Where to Stay and Eat in Pagudpud?

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There are a lot of resorts in the Saud Beach area and usually, you can choose the resort upon your arrival. The rocky west end of Saud Beach usually offers affordable accommodation. If your intent is to just use the room to sleep and take a bath, then don’t spend too much money on getting a high end resort.


We have stayed in resorts just with basic amenities and just use it a base for traveling to the different awesome places within the area. We also stayed in Saud Beach report which is the high-end resort in Saud Beach owned by the Mayor and we decided to just stay and enjoy Saud at that time so it was worth it.

Here are some of the Pagudpud Resorts located in Saud Beach:

1. Saud Beach Resort — High End Resort amidst a coconut plantation with nice wooden floors and bamboo furniture.
Tel: +632-928 9853 Manila

2. Villa del Mar — If you want a deluxe cottage with stone floors and capiz-shell windows.
Mobile: +63 920 553-4161

West End Rocky Shore Resorts in Saud Beach

3. Apo Idon — One of the nicest resorts in Pagudpud with appealing rooms made of stone walls and good lighting.

4. Terra Rika Beach Resort — One of the popular relatively affordable resort with a nice restaurant.
Mobile: +63 918 937-1752
terrarikadiveresort@yahoo.com
5. Northridge Resort – Sister company of Terra Rika and Apo Idon located in the West End.
Mobile: +63920 220-5089

Pagudpud Resorts not located in Saud Beach

1. Pannzian Beach and Mountain Resort – located near the long, black sand beach of Pansian often beaten by strong winds.
Tel: +632 646-9020

2. Kapuluan Vista Resort – The resort possesses a distinctive, contemporary design and décor that creates both a high-energy and serene ambiance on a casual setting. This is located near Blue Lagoon.
Tel: (+6372) 888-2809
Cellular: (+63920) 952-2528
website: http://www.kapuluanvistaresort.com/

So, to answer the question of where to stay?
If you want a resort with all the urban amenities and expect to stay with first class accommodations, you should stay in Saud Beach Resort. For a romantic place, I suggest that you book in Apo Idon. If you are on a budget, canvass your way from the different resorts in the rocky-shore west end of Saud Beach. If it is your 3rd time in Pagudpud, I suggest you try Kapuluan Vista Resort.

2. What and Where to Eat?

I need to level your expectation that the food is ridiculously Expensive and not also that good. This is contrary to the belief that the provincial resorts offer more affordable food. Specially in Saud beach, they want to earn as much from the food and the source of ingredients are scarce. More than P200 for every dish and don’t be fooled by the label good 2-3 persons. By the way the menu below is from one of the low end resorts in Pagudpud…


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Ilocos Bagnet (P300! ), Grilled Fish (P220) and Pinakbet (P200)!!

Recommendations:
1. To save on food expenses, I suggest that you bring your own gallon of water or buy one before entering into the Saud beach resorts. Also, you can buy your own canned goods or instant noodles if you really want to save.

2. Pick the best restaurants to eat from. Unfortunately, I don’t have a recommendation since most of them looks the same. Maybe, you have any suggestions on where to eat in Pagudpud?

3. Avoid the Ilocos specialties like Bagnet which is not healthy and at the same time, they would charge more for these.

4. Btw, there are no nightlife in Pagudpud. People usually spend the evening singing the night away or drinking and enjoying the time with friends. So make sure that you savor your dinner and just relax.

Do you have any other recommendations?

Anton

129 thoughts on “Where to Stay and Eat in Pagudpud?

  1. Hi anton,
    regarding PLACES TO STAY… One of the most popular resort in pagudpud is POLARIS BEACH RESORT personally i’ve never been here before but this is where we’ll stay on march 2007 during our ILOCOS NORTE HERITAGE TOUR..
    here are the info and some feedback about this place…
    ADDRESS : Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
    CONTACT #s : +63 919 3078803 – mean ; +63 920 239 6138
    CONTACT PERSON : Mhe-Ann or Paula
    REVIEWS : http://www.virtualtourist.com/hotels/Asia/Philippines/Province_of_Ilocos_Norte/Pagudpud-1388142/Hotels_and_Accommodations-Pagudpud-R-1.html

  2. hello! we were in pagudpud oct 2006 and stayed in polaris beach resort. we paid 1500 for an aircon room with cable tv that is good for 6 persons (there are three double beds). the staff people are very friendly and accomodating (especially ate mhe ann). we had adobo for our baon and they were nice enough to heat it for us, even let us borrow plates and utensils! for dinner, you can buy fresh seafood from the local fishermen and have it cooked for a minimal charge (100 i think). we also brought canned goods and they cooked it for us =) there’s also a videoke but it’s only open til 10pm, which is a good thing actually so other people can get a good rest and not be disturbed by the noise.
    if you’re looking for an affordable place just for sleeping, then polaris is the right place for you. it’s clean enough but don’t expect anything fancy though. just the basic stuff. i recommend you bring your own pillow, sheets, and air freshener. but for 1500 per night (that is good for 6 persons), it’s value for your money. it’s just for sleeping. after a day of swimming and exploring pagudpud, that’s all you’re gonna do anyway in polaris beach resort. =)

  3. hi guys!im planning to go to pagudpud this wednesday till fri then overnyt in baguio till sat then back to manila.a lot of people are telling me that its really more expensive if ill bring a car tho more exciting coz of the road trip and cheaper but less fun if riding a bus.any comments?whats really the travel time going there from qc?some are saying 10 hours some say 14 hours.wc s wc?if i arrive pagudpud can i just look for a resort there or i should have a reservation beforehand?wers a gud place to stay saud beach itself wc they say is the best there or the farther and cheap beaches?thanks!:)

  4. hi,
    we’re planning a trip to pagudpud this month. just learned recently that there is a resort (kapuluan) in the area of blue lagoon which we intend to visit. Do u advise staying there (as the blogs i’ve been reading point to blue lagoon as the better beach compared to saud) or would staying in the more popular saud area be more practical? We are a group of 7 adults and 7 kids. How does Polaris compare with Villa del Mar? Would really appreciate some tips. Thanks!

  5. Hi!I’ll be in pagudpud on April 19-21. Can you suggest a affordable resort to stay?I heard that Polaris is a nice place. Do you recommend this place?My budget for the room is around P2K – P2500 per night for 2pax.BTW, how do I get to pagudpud?Is there any straight route to pagudpud? Would really appreciate your suggestions. Thanks and best regards

  6. i’n hearing a lot from me-ann from polaris in pagudpod but i dont see any contact no. of her. how can i contact me-an? thank you

  7. hi anton.. my boyfriend and i are going to pagudpud probably last week of may. do u have any place u can suggest? preferably nice but not that expensive? we are planning to stay there for 3 days and 2 nights. thank u!

  8. been to pagudpud last month… there are resorts that offer tent accomodations… real cool and cheaper if you really enjoy the outdoor experience. enjoy a bonfire. affordable drinks. ihaw ihaw… man. this is cool. but if going with a huge budget then take the best accommodations available.

  9. Things constantly change. Good accommodations like Apo Idon Beach Hotel go best. Apo Idon Beach Hotel claims to be the Pagudpud’s best place to stay. This is manifested thru facilities of well appointed spacious rooms with tasteful and classy touches of Philippine tradition, with amenities of satellite cable tv, personal ref, hot shower, etc. The swimming pool is best for couples, families and barkadas to bond in merriment. The recent upgrades in the restaurant enhanced more of its ambience, with clean restrooms, and now wi-fi ready! Fun and great, tasteful and classy, in a compact spot in the Saud White Beach Cove. You are welcome to visit us to enjoy, have fun, and feel great!

