Going Around Pagudpud (North Tour)
We did the "North Tour" on our second day. This tour, as the name implies, covers the northern part of Pagudpud, highlighting the following sites:
- Kabigan Falls
- Patapat Viaduct
- Agua Grande
- Paraiso ni Anton
- Timmantang Rock
- Bantay Abot Cave
- Blue Lagoon (Maira-ira Beach)
Standard rate for this tricycle tour is Php 600. Our tour guide and tricycle driver was the highly-recommended Kuya Lenzer (+639068185735). A tricycle tour can accommodate a maximum of four (4) persons. Should you require an air-conditioned van, Kuya Lenzer also has one.
Kuya Lenzer picked us up at 8:00 am from Rey's Place right after our scrumptious breakfast of Ilocano longganisa (sausage), garlic rice, and scrambled eggs in Casa Victoria.
Our first stop was Kabigan Falls, a 112-feet waterfalls tucked in a forest about 1.5 kilometer away from the main road. The drop off is about 10 minutes away from Saud Beach. Here, you need to pay Php 10 per person as entrance fee and Php 100 per group as guide fee.
So, is it worth the trek, you ask? Well, it is! Kabigan Falls may not be the tallest nor the widest nor the most spectacular falls in the country, but it sure has a charm of its own. Its rugged, untouched appeal is worth the effort. Test the frigid waters and have a dip!
Our next stop was the Patapat Viaduct. The fourth longest bridge in the Philippines, Patapat Viaduct is one of the major projects of the former president Ferdinand Marcos. The concrete bridge straddled by the Pasaleng Bay--where the Pacific Ocean meets the West Philippine Sea--lines the hillside of northern Pagudpud and connects the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Cagayan. On one side are rocks where waves seem to splash endlessly.
|Paraiso ni Anton|
|Bantay Abot Cave|
|The hole in Bantay Abot frames the picturesque view nearby|
|The other side|
|Striking a pose|
|Hannah's new expansion|
|Right on Blue Lagoon|
|Grilled yellow fin tuna|
|Sunset in Saud Beach|