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Travel Guide: Bantayan Island

Alice Beach Sante Fe Bantayan Island
Early morning at Alice Beach. Beach Placid Resort's banca shot in front of Anika Island Resort.

If getting to a destination isn’t half the fun for you, travelling to Bantayan Island from Manila can be daunting if you don’t enjoy multiple transfers; a little over an hour by air, four hours over land, and then another hour over water, with a good amount of waiting time in between. However, if you’re up for an adventure and wouldn’t mind dealing with an aching butt Bantayan Island is the worthy paradise destination you should visit -  a rustic island getaway, surrounded by sun, sand and other beautiful islands ringed by white sand and crystal blue waters. Just enough of nothing to get your mind off the concrete jungle you left behind.

Travel Guide: Pagudpud

Saud Beach Pagudpud Ilocos Norte
A bright morning in front of Saud Beach Resort.

Why Go

The beaches! Pagudpud's a sleepy coastal resort town at the tip of the Northern Ilocos region of the Philippines. No need to call it the Boracay of the North - Pagudpud is something very good all on its own. Really fine beaches, spectacular waterfalls, panoramic scenes and beautiful coastal drives give you a feeling of new discoveries and trails. You won't find the glittering nightlife here, if that's what you're looking for. Pagudpud is laid-back. Best time to visit is anytime between November to April. That covers summer in the Philippines and its drier cold season, outside of the wet rainy months.The two main beaches are the Blue Lagoon (otherwise also called Maira-ira), located on the eastern side of Pagudpud, and the other one is the arguably more popular Saud Beach which is on the western side. If you've got several days, spend half at the Blue Lagoon and the remaining half at Saud Beach.

Where to Stay in Pagudpud

Pagudpud: Saud Beach and Burayoc Point

Burayoc Point Saud Beach Pagudpud Ilocos Norte
Fiery sundown over Burayoc Point, the southern rocky tip of the cove that is Saud Beach, on the western side of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. The day's cloud cover was very dynamic with a lot of breaks for the sun to peek through, creating a wild burst of colors.

Burayoc Point Saud Beach Pagudpud Ilocos Norte
Shot earlier in the day. Looking down south from Burayoc Point, you'll be gazing at the coast of Bangui Bay and see its windmills standing tall.