Thursday, November 20, 2014


When we hear the word “Pagudpud,” we always associate it with those white beaches of Ilocos Norte dubbed as the "Boracay of North," not knowing that Pagudpud is a fourth class municipality and a coastal resort town of Ilocos Norte province, in the northern Ilocos Region of the Philippines, a part of Luzon mainland with a total land area of 194.90 km2 (75.25 sq mi) consisting of 16 barangays. It has previously been a part of its neighboring town of Bangui.

Saud long stretch of white beach

Maira-ira Beach is the northernmost tip of Luzon Island located 18°39′4.44″N 120°50′46.68″E. There are no ATM"s in Pagudpud. The nearest ATM is in Pasuquin which is about 1 and 1/2 hours from Pagudpud. Since Pagudpud is blessed with white sand beaches, then tourism is partly a significant part of its growing economy.

The Blue Lagoon Beach of Maira-ira photo courtesty by Beach Resort Philippine website

So, it is safer to say that most of the long stretch of white beach of Pagudpud is in Saud where it is called a Municipal Beach Park and other coastal barangays of the municipality. Saud is actually one of the 16 barangays of Pagudpud. And along Saud are a number of resorts like Polaris Beach House, Terra Rika Beach and Dive Resort, Saud Beach Resort and Hotel, Evangeline Beach Resort and many others. If you want to stay for an overnight or longer in the pristine beaches of Pagudpud, you may choose an array of accommodations in this link or simply have this link for reservation.

While enjoying my moment at Saud Beach Resort

Comparing the beaches of Pagudpud, it is not as white and fine as the sand of Boracay but it offers almost the same excitement for beach lovers.

A closer glimpse of the white sand of Saud Beach

One should also know that Pagudpud has a water falls in the name of Kabigan Falls located in Barangay Pancian where this one can be trekked for a maximum of 40 minutes to reach the spot through a very easy trail. The falls itself has a strong current and is spectacularly beautiful at dusk. I have not visited this place but my acquaintances in Saud Beach who visited the place highly recommended this one to us. They even told us that a one day tour around Pagudpud is not enough. Mabaga Water Falls and Bantay Abot Cave had been also recommended to us as must-see destinations.

Kabigan Falls photo courtesy by Arianne and Ahrel Goes Blogging

Apart from Saud Beach is the Blue Lagoon or the Maira-ira Beach. It is where the Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center is located in Barangay Balaoi. On June 27, 2013, Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center was also awarded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources—Region I with the most-coveted and prestigious title of “The Most Outstanding Individual Initiative on Environment Management.”

Hannah's Beach Resort and Convention Center photo courtesy by Filipino Times News

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