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



379 thoughts on “Travel Guide: Pagudpud

      1. hi blue rider.. i would like to ask if the place you have stayed in pagudpud is near the beach? thank you.. and we are looking for a place to stay there overnight, we are 11, can kuya roben accommodate us? thank you!

  1. Hi..anybody help I just want to ask if how much will I spend 3 days and two nights to blue lagoon and kabigan falls for two persons stay at hotel including food I’m from Manila maybe this April anybody there to accommodate? just send me mail…

  2. I am planning to have a short vacation to Pagudpud, maybe next week, March 18-20. Is it safe to travel and stay alone in Pagudpud? Maybe I will opt to stay on a cheap cottage, just to keep my things and stay to sleep for 2 nights. any help and suggestions?

  3. Hi Lakwatsero,

    I’m having problems scheduling our vacation on Ilocos. We will leave Manila on March 30, 2013 and will arrive in Laoag at around 2pm in the afternoon and we will have to leave Ilocos on April 1 at 11pm. Do you think its possible for us to visit Laoag, Vigan and Pagudpud for 2 and a half days? By the way we are compose of 7 persons.

    1. hello mam mictch…

      Yes po mam.. Kaya yan for the half day laoag, 1 day for pagudpud & 1 day for vigan. Do you have already your itineraries as well your accommodation for your tour? Meron n bang sasakyan sa tour mam? kung wala pa i can offer my services… just send msg or call sa 0905-3505090. tnx…

    1. cheapest hotel gs2 po nmn mkpunta sa blue lagoon and kabigan falls 3 days and two nights how much po mggstos 2 pax txt lng po surprise po kase ito mga how much?

  4. hi!

    me and two friends plan to go to ilocos this March 27-30 (travel kami ng bus ng 26 night). I am looking for a place that we can stay in pagudpud. cheap pero safe place to stay at least near the beach or at least a few minutes away sa beach.

    can you recommend where to stay:)
    thanks in advance

    1. hi maam gemma,tnx for choosing pagudpud,im sure u can enjoy your stay here..i can recommend a place where you can stay..all girls po b?please contact me on my cp looking forward to discuss wd you regarding your vacation here maam..tnx

      1. H! Help naman po we are planning to vacation in pagudpud this coming march 27-29,me with my friend for 2 person,where the cheaps hotel you can recomend

        1. hello mam..
          2 lang po kau mam? itixt mo ko sa # na 0905-3505090.. hanap tau mam what if transcient haus? reply nlng po kau sa # ko. tnx….

    1. hi sir jhon..longest zipline is located in brgy.balaoi pagudpud ilocos norte..pangaln po nung resort ay hannahs beach resort..please feel free to contact mi regarding your stay there..09477853245..tnx 🙂

  5. Welcome to Ilocos…
    For Pagudpud – City Tour – Vigan Tour…. I offer my services to cover your tour in ilocos
    ( van rentals/accomodation)…. just call or text me @ 0905-3505090

      1. hello mam..

        yes mam.. Ilan ba kau mam? lahat po ng tourist spot start ng laoag going to pagudpud til sa patapat viaduct po mam..

        1. Sir japoy, pede mo po aq bigyan ng itinerary ng tour pax mo, for 2 and for 4persons. Starting from laoag. All tourist spot and yun how much po. Ty

  6. patulong naman po plan kopo sana mag vacation with my wife at pagudpud, i just want to know kung ano ang cheaper na hotel with wifi and A/C salamat po.

    1. Sir Edwin,
      Glad to know po, you choose Pagudpud para magbakasyon, yong friend ko po, hotel owner, ang rate po ng Hotel nya ay P1500, may A/C at Unlimited free wi-fi na po plus may bath tub na rin po ang mga T&B nila…txt nyo lang po ako 09285988416..Thanks..

      1. Hi ask ko lang po if you can give me your friend’s hotel info. Balak po namin pumunta ng Pagudpud sa April pero we are atleast 20-25 persons that need a place to stay na cheap but safe po. Thank you

  7. Dear Lakwatsero’s,

    If you are planning to have your vacation in Pagudpud, feel free to e-mail me. I will recommend you to a cheap hotel yet very comfortable to stay. The rate P1,500 good for four persons, and inside that room is a two-double bed, fully airconditioned. And for youHope you include Pagudpud in your itenerary..:-)

      1. hello mam mel…

        Yes mam. if u can take my itinerary and a van rental for pagudpud tour.. Just send msg or call my # 0905-3505090 for your inquiries.. thx mam…

    1. Hello po,
      My friends and I are planning our visit to Saud Beach on March 29-31,,, 2days/2nights stay lang po… I’ve been looking for cheap inns these past days, but unfortunately I cannot find any rooms available. 6 persons lang po and we’re planning of going there by local transports.

    2. Gud pm po ma’am! Wer planning to go sa Ilocos this coming MArch 28-30 and wer looking for a cheap homestay good for 13pax preferred sana nmen ung whole house pero pde din po room lang as long as cheap lang po. Sana po matulungan nyo po kami. Salamat po nang marami po 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. need tour guide driver in pagudpud van and tricycle for rent call or text 09302845897 or 09065848802

    800php for north bound tour and windmills

    1. sir i n my friend want to visit pagudpud march 28-31 any suggestion where we can stay in a cheapest rate and still enjoy the beauty of pagudpud thanks

      1. thank u ^^.. tuloy n po pgpunta namin this jan. going laoag by a plane from clark airport.. we are planning to visit pagudpud, laoag and vigan and we will stay for only 3days… gusto namin sulutin un,,kya saan po ba ung mas mgandang unang bisitahin pra mas makatipid kmi sa time from laoag?