  10. HI. we’re planning a trip to pagudpud on July. Do you have any place u can suggest or a resort to stay? We are a group of more than ten adults. How does blue lagoon compared to Saud beach?
    Thanks so much

  11. Hi! we’ll be going to Pagudpod by 2nd of week of June.Is it rainy season there already during that month? We’re only 2 and we plan to stay for 3d and 2n. What’s the best place you can recommend? We’re really on a tight budget so i’m wondering i there’s a resrort that only costs 1500/night….pls. suggest. thanks! ^_^

  12. Hi! We were in Pagudpud last weekend from May 19-21. We didn’t have any hotel reservation so we somehow had a hard time looking for a place. Polaris was supposed to be our first choice but it was fully booked at that time. Villa Del Mar didn’t entertain us cause they only accept those that had an early booking with them. Check in time for most of the hotels is from 1-2PM. We arrived at around 8:00 AM so we had no choice but to look for another place that would allow an early check in. We stayed at Northridge Resort for 2 nights. The rate is Php1,000.00 per night. It has 2 queen-sized beds (I think) and a restroom. Nothing fancy at all. It’s actually an affordable place just for sleeping. This place is ok if you really are on a tight budget and is not just after the hotel and its amenities.

  13. hi,
    Were planning to go to Pagudpud this coming holy week but i really dont have any idea how to get there. could you help us? At ano kayang best resort to stay? were from Malate…how to get there by plane? and how long would it take? thnks a lot…

  14. I just arrived with five of my friends from Pagudpud to spend part our long semestral break. We stayed in Polaris beach resort… and what an experience it was. The staff were very, very friendly and maasikaso specially Everette and Romy. The owner was also very accomodating, Miss Mhe anne. We brought our own supplies and they understood that we are on a tight budget (first timers kasi!) so they provided us and cooked our provisions for a very minimal fee. Kaya we never regretted giving the staff tip for the services rendered. For a quiet, affordable and comfortable place to stay in Pagudpud, look for Polaris.

  15. Hi Anton!
    I appreciate your efforts in putting up this informative guide and promoting the awesome places we have in Ilocos Norte. Enjoyed reading your notes on Pagudpud. Your surname is Diaz, am I right? I believe you’ve got a lot of relatives in Paoay, or maybe your roots are from the place? The one who owns the Herencia area infront of Paoay St. Augustine Church is Mr. Mike Diaz and he has also a newly constructed arcade adjacent to his brother Bob’s hotel infront of the town hall. They are relatives of the town mayor, and I bet, yours, too.
    There are also some places not included in your list, but I think it’s worth mentioning it here:
    1. Sinking Bell Tower and the St. William’s Cathedral in Laoag City
    2. Ilocos Museum (west of the Provincial Capitol)
    3. Sta. Monica church in Sarrat
    4. Paoay Lake viewdeck (where you get to see the serene and majestic Paoay Lake – best time to take a look at the place is at sunrise and about half an hour before the sun sets)
    5. Cape Bojeador in Burgos – probably the tallest and oldest of the lighthouses in the country. The outside walls seem to be painted white but in reality it is not. It is limestone plastered by the breeze of air from the sea? Going up the winding stairs, about 200 steps (?), is tiresome for those with weak lungs but once you reach the top, the view is even more breath-takingly awesome!
    6. Kapurpurawan in Burgos
    7. Sitio Remedios (owned by the good doctor at St. Lukes who hails from Batac – Dr. Joven Cuanang)- a high-end relatively new beach resort
    8. Panzzian Beach and Mountain Resort where you can put up your own tents and enjoy grilling fish
    9. For those who enjoy kayaking, the town of Adams is your place. Adams is nestled in the eastern mountains of the province bounded by Apayao, about 18 kms inwards from the Pagudpud highway. The place is relatively unexplored, more so of its people. But would you believe that there is a cellsite in this remotest town of the province?
    For those looking for cheap places to stay in Pagudpud, there are quite a number of homestays in Saud accredited by the Department of Tourism. The rate is really affordable. I learned it is only P250.00/head as of this writing. You may opt to rent the whole house, and you can even arrange with the house-owner for some kitchen utensils and cook your own food at minimal cost. You may get in touch with the tourism officer of the town for the list.
    There is a place in Balaoi (the locals call it Gao-oa pronounced as gaw-wa) going towards Cagayan where you can buy fresh catch. Talakitok sells around P120 to P180, depending on the time of the year; yellow fin tuna between P70 to P100. Priced catch are the crustaceans. Just make use of your bargaining ability :-).
    There’s a restaurant in the town proper of Pagudpud, it is called Papa Nard’s, east of the town hall. They serve home-style cooked food. The sinigang is superb. Relatively cheap.
    I hope these pointers would be of help. You are most welcome to visit and re-visit Ilocos Norte.

  16. me and my friends are going to pagudpod this week…we will leave here in baguio around 2am on friday…is it possible to look for a hotel knowing that its christmas season?there will be lots of people so i hope there are available hotels when we arrive…we are on a tight budget because we really dont know how much we should spend coz we just planned it last week…hehehe…i was just surprised that there is no night life there but we’ll might as well start 1…hehehe…i hope that we won’t be organized because it’s our first time to go there…and if anyone is going to pagudpod this weekend or friday,can you please holla at me and maybe we can be together???ayt!!!

  17. Hi Anton and everyone,
    Happy New Year!
    I just want to say thank you for this very helpful and informative forum. My friends and I are planning to go to Pagudpod next week and because of this forum, I have gotten enough information to plan our trip.
    Polaris, sounded very interesting so, I called Steve and reserved a room already. Indeed, he was very pleasant and accommodating. Thanks for the tip.
    Oh, one more thing, I would appreciate it also, if there is anyone who can tell us the way (by car) going to Pagudpod? We plan to have side trips also… hopefully, along the way. I heard it’s about an 8-10-hour trip going there if we know the way… and 10-12 if we don’t… sayang din yung 2 hours, weekend lang kami eh.
    Thanks again everyone for the info.
    May we all have a bountiful and happy new year!
    God bless!
    ___
    Bambie

  18. Hi,
    I read email of L.V. Chee…am interested in HOMESTAYS in Saud accredited by Dept. of tourism…how do I get their contact nos. would appreciate assistance cause we are planning to go to Pagudpud sometime end of April.
    Thanks,
    Rojinie

  19. Hi!We are planning to have our summer outing in Pagudpod this year.It would be great if you can send us sample itinerary for one day in Pagudpod..We are living in Manila friday night so hopefully saturday morning sa Pagudpod na kami, also, can you send us where to eat breakfast and lunch na mura lang pero masarap at heavy naman (pls indicate estimated cost of breakfast & lunch per head)….Thanks in advance…More power to this site…

  20. hi! I went to Pagudpud last year and for sample itinerary, please look at my blog
    http://bluestar8.multiply.com/journal/item/13/Go_North
    Are you going to stay there at Pagudpud? I suggest you stay or eat at Polaris. Mura food at masarap din. paluto kayo. Php50 lang paluto.kayo bahala wat gusto nyo ipaluto at kayo n bahala sa sahog. Pero kung sa menu naman nila. Mura din. msarap sinigang nila promise. gabi gabi un inoorder ko para lutuin nila nung nandun kame. hahaha. May car ba kayo or wala, pag gusto nyo ng touring nsa blog ko ung number ni kuya lenzer. mababa rate nya compared sa mga prices sa hotel tourings.
    Hope this helps. Thanks! ^_^

  21. On the way to Pagudpud, one must stop at Pasuquin Bakery (at Pasuquin, the town after Bacarra (which is after Laoag). They have good biscocho (different from Bacolod’s) which goes really well with cream cheese.
    A good hole-in-the-wall lunch stop is Northwind Canteen (a simple turo-turo along the highway beside Bangui Public Market). Order the crunchiest bagnet there! Try their kalabasa dinengdeng (with tinapa flakes) if it’s available when you visit.
    Kapuluan Vista resort is a very nice resort in Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud! =) they also have really good food at reasonable prices (was shocked at the menu you posted from one Saud resort!) You have to try Kapuluan’s burritos & their Garlic & Herb Pasta w/ Chicken! They use the juiciest sweetest tomatoes organically grown there! I gulp down glasses of their Calamansi Freezee during day time & their lambanog margarita is famous for casual drinking & talking after dinner! The owners are also very friendly & warm. I work in Laoag & our favorite weekend activity is to go to Kapuluan, attempt to surf or enjoy blue lagoon’s waves & at the end of the day, have drinks (with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos dipped in Philadelphia Cream Cheese) & talk with the owners (Alma & Mike) and their very interesting guests from around the world! One word of caution though, order at least an hour before you intend to eat because they only cook as you order.
    I am so glad my work brings me to wonderful places like Ilocos!

