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Travel Guide: Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

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.



Hotels & Resorts: Where to Stay in Pagudpud


Brgy Balaoi, Blue Lagoon (Maira-ira)
North to South
Casa Consuelo and Kapuluan Vista are near the Dos Hermanos islands. Their locations are quieter and less
populated by locals and travellers alike. Punta Azul, Agua Seda and Hannah's are near the Blue Lagoon itself.
Casa Consuelo is right on the beach. The rest of the resorts are separated from the beach by the barangay road.
Kapuluan Vista offers surfing lessons during the surf season.

Resort: Casa Consuelo
Website: www.facebook.com/casaconsuelo
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.918.9905385
Email: casa_consuelo@hotmail.com
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 2800.00

Resort: Kapuluan Vista Resort
Website: www.kapuluanvista.com
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.920.9522528
Contact Numbers: Tel: +63.2.6976597
Contact Numbers: Tel: +63.77.6760073
Email: kapuluan_vista_resort@yahoo.com
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 2700.00

Resort: Punta Azul Beach Resort
Website: www.punta-azul-pagudpud.com
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.927.3231981
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.928.4822643
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.927.2247825
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.905.2662327
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 3200.00

Resort: Agua Seda
Website: www.aguaseda.com
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.920.9699166
Email: info@aguaseda.com
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 2500.00

Resort: Hannah's Beach Resort
Website: www.hannahsbeachresort.com
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.928.5206255
Email: info@hannahsbeachresort.com
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 3500.00



Saud, Saud Beach
North to South
The resorts below marked with asterisks are clustered at Burayoc Point, which is the southern terminus of Saud
Beach. Burayoc Point is a rocky outcrop, so they don't have a sandy beachfront, but their restaurants, specially
Emohrou's at Evangeline's, provide a romantic seaview dining ambiance -  more so during sunset. Saud Beach
Resort, which has the best beachfront in our opinion, is just a few steps away for those wanting to take a dip.
Terra Rika runs a dive shop for those looking to explore under water. Tartaruga's is inland, but the beach is just
a short walk away via the municipal beach entrance.

Resort: Saud Beach Resort and Hotel
Website: www.saudbeachresort.com
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.917.5195495
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.918.5533073
Contact Numbers: Tel: +63.2.9212856
Contact Numbers: Tel: +63.2.9289853
Email: inquiries@saudbeachresort.com
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 3619.00

Resort: Villa Del Mar
Website: www.villadelmarpagudpud.com
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.915.2674100
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.919.8995673
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 1890.00

Resort: Arinaya White Beach Resort
Website: http://arinaya.webs.com
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.921.9728672
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.916.3931082
Email: arinaya_pagudpud@hotmail.com
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 1700.00

Resort: *Apo Idon Beach Hotel
Website: www.apoidon.com
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.917.5100671
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.918.9334464
Contact Numbers: Tel: +63.77.6760438
Contact Numbers: Tel: +63.77.6760325
Email: apoidon@hotmail.com
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 4800.00

Resort: *Rinovatti
Website: www.pagudpudrinnovati.com
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.927.8904292
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.927.6137466
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.912.5164798
Email: info@pagudpudrinnovati.com
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 1800.00

Resort: *Terra Rika Dive and Beach Resort
Website: www.terrarika.com
Contact Numbers: Tel: +63.77.6761559
Contact Numbers: Tel: +63.77.6761790
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.918.9371752
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.920.2558377
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.917.5540005
Email: inquiries@terrarika.com
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 3850.00

Resort: *Evangeline's Beach Resort
Website: www.evangelinebeachresort.net
Contact Numbers: Tel: +63.77.6555862
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.908.8637564
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.927.4116284
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.923.2057445
Email: info@evangelinebeachresort.net
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 2600.00

Resort: *Keahana Resort
Website: www.keahanaresort.com
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.918.4902713
Email: contact@keahanaresort.com
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 3500.00

Resort: *Jun and Carol Beach Cottages
Website: http://juncarolbeachresort.com
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.917.5471270
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.919.6405630
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.920.5740136
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.917.5486331
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.921.4847746
Contact Numbers: Tel: +63.77.6760183
Email: jcbc_inquiry@yahoo.com
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 2500.00

