(SPOT.ph) Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte is every outdoor lover's haven. The coastal town boasts lesser-known white-sand beaches, amazing geological formations such as the Kapurpurawan Rocks, and Kaibigan Falls on the eastern side of the municipality. It also offers amazing waves for surfers to practice their tricks or just ride for some stoke.
The whole province officially reopened to travelers from Luzon—Metro Manila residents included—on October 15, jumpstarting the town's tourism economy. Tourists coming from places under general community quarantine like the National Capital Region or modified general community quarantine are required to undergo an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival, then an antigen test on the first, fourth, ninth, and 14th day that he/she is in Ilocos Norte. There's also the option of having an antigen test 30 hours before entry, as long as you submit to an RT-PCR test on your first day and an antigen test on the fourth, ninth, and 14th day. These are all paid for by the tourist.
You're also required to register online via SafePass. Tourists need to submit the following documents through the platform: confirmed accommodation booking, certification from your travel agent or tour operator, confirmed itinerary, medical certificate, and negative COVID-19 test result. The health declaration through SafePass must be secured not earlier than 48 hours before arrival, then the QR code should be saved or printed for scanning at the border checkpoints.
Tourists on staycation must stay within the premises of the hotel or resort at all times. And if you're scheduled for tours, side-trips are not allowed and you can only use the transportation provided by your accommodation or tour operator.
Ready to travel? These beach resorts in Ilocos Norte are now open:
Ikani Surf Resort
Sitio Malingay, Barangay Balaoi, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Rates start at P3,750
Boasting minimalist aesthetics, Ikani Surf Resort is right across Pagudpud's surfing hotspots. Wake up before sunrise to catch the best waves then doze of at their Garden or Family Villas until you can surf again before sundown.
Terra Rika Beach and Dive Resort
Saud White Beach Cove, Burayoc Point, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Rates start at P1,850
Terra Rika lets you enjoy the beautiful underwater world through scuba diving lessons or snorkeling trips. Room options range from standard rooms for two to dormitory-type accommodation for big groups.
Evangeline Beach Resort
Burayoc Point, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Rates start at P2,200
Evangeline Resort is located along a long strip of white-sand beach. Room accommodations range from a suite for two to a traditional Ilocano villa, which can accommodate up to 18 people.
Casa Victoria Resort and Restaurant
Sitio Del Mar, Barangay Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Rates start at P1,200
This beachfront resort is located along the unspoiled shores of Saud Cove. All their rooms have air-conditioning and free WiFi, so you can always stay connected. Their in-house restaurant serves Ilocano dishes like pinakbet, bagnet, longganisa, and dinengdeng.
North Beach Camp
Sitio Aprot, Barangay Caparispisan, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Rates start at P1,800
North Beach Camp, located in a hidden area in Pagudpud, offers some peace and quiet to travelers. The whole place—which includes a beach house, five glamping huts, and a common bathroom—is powered by solar panels. You can choose to rent one hut, which comes single beds and sheets, toiletries, and chairs and tables; but you can also book the whole camp for up to 10 people. You're free to use the common dining table and chairs, shared bathroom, swings, hammocks, playground, giant griller, and bonfire pit.