I spent the third day of my Ilocos Tour in northern Laoag. That includes the towns of Bangui, Burgos, and Pagudpud. The Laoag-Pagudpud v/v terminal is located near the corner of Gen. Antonio Luna and Gov. Julio Agcaoili Streets (back of Ilocos Norte Capitol). First Trip leaves at 8AM, travel time is 2 hours, and costs around ₱60. Make sure to prepare the exact fare, bus conductors don’t usually return your change when you don’t ask for it especially when they know you’re a tourist.I took the first trip and arrived in Pagudpud town past 10 o’clock. I got off in front of Pugudpud Municipal hall (locals call it Centro). I took a tricycle ride to Saud Beach to take some photographs of Pagudpud’s most scenic treasures. The fare is ₱60 but along the way, Mang Amante, the trike driver, showed me the placard of Pagudpud Tour Cycle that offers a tour to Pagudpud’s 8 tourists spots for only ₱600 (good for 2-3 persons). I was alone so I ask Mang Amante to include my trip to Saud Beach as a discount.
The pagudpud Tour Cycle, by the way, is a local government project that involved the tricycle drivers in their tourism program.
Our First stop (well, technically, second…to Saud Beach) was Kabigan Falls. I did not bring any swim wear with me so I wasn’t able to experience the cold and relaxing waters of the falls. The entrance was ₱10 while the tour guide was ₱100 for the 30-minute trek to the falls.
After Kabigan, we then headed to Patapat Viaduct, Agua Grande, Paraiso ni Anton, Timmangtang Rock, Bantay Abot Cave, Blue Lagoon, and Dos Hermanos Islands.
The tour I availed was the Pagudpud Northbound Tour.
The Southbound tour, which includes; Bangui Windmills and View Deck and Cape Bojeador Lighthouse (Burgos Town), also cost ₱600. I didn’t take this tour because the enlisted tourist spots are just along the way of Pagudpud to Laoag trip. Though the sites are few kilometers away from the bus’ drop off points, there are tricycles that offer trips to these spots at lower price. Going to Bangui Windmills, for instance, costed 100 pesos for a v/v trip. An this goes the same for a trip to Kapurpuran Rock Formation. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, on the other hand, is just few meters trek from the highway.
If you have plans to spend the night in Saud Beach, Pagudpud, the room that is good for 3 pax is ₱2000 to ₱2600. Room rates depend on the season which, of course, peak seasons have higher fees.