        1. I see, quite hectic sched 🙂 Anyway, the ideal sequence would be Vigan, Laoag then Pagudpud. Are you traveling via public transport or you rented a van? To maximize your stay, I suggest you rent a van since the transportation in these places are limited specially at night and they might eat a large chunk of your time. Assuming you chartered a van, you can start at Vigan, have a day tour of the city and the nearby Bantay Church, it is just a small city and you can do it in a day. Then drive in the afternoon or sundown to Laoag, spend the night in Laoag, tour it the next morning (Sand Dunes, Paoay Church, Malacañang of the North, Laoag Church and Sinking Bell Tower, Museum and nearby spots. You may opt to spend the night in Laoag again at night or drive straight to Pagudpud. On your last day, tour Burgos, Bangui and Pagudpud 🙂 If you don’t have a rented van, you can still cover these places but be aware of the public transport schedule 🙂

        2. hello mam precious….

          mam, i offer my services to cover your tour in ilocos( van rentals/accomodation)…. just call or text me @ 0905-3505090

          1. Hi Japoy,

            Can you accommodate 8 persons in the tour that you offer?
            We would like to avail van and tour services for Ilocos North and Ilocos South (and possible the Laoag City tour) for January 26-28?

            Here’s the catch: we are to leave Manila (bound to Pagudpud) in the morning. considering the 10hour ride we shall arrive at night time in Pagudpud – and so we plan to stay at cheaper hostels near the Saud beach.

            And can you mention the name of the tours that you have? We shall communicate with you through SMS and emails soon. Thanks!

          2. Hello mam ella…

            Yes mam i reserve you for that date last week of January…. ok mam its a private company and affiliate with other travel and tour. Just send message or call on my contact # mam for inquiries about the tour services and accommodation for your reservation in front of saud beach… Tnx…

          3. Hello mam ella…

            Yes mam i reserve you for that date last week of January…. ok mam its a private company and affiliate with other travel and tour. Just send message or call on my contact # mam for inquiries about the tour services and accommodation for your reservation in front of saud beach…

            Here’s my email add..


          4. Hi Marlon,

            Can you accommodate 6 persons in the tour that you offer?
            We would like to avail van and tour services for Pagudpud sites on March 29-31.

            We are about to leave Vigan (bound to Pagudpud) in the morning and we shall arrive at the afternoon in Pagudpud – and so we plan to stay at cheaper hostels near the Saud beach.

            And can you mention the name of the tours that you have? We shall communicate with you through SMS and emails soon. Thanks! Or you can text me @ 09219607211 / 09154136355

      2. Pag wala pa po kayong nareserve na hotel sa Pagudpud. e-mail nyo lang po ako at i-refer ko po kayo sa comfy at affordable hotel…

  9. i can recommend the place of mr. henry uddon in saud, pagudpud for you to stay. here his contact number. 09202859087

    1. Wow! That will be fun. It is quite expensive if you rent a van or trike alone, it would be better to find a group there, befriend them and join the tour to save cost. Or if you really prefer solo, rent a motorbike to tour you around, expect to shell out at least P500. Another cheap alternative is find a bike for rent and tour the town on your own 🙂

    2. hi elsed..i suggest u can just commute para makamura ka,but if u want to hire a van pwede rin po from vigan to pagudpud vice versa…ilang days po b kau?regarding your tour in pagudpud i can help u wd that..u can hire my tricycle at pwede n rin po kau sa hauz namin..please contact me po to this #..09477853245..tnx..please feel free to contact me..

  10. Ang ganda sa lugar na ito. napakalinis! pero ang mahal ng mga pagkain kahit magpaluto ka mahal pa din. i-suggest sa laoag kayo mg-stay kung gusto nyong makatipid sa food expenses at lodging. Dami din staple fastfoods and grocery sa laoag like jollibee, mcdo, chowking, puregold at sm supermarkets.

    sa transpo naman kelangan nyo tlaga mghire ng tricycle (3-4pax kasya) para malibot nyo yung lugar. sulit na sa 1200 yung tour kasi hindi magkalalapit yung mga tourist spots. pwede nyo pa tawaran yung rate hanggang 1k pero mgtitip tlaga kayo kasi sulit at ganda nung mga lugar.

    Recommend ko pala si kuya junior 09183542351 at yung kapatid nya kuya nelson (09207335121) mga mabbuti at mbbait na tricycle driver na pwede nyong i-contact pag nsa pagudpug kayo.

    Update pala simula daw Dec. 1, 2012, hindi na pwede mgbiyahe yung mga pagudpud tricycle sa burgos area (Café Bojeador Lighthouse, Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation) kasi daw ayaw nung burgos toda dun. so mangyayari ay lilipat kayo ng tricycle para makapunta sa mga lugar na ito.

    anyway, i hope nakatulong ang post ko para sa mga nagbabalak pumunta sa pagudpud.

    God bless!

    1. Hello Ianne…
      Yup meron po skin. magtotour rin ba kau mam? pano un masundo ba kau by bus or plane? s stayan 400 per head mam. harap po sya ng beach.. call n txt mam 0905-3505090

  11. Hi, we are currently located in Dagupan City Pangasinan but we are originally from the city of smiles. we are planning to visit Vigan, Laog, Pagudpud. any travel tips will be appreciated, tips on how to take a bus. Please we need help. Thanks in advance

    1. hi..from dagupan just ride any bus going to pagudpud,ex.florida,rcj or partas..please text me 2 this #..09477853245..ilan po b kau maam?ilang days po b kau sa pagudpud?

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