Finally! I was supposed to post this like over a week ago, but completely forgot. Anyway, this is Day 3 of our 5-day vacation getaway (more like a marathon). Check out my posts on day 1 (Pangasinan) and day 2 (Vigan and Laoag).
The main destination of our trip (well, except for my best friend’s wedding, of course) is actually Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte. I’ve wanted to go there ever since my brother told me how relaxing it is to stay there. And, let me just say my expectations of Pagudpud was more than met. I can’t wait to go back!
After a good night’s sleep over at Texicano Hotel in Laoag, we hailed motorcycles to take us to the bus station for Pagudpud. Unfortunately, I forgot the name of the bus company, but the drivers are very familiar with the station anyway.
The first trip going to Pagudpud was at 8:30am. But, the bus left earlier. It was a pink mini-bus. We paid Php 60 each and there were no tickets issued to us. We asked them how long the trip would be and the bus conductor said it’ll take around 1 hour. Guess what, whoever we ask how long the trip would be, they’ll always tell us only half of the actual time to get there. *LOL* So, after this, we didn’t bother asking anymore.
When we got to Pagudpud, right in front of their municipal hall, there were 2 drivers who approached us and offered to help us find a hotel. Yes, I didn’t bother booking in advance ’cause my brother swore we’d have no issues finding a hotel there. So, our first stop was to Saud Beach Resort Hotel (SBR) (Their contact info can be found at the bottom of this post).
When we arrived, as soon as I saw the beach and how beautiful the resort was, I said let’s stay here! We were staying for just one night anyway so I said I don’t care if it was expensive. Hahahaha.
Anyway, we paid Php 4,356 after the 10% discount. There were 5 of us, by the way, and their Quadruple occupancy room with veranda was the one we picked. And, when we got to our room, I can tell you it was worth it. The bathroom has this huge shower area. There’s a TV, a refrigerator and a big closet. The regular check-in time is 2pm, but they allowed us to do it early since there weren’t that many people at the resort.
There were 3 beds in total – 1 king-size bed and 2 single beds. My bro and I marked our territories on the singles, of course. *LOL* We took some photos before checking out the resort and to look for a restaurant for lunch.
When we arrived, it was almost lunch time so we headed out to check the food at the other restaurants in Saud Beach. There were a couple to choose from. My bro and I checked each of their menu and we decided to have lunch at Emohruo Beach Restobar at Evangeline Resort in Saud beach. Check out my review about Emohruo Beach Restobar on Certified Foodies. To summarize it, the food was delicious! I was quite surprised! And the serving was more than enough for the 5 of us. 🙂
While having lunch, we decided to contact the drivers who brought us to SBR to tell them we’d love to avail of their tour packages. Pagudpud tricycle drivers have these tour packages that you can take advantage of if you’d want to visit some of the famous places in Pagudpud and nearby towns.
They offer 2 tour packages – one is going North and the other is Southbound. You pay Php 600 for each tour package. Here are the places you’d visit for each tour:
- Kabigan Falls
- Patapat Viaduct
- Agua Grande
- Paraiso ni Anton / Bagong Lipunan Lodge
- Timmangtang Rock
- Bantay Abot Cave
- Blue Lagoon
- Dos Hermanos Island
- Bangui Windmills
- Bangui View Deck
- Cafe Bojeador Lighthouse
TIP: If you’re going to any of these tours, PLEASE, make sure you do it early in the morning, like around 7-8 am. That way, you can really take your time to explore the different places included in the tour.