  22. i wasn’t able to visit patapat.badtrip.but ill surely come back. went there last jan 4 to 6 and got lucky because there came out the rainbow after the rain.cant get a good tan because it was so cold.haha

  23. my friends and i are planning to go to pagudpod this april and are looking for a nice beach resort. searched the web and found Apo Idon Beach Hotel (http://apoidon.mozcom.com)…quite expensive, i guess, but the place looks great..according to the site at least.

  24. Hi Anton!
    Do you have other contact numbers of Villa Del Mar?
    Coz these nos. cant be reach +63 920 553-4161 & +77 764-1080.
    Thank you very much…
    regards!

  25. good morning, my wife is coming this march from Saipan, Im planning to give her a vacation she deserve and she will never forget,it is also her dream for a long time to see your place,can you a suggest a place that we can spend 2 to 3 days or it depends to her schedule with our 2 kids that she really misses.. We are from Quezon City.. Do you a package tour for 4 persons… Can you also give me a telephone number or contact person here in manila so i can clarify things
    thanks alot

  26. hi..my kids and i stayed in pagudgud for 3 days 3summers ago..we were backpackers and we stayed in NORTH RIDGE bec they said it was one of the cheapest resort..well it was decently priced…so decent that the owner will allow you to haggle the price of their room….theyre ilocano couple and were very kind..they dont have a resto but they offered to do the marketing and cooking for us so as not to spend so much on the other resort’s resto (which i think was wise)…they also offered to do our laundry and its up to us how much we’ll pay them..
    we werent looking for some high end comfort when we went there…all we want is a comfortable place to stay without spending too much and we were satisfied..we plan to go there again come summer and probably we’ll stay a bit longer.

  27. hi jainiel…i think anton posted the cel number of the resort..just scroll up..its there…
    btw…NORTH RIDGE is on the rocky end but its just a few meters away from the sandy part..
    and if you walk further away…its mostly untouched and so virginal…the rocky part i enjoyed bec u can catch small fishes etc…
    sometimes the natives would offer you fresh catch like kuracha etc..prepare to haggle half as much as possible…then you can ask the resort to cook it for you.

  28. hello! im interested in HOMESTAYs in Saud beach, anyone here who knows their contact numbers? my friends and i were planning to visit pagudpud this april.

  29. Please email me the contact numbers of the one u mentioned in the blog re: “homestays in saud” which are accredited by DOT? My family & I is planning to go there this holy week for 3 days? I think we can afford that rate of P250/head/night?Please email me asap. Thank you so much.

  30. hello!my friends and I are planning our summer vacation and one of our list of places will be at pagudpud. We’re from Makati and don’t have private cars. Please do us a favor (based on experience) in recommending what to do in going there,what would be the best time to travel,where to stay (we only go for cheap accomodation and if ever there are resorts that offers tent,then we’d go for it) and how much would it cost all in all,from getting there ’till going home. Thanks so much in advance.
    You can reach me at my cell # for any suggestions : 09186263191

  31. Hi! my husband and I plan to go to Pagudpud in April 12-13 overnight stay lang. We want to enjoy the beach. Kaya sana we are checking the cheapest rates for overnight room accomodations. Can we have the number for Apo Idon? Or Pannzian where we can put up tents? Kung may nakakaalam ng current rates nila for summer?
    Thank you very much! God Bless!

  32. Hello! Sobra ko na enjoy ang pag read sa mga comments and i think i got some tips from all of you guys..coz im surfing a lot of places to go this holyweek for very reasonable price,,we are all in a tight budget ryt?hehehe but ofcourse we want to enjoy it,to relax,unwind kc super stress sa work.. I wanna suprise my hubby kc,,he’s very homebody and im adventurer,,i wanna go different places when i find time and i think this is it!=P But the thing is how can we get there?from which bus terminal?we are from cavite..are we going to take a bus going to baguio first then transfer on the way to pagudpud?HELP!i only have 2days left for this to accomplish..thanks and god bless.. more power!!!

  33. Hi Gracey,
    i dont know if you’ll be able to book an room accomodation w/ 2 days planning. we all know that the holyweek is one of the peakest season of summer. i myself am planning a trip to pagudpod, but so far found no luck in getting in touch w/ either polaris or villa del mar w/ the nos. i gathered from the web.
    i think the best & cheapest way to go to pagudpod if you dont have your own car is thru a bus.
    you can visit this site for reference & they have posted a couple of contact nos. of the bus liners

  34. hi anton!
    hi to everybody! i enjoyed reading all your tips. just another question, is there a place perfect for newly weds? we plan to go to pagudpud after our wedding. a nice place, reasonable price (syemps!) and yung talagang ma eenjoy namin yung first days namin together as a couple..hehe…with all the nice, cool and fun things we can do like massage, water for swim, tour and everything or if you can suggest things or activities we can do too i will really appreciate it. if anyone knows a place please include the contact nos. or website(if they have). looking forward and will really appreciate your reply. THANKIES!

  35. at last!!! natuloy din yung plan ko na magpunta sa pagudpud!kahit 2days planning lang at walang reservation,as in first time namin mag travel sa place na hindi namin alam kung saan pupunta..hehehe..then holy week pa,,we all know na lahat ay nasa bakasyon =P kulit q kc eh..actually surprise gift q sa hubby q to our 1st year anniversary,,ofcourse nakakuha aq ng some tips here sa site,,plus the lakas ng loob factor kc thurs.evening(march20-holy thurs) kmi nagbyahe taking PARTAS deluxe bus(27seaters only,,better to take this if you are going to travel long hours but upto laoag only)tranfer nalang ng bus going to pagudpud. we arrived there at 5am,,syempre sa polaris na kmi dumiretso kahit wala kming reservation coz i talked to ate meanne already the day before na umalis kmi and she said that he she will help us to find one kc wala na talagang vacant sa lahat ng contact resorts na nsa list ko,,but suddenly tulog pa sha so nag stay muna kmi sa resort nya waiting for the sunrise..luckily kuya junior(tricycle driver who send us to polaris) said the he knew some HOMESTAY that are still vacant, and that sounds good to me coz i can save more..so we went there and a big surprise!my hubby and i pay 1,200 only(fri-sat6pm)manang dolores and her family are very accomodating! we spend our first day(good friday)visiting the awesome places ofcourse with the help of kuya junior with his cool tricycle(P650-paraiso ni adan,windmill,kabigan falls,blue lagoon beach,light house) sobra talagang nakaka enjoy!!! Best place to eat is at PAPA NARDS restaurant as in sobrang makakatipid ka,not just that,coz every meal is superb! especially the sinigang na isda,adobong pusit =P hmm…yumm,yuumm tlga forget muna ang diet @ 80 per order good for 2 na din depende sa lakas kumain =P .ofcourse may baon din kaming can goods pra pag stay sa house meron kmi something to eat(kc wala kang mabibilhan) at ok lang to manang dolor(from where we stay) kc sila pa ang magluluto ng food mo if you like =P
    my recommendation:
    RCJ bus (manila to pagudpud vise versa)
    (much better to take this on your way back to manila coz they definitely stop at marsha’s delicasies,,where you can buy a pasalubong..BIBINGKA is the best!!! plus the chichacorn,banana chips and you can buy vigan longganisa there,,coz you cant buy anything in pagudpud 🙁
    PARTAS bus (to laoag only vise versa)
    but you can relax on the way there if you choose their de-luxe bus(27seaters only) compare to ordinary aircon bus(50seaters i think)
    place to visit : BLUE LAGOON BEACH,KABIGAN FALLS,PATAPAT VIADUCT,CAPE BOJEADOR LIGHTHOUSE,BANGUI WINDMILLS
    HOMESTAY is much cheaper
    Manang Dolores 09218525973
    RENT & TOUR (tricycle)
    Kuya Junior 09183542351
    PAPA NARDS RESTAURANT (@pagudpud hometown)
    meal is just below P100 =P taste really good!!!
    hope makatulong sa lahat ng nagpa plan jan hehehe..
    basta lakas lang ng loob and pray..happy trip!

