When talking about the best beaches in the world, the Philippines always comes to mind but, most often, travelers think of Boracay and Palawan first. Little did they know, there are more stunning beaches in the country waiting to be discovered. One of those is the Pagudpud beach located in Ilocos Norte. 

Pagudpud is famous for its white-sand beaches and other beautiful natural wonders. That’s why even if it takes more than 10 hours of drive or bus ride, people are still willing to travel there.

Places to Visit in Pagudpud

From beaches to historic sites, we’ve rounded up the best places to visit in Pagudpud Philippines.

  1. Saud Beach
  2. Blue Lagoon Pagudpud
  3. Dos Hermanos Island
  4. Pasaleng Beach
  5. Bangui Windmills
  6. Patapat Viaduct
  7. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
  8. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
  9. Bantay Abot Cave

What’s inside this blog?

Read this Pagudpud beach travel guide to help you navigate this northern paradise.

Pagudpud Beaches

Prepare your beach essentials, here’s a list of the most beautiful beaches in Pagudpud. 

1. Saud Beach

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If you’re looking for the best Pagudpud beach, Saud Beach must be on top of your list. This is considered as the crown jewel of Pagudpud. This beach features a long stretch of creamy white sand shore, teal waters, coconut trees, and thrilling waves. Saud Beach Resort is a hit because unlike others, it’s not crowded.

2. Blue Lagoon

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Blue Lagoon Pagudpud is known as the Boracay of the North because of its fine white sand shore. It is a great place to chill out for the day, if you’re looking for some sun, sand, and waves. 

3. Pasaleng Beach

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Another famous Pagudpud beach is Pasaleng Beach. Many tourists frequent here because of its beautiful scenery and relaxing waters. It’s a perfect destination for families who want some quality time.

4. Dos Hermanos Island

The Dos Hermanos Islands are two rock formations located near Maira-ira Point (Blue Lagoon Pagudpud). The twin islands are often visited by tourists, and are a natural landmark of Pagudpud.

Dos Hermanos Islands is located close to Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud and you can go walking distance from there. You will find a few places to stay around if you wish.

Other places to visit in Pagudpud

1. Bangui Windmills

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The Bangui Windmills are not just a popular tourist destination in Ilocos but they serve a greater purpose providing sustainable energy. You’ll see around 15-20 windmills in the area along the beach. From Pagudpud, it’s just a short drive to Bangui where the Windmills are located. 

2. Patapat Viaduct

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Roads aren’t usually a tourist attraction but the Patapat Viaduct in Ilocos is a must-see. It is a kilometer-long curving elevated coastal road over the sea that connects the Ilocos Region to Cagayan Valley.

3. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

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If you want to take a break from the sight of Pagudpud beach resorts, check out Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. Built in the Spanish colonial style, it’s one of the historical sites in Pagudpud as it has been used to guide ships away from Ilocos Norte’s rocky shores for over 100 years.

4. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

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You may see a lot of rock formations in Pagudpud but don’t worry, you won’t get tired of these sights because each offers their own unique feature. Among the famous ones is the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation famous for its vastness and so-white rocks. Don’t be surprised to see horses walking around the area. You can book a horseback riding tour, too, if you want. 

5. Bantay Abot Cave

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Bantay Abot Cave isn’t a cave, it’s an arched rock formation, like a half donut. When you’re there, you can also take in a panoramic view of the West Philippine Sea.

Note that some places might still be closed due to pandemic. Make sure to check the local government unit or Pagudpud tourism’s website and social media pages for announcements.

What to do in Pagudpud

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Since Pagudpud is famous for its beaches, why not make the most of it by enjoying the fun water activities there? Here are the must-try things to do in Pagudpud. 

1. Surfing

If you want to experience the best surfing in the Philippines, make sure to drop by in Pagudpud. It’s not just famous for its white sand beaches but also for its thrilling waves perfect for surfing. One of the best surfing spots in the area is Saud Beach Pagudpud. The best time to surf in Pagudpud is between July to September where waves are at its strongest. There are resorts nearby that offer surfing lessons. 

What’s great about Pagudpud is that it’s one of the least crowded surfing destinations in the Philippines. 

2. Riding a banana boat

There are a lot of Pagudpud resorts offering various water sports activities like banana boats. This is perfect for a group trip. Ask your family or friends to ride on a banana boat and fall on the water at the same time. 

