This is it! The last of the three-part series about Ilocos. We started off in Vigan, a UNESCO heritage site. It recently became one of the New7Wonders. Then, we explored Laoag, the capital of Ilocos Norte with amazing sights. On our last day, we drove up north, way up north, along the Maharlika Highway to Pagudpud while passing by some must-see places.


0 Pagudpud

Where to stay?

There are a lot of accommodations all over Ilocos ranging from the affordable hostels to the luxury hotels. We were lucky to be able to book an affordable 4D 4N tour for 4 pax with a local outfit called Tour Ylocos Travel & Tours. As part of our package, we stayed at Renzo Hotel

Renzo Inn was comfy and right in the middle of Laoag although there wasn’t much to see ‘cos the city wasn’t that developed. Unfortunately, the hotel had no elevator and we were at the topmost floor. Everything else was great. There was a care package everyday with toiletries, fruits and snack items. The best thing about this hotel? The breakfast. The hotel cafe was like a canteen with lots of walk-ins, but the food was amazing – the best of Ilocano home cooking.


What’s the weather like?

Sweltering hot under the sun. Windy by the coast. Cool at night. Dress comfy.


What to do on the way to Pagudpud?

1 Bacarra Watchtower w_ Ruins of Belltower

1 Awkward struggle pose


Start off with a quick stop at the sinking Bacarra Bell Tower. It’s a sight to see. The dome fell off and scattered around the site when an earthquake hit centuries ago. If you can’t resist randomly awkward photos, climb to the nearest ledge and pose.


2 Lighthouse


Head on up the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse for a bird’s eye view of the coast of Northern Luzon.


4 Rock Formations

4 Awkward Rock Pose


Hike and climb up the rock formations at Kapurpurawan. Take lots of photos but don’t forget to watch your step! Try to spot the mini-rock where I did my Little Mermaid (or rather, Ursula) pose.


6 Bangui Windmills


Stare in awe at the massive Bangui Windmills. Warning, it’s very windy!


5 Patapat Viaduct


Stop by the side of the road to take photos of the Patapat Viaduct which connects Ilocos Norte to Cagayan Valley. You’re officially at the tip.


7 Bantay Cave from the Other Side


On the way back, take a quick trek to the Bantay Abot Cave.


8 Hanna's Resort overlooking Pagudpud


If you visit Hanna’s resort, enjoy the dramatic view overlooking Pagudpud shoreline with a surreal Statue of Liberty in the background.

The beaches in Pagudpud are as clear as crystal but don’t just dive in. Make sure there are no jellyfish signs. If you don’t wanna get stung, go swimming at one of the many resort pools instead.

And just like that, your vacation is over.


“Hi from Team Ilocos!”

“Hi from Team Ilocos!”


Carla Adlawan

Traveling far and wide so you can finally take the plunge, Carla shares her journey around the Philippines and shares her favorite stuff. Read more from her at Jeepney Stop Chillin’.

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