Resort: Tartaruga's
Website: www.pagudpud-ilocos.com
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.947.5429521
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 2900.00

Barangay Caparispisan
North to South
Barangay Caparispisan is about 7 kilometers north of Saud Beach. Our impression is that it's not yet that large a
blip on the general tourist radar, however you'll bump into intrepid local and foreign backpackers now and then.
The way there after Saud Beach segues into a dirt road all the way, giving you that away-from-it-all feeling.
Kingfisher caters mostly to the kitesurfing crowd. They provide kite rentals and kitesurfing lessons. Villa del Nico
looks like it was originally a private beachfront vacation house. They rent out a catamaran and provide sailing
instruction too.

Resort: Kingfisher
Website: www.kingfisherbeach.com
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.927.5258111
Email: kingfisher.ph@gmail.com
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 3500.00

Resort: Natsuca Beach Resort
Website: http://natsuca.com
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.999.9991965
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.915.9052715
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 2500.00

Resort: Villa del Nico
Website: http://villadelnico.ph
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.947.2337623
Email: nico@villadelnico.ph
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 1650.00


Barangay Pancian
Pancian is east of the Blue Lagoon, towards Cagayan Province, past the Patapat Viaduct and near the junction
road going to the mountain town of Adams. The Panziann resort is nestled between the sea and the mountainside.

Resort: Panziann
Website: http://pannzian.com
Tel: +63.2.6469020
Contact Numbers: Cell: +63.920.9520662
Contact Numbers: Fax: +63.2.6827844
Email: pannzian@yahoo.com
Indicative Rates (A/C, Twin-Share, Peak Season): Php 2200.00


The list of resorts above is not exhaustive, and as stated the rates are indicative only for air-conditioned, twin-sharing
rooms during the peak season. Contact the resorts directly for room availability, actual prices and reservations. For
any updates, sharing them through the comments section below would be greatly appreciated. Below is a rough
separation of the seasons:

Non-Peak Season - June - November
Peak Season - December - May
Super Peak - Christmas, New Year, Valentines, Holy Week (prices spike during these days)
If somehow you're unable to get a room from any of the resorts above or would like to spend as less as possible
on accommodations specially if you plan on being outdoors most of the time, try bunking at homestays - these
are townsfolk who free up their guestrooms or their own rooms for visitors at rates significantly lower than resort
rates and you get home-cooked local cuisine and a less touristy and immersive experience with the amiable residents
of Pagudpud. Homestays though are generally not beachfront in Saud Beach, but a handful in the Blue Lagoon area
are beachfront. Below's a small sampling of homestays in Pagudpud. If all are full, just ask any local, specially
tricycle drivers, and they'll point you to a house where you can get a roof over your head. Wally's World below
offers surfing lessons when the waves are right.

Saud Beach Homestays

Pearl's Transient Homestay
Tel: +63.77.7131218
Cell: +63.917.8073713

Cathy's Homestay
Cell: +63.919.5716680

Curammeng Homestay
Cell: +63.920.4557633
curammengshomestay@yahoo.com

Garrison Homestay
Tel: +63.77.6769839
Cell: +63.949.1798952
seabreeze_25@yahoo.com

Hannah Lou Homestay
Cell: +63.921.3104826

Rafols Homestay
Cell: +63.919.8627731
Cell: +63.921.2557237
dhel_rafol_pagudpud@yahoo.com

Arlyn's Homestay
Cell: +63.918.5698886

Ubasa Homestay
Cell: +63.920.2646400
Cell: +63.906.6121374

Marilyn's Homestay
Cell: +63.918.6870808

Tita Nora's Homestay
Cell: +63.918.7126789
Cell: +63.930.1370750

Maira-ira Homestays

Wally's World Surf Homestay
Cell: +63.938.6159568

Arnold's Blue Lagoon Homestay
Cell: +63.928.6099699








Burayoc Point Saud Beach Pagudpud Ilocos Norte
Sunset revelers at Burayoc Point, Saud Beach. During the day you'll see the Bangui Windmills on the horizon.