3. Scuba Diving

If thrilling waves in Pagudpud surprised you, well, it’s marine life will, too! Pagudpud has scuba diving options for all those who want to dive deeper and see the beautiful corals and fish. Make sure to book your tour at certified dive shops to enjoy the colorful coral and other healthy underwater life that these pristine waters have to offer.

Best time to visit Pagudpud

If you want to visit Pagudpud during the low season, the best time is between June and August. Accommodations cost less and tourist spots aren’t too crowded. But if you want to enjoy Pagudpud beaches to the fullest, make sure to visit during summer in the months of March to May.

Pagudpud Hotels

Here’s a list of resorts in Pagudpud Ilocos Norte where you can enjoy your vacation.

Casa Victoria Resort and Restaurant

Casa Victoria Resort and Restaurant

Price from PHP 1,500/night

Address: Sitio del Mar, Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Amenities: Parking, Meeting Room (Extra Cost), Hotel Restaurant, Airport Shuttle (Extra Cost), Baggage Storage, Laundry (Extra Cost), Dry Cleaning (Extra Cost), Designated Smoking Area, 24h Security

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Check-in requirements

Guests from MGCQ and GCQ Areas1.  RT-PCR tests with negative results should be taken not earlier than 48 hours prior to travelling or Health Certificate 2. Travel Authority from your local government 3. Register using: https://stayin.ilocosnorte.ph/ for the health declaration form not earlier than 48 hours before departure for Ilocos Norte 4. Hotel booking confirmation 5. Valid Government ID such as passport, driver’s license, SSS UMID, Postal ID, Philhealth ID, TIN, Voter’s ID, Senior Citizen ID, PWD ID.  
Guests from Vigan1. Health Certificate 2. Hotel booking confirmation 3. Valid Government ID such as passport, driver’s license, SSS UMID, Postal ID, Philhealth ID, TIN, Voter’s ID, Senior Citizen ID, PWD ID.  

Casa Consuelo Pagudpud

Address: Blue Lagoon Brgy. Balaoi, Bañiaran, Pagudpud, 2900 Hilagang Ilokos

Price from PHP 2,300/night

Villa Andrea Beach Resort

Address: Sitio Dialao, Pagudpud, 2919 Ilocos Norte

Price from PHP 1,900/night

Evangeline Beach Resort

Address: Saud Beach Cove, Burayoc Point, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Price from PHP 2,200/night

How to travel from Manila to Pagudpud

From Cubao or Manila to Pagudpud, there are direct buses already. Travel time is approximately more than 10 hours. You can ride a GV Florida bus from Manila directly to Pagudpud. Alternatively, you can book a flight or ride a bus bound for Laoag. From Laoag, ride a van or bus to Pagudpud. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pagudpud Beach

Q: What is Pagudpud known for?

A: Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte is known for its white sand beaches and great surfing spots.

Q: Where to go in Pagudpud Philippines

A: From beaches to historic sites, we’ve rounded up the best places to visit in Pagudpud.

  • Saud Beach
  • Blue Lagoon Pagudpud
  • Dos Hermanos Island
  • Pasaleng Beach
  • Bangui Windmills
  • Patapat Viaduct
  • Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
  • Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
  • Bantay Abot Cave

Q: How many hours travel from Manila to Ilocos?

A: Total driving time from Manila to Laoag is about 8 hours. You can ride a Florida bus from Sampaloc, Manila terminal to Laoag every four hours daily. Partas Bus Line also has daily trips to Laoag from Cubao in Quezon City.

Q: How many hours Vigan to Pagudpud?

A: Traveling to Pagudpud from Vigan takes approximately 3 hours.

Q: Is Ilocos open for tourists?

A: As of writing, Ilocos Sur is open for Luzon tourists. Tourists will be required to present several documents upon arrival at the border of Tagudin and Sinait towns, such as a negative swab test result within 48 hours prior to their travel, a digital or printed SafePass QR code, a confirmed itinerary from a DOT-accredited tour and travel agency, a DOT-accredited accommodation and transport booking as well as a government-issued ID.

Visitors will be required to take an antigen test upon arrival. Those who intend to stay for more than three days must take another antigen test on their fourth day, which is valid for another three-day stay.

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