TIP #2: I recommend you take advantage of these tour packages, especially if you don’t have means of transportation. It’s like those cruise promo packages where you can just enjoy the ride and the places you’d visit, and not worry about anything else. Anyway, the drivers can wait for you for hours. Just make sure you’re not bringing anything valuable with you AND wear your swimwear or anything you’re okay to get wet in. *LOL*
I highly recommend the 2 tour guides/drivers who we hired. They were nice and we even hired them to pick us up the next day when we check out. Here are their contact information. Please tell them I recommended them. Mention Michelle or blankPixels. I gave them my card. *LOL*
- Tricycle # 309 – Mark Ian Rabago – 0926-827-2269 / 0929-596-2524
- Tricycle # 270 – Gerald Ganno Jr. – 0939-844-2657 / 0905-626-6861
Since it was already late, we decided to just go with the Northbound tour since the travel time from Saud beach going to Bangui Windmills would really take most of our time and I knew it’ll be too dark when we finally get there. So, good thing I was able to take photos of the Bangui Windmills during our trip going to and from Pagudpud. *LOL*
Our first stop for the tour was Kabigan Falls. It’s an 80-foot waterfall. Now, a word of warning to those who are planning to take on this challenge. 1.2 kilometer may sound like a short distance, but it isn’t! It’s KILOMETER. *LOL*
You have to pay Php 10 per person for the tour. You need a tour guide, trust me. Plus, the money you pay will actually go to the maintenance of the whole place. Our tour guide was super nice so we gave him a big tip after. ^_^
All I can say is I couldn’t believe I managed to go up to the Kabigan Falls. It was a LOONNNGGG hike. But, good thing everywhere you look, the sceneries are just breathtaking. I’ll let the photos I took speak for themselves, with a li’l help with the captions hehehe. I got a li’l behind ’cause I was taking photos and just loving the whole environment. We were the last group to go to the Kabigan Falls so we had to hurry. *LOL*
That’s my bro you see almost at the middle of the photo. That’s how far away I was from him. *LOL*
The Kabigan Falls look small from the spot where I took these photos, but it isn’t. My bro and our Aunt Zeny were the only ones who managed to actually climb up to the falls. It took us over 1 hour hiking before we reached the foot of the falls (we had a “couple” of stops during the hike ’cause for the most part, my mother and her BFF Tita Beth was with us), and I was wearing slippers that weren’t made for the hike (I know, what was I thinking? *LOL*) so I decided to not go up there, especially after seeing how steep the last climb was. But, I managed to take a video of the actual falls from where I am. I wanted to go in, but I wasn’t dressed for it. *LOL* If you want to see more photos of Kabigan Falls, check this blog.
After the very tiring but enjoyable nature trip to Kabigan Falls, we went to Patapat Viaduct. It’s the famous elevated concrete highway at the northern part of Ilocos Norte. We took some photos before we headed out to the next destination.
Next stop is Bantay Abot Cave. It was REALLY windy out there. No, we didn’t go down to check the cave. It was almost 5pm and I didn’t feel comfortable going down there with my mother. So, we just took photos again. *LOL*
Do you see any proof of how windy it was?!
Then, we went straight to Timmangtang Rock. I only took photos then we hurriedly went to the next stop.
The last stop was Blue Lagoon. It was really cold and windy out there. The waves were really strong. My brother was the only one who went in.
We had to rush throughout the whole tour because the sun was almost setting, but we did enjoy the whole thing. Even the hike up to Kabigan Falls, I enjoyed. Will I do it again? I don’t know. *LOL*
After our tour, we went to the market to buy food for dinner. We decided to just stay at the beach that night. Here are some REALLY BLURRY photos our Aunt Zeny took of us at the beach.
We had our food cooked at the resort. They charge Php 180 per kilo of meat or fish, no matter how many dishes you’d want them to prepare with it. We took the deal since we don’t have a choice. *LOL* Anyway, we had a feast! 🙂
Afterwards, we were supposed to stay up and drink. But, we were all exhausted so we decided to do it the next day. So, here’s our Mindoro Sling in Pagudpud, prepared by my bro (will post the recipe on our food blog).
By the way, we bought a lot of trinkets and souvenirs from these sellers along the resort. I can’t believe that my mother managed to haggle 5-7 pieces for Php 100. *LOL*
After brunch and checking out of the resort, we went straight to the bus stop. We then headed to Partas’ bus station again in Laoag. We had a really BAD experience at the station which I’ll blog next time. So, keep posted for that.
Anyway, the whole Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte trip was short but lots of fun. I now really want to go back there and stay a li’l a longer. I wonder when that will happen. ^_^
Stay tuned for Day 5 of our vacation. Last destination – Baguio!
As promised, here’s the contact info of SBR:
Saud Beach Resort & Hotel, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Telefax: (632) 921-2856
Cellphone: 0918-920-8826 / 0920-270-6075
Check out my posts about the rest of our trip:
- My Best Friend’s Wedding – Day 1: Pangasinan
- Day 2 : Vigan and Laoag
- Day 5 – Baguio + Partas’ Bus Poor Customer Service Experience
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