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Daytripping Around Pagudpud (Ilocos Norte)

LennyThroughParadise: 2017-07-18 17:24:12

Daytripping around Pagudpud (Ilocos Norte)


Finally after a long, a very long, bus ride from Manila to Ilocos Norte (16 hours or so) we arrived late at night to our resort in Pagudpud (Casa Consuelo Resort). It was a cute little family-run resort at Blue Lagoon Beach. It had only two stars but it was at the beach and for 2.5K PHP (50 USD) a night it was still an OK deal..

Blue Lagoon Beach in Pagudpud Ilocos Norte as seen from the sky by drone footage.
Blue Lagoon Beach as seen from above, with Casa Consuelo Resort on the left.

So the next day we would go day tripping in and around Pagudpud municipality. The resort manager had booked an all-day tricycle tour for us for 1.5K PHP (30 USD). It would take us along most of the major attractions around Pagudpud, including the Bangui Windmills, and the Kapurpurawan rock formation.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse


The first stop would be Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. This was an old lighthouse (but well-kept and new-looking) that stems from the Spanish colonial era. It's the most visited lighthouse in the Philippines and a major attraction in Ilocos Norte.

LennyThroughParadise in front of Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

Yes, the lighthouse offered such a beautiful view over the rocky Ilocos Norte coastline and we took the opportunity to let the drone fly over us to ultimately provide an even better view.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation


Being that there weren't that many people at the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse; Kapurpurawan Rock Formation really seemed much more like a big tourist magnet to me. Many souvenir stalls, and even though the (very well-kept) gardens and landscapes were spaciously laid out, the amount of tourists annoyed me. Nevertheless, I still found enough space and time to take some nice pictures of me and the sceneries.

Lenny Through Paradise posing with a mini windmill with the Kapurpurawan rock formation in the background. Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
Kapurpurawan rock formation in pagudpud ilocos norte philippines, as seen from the air by drone footage
Kapurpurawan rock formation in pagudpud ilocos norte philippines, as seen from the air by drone footage

The sun was at its peak and after we flew the drone we headed back, sweaty and thirsty, to drink like 8 bottles of Royal and eat some. We still wanted to visit the Bangui Windmills as well as the Kabigan waterfall…

Kapurpurawan rock formation in pagudpud ilocos norte philippines, as seen from the air by drone footage
Kapurpurawan rock formation in pagudpud ilocos norte philippines, as seen from the air by drone footage

Bangui Windmills


The Bangui Windmills were 49 windmills in a row, at the beach and quite close to the see. This is also a very famous and popular attraction in Locos Norte. We left quickly after taking some pictures, cause I couldn't fly the drone anymore (low battery and the windmills also interfered with the signal), and we wanted to have enough time left to enjoy the Kabigan Falls..

Lenny Through Paradise in fron of the famous strip bangui windmills in pagudpud ilocos norte philippines
The famous Bangui Windmills.

A hike towards Kabigan Falls


We arrived into a very charming village where we were assigned a guide; she would take us over a 1.5km trail towards the waterfall. By law guides are assigned at these kinds of natural touristic attractions and normally I don't like it but this one seemed cool, friendly, and easy-going. I also enjoyed the walk towards the falls a lot. First we walked through some agricultural landscapes where we could really see how the real Filipino farmers were living which was quite interesting. Later we entered just a wonderful forest where we actually came closer to the falls.

Hiking trail towards the Kabigan waterfall near pagudpud ilocos norte philippines
A charming hiking trail with an inside look on how the real Filipinos live.
a filipino laying bricks and building a wall in pagudpud ilocos norte philippines
a filipino farmer in pagudpud ilocos norte philippines

A very refreshing swim


There are many waterfalls in the Philippines, and the best things about Kabigan Falls was its swimming water. I come from Europe and over these people usually would complain about water being cold. This time it was actually so nice, refreshing, just exhilarating..

Lenny through paradise and his girlfriend swimming in the kabigan falls waterfall in pagudpud ilocos norte philippines.
We really had a good time together in this amazingly refreshing natural water.

The falls itself was 30 meters high, provided a nice natural shower, but the pool the water streamed into was just amazing. We really enjoyed our swim in there, and then it became dark. I put an end to the vlog I was shooting and that would also mean the end of our Ilocos Norte tricycle day trip. What a great day it was..

Lenny through paradise swimming in the kabigan falls waterfall in pagudpud ilocos norte philippines and doing the peace sign gesture

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