It all started in Pagudpud
Ilocos Norte Travel Blog› entry 4 of 5 › view all entries
May 19th, 2010 – by: cathysioson
Pagudpud is a town in Ilocos Norte, which is very far from Manila. Going there from Manila takes 15 hours, more or less. So buses bound for Pagudpud usually leave around 7 PM and arrive at around 10 AM the next day. Those who have more budget to spare may opt to travel by air to Laoag airport, and from there take a two-hour bus ride to Pagudpud.
Since I was traveling on a tight budget and enjoy long bus rides anyway, I opted to travel by land.
It was raining as we were approaching Ilocos Norte, so I really prayed hard for the rain to stop and let me enjoy the beaches of Pagudpud. Thank God, it did by the time we arrived at the bus station. I had a quick lunch at a carideria near the station and waited for my tour guide cum driver, Kuya Ed, to pick me up there.
Pagudpud is often called the Boracay of the North because of the two white-sand beaches that can be found there: Saud and Blue Lagoon (also called Maira-ira Beach). I was lucky to have visited both. I stayed in a hotel on the shore of Saud, but I must admit that Blue Lagoon is much much better, it has whiter and finer sand and the water is shallower.
I spent my first afternoon in Pagudpud strolling the beach. Since it rained hard the previous days, Saud beach was not yet ideal for swimming. The waves were still huge and coarse rocks and shells littered the shoreline. There were some people swimming but I lacked the courage to join them because I still don't know how to swim back then. And I'm already enjoying myself while walking barefoot on the soft, orangey-white and cool sands of Saud.
I toured the northern part of Pagudpud the following day in Kuya Ed's tricycle de motor. We went to several destinations, but I appreciated Blue Lagoon and Kaibigan Falls the most. I had to walk for 30 minutes and pass streams to get to Kaibigan Falls. But it was all worth it.
It was my last day the following morning so I woke up early to walk and swim. The earliest bus bound for Manila leaves at 7PM, so I scheduled my Southern Part tour on the day of my departure. I left my bags with Polaris' receptionist after checking out so I wouldn't have to carry it around with me.
The tourist attractions south of Pagudpud were worth a visit as well, especially the Cape Bojeador, the top of which I had to reach by climbing a very narrow winding stairs and a ladder.
After the half-day tour, Kuya Ed took me back to the resort to pickup my bag. I only waited a couple of hours more at the terminal. I was a bit sad then because my adventure was over, but I felt excited at the same time to tackle my mounting workload in the office, as though energized by the trip. From then on I promised myself that I would get away from all my cares every opportunity I get, since I discovered that traveling is an effective cure to a weary mind.
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