoon and Pansian Beach.

Another famous spot is the Timmangtang Rock, a huge formation famous for its white, powdery consistency. Right by the beach, this rock makes for an excellent profile picture for its innate uniqueness.

Other Things to do and See in (and near) Pagudpud:

Blue Lagoon photo by Hanna's Beach Resort FB
Blue Lagoon photo by Hanna’s Beach Resort FB

Blue Lagoon – Also known as Maira-ira Beach, this area used to be a hidden beach before it was developed into a major tourist attraction in Pagudpud.

Bangui Windmills
Bangui Windmills

Bangui Windmills – Also known as Bangui Wind Farm is a wind farm in the town of Bangui in Ilocos Norte. The wind farm uses 20 units of 70-metre (230 ft) high Vestas V82 1.65 MW wind turbines, arranged on a single row stretching along a nine-kilometer shoreline off Bangui Bay, facing the West Philippine Sea.

Kabigan Falls photo via TripAdvisor
Kabigan Falls photo via TripAdvisor

Kabigan Falls – Located in Barangay Balaoi, this adventure spot is about 1.5 kilometers by foot from the national highway.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formations
Kapurpurawan Rock Formations Photo credit: nelk via Foter.com / CC BY-NC

Kapurpurawan Rock Formations – A huge natural rock formation located at the coast of Burgos, just few minutes from the lighthouse.

Bantay Abot Cave
Bantay Abot Cave Photo credit: Ojie Paloma via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Bantay Abot Cave – It literally means “a mountain with a hole.” It’s a huge rock formation covered with vegetation and it has a hole in the middle which is considered as an aftermath of a previous earthquake.

Patapat Viaduct
Patapat Viaduct Photo credit: yoodz via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Patapat Viaduct – A viaduct at the municipality of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, a coastal resort town on the northernmost tip of Luzon Island. The bridge is elevated 31 meters above sea level.

Places to Stay in Pagudpud

The best way to experience the local culture is by experiencing Homestay programs. There are numerous local residences that offer homestay facilities to tourists. Here are some of the popular options for Homestay in Pagudpud:

Cathy's Homestay (Pension House) photo via TripAdvisor
Cathy’s Homestay (Pension House) photo via TripAdvisor

Cathy’s Homestay (Pension House) is located near Saud Beach resort and this place can accommodate up to 6 persons. You can contact Ms. Cathy on +63 9195716680 for reservations.

Pearls Transient Villa is located in Poblacion 2, between Pagudpud Municipal Hall and Saud Beach. For booking, please contact telephone 7131218 or Mobile 09178073713.

Rafols Homestay is located near the Municipal Beach Park entrance and very close to Saud Beach. For reservation, you can contact Mr Ramon Rafol on 09198627731 or Mrs Delia Rafol on 09212557237. You can email them at dhel_rafol_pagudpud@yahoo.com.

For more Pagudpud Homestay options, visit www.pagudpud-ilocos.com.

Cheap places to stay in Pagudpud are numerous, especially during the non-peak seasons. Rates range from php1,100 to Php4,000 depending on location and facilities.

There’s Casa Victoria Beach Resort which is slightly more expensive, thanks to its beach location. The facilities are clean and simple with guests given the luxury of spending their days touring or working on their tan. Typical rates are Php1500 to Php2000.

view from Casa Victoria Beach Resort
view from Casa Victoria Beach Resort

Java Hotel falls within the affordable range with a very stunning architecture. The hotel offers additional nearby amenities such as wall climbing and a tennis court to keep its guests occupied. Typical rates are Php2000 to Php3000.

Here are some recommended hotels and resorts in Pagudpud:

Kingfisher Sand Sea Surf Resort
Kingfisher Sand Sea Surf Resort


Blue Lagoon Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte
Blue Lagoon Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte Photo credit: kevs_col via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Pagudpud Travel Tips

  • There’s no ATM machine in Pagudpud and the nearest is in Laoag City. Make sure to bring enough cash.
  • Bring a water bottle and extra snacks. Meals in stopover places are quite expensive.
  • Bring your own survival kit. Basic medicines for motion sickness, colds etc.

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