Where & What to Eat


Try scoring longganisa (pork sausage), Ilocos empanada (stuffed pie) and Bagnet (deep fried pork). Visit the local market or ask a tricyle driver for the inside scoop. Pick from a fisherman's early morning catch and have your resort's kitchen cook them. Try the Gamet omelet at Casa Consuelo. Most resorts in Pagudpud offer standard Filipino and western/continental fare. Visit Tartaruga's or Bergblick's if you're looking for something fancier.

How to Get to Pagudpud


If you're bringing your own ride and have days to spare, leave Manila early in the morning so that you're on provincial roads by daybreak. The route is coastal, enjoy the view and pull up at whatever tickles your fancy.

Getting There By Bus

Going from Manila to Pagudpud takes 10-12 hours by bus. Bus companies Partas and Fariñas only go up as far as Laoag City. From Laoag City, you need to take another 2-hour bus or jeepney ride to Pagudpud. But Florida Bus has daily trips to Cagayan, which passes through Pagudpud, so riding them saves you a trip. Tell the bus driver to drop you off at the Pagudpud junction if you want to go to Saud Beach or at the Barangay Balaoi junction if you want to go to Blue Lagoon. From either junction, take a tricycle ride to your resort. Call the bus companies below for fares, schedules and reservations.

FLORIDA BUS (G.V. FLORIDA TRANSPORT, INC.) CUBAO TERMINAL
Brgy. West Kamias, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Phone: +63.2.352-5393

FLORIDA BUS (G.V. FLORIDA TRANSPORT, INC.) SAMPALOC TERMINAL
Lacson Ave. Cor. Earnshaw St., Manila, Metro Manila
Phone: +63.2.743-3809
Phone: +63.2.912-5354
Phone: +63.2.781-5894

PARTAS BUS QUEZON CITY TERMINAL
816 Aurora Boulevard corner P. Bernardo St., Cubao, Quezon City
Phone: +63.2.725-7303
Phone: +63.2.724-9820
Phone: +63.2.725 1740
Phone: +63.2.725-1256
Phone: +63.2.727-8278

Getting There By Plane

If you want to spend as little time traveling as you can, then just hop on a plane in Manila (or Clark) bound for Laoag City. Travel time is approximately an hour. From Laoag, there are local jeepneys serving the Laoag- Pagudpud route or you can take the buses bound to Cagayan that pass through Pagudpud. These airlines have daily flights from Manila to Laoag:

Cebu Pacific http://www.cebupacificair.com/
Philippine Airlines http://www.philippineairlines.com/home/home.jsp
AirPhil http://www.airphilexpress.com/


Things to See - Things to Do in Pagudpud

Bum around Saud Beach
Bum around Blue Lagoon Beach (Maira-ira)
Bum around Caparispisan Beach
Trek to Kabigan Falls
Walk along the Patapat Viaduct
Explore Bantay Abot Cave
Island-hop to Dos Hermanos
Kayak along the Bolo River
Hike to Nacatnagan Cliff
Picnic at Agua Grande River Park
Stare at Paraiso ni Anton
Hop on Timmantang Rock
Visit Caunayan Landing Site and Memorial
*For Surfing - head to Kapuluan Resort and Wally's World
*For Kitesurfing - head to Kingfisher Resort
*For Diving - head to Terra Rika Resort's dive shop

Things to See - Things to Do Near Pagudpud

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Burgos
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Burgos
Kaangrian Falls, Burgos
Bangui Windmills, Bangui

The tricycle drivers of Pagudpud offer organized tours of attractions north and south of Pagudpud at fixed rates. Something like Php 750.00 pesos for either the Northern or Southern Tour. You get a discount if you opt for both tours. However, the tricycle drivers/operators of Burgos, and possibly Bangui, are in talks with the tricycle drivers/operators of Pagudpud for a more equitable sharing scheme of the organized tour pie, since they argue that the popular itinerary stops of the tour are actually in their municipalities (See Things to See - Things to Do Near Pagudpud, above). So -  expect a tricycle transfer once you cross Pagudpud's boundary and an additional amount to pay.








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