Pagudpud lies in the Ilocos Norte province in the northern-most point of the island of Luzon (Philippines). It Is a popular destination among local tourists and kite surfing enthusiasts. Its location and generally windy conditions make Pagudpud the ideal place for wind surf and kite surf, having a long season that goes from October to May. This 4th class municipality of the Ilocos region, also offers some great surfing opportunities and as opposed to most other surfing destinations with seasons defined by the Amihan (neortheast winds) or the Habagat (southwest monsoon), due to the different orientation of its various breaks, it is not strange to encounter a good swell, almost any time of the year.
Pagudpud is, however, not only a haven for water sports lovers. Just 2 hours to the south (and about an hour and a half north of Vigan), one can find the Paoay sand dunes and Suba beach. Here, one can ride a 4x4 through the dunes and also have a go at sandboarding for around php2500/hour.
Also in the vicinity of Laoag, the St. Augustine church is a must if you are looking to learn something about the history of the Spanish colonial era. Built in the early 1700’s, St Augustine church stands as one of the few remaining Baroque structures in the Philippines.
If you are looking to lose yourself hiking and admiring the breathtaking natural sights, Pagudpud counts with a great number of amazing waterfalls (around 18 in Adams alone) and some unforgettable sunsets.
Where to eat in Pagudpud?
Kingfisher is tucked away along the coast in between Saud beach and the Blue Lagoon and not only is an amazing place to stay, but also a great place totaste some of the local delicacies. Staff is friendly and the place is just gorgeous. Not to mention it is THE PLACE if you want to throw a kite in the air and be literally blown away by the experience.
The Blue Lagoon is somewhat a little bit of a cocktail of feelings. The horrible eye sore that is called Hannah’s Beach resort, makes you want to turn around and ride away as fast as one can go. However, once one turns to the sea and avoids the ridiculous statues of superheroes and Egyptian pharaohs, it is possible to enjoy the beautiful colours of the bay. Ride up north past Hannah’s and get to Casa Consuelo, where you will be able to enjoy a great, fresh, local meal with very nice views of the sea (and an amazing wifi connection).
For a healthy option, head to Adams for a dining experience around sustainable farming and eco friendly farms.
Pagudpud is the perfect place for those looking for something a little less travelled than your usual destinations in the Philippines, and in addition too the countless activities available in the area, to ride through the famous Patapat viaduct and the grand wind farms in the area, will make your ride, a difficult one to forget.