  36. hi my barkada and i are planning to go to pagudpud because we heard nga that there are beautiful beaches there.. it is called nga daw boracay of the north.. any suggestion where to stay? as i am reading the comments polaris is really ideal for barkadas.. please let me know the number of polaris.. and one more thing can you pls tell me how long laoag airport to polaris beach resort is? send it to my email thank you so much we hope you could help us please!

  37. Sorry i just have to ask these q’s:
    Where can we catch Partas bus? Or do they have a terminal?
    How much is the budget for an overnight stay?
    Thanks!

  38. onga san yung terminal ng partas bus at magkano ang one-way fare nila? kelangan pa ba magpareserve sakanila few days before?

  39. Hello ther! we’r from Zamboanga and wer planning 2 go north for summer vacation. we went 2 pagudpud last 2006 and we stayed at arinaya beach resort. we love the place coz its beach front and very affordable. they gave me their cell number before but i think they change numbers. i hopeyou can email me their new contact numbers. thanks! God Bless!

  40. i wuld like to knw the exact amount if we would take the bus in going to Pagudpud. In addition to that I also would like to know kung paano makakapunta at makakapagstay sa mga homestays? thank you. It would help a lot.

  41. Partas terminal is in Pasay City, or meron din sa Cubao ung mga terminal ng mga bus dun lam na nla bsta sbhn nyo partas…haven’t been in pagudpud through but I’ve been to Ilocos del Sur that’s why I knew where partas is. now, my parents will have there 26th anniversay and I want us to go in pagudpud but since its a big family I am looking for a good and cheap place to stay.any suggestions?!I heard mas magnda daw sa bora(haven’t been there also). Thanks for those who’ll give der suggestions.I will appreciate it.thanks you very much!09228312559

  42. hi anton
    me and my friends are planning to visit pagupod this april789. i would to know if you have any contact nos. of POLARIS. what other things can you suggest that we can do in pagudpod? and by the way the comments here are helping us a lot and making us more excited to see pagudpod.

  43. You guys should also try farinas bus.. they travel from manila to laoag and vise versa. They have these deluxe buses with cr…. their bus terminal is in sampaloc and you can contact them at 7438580.

  44. hi we’re planning to go this sat to pagudpud. can you give us names and contact nos. on homestay that are accredited by dot. thanks

  45. you should try the empanadang ilocos which is available everyday aftrnoon till midnight infront of the municipal hall

  46. hi..i’ve been to ilocos during our ilocandia tour last september..we spent our last night in villa del mar in pagudpud..the place is so nice though it was raining hard.
    yeah,you should try the empanada with the sukang ilocos..mmmmm..yummy…
    we also visited patapat bridge..soooo scary but it’s nice
    alo the balwarte..

  47. yap!!!ilocos empanada,,taste good =P try the special one (with vigan/ilocos longganisa)
    about Partas fare upto Laoag – P804.00 (de luxe 27 seaters only)
    non-deluxe 1st class bus 40 seaters i think thats P700+
    another P80.00 for the non-aircon bus going to pagudpud
    we took RCJ bus in pagudpud going back to Manila P650.00 (thats holyweek rate) kuya junior say its only P550 during ordinary days
    if you want to take 1ride only going straight to Pagudpud just choose Farinas,, RCJ,, Florida Bus(pink cute bus with cr also)
    usually all station can be found in cubao..just ask the driver or conductor to lead you where the station is..
    HOMESTAY in pagudpud just contact Manang Dolor 09218525973
    thats where we stay almost 2 days na kc early morning kmi dumating sa house na pinaparent nila(actually thats a room with CR but she let us only pay 1day =P coz the first day in pagudpud was nag tour kmi ng hubby q.
    Tour guide/tricycle contact kuya Junior 09183542351
    he can pick you up in pagudpud bus station if you like just contact him anytime(to bring you in the resort of your choice)
    he knows all the nice places there,,if you want to stay in a resort or homestay from which he bring us to manang dolor coz all hotel rooms are fully booked during that time,,luckily much better coz we did save a lot =P
    he can also tour you to blue lagoon,just like we did and some other places,(P650 whole day if you want to hire him with his cool tric.)he knows even a good place to eat(esp.PAPA NARDS)
    if like nyo talaga ma enjoy ang tour nyo try to visit nadin VIGAN,,from where my friends went to before going to pagudpud waaahhh..sayang kc nandun nadin naman kmi,,kulang lang sa time..
    Manila-Vigan P704 via Partas then tsaka kayo mag pagudpud.. =P
    Happy Trip!!!

  48. Hello there! Can you/anyone give me the email address/es and contact number/s of people at Polaris Beach Resort? Are there cheap beach resorts/homestays at Blue Lagoon Area? (I saw the pictures on Blue Lagoon and I instantly fell in love with the remoteness!) lol I’m not so much into crowded resorts…let alone overcrowded.
    Also, the homestay list both for Saud and Blue Lagoon areas in Pagudpud if you have would be highly appreciated. We are students and on a tight budget hihi
    For those of you who will be in Pagudpud on the endweek of April, a friend and I are coming on the 24th until 28th, so I hope to meet you there for FOOD TRIP! That is something I can’t live without.
    That lady who mentioned about the homestay and tricy driver, THANK YOU SOO MUCH! YOu were of great help.
    Again, those who will be in Pagudpud during last week of April (this month), let’s meet up! alroy_uy@yahoo.com
    Thanks a bunch!
    Roy

