Aside from Saud Beach, I listed down the places we visited in Pagudpud from my most to least favorite. Here goes:
1. BANGUI WINDMILLS
It's a must to go to the giants fans of Bangui when visiting Pagudpud. It's the first wind farm in the Philippines and the largest of its kind in South East Asia. The project provides 40% of the electricity needs of Ilocos Norte.
2. PATAPAT VIADUCT
The Patapat Viaduct is 4th longest bridge in the Philippines. Known as the French Riviera of the North for the beautiful coastal drive, it's a winding bridge hugging the cliffs of the Northern Cordillera Mountain Ranges.
3. BLUE LAGOON
Compared to Saud Beach, Blue Lagoon has a shorter shoreline but has calmer waters. It's also prettier and more scenic in my opinion with its deep blue waters and powdery sand. I would have loved to have taken a dip at the Blue Lagoon but we didn't have time.
4. KABIGAN FALLS
Kabigan Falls which is about 80 feet high, is surrounded by lush forest and drops to a concave basin.
Having a guide is required to trek to the falls because it's easy to get lost in the jungle.
The hike is supposedly just 30 minutes but it took us 45 minutes to get to Kabigan Falls. Here are the scenes we saw along the way.
How I wish I hitched with this vehicle as I was very very tired from all the walking.
When you see this bridge, the end is near!
My picture doesn't do this falls justice...
Swim at the refreshingly cold waters of the falls as a reward for making it!
5. BANTAY ABOT CAVE
Bantay Abot means a mountain with a hole. The hole in the middle of the mountains came about as waves crashed until it was wrecked in a huge tremor in the ‘80s.
6. TIMMANGTANG ROCK
Timmangtang Rock is a bell-shaped rock covered with vegetation. The only reason why we went to Timmangtang Rock is because it was in the same area as the Blue Lagoon. No reason to go here really because it's just a giant rock.
Overall. I enjoyed Pagudpud for its small town charm and it being devoid of commercialism even though it's one of the more popular destinations of the North.