Are you planning on going to Ilocos Norte for a vacation but don’t know where to go? Don’t worry. You’ve come to the right place. During our four days and three nights trip to Palaui, Laoag and Vigan, I’ve been blown away with the beauty of what the Ilocos Norte tourist spots have to offer!
In this blog post, we will take a look at the best Ilocos Norte tourist spots so you won’t miss any during your trip.
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Ilocos Norte Tourist Spots: Where to go?
Let’s get started. Here are the top Ilocos Norte tourist spots that you shouldn’t miss!
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For the best sand dunes in Luzon, check out the Paoay Sand Dunes and La Paz Sand Dunes in Laoag. Here you can sandboarding, as well as, ride a 4×4 up and down the slopes of the sands. How’s it like? It’s like riding a rollercoaster. There are pretty steep slopes and flat ones. It makes you wonder how did a place like this come to be?
- Rate: 4×4 adventure is at P2,500
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Built in 1887, the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse has been guiding ships from 1892 up to the present. Yes, the thing is still working! However, going up the lighthouse is prohibited. Once you get here, don’t be surprised if the staffs are friendly. They’ll even take photos of you. They know the best poses.
- Entrance Fee: P20 per person
Kapurpurawan Rock Formations
Kapurpurawan Rock Formations is what it is – white rock formations. It’s located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte and has been sculpted the weather and oceanic forces. The term ‘puraw’ is a local term for white. Because of the many vandals, it is prohibited to go near the rock formations.
- Entrance Fee: P15 per person
One of the most visited Ilocos Norte tourist spots is the Bangui Windmills. Here you will see 20 units of windmills along a 9 km shoreline. Yes. It’s located on a beach. Currently, it is recognized as the largest wind farm in Southeast Asia.
- Fees: None
Bantay Abot Cave
Located in Baloi, Ilocos Norte, the Bantay Abot Cave is one of the unique rock formations in the region. This is a small rocky hill that was wrecked by an earthquake which led to the gaping hole. When you look at it from afar, the whole hill looks like a whale.
- Fee: None
Blue Lagoon is named as such because of its crystal blue tint. Also known as Maira-ira Point, Blue Lagoon is packed during summer. Its sand is almost white and is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches up north. And if you’re up for some adventure, Hannah’s zipline is known to be the longest over the water zipline in the world. It’s around 1.2 kilometers long!
- Entrance Fee: P20 per person
- Zipline: P800 per person
The Patapat Viaduct is the 4th longest bridge in the country with a length of 1.3 km. Elevated at 31 meters, this bridge was completed in 1986 and is one of the most majestic structures in Ilocos Norte. If you’re going to Cagayan from Laoag and vice versa, you’ll be passing here.
- Fee: FREE
As a historical church, the Saint Augustine Church also known as Paoay church was founded by Augustinian missionaries in 1593 and has become one of the best Ilocos Norte tourist spots. Over the centuries, it was damaged during the 1706 and 1927 earthquake. The Katipuneros used the tower as an observation post during the Revolution while the Guerrillas used it during the Japanese Occupation.
- Fee: FREE
If you love empanada, the best place to eat would be its origin. The delicious empanada came from Batac. And to celebrate this, the place holds an annual Batac festival on the 23rd of June. Most of the empanadas here are sold at less than P100. There are several varieties that you can try. There’s the original and a lot of other doubles. Double egg, double longanisa, and so on.
Unfortunately, I was too engrossed at eating my empanada that I forgot to take a photo so I’m borrowing Pauline Saballo’s from this blog post. If you want to learn more about the Ilocos empanada, definitely check out her post.
And that’s it, guys! Let me know which one is your favorite from our list of Ilocos Norte tourist spots?
Where to Stay in Ilocos Norte
As for Vigan, here are our recommended Vigan hotels to book.
Airbnb Ilocos Norte
Aside from hotels and resorts, you can also opt to stay at an Airbnb.
Responsible Travel Tips
When traveling to one place, make sure you practice responsible tourism. Here are some tips to do so.
1. Respect the environment
Don’t litter. Please hold onto your trash until you find a garbage can. Don’t bring home the sand or any seashell. Leave them where they belong. Missing seashells can have potential detrimental environmental impacts.
2. Avoid single-use plastic
Bring your eco bag and refuse single-use plastic.
3. Shop local
Keep the traditional crafts alive and support local artisans. Buy from them. And try not to haggle, P20 may seem small to you but it can mean a lot to them.
4. Always ask permission
Be sure to ask for permission first when taking photos or videos especially when it comes to children
What to Pack for Ilocos Norte
- Eco-friendly Reusable Water Bottle
- Light Rain Jacket (especially from June to November)
- T-shirts, a Nice top, and a Long-sleeved Shirt
- Aqua Shoes
- Day Bag
- Dry Bag
- Power Adapter
- Universal Waterproof Phone Case
- Packing Cubes
- Microfiber Towel
- Travel Insurance
- Money Belt
- Sneakers, Hiking Shoes (if you’re planning to hike) and Some Flats
- Reusable Straw and Reusable Bag (no to single-use plastic!)
Related Article: The Only Travel Packing List You’ll Ever Need (Trust Me)
Our Camera Gear
- Mirrorless Camera: Fujifilm XT3
- Lenses: Fujifilm Fujinon kit lens (18-55mm) | Fujinon 35mm f2 | Fujinon 50mm f2
- Drone: DJI Mavic Pro 2
- GoPro: GoPro Hero Black 7
- Power Bank: Romoss Powerbank
- Camera Backpack: Case Logic Camera and Laptop Backpack
- Monopod: Ifootage Cobra 2 a180
- Mic: Rode VideoMicro
- Gimbal: Zhiyun Weebill-S
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