Travel Guide: Pagudpud

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Maira-ira Beach (Blue Lagoon)

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte on the northern shore of the main island of Luzon, Philippines is the place to be if you love the beach minus the crowd. Its white sand, pristine beaches and crystal blue waters are the reasons for tagging this place as “Boracay” of the north. It is said to have the longest contiguous white sand with mighty waves and strong winds in the Philippines, making it another haven for surfers.


But Pagudpud is not only about the beach, this coastal town, which was formerly a part of its neighboring town of Bangui, greets its visitors with its beautiful sceneries and serene atmosphere, thus slowly making its own niche in the tourism map of the Philippines. Stop in Patapat Viaduct, trek to Kabigan Falls, swim in Blue Lagoon, surf the waves, watch the picturesque sunset and experience the hospitality of its people.

Truly, Pagudpud promises everyone an unforgettable experience in this secluded paradise.

Maira-ira Beach (Blue Lagoon)
Maira-ira Beach also known as Blue Lagoon

How to Get There:

Manila to Pagudpud by Land

Going to Pagudpud from Manila is an 10 hour bus ride. Florida Bus Line (Contact No: 731-4473, 781-5894) has a direct trip to Pagudpud daily for P500.00 (~$12), its terminal is in Sampaloc, Manila. Partas (Contact No: 725-1740, 725-1256, 725-7303, 724-9820), Baliwag (Contact No: 524-7111, 525-1067, 525-3064, 525-6769, 525-2338, 525-2294), Fariñas (Contact No: 743-8582) and other bus companies offer Manila-Laoag trips. From Laoag, it is a two-hour jeepney/bus ride to Pagudpud.

If you’re coming from Tuguegarao, GMW Liner and Florida Liner buses bound to Laoag, Vigan or Abra pass through Pagudpud, fare is not more than P250.00.

Manila to Pagudpud by Air

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly to Laoag from Manila, travel time is approximately an hour. From Laoag, there are local jeepneys serving Laoag-Pagudpud route or you can take the buses bound to Cagayan that pass through Pagudpud.

Clark to Pagudpud

For those coming from Diosdado Macapagal Airport in Clark Field, Pampanga, ride the shuttle or jeepney going to Dau Integrated Bus Terminal, fare is around P50. In Dau Terminal, look for buses going to Laoag. From Laoag, there are local jeepneys serving Laoag-Pagudpud route or you can take the buses bound to Cagayan that pass through Pagudpud.

Where to Stay:

Inexpensive resorts are located along the shores of Pagudpud, they offer cottage rental for as low as P500.00 (~$12.50) or even cheaper. But Lakwatsero recommends Saud Beach. If you are staying in Saud, try Polaris Beach Resort, it is in the same shoreline as the famous Saud Beach Resort but the rates are cheaper and the staffs are warm and hospitable. Hotel Accommodation at Polaris can go for as low as P1000.00/room during off-peak, good for three to four persons. Contact number is 09193078803 (Mean Santos)/09202396138 (Steven Santos).

Northridge Resort also in Saud has good reviews, contact number is 0920-2205089 (Tessie).

Transient houses are also available in Saud. Try Henry Udon (09202859087), his family owns a house near Polaris.

To go to Saud Beach, go to Baduang Market then take a Traysi to Saud.

Kabigan Falls
Kabigan Falls


Here is the list of the activities you can do to appreciate Pagudpud.

  • Swim and surf in the breathtaking Saud Beach
  • Tour Pagudpud on a trike (at least P600.00 as of January 2013)
  • Thirty minutes trek to majestic Kabigan Falls
  • Stopover at Patapat Viaduct with blue skies and blue sea waters as backdraft
  • See Bantay Abot cave, where waves hit the cliffs
  • Drop by Agua Paraiso, where waves hit the rocks
  • Enjoy huge wave and white sand in pristine Blue Lagoon (Maira-ira beach)
  • Witness Pagudpud sunset
  • Visit the Wind Mills of Bangui and Kapurpurawan Rock Formations and Cape Bojeador Lighthouse of Burgos
  • Explore Adams, Curimao, Laoag, Paoay and other attractions of Ilocos Norte
  • Head south and check out the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vigan



378 thoughts on “Travel Guide: Pagudpud

  1. Welcome to ILOCOS Lakwatsero’s

    PAGUGUD – VIGAN – CITY TOUR (Batac, Paoay, Sarrat, Laoag)

    Van Rental’s & Accommodation…

    For Inquiries Call or Text:
    Globe # 0905-3505090 / Smart # 0920-4040940

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  2. My friends are planning to visit ilocos (laoag,vigan, pagudpod) this April. Can you suggest which is cheaper, reservation in travel agencies or walk-in (by commute) ?