  49. hi anton! just dropping by to say thank you to you and your other readers who left very useful trip for our pagudpud trip just this weekend. we so love the trip even if we went there without making any concrete plans, just an idea from your blog on what to do there. so let me write a little about the things we learned during our trip:
    we learned that for Florida and RCJ bus, you need to get reservations. Partas does not accept reservations and only RCJ among the three accept aisle seating. we were desperate to get on a bus as early as possible so we got aisle seats (monobloc seating). we were able to get real seats though when those who had reservations came in late. we paid Php550.
    the tricycle driver whom we flagged down after hopping off the bus was very kind, bringing us from place to place so we could look for a place we can afford. and there we learned that in pagudpud, homestays can either be expensive or very cheap. the one we stayed in near tera rika resort (because every suggested resorts were fully booked already) cost us PhP1500 but some girls we met there were able to get a homestay place for only 250/head. this is near the polaris beach resort. for the search of a good place to stay in, we paid him Php50. believe me, it was very cheap with all the stops and asking he did for us just to get a place.
    manong lito, the driver, also offered us a tour of the area. his trip costs Php600, either north or south area. for both areas, it’s Php1200. not bad because for that amount we were able to go to bangui windmills, cape bojeador, kabigan falls, bantay abot cave, agua verde (?) resort, blue lagoon. he also stops at every place we wanted so we could just get our pictures. he even became our camera man! he also talks to the locals for us when we need to ask a lot of questions. best of all, he’s one of the DOT accredited tricycle drivers there so he knows all a tour guide should know. if you need his services, which i am recommending, you can call/txt manong lito at 09266709995. if you can’t really find a place to live in, he can offer transient stay at his house.
    going back, we decided to catch a bus (Php 70) to laoag and from there, took another bus to vigan (Php100). but before leaving laoag, we were able to visit the ilocano museum which is walking distance from the bus station, the st william’s cathedral and the city hall.
    at vigan, we stayed at cordillera inn. for Php1500, our twin-room was airconditioned, with cable tv, hot shower and breakfast and it’s right on calle crisologo (the cobbled street, for those who are not familiar with the street name). via calesa, we were able to see the 1500s belfry, try pottery at the banga factory, and crisologo museum. that’s only in an hour! and it cost us only Php150.
    so that’s it, anton! thanks! and have a pleasant trip to pagudpud everyone!

  50. I’ve been to Pagudpud last weekend. Its my first time. I find it the beach there nice and clean.
    But i don’t recommend Apo Idon because of so many unpleasant experiences in my short stay there.

  51. hi po…. magpapagudpod kami 2nd week of may and we want to take the florida bus. ayon po sa post sa itaas, me reservations un. pede pa pareserve sa phone? ano po phone number nila? or in person?pay agad ng tickets upon reservation?

  52. hi..me and my friends, (we are 3) are planning to go to pagudpud this summer coz we heard from a friend that its really nice to go there so we are looking for an affordable resort with good facilities.Our budget is 1500/per day for a room and we are planning to stay for 2-3 days. also i want to know how we can get there from manila. hope you can help us. you can e-mail me or send me a message trough my mobile no. 09286316728. tanx

  53. The newest and most decent lodging in Pagudpud and esp. Blue Lagoon area is Punta Azul. The price is affordable considering its amenities that it offers. The building is new w/ individual floor to ceiling granite tiles w/ tub and shower in each room. We offer complimentary brkfast. The building is two level w/ wood floors and patio over looking the sea.It is located just a few steps from the beach.You forgot your toiletries ? We provide them for you at no xtra cost. By mid July all four buildings will be in complete operation.Mark your calendar and see you there.

  54. hi miss ellen!
    Pwede po ba malaman contact details nyo? i am looking for a place,we are going to pagudpud on May 10, and planning an overnight stay…. do you have rooms for 7-10 people? Magkano po ang rates?

  55. our company was planing to have an outing there but still i cant find the right place i already talk to different resorts for reservations and i already read almost all the comments her but which is better POLARIS? VILLA DEL MAR or JUN AND CAROL?

  56. hi ellen,
    can i have your contact number? me and my bf will be in ilocos may 31 to june 2 and would like to visit pagudpud.
    email me. thanks!
    thanks,
    inee

  57. hi there!
    Me and my partner was planning to spend our 1st year anniv @ pagudpud on last week of July, but We’re not really familiar with the place, I need some suggestions where to stay,that is very affordable, and what place to visit?
    Thanks.

  58. Hi we just went to pagudpud 2wks ago and we’ve got a cheap place to stay for 1,500 with aircon and actually the room is good for 4 persons imagine if you are four u cud only spend 375 pesos each nyt:) and the place is nice and clean, isn’t that a great deal? and its only 5mins. away to the beach. If you are interested u cud contact Kuya Boyet at 09214954092, he is so accommodating and can also tour you around the pgudpud.

  59. hi anton, we will be on an Ilocos Tour on may 15 – 19. we will be in pagudpud on the 16th overnight. may i know the contact number of punta azul? thanks

  60. hi ellen,
    can i have your contact number? me and my gf will be in pagudpud on may 1 & 2. can you please email me the room rates of punta azul?
    many thanks!
    thanks,
    boy

  61. hi! na-search ko lang sa yahoo 2ng thread about pagudpod. any suggestions kung saan maganda and affordable mag-stay sa pagudpud? we’re leaving on may 2 and babalik d2 sa manila on may 4. btw, 4 pax kami. thanks!

  62. hay naku kapatid gusto mo b makatipid ang pag stay sa pagupod??? galing kami dun last sat at kararating lang namin d2 sa manila just dis morning salamat kay anton sa pag guide nya sa amin… ang ganda sa blue lagoon…ang mga tao hindi mapagsamantala sa lahat ng bagay… wai sila paki alam kung nka 2 pc ka dun … actually kmi ay nagtipid kc sa dami ng gusto namin mapuntahan bka di magkasya ang aming bala…6 kami 1500 lang un bahay wa aircon kc di mo naman talaga kailangan un pro ang advise ko dapat ang kamera o memory ng dala ay 8 gig sa ganda ng lugar… its blue lagoon…grabe ang ganda…. u can kol me dito sa opis 7133318 khit d tyo magkakilala i highly recommend this place… hindi ka magsisisi …. sulit na sulit i2

  63. “”you can call/txt manong lito at 09266709995.””
    I bet there is the wrong number posted by: Allan Roy Uy | Apr 8, 2008 6:34:45 PM..
    I have tried calling the number and a girl answered the phone to which is grumping over received text and calls with her number. She has no more idea about pagudpud either. Please correct the info..

  64. Watch out for the coming TV show of Trip Na Trip featuring Blue Lagoon on August 15, 2008. We are hoping they will show our very own Punta Azul Beach Resort.

