Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte: A Brothers’ Journey Up North

kayaking pagudpud ilocos norte saud beach kingfisher

Squeezing in Ilocos Norte‘s innumerable tourist destinations in an overnight trip is like fitting a 40-seater bus through the eye of a needle. And, my brother only have 2 days before he flies back to Singapore, so instead of taking on the entire province, we focused mainly on Pagudpud and nearby spots easily accessible but getting the most out of this quick vacation.

Pagudpud town hall ilocos nortePagudpud Town Hall at night.

Palm trees, blue waters, and authentic Ilokano dishes were my last thoughts before I finally dozed off on the 10-hour night bus bound for Pagudpud. Ten hours later, my brother and I were standing in front of Pagudpud town hall, all fired up and ready for a bit of relaxation, and a huge dose of adventure. This trip marked my third time in Ilocos Norte, and my brother’s first.

Kingfisher resort pagudpud ilocos norte Ocean View Hut in Kingfisher (for room rates check Kingfisher’s website).

warek warek ilokano dish kingfisher pagudpud ilocos norteWarek-warek

ilokano dish bagnet with kbl ilocos norte kingfisher pagudpudFried rice and bagnet with KBL (kamatis, bagoong, and lasona)

Ilokano longganisa kingfisher pagudpud ilocos norteIlocos Norte longganisa served with sinangag (fried rice) and eggs. Breakfast of champions.

Pagudpud Ilocos Norte Kingfisher Beach

Looking for a place to stay in Pagudpud don’t really present a problem to travelers with all the resorts and homestays in and around town, especially in Saud Beach. However, if you prefer to escape the crowd into somewhere quiet and peaceful, head few more kilometers north to the remote Baranggay Caparisparisan where a laidback paradise called Kingfisher sits quietly in solitude. Brother asked for a place to unwind and relax, Kingfisher was on top of my head. Don’t forget to treat yourselves with Kingfisher’s mouthwatering authentic Ilokano (and internatioal) cuisine served conveniently in the in-house restaurant. (More about Kingfisher in Road Trip to Ilocos Norte 5: Pagudpud’s Kingfisher Resort – A Destination On Its Own)

Clear and calm waters of Kingfisher.

Kingfisher Beach Pagudpud Ilcoos NorteMy brother and I in front of Kingfisher’s Ocean View Hut

Three kilometers south of Kingfisher, approximately a short 15-minute tricycle ride, is Pagudpud’s famous Saud Beach. Instead of taking the easy route, we used a kayak to add a little thrill to our sightseeing experience. Miscalculating the distance however got us paddling way more than what we asked for. To make it even worse, we left our wallets back at Kingfisher – we only had 4 mangoes and one bottle of water. Nevertheless, the 6-hour kayaking experience pushed us beyond our limits and proved to ourselves that anything can be done (let’s push for Bangui next time).

Saud Beach Pagudpud ilocos norte pagudpudSaud Beach, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Saud Beach Pagudpud Ilocos NorteWe reached Saud Beach after 3 hours on water under the scorching summer heat. Now another 3 hours to go back.

A trip to Ilocos Norte wouldn’t be complete without visiting some of the province’s popular attractions. The man-made marvel of Bangui, the century-old lighthouse and bizarre rock formations of Burgos were on our itinerary for that day. To get there, Kingfisher assisted us with our transportation by referring us to a trusted tricycle driver. (For more Ilocos destinations, check out the Road Trip To Ilocos Norte series)

Burgos Lighthouse Ilocos NorteCape Bojeador Lighthouse of Burgos

Burgos Lighthouse Ilocos NorteMy brother on the stairs leading to the lighthouse.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse of Burgos, Ilocos Norte stands as the highest elevated lighthouse in the country which held it’s original structure well intact. From 1892 to the present, the National Historical Landmark guides ships passing by the northwestern tip of Luzon Island using solar-powered lamps that replaced the old Fresnel types. (More about the lighthouse in Road Trip to Ilocos Norte 8: Kapurpurawan Rock Formations and Cape Bojeador Lighthouse of Burgos)

Kapurpurawan ROck Formations Ilocos NorteKapurpurawan Rock Formations of Burgos, Ilocos Norte

Kapurpurawan ROck Formations Ilocos NorteOur very decent mandatory group shot in Kapurpurawan Rock Formations

Multitudes of tourist also visit the town of Burgos to witness a strange chunk of limestone called Kapurpurawan Rock Formations, which stands out in the jagged coast. (More about the lighthouse in Road Trip to Ilocos Norte 8: Kapurpurawan Rock Formations and Cape Bojeador Lighthouse of Burgos)

Bangui WIndmills Ilocos NOrteBangui Windmills

Bangui WIndmills Ilocos Norte

No one could miss the colossal windmills of Bangui on your way to Pagupud. This onshore windfarm called the Northwind Bangui Bay Project consists of 20 wind turbines harnessing renewable energy to contribute 50% power to Ilocos Norte. (More about the windmills in Road Trip to Ilocos Norte 7: Bangui’s Wind Farm)

Bangui Windmills Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte is really blessed with wonders to see and places to experience, two days can’t be enough. My brother and I, however, made this short R&R trip to take away the burden from his daily grind. We believe that going on short breaks like this refreshes our mind, body, and soul so we could get back to our regular lives with a fresh start – ready to take on bigger challenges in life.

Bangui Ilocos Norte Windmills

I hope this post could help fellow travelers who would like to visit Ilocos Norte even for a short period. Yes, it’s far but it can be done. Moreover, there’s always a next time to conquer them all.


Here are some fast facts that may help you on your trip:

1. RCJ and GV Flordia Bus Lines have direct trips from Manila – Pagudpud. You could also take a Partas and Farinas can also take you as far as Laoag, then take another ride to Pagudpud. Travel time is aprroximately 10-12 hours.

2. This trip was a year ago (Summer, 2013)

3. For inquiries and reservations, please check out Kingfisher’s website and like them on Facebook as well. Kingfisher is also a spot for kitesurfing.

4. There are certified tricycle drivers in Pagudpud that could bring you to tourist destinations for a reasonable price.

5. Check out our Road Trip To Ilocos Norte series for more destinations.

6. Like Biyaherong Barat on Facebook.

7. Follow @BiyaherongBarat on Twitter

8. Drive safe and happy travels to everyone.


21 thoughts on “Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte: A Brothers’ Journey Up North

  1. Hi Jed, you both reflect how well your dad and mom honed you… because your bond and love for each other are heartfelt (not to mention how heartwarming your sister wrote about you in your other page). Sorry for the dramatics, because i am a mom second (bob’s wife first, of course) 🙂

    then, i must say, your photos are perfect as always (i am no pro, just a hobbyist and my heart sees perfection) … thank you for sharing, not only the beauty of our islands but the love and bond of your family as well — keep safe in your travels always, Jed 🙂 — tita April

    • Hi Tita April, me, my brother, sister, mom, and dad – we live miles apart from each other, some in the country, some across the seas. So every time we see each other, we make sure to get the most out it.

      Thank you very much, Tita April. You’re kind words really humble me, as always. Thank you.

  2. I finally know what to do when I go back home to the islands 🙂
    Your biyahes get me all worked up and excessively excited! haha
    Thanks Jed!

  3. Reading your blog, makes me want to go back to Pagudupud, Ilocos Norte again!

    Those pictures are gorgeous! If only you can have a link to Pinterest to share it with others.

    Nice brotherly adventure btw!

    • Thank you very much, Q10. My brother and I rarely see each other so I had to make sure this will be fun for him.

      There’s a pinterest “Pin It” button below. Feel free to share my friend. Once again, maraming salamat, Q10.

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