  3. kaya ayaw ko na mag travel sa mga tourist spot spnas, coaster lang na aarkila 65,000 pesos na agad wala pa kasama pagkain eh coaster lang for 3days di naman bibilihin ung coaster bus eh kamahal agad kaya mas maganda mag travel na lang sa ibang bansa para mas makamura pa sa airplane….\

  4. Hi,

    I want to go to Vigan-Laoag-Pagudpod on the 25th – 28th of December 2014. Can anyone suggest me a van and transient for rent?

    Here’s my cellphone number: 0917-7081548.


  5. Welcome to Ilocos Lakwatsero’s

    Pagudpud – City Tour(Laoag, Batac, Paoay, Sarrat) – Vigan Tour

    Van Rental’s and Accommodation’s
    For Inquries Call or Text:

    GLobe # 0905-3505090 / Sun # 0942-8505090


  6. hi,

    i’m planning to have a 3 day tour (11.18.14 to 11.20.14), is there any cheaper place to stay? suggested place to go, which is not so high of cost.. its just me and my husband…

    many thanks!

  7. Hi po
    We will arrive at Laoag airport by 840pm this October 2014.
    Do you know po ano schedule ng mga bus/mini bus nila going to Pagudpud?
    Plan kasi naman na pag lapag namin sa Laoag straight na to Pagudpud kahit gabi na?
    Safe po yun naisip naming plan?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi mam andrea..

      Wala n pong mini bus or bus papunta ng pagudpud sa ganun oras mam.. Ang ginagawa ng mga guest ko pag plan nila diretso sa pagudpud. rent cla ng van ko. isundo n airport all the way to pagudpud mam. Pro mga iba naman stay cla ng hotel then early morning tour n cla pagudpud.
      For inquiries call / text me up globe: 0905-3505090 / sun: 0942-8505090. Tnx and God bless..

  8. Hi! May daily trips po ba sa dau terminal papuntang laoag? kasi po malapit lng kasi ako sa dau eh sana meron po para don nlng po ako manggaling hindi na sa manila kasi po nahihirapan po kmi humanap ng bus drecho doon thanks

  9. Taga Dubai po ako at planong pumunta ng pagudpud to vigan. Sana may mag recommend ng budget lodging at tour na rin. Mag isa lang ako sa trip na ito at plano kong lumipad from manila to Laoag ng June 6 2014 at babalik ng manila by land ng June 9 2014.

    Ang purpose ng trip ko ay makakuha ng maraming pictures ng iba’t ibang lugar and to relax na rin.



  10. hi! we’ r planning for a trip to pagudpud on the 27-28, group of 3 can u please suggest some affordable accomodation for us in saud beach?? this is my cp#09423602889.

  11. Hello po! Plano po namin pumunta sa pagudpud on April 17-20. Need po sana namin ng matutuluyan na mura lang kasi mga 24 po kmi. May Mai-rerecommend po ba kayo? Salamat po.

    1. Meron po kaso indi po sya malapit along beach front maam. Per0 just in case my mahanap maam. can i got your contact # maam? tnx.

  12. Hello travelers! I just came from my solo backpacking in the beautiful place of Pagudpud, and Im so lucky to have Kuya Levi Jim as my tour guide. You’ll see how well he takes care of his tricycle and passengers. I guarantee your safety and he will not overcharge you (he even gave me huge discount).

    Ive been to different places and im not used in making efforts on posting such info, but kuya Levi deserves this. :))

    Kuya Levi – 0910-7415291
    Enjoy and Happy trip!!!

  13. Summer 2014
    Welcome To Ilocos Lakwatsero’s

    Paudpudpud – CityTour- Vigan

    Van Rentals & Accommodation
    For Inquiries just send message or call
    Globe: 0905-3505090 / Sun: 0942-85085090

    God Bless

  14. hi guys! gusto po namin pumunta sa pagudpud ng April 15-17, May marerecommend po ba kayong budget friendly na lodging and tour, mga magkano po kaya yun lahat lahat? barkada po kasi kami, consist of 6-8 persons…
    email po

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