  65. PAGUDPUD TRIP (ITINERARY)
    November 7-9, 2008
    Departure : November 7, 2008 (9:30 PM)
    Farinas Bus
    Reservation – 3 days before (November 4, 2008)
    Laong Laang St. Beside UST
    Arrival : November 8, 2008 (6:00 AM)
    Saud, Pagudpud Ilocos Norte
    TOUR DESTINATION
    Northbound
     Paraiso ni Anton (Falls, healing water)
     Patapat
     Viaduct
     Agua Grande (P15)
     Kabigan Falls (10 + 50 Tour Guide)
     Bantay Abot Cave
     Blue Lagoon Cave/ Maira-ira
     Mabaga Falls
     Dos Hermanos Island
     Adams
    Southbound
     Bangui – Windmill
     Burgos – Lighthouse
     Viewdeck
     Kapurpurawan Rocks
     Cape Bojeador
    * Paoay Church, Gamet Island (black seaweed) , Caangrian Falls
    EXPENCES:
     House 800 Polaris Beach Resort
     Tour 900
     Fare 1 1,060 Manila  Pagudpud
     Fare 2 120 Pagudpud  Laoag
     Fare 3 220 Laoag  Vigan
     Fare 4 850 Vigan  Manila
     Fare (Jeep) 200
     Food 1000 Lunch/ Dinner & Baon
     Allowance 1000
    6,150
    CONTACT NUMBERS:
     Kuya Junior (tricycle) 09183542351/ 09298357749 – sobrang bait for just a very low price compare to others
     Mean (House/Polaris) 09193078803
     Florida Bus 7961250 (P650)
     Farinas 7438582 (P530) Seat #4
    Destinations/Places to visit within Pagudpud:
    Maira-ira – Beautiful white sand beach.
    Kabigan Falls – Trek to a breathtaking view of a long strip of water cascading into the deep pool below.
    Mabaga Falls – Mountain climb leading up to some of the most majestic waterfalls you will ever see.
    Bantay Abot –
    Pagudpud Viaduct – The Pagudpud viaduct is a scenic view and it looks the best when there is no storm.
    Set your picnic blanket at Aqua Grande – The idea of the picnic thing is up to you though. You could just stop by there and take pictures.
    Stop by Paraiso ni Anton – Beside the grotto is a stream nearby that is connected to Kaibigan Falls.
    Visit Blue Lagoon and swim! – The Blue Lagoon is not yet commercialized though the view of the clear blue water is very soothing and relaxing.
    1st stop: Cape Bojeador is located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, 45-1 hour away from the town of Pagudpud. It is known for being the highest lighthouse in the Philippines that is still functioning since its completion on March 30, 1892. To date, the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse still gives signals to passing ships along the Cape. The place is perfect for viewing the sunset but since this is your first stop, you would definitely miss it, not unless you have decided to make it your last stop.
    2nd stop: Bangui Windmills is also outside Pagudpud, as the name implies, it is situated in the town of Bangui, Ilocos Norte, 30 minutes away from Pagudpud. Seeing the windmills for the first time will definitely leave you speechless, not to mention giant windmills that look like white robots or aliens. These giant electric fans are used to generate electricity in the province and at the same time, serve as a major tourist spot in Ilocos Norte.
    3rd stop: Trek for almost 30 minutes to get to Kaibigan Falls. Not so steep falls in the middle of a forest but still worth the trek. Water is freezing cold. Entrance fee is Php 10.00 and there’s a hired tour guide for the trek. Any amount for the guide, as long as it’s reasonable, would do. Php 50 is enough but if you are feeling a little bit generous, Php 100.00 is much better.
    5th stop: After lunch, journey to Patapat Viaduct and marvel at the view of the South China Sea. This is the only road you have to pass through in order for you to reach Cagayan from Pagudpud. This elevated concrete highway constructed along winding/rocky headlands is constructed to solve the problem of landslides in the area that have caused many vehicular accidents in the past.
    6th stop: You can opt not to enter or enter Aqua Grande because there’s really nothing special about the place. Just a freezing cold river full of big rocks that meets the sea. Entrance is Php15.
    7th stop: Near Aqua Grande is the Paraiso ni Anton. Don’t ask who Anton is because no one knows who he really is. Like Aqua Grande, nothing’s very special about this place so this might just bore you. It is just a mini fall with steps to the grotto where one can drink from the water coming from the falls. Travelers who pass by to go to Cagayan usually get water here. There are also mini stalls there where you can buy some pasalubongs.
    8th stop: Bantay Abot Cave is a must see tourist attraction in Pagudpud. Bantay Abot is a natural sculptured cave which has a hole in the center. The place is very nice for picture takings and offers a great view of the sea as well.
    9th and last stop: The last stop for the day and the tour’s highlight is at Blue Lagoon, which is commonly known as the “Boracay of the North.” The water is crystal blue as the name implies. The powdery, white sand is very fine like that of Boracay and to top it off, the place is not overcrowded. But if you are someone who loves parties, rubbing elbows with strangers and seashore orgies, then this place is not for you. Read this, Pagudpud has NO NIGHT LIFE. Waves are really big so if you’re not a good swimmer, better shun away from the idea of swimming far from the shore.
    Optional: Since Blue Lagoon is facing west and if ever you are not staying in Saud Beach but still want to see a perfect sunset, you can ask your friendly tour guide to drop by at Saud Beach just in time before the sun bids farewell.
    BOOKING CONFIRMATION
    GUEST NAME: Ms. Catleya Magpantay ( 2 pax)
    BOOKED & CONFIRMED BY: Ms. Catleya
    ROOM ACCOMMODATION & RATE: Standard Room w/ b-fast Promo
    Room 4 (2 persons) = Php. 1,200.00
    *Extra Bed charge is Php. 300.00. * Extra Person charge is Php. 200.00
    *No additional charge for children 10 and under when sharing room with adults.
    *Check out time is strictly at 12:00 Noon.
    Inclusions: Room accommodation in air-conditioned room/s with own T&B and hot water for shower.
    Use of resort’s non-rental facilities (kiosks, hammocks, game sets)
    Assistance of a resort guide/lifeguard to Pannzian beach, river and spring.
    Bonfire Set-up Welcome Drinks Welcome Lei
    Note: Site guides are available w/ fee to Kabigan and Adams
    Entrance/donation fees required at Kabigan, Maira-ira and Adams
    MEAL ARRANGEMENT & RATE: Free set b-fast for 2 pax
    TRANSPORTATION & RATE: Optional ( payment can be settled in the resort)
    Shuttle for Pagudpud Tour ( 4 destinations) = Php. 475.00/pax
    Ilocos Tour (inclusive of gas, driver, and tour guide) Php. 7,500.00/van
    Van is good for maximum 8 pax
    Note: Pls. be at Florida bus terminal 30 minutes before your 8pm trip.
    Pannzian can do the reservation for you. Pls. call to remind/confirm 2 days before.
    TOTAL CHARGE: Php. 1,200.00
    CONFIRMED BY: Ma. Corazon Sta. Maria-Alonso
    President & Gen. Manager
    *PAYMENT POLICY
    To confirm your booking, full payment is required to be deposited to the METROBANK (Marikina) CA# 007-316-004802 of PANNZIAN on or before October 29,2008, otherwise your booking reservation is automatically cancelled. Please fax your deposit slip to 6827844 and keep it. This serves as your temporary OR. An official receipt will be issued in PANNZIAN. Food and other incidental charges must be settled before check out.
    *CANCELLATION AND NO SHOW POLICY
    Full payment shall be forfeited for cancellation made less than 2 days before the arrival date.
    Fifty percent shall be forfeited for cancellation made 5-2 days before the arrival date.
    Automatic cancellation for all reserved dates and full payment for no show.
    CONFORME: Name:
    Signature:
    Date:
    RESORT GUIDELINES
    FOR CHECKED-IN GUESTS
    Register at the resort’s reception upon check in.
    Coordinate with the resort manager regarding your resort itinerary/activities during the duration of your stay.
    Swimming in the beach and river
    Mountain trekking (15 mins or more) then swimming in the spring
    Hiking (30 mins or more) then swimming at Kabigan Falls (10 mins drive from the resort)
    o Entrance/donation fee of Php. 10.00/pax
    o Site Guide fee of Php. 100.00/guide
    Swimming/snorkeling (bring your own equipment) at Maira-ira Beach, the “Boracay of the North” (10 mins drive from the resort)
    o Entrance/donation fee of Php. 20.00/pax
    Mountain climbing (55 mins or more) then swimming at Mabaga Falls
    Motorcycle ride to the hanging bridge and river in Adams (ask for fees for ride and site guide )
    Beach volleyball, badminton, and kite flying (bring your own)
    Card, board games, t.v. watching and videoke (Php.10/song) at the restaurant
    Bonfire (set free by resort) and beach dancing/program at the campsite
    Boat riding/fishing with the fisherman and lifeguard (min. Php.600/hr/4pax)
    Picture taking at the Viewdeck (Cagayan-Ilocos Norte boundary)
    Visit to the other resorts in Pagudpud bayan (20 mins drive from the resort)
    Be guided accordingly by the resort’s HOUSE RULES.
    Pannzian has Ka-yo Restaurant for your meals. Bringing in and cooking food is absolutely not allowed.
    Settle all your bills before checking out. (Cash payment only – no landline)
    Only SMART cell site is available in Pannzian. Globe is only up to Pagudpud Bayan and Adams.
    Check-out time is at 12:00 Noon.
    A tour guide from Pannzian is available for a day tour fee of Php. 1,400.00 net to the following places in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur:
    *Ilocos-Cagayan Viewdeck *Fort Ilocandia
    *Pagudpud Bayan *Paoay Church/Lake
    *Bangui Viewdeck *Malacanang of the North
    *Burgos Lighthouse *Batac Museum
    *Bacarra Ruins *Badoc Museum
    *Sarrat Church * Vigan
    *Laoag City
    Note: If your tour starts from Vigan, please go to the other way. From Vigan, proceed to Badoc, then Batac, etc. Your last stop before reaching Pannzian is Bangui Viewdeck. Reserve your visit to Pagudpud bayan and Ilocos- Cagayan viewdeck as a part of your itinerary while at Pannzian.
    Other Reminders:
    Full payment shall be forfeited for cancellation made less than 2 days before the arrival date. (less than 3 days during Holy Week)
    Fifty percent shall be forfeited for cancellation made 5-2 days before the arrival date.
    (7-3 days during Holy Week)
    Automatic cancellation for all reserved dates and full payment penalty for no show.
    Pagudpud is 548 km from Manila and 75 km from Laoag City.
    Take the North Expressway at Balintawak and get off at Dau exit. Head for the coastal road. You will pass by Angeles City, Tarlac, Urdaneta, Pozzorubio, and Rosario. Proceed further north, past San Fernando (La Union), Vigan (Ilocos Sur), and Laoag (Ilocos Norte). Take the road towards Cagayan to reach Pagudpud. It is the fifth town from Laoag City.

