Clearly a sea lover’s paradise. Pagudpud boasts of a wide variety of beaches that can easily rival the best in the world. Pagudpud is fast becoming known as the ideal location for sailing, surf boarding and other aqua sports. Rice paddies, quiet farmlands, forested hills as well as nipa forests are joined near the coast by a picturesque viaduct that extends all the way to Cagayan province.
Year established: 1954
Land Area: 19,775 hectares
No. of Barangays: 16
Market days: Monday, Wednesday & Saturday
Fiesta: April 13 to 25
- Saud Beach fully deserves its fame as the hub of tourist activity in the municipality. The stretch of white sand gently slopes toward Bangui Bay whose clear water affords breathtaking views of the reef teeming with colorful ocean life.
- Visitors to Saud may choose from a wide array of beach and water activities. Fun activities here are limited only by the imagination – from sand sculpting and beach football to snorkeling and sea kayaking.
- Those who opt to go sea kayaking have the additional advantage of exploring the other beautiful beaches that punctuate the dramatic Pagudpud coast.
- The town proper’s beach has dark gritty sand.
- Burayoc has pools of yellow sand interspersed with fantastic limestone formations.
- Ayoyo has pebble beaches awash with driftwood.
- Patapat has massive boulders that hold the onrushing waves at bay
- Pasaleng has fine sand beaches that are almost always deserted, perfect for those who want to commune with nature.
- Blue Lagoon, roughly half an hour’s drive from Saud, has unbelievably clear and tranquil waters.
- At the Mayraira Point, ocean winds rip straight on to land. These strong winds make Mayraira Point ideal for sailboarding. With an average speed of 20 knots, the winds rush in from the ocean at about 70 percent of the time. This makes for exceptionally good sailboarding condtions. The best time for the sport is from October to March when the northeast monsoon blows.
- The nipa forest in Barangay Tienes is a sight to behold. To get there, visitors will scooter past rice fields and vegetable patches. The forest grows on gentle slopes leading to the Cordillera highlands. The nipa palms grow to greater heights than elsewhere in the country.
- Motoring along the national road linking Ilocos Norte to Cagayan province is one of the most pleasant activities in Pagudpud.
- Instead of blasting a way through solid rock, the Ilocanos opted to build a wonderful causeway that hugs the mountains and extends out to the sea. Built on sturdy pylons, the causeway provides motorists 360-degree views of some of the most dramatic land and seascapes along the Philippine highway system.
- The end of the causeway does not end the scenic route. This wonderful stretch of highway gently undulates with the mountains as it continues skirting the coast. Visitors experience the rainforest and the beach at the same time.
- On the way back to the town proper from the boarder, visitors may cool themselves at three small waterfalls that cascade down the side of a mountain right where the highway curves into a canyon. This wondrous place is known as Paraiso ni Anton. The cool water is believed to have healing powers and visitors often come ready with small bottles to keep the water.
- A few meters away from the falls is a stretch of stalls that sell fruits, native delicacies and small trinkets to travelers. Still farther on, closer to Saud, in Sitio Tienes, is a row of stalls where visitors can buy the catch of the day. The Pagudpud waters yield a variety of fish, lobster, and octopus perfect for a barbecue picnic.
- Take a leisurely hike to Kaibigan Falls, Located in Barangay Balaoi, Kaibigan Falls is a series of cascades that tumble down a mountainside. The final cascade drops 80 feet from a cliff and straight into a pool.
- Adventurous visitors may also choose to visit Mabogabog Falls or any of the seven rivers in the municipality.