  66. Hi kuya anton,
    My friends and I are planning to have a trip in Pagudpud this coming 31st of October until 2nd of November. I’ve decided to make a booking in POLARIS BEACH, maybe one of this days. Just one qustion, do they have a tour package? Im having a problem with that one kasi kung pano ang sasakyan pagdating don since commute lang kami.
    Hope to hear your cooments and reccomentdations.
    Thanks alot and more power. GODBLESS

  67. hi ask ko lang kung until wat time ang biyahe ng bus from laoag to pagudpod? kase we’re going to pagudpod on the 20 of Nov via cebu pacific. ang dating namin sa laoag ay 730pm. makakaabot pa kaya kami sa last trip kase ang kina manang dolores kami tutuloy para makatipid. pls email me at katyaph26@yahoo.com kung alam nyo. thanks

  68. Hi Anton!
    I’m planning a trip to Pagudpod and Vigan from Dec. 25-30. Do you think this is a good idea? I’m worried that some establishments and must-see spots might be closed, or the caretaker might be away, etc. because of the holidays.

  69. guys if u are going to have a trip in PAGUDPUD i highly recommend kuya junior as ur tour guide for a very low price… compare to other tricycle driver! if you are interested please contact him at his numbers: 09298357749/ 09183542351
    di kau magsisise, his very kind.

  70. hi anton my family and i are planning to spend our post xmas vacation at Pagudpud. I was able to talk to Manang Dolores who happens to own one of the homestays in Pagudpud. I read the comment of a certain Andrew and I am very much interested to SEE a picture of Manang Dolores’house where they stayed. Would that be possible?

  71. hi anton! i just need to advertise, tnx. For van transfer needs from laoag airport to pagudpud and to anywhere in ilocos norte up to vigan please call or text 09192132284 or 09285065311. tnx

  72. hi anton! i just need to advertise, tnx. For van transfer needs from laoag airport to pagudpud and to anywhere in ilocos norte up to vigan please call or text 09192132284 or 09285065311. tnx

  73. for the convenience of those who are not fond of commuting pag nagtratravel, please contact us 09192132284 or 09285065311 or 077-7705805 and look for lee or tintin, we will provide you with our airconditioned vans and friendly driver 🙂

  74. hi everyone! can anybody help me & my friends. we’ll be in laoag (for our ilocos adventure) from mar 13 upto mar 16. can anybody help us for the most affordable place to stay there. we’re planning to visit diff places in ilocos. would appreciate those who can offer us a package tour good for 10 persons. we’ll be arriving there via cebuPac on mar 13 night. thanks so much! you can contact me at 0927-7373780 or email at leezadalida@yahoo.com

  75. hi!we’re planning to go to pagudpud this coming march.is there any hotel/inn along maira ira beach aside from kapulaan vista and hanna’s?those 2 were so expensive…tnx

  76. hi! i together with my 3 other friends are planning to go to Pagudpud on April 17 2009, but i don’t know where to stay and also i would like to know how to get to Maira-ira beach?

  77. good day, michelle!my friends and i are planning on a 4 day trip to ilocos, a road trip. do you have any suggestions? i read that you’ve been on the same trip. was it worth it?
    thanks jeni hope to hear from you

  78. Hi Anton! any updates on the pagudpud experience? my friends and i are perplexed. hehe we seem to be settled with Saud Resort but are worried about food. are there places offering pa-luto? homestay style sana pero we have no connections to guide us to where these homes are. Super thanks!

  79. Hello. Im planning to bring my wife to Pagudpud this coming May and spend a few days to relax. We are planning to stay first in Vigan May 10 then push to Pagudpud the next day and stay here for about three days. Hope you can give me some advice on where to stay and how to contact them. Thanks a lot guys. =)

  80. Hi there,
    This site was invaluable to us while we were planning our road-trip to Pagudpud. Thanks so much for being so generous with all this information!
    We spent 2 excellent days at Maira-ira on the last week of May, 2009, and your tips and a host of other blogs made that possible. The thing is, we weren’t even booked at Maira-ira. We were actually booked at Villa del Mar on Saud Beach, on the recommendation of a friend. I know how I trawled blogs for reviews and tips, our experience needs to be out there for someone else to consider on their next vacation.
    We’re a family of four, 2 adults, a teenager and a 10-year old boy. I am the lone rose among the etc. We aren’t picky, we believe that if the accommodations match the situation, then it’s all good. However, there are things where we won’t settle for less.
    On those rare occasions where budget permits, and we are willing to pay a higher than average price for quality and comfort – I damned well better get that quality and comfort. Villa de Mar had a very spacious family cottage with a queen sized bed, two double beds and a single bed. We wanted immediate access to the beach so we thought the P4,500 a night for the cottage was certainly worth it. We arrived at 1pm and discovered that they had our reservation wrong – they booked 2 family cottages for one night (we’re a family of 4) when we asked for 1 family cottage for 2 nights. Anyway, neither cottage was free yet. So we had lunch first, with bagnet set at a ridiculous price and an even more ridiculous tiny serving, the food was on the bland and expensive side. At 2:30 the cottage still wasn’t ready and our WAITER ended up cleaning the room himself.
    Here’s the thing. If a room has modern bathroom fixtures and you charge people for board, I expect the bathrooms to be clean. Not beautiful, just clean. When we moved in, we discovered a shower head that didn’t work, there was a pail and tabo presumably because management was aware of the defective shower head so they put the pail there to “address that”. The pail, tabo, and even the inside of the toilet had a slimy, yellow-tinged amag residue on them. The door to the bathroom was spotted with mold and broken on the bottom due to wood rot. The whole cottage smelled of aparador in the middle of the monsoon season.
    If you advertise on the internet, and present your rooms in a certain way, I expect the actual accommodations to be true to the advertising or vice-versa. The resort is in a state of disrepair. No mincing words. The cottage interior is about 10 years older than the website photos. That set-up is NOT worth P4,500 of anyone’s hard-earned cash – unless of course if there are 10 of you sharing a room.
    This is this age of word-of-mouth and online reviews, I ignored the warning signs of poor reviews of Villa del Mar. That same day we decided to drive out to check Kapuluan Resort, we loved it immediately and returned for our things at Villa del Mar. The poor blokes manning the front desk have ZERO decision-making abilities. When I noticed the OIC hewing and hawing and giving the security guard the eye (like we would run) I said calmly “I have already paid the advance of 50% for 2 nights – P4,500”. THEN he accepts my keys and lets us leave, with a “sorry na lang ma’am”.
    I was respectful, and not even cranky. It’s not his resort. But do you think anyone called me to offer to return my P4,500? Did anyone contact me to find out why we left and defaulted on that amount of money? Obviously not.
    It is so sad that a few of the resort owners along Saud Beach in Pagudpud have slipped into complacency and think that they’re doing the tourists a favor just by being there. At the very least, if your room is old and is as barely made-up as this one was, then charge a price commensurate to the quality of the room!
    On short notice, Kapuluan Resort in Maira-ira took us in. We were completely satisfied and wrote about it here:
    http://indogoddess.multiply.com/reviews/item/3

  81. Hi Anton! My husband and I are planning to fly to Ilocos sometime August and I’m trying to get ideas on place where we can stay. I was thinking of Kapuluan Vista Resort. I’m wondering though, why you recommended Kapuluan only for the “third timers?” Thanks.

  82. It is actually quite far but this is my favorite resort now… I love the serenity of blue lagoon but a lot of people discovered it already so on peak season there is quite a crowd.

    anton

  83. im planning to go to pagudpud and stay in one of the resorts (kapuluan or villa del mar), but i want to ask if i stay at these resorts, are they far from the tourist spots like bangui windmills, paoay church, fort ilocandia, etc.? i plan to stay there for 3-4 days. and i plan to bring my car all the way from manila.
    hope to get your feedback before i finalize my trip.

  84. hi anton, Im planning our very 1st pagudpud trip, My husband is very particular with accommodations, Do you think Saud beach resort is a good choice for us? We don’t mind paying a high price as long as it meets our expectations…I have 2 kids as well, I want them to enjoy the beach and not be scared of the water…

  85. hi anton, gud pm there! kindly try seeing hannah’s beach resort and convention center located at the blue lagoon in pagudpud ilocos norte.
    Promise you will be delighted ..
    ‘wish to see you there sir!
    lanie

  86. Dearest Anton,
    Yeah , ms lanie is right !..
    We’ve been thre during the holidays and we found the place a wonderful one. Although it was raining then, still we enjoyed the waves. Surely, we will go back come summer time .
    Tnx ,
    Chiqui

  87. Dearest Anton,
    Gud evening !
    I would like to request if you can add us in your list of beach resorts in Pagudpud Ilocos Norte in your website. Our place, Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center..
    Thank you so much !
    Lanie Casa
    staff

  88. hi!can anyone know kung saan ako mka2tipid ng homestay for overnyt only, sa may blue lagoon or near hannah’s resort at pwde din magrent ng tent. mga 15 to 20 persons by last week of june. plz help…. email me at sieng_cute@yahoo.com. salamat!

  89. I’ve been in Pagudpud last weekend (april 20-22) i can say that its a very nice place. Its worth the long drive. We stayed at Polaris Beach resort on our first night, very accomodating staffs. And we transferred to SABRINA BEACH RESORT the following day due to lack of rooms in polaris. I STRONGLY SUGGEST NOT TO STAY IN SABRINA BEACH RESORT. We had a very bad experience in this resort, they have a super hot rooms, literally WARM room even if A/c’s ON. And the worst part is they have a very RUDE staffs namely Herminia and Romy.

  90. Hi Anton. Your reviews have been very helpful for many of my family’s travels. I’d like to share our experiences from our recent trip to Pagudpud. We drove there from Manila for the Holy Week. We were not able to secure prior reservations so we thought of just asking around. Surely enough, we had a hard time looking for a place to stay, aggravated by the fact that there were 6 of us. We chanced upon CASA VICTORIA BEACH RESORT and they said they had one family room (capacity of 8 pax) left for Php 9,000 per night. We thought it was pretty steep but getting a bit desperate, we grabbed it anyway. After having settled, I decided to check out the other resorts.
    I found Terra Rikka’s family room costs Php 10,000 per night but accommodates 10-12 people, had good air-conditioning and a bathtub. I found Saud Beach Resort to cost about just as much but had full-board buffet meals inclusive. I found Polaris Resort’s room similar to ours to cost only Php 6,000.
    But the worse part of our experience with Casa Victoria is…
    The family room costs only Php 4,000 off-peak and Php 6,000 on peak season. That’s 125% more than off-peak and a WHOPPING Php 3,000 more compare to peak season rates!!! THAT DIDN’T EVEN INCLUDE BREAKFAST AND THEY ONLY ACCEPTED CASH PAYMENTS! (check out their actual brochure here… http://s10.postimg.org/b2c1cfv7t/Highway_Robbery.jpg)
    With what we paid, we expected exceptional service. But it wasn’t the case either. The food was undercooked (even the rice), water pressure was low, voltage was unstable (aircon kept dying and restarting and was rendered useless), CR door has no lock, and when we asked to speak to the manager, they gave us the run-around.
    But if you think we had it bad, the family next ours drove straight all the way from Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

  91. Hi! i Just want to know kung ok pa ung number ni Manang Dolor na nakalagay sa comments. i’ve been to her place noong november 2008, but it’s my friend who saved her number. she told me that it’s available online. please help. thanks!

  92. Hi what if we’re not staying at the resort?its like we’re going to swim there for a day?how much is the entrance fee?thanks

  93. planning go this April, where is the better spot for us, Saud or Blue Lagoon? I’ll be travelling with 3 kids who loves to swim so we’re aiming for the clean sand and calm water area, not too crowded with amenities nearby =)

  94. Ten of us went to Ilocos Norte last weekend. Pagudpud is of course in the itinerary. In Brgy Saud, the biggest stretch of white sand beach shoreline is fronting Saud beach resort. We booked initially with palm grove and we were made to believe that is was beach front. It was not. So when we saw the place (surrounded by high hollow blocked fence) upon arrival, we cancelled our reservation. There are other beach front lodging places like Arinaya, Vista del mar, casa victoria. But these were fully booked. So we opted for Britanya Lodge which is not beach front but was more open space and has friendly atmosphere. But the beach was with many jelly fish. In fact, one of our companions is still recuperating with the jelly fish’s sting even if vinegar was applied on the area. WOULD BE TOURISTS! THE BEACH IS WITH SO MANY JELLY FISH. IF YOUR GOAL IS TO GO SWIMMING, PAGUDPUD IS NOT YOUR PLACE.
    We went to Brgy Blue Lagoon where one can find Hannah’s Beach. Sila lang ang may white sand na shoreline. The others like Kapuluan and Casa Consuelo are in fact beach front pero hindi buhangin ang shoreline kundi mga matatalas at madudulas na bato that when you want to swim, you have to walk towards hanna’s shores to dip. SO if you want to stay in somewhere beach front because you want to go swimming right in front where you are staying, ask the right questions when booking your accommodations….The websites do not say what you do not want to hear.. they are in fact a bit misleading…
    BUT IF YOU WANT ADVENTURE AND WANT TO KNOW MORE OF OUR HISTORY, Ilocos Norte is still a place to explore..

  95. Hi Anton,
    We’re planning to go to Pagudpud by May, this will be my 3rd time though, as per your suggestion, Kapuluan Vista resort is great, but its quiet far. We are also considering Apo Idon in Saud, but you also mentioned that its in the rocky shore part of Saud. So does this mean that the beach is not recommended for swimming?
    tnx.
    nympha

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