Sunday, November 8, 2009

eleven things why i love the ilocos norte coast

just to end this series, here i am again giving you enough reason why a trip to Ilocos Norte's coast is worth the long travel and even an unforgettable tricycle ride experience. maybe you've already explored it's heritage and historical sites and structures, try exploring it's majestic coastline.[11] fresh catch. living a city life, you'll get used to buying well preserved fishes sold on malls and market. but not in Ilocos Norte where one can actually anticipate for the small fishing boats docking early morning. fresh catch when cooked is proven tastier. [10] people. our country is known for hospitality but it's just simply different when you're in the far provinces. it's so easy to talk to people for directions and recommendations. you just have to initiate a conversation and from there, you'll get enough information to get around.
we thought it was just a series of unfortunate experience
[9] sea bonsai of burgos. years or maybe even century old sea bonsais along the coast of burgos are exemplary. one factor would be its isolation from the people who would usually take out some of this natural sea treasures. here the bonsai can withstand strong storms that hits this part of Luzon. [8] rough terrain. after complaining that torturous rough road trip, you might wonder why it's one of the reason why i love this province. simply beacuse of its isolation, prevented it from being touristy and at the same time preserved the many natural coastal treasures.
one torturous ride
[7] waves of pagudpud. a growing surfing community that involves foreign tourists are increasing this area. the waves at the Mairaira point are great. big waves coming from the South China Sea and a part from the Pacific ocean meets at this point. convincing? [6] bantay abot. not as gigantic as Kapurpurawan but the earth layers are clearly presented here. either side of the hole are great views of Pagudpud's coast. it's a worth short stop.
bantay abot coast
[5] bangui wind farm. the windmills of Bangui became an instant tourist spot when it started its operation. now it has twenty and hopefully more will be built as it uses natural energy to provide power to the Northern towns. it's amazing to see how big each windmills are.
bangui windmills
[4] pagudpud coastal view. among the best in the country i should say. the mountains here are really impressive and the view perfect! though we didn't reach the Patapat viaduct, anywhere along the Mairaira to Patapat coast are really scenic. white sand beaches seems ordinary here. [3] mairaira blue lagoon beach. not as impressive as it was way back but still it's one of the best beaches i've seen because of the great mountain backdrop. the central beach area is already a typical beach view but the Eastern and Western coast remains to be so beautiful.
mairaira beach blue lagoon
mairaira central beach
mairaira beach west coast

[2] burgos coast. the only thing that i didn't expect on this trip was the very rewarding Burgos coast view. very few have featured this part of the coast as they focus their attention to the great Kapurpurawan rock formation alone.
kapurpurawan and beyond
[1] kapurpurawan rock formation. undoubtedly is the best rock formation i've seen. through the years, the hammering waves changes its form. looks so fragile, since it is made up of sand sediments. it's stunning from any perspective.
kapurpurawan rock formation
we only visited the coastal areas and made stops on just four municipalities yet, it has convinced me of how great this province is in terms of its coastal views. i'm rating Ilocos Norte as 9.5/10.the photo above was taken by Lantaw while walking along the beautiful Mairaira coast. thanks to lantaw, lawstude, scud, fhei and jonee, my travel buddies during this trip. you made this trip more memorable.

45 comments:

docgelo said...

wonderful series! i wish to visit some of those in your photos whenever i get a chance to be in ilocos norte. if when, i don't know yet but surely those places are a must-see. parang kakaibang dimension talaga yung mga rock formations, hehe. again, thanks for sharing!

princess_dyanie said...

i agree with the bangui windmills! great series dom! :)

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

After reading through your series, what's not to love with Ilocos Norte? I feel like I've been there though you. But like anywhere else in the Philippines, it's always the local folks that make our visits to far flung villages more memorable.

aquamarine said...

as usual,another informative and interesting series "master" dong.

Aracir said...

that rock formation is gorgeous!!!

alicesg said...

Very beautiful place and having fresh fishes straight from the fishermen must be the best for the dinner table. You are right about the hospitality of your countrymen, I still have fond memories of my trip there because of the warm hospitality. :)

Lawstude said...

i certainly agree dom. great people, great place and great buddies made this this really a worthwhile experience.

The Scud said...

that was a very memorable trip dong. the travel was hellish but it was worth it. too bad we didn't get to go to the falls and sand dunes. sa susunod na lang...

PUSANG-gala said...

for sure---sa ganda ng mga pics na yan--I can count a thousand reasons to love Ilocos--I am from the same region pero napaka-ilap talaga nitong place na to sakin---di ako matuloy-tuloy.

Alkapon said...

ILocos Norte, is one of the most beautiful tourist spot in the country.

Dyan ako nag bakasyon last week.. i will never forget that place.

I am Xprosaic said...

windmills, rock formation at sea bonsai sa akin! jijijijiji well first three sa akin... enough reason for me to visit the place... jijijiji... someday! jijijijij

jeannycdj@yahoo.com said...

Ilocos Norte really is a nice place, picture pa lang panalo na. Mga gusto ko puntahan next year either Ilocos, Bohol or Cebu :)

Eds said...

another wonderful series dongho. panalo talaga ang mga pictures mo.

dodong flores said...

Yes, the coastal areas of Northern Luzon is truly a beautiful place. The photos show it all.
The tricycle in the photo looks so handsome. I love the 8th photo too!
Well said, dong ho. This place is worth a repeat visit...

wait said...

wow ang ganda ng kapurpurawan rock formation! i love it : )

Pietro said...

Marvellous landscapes, Dong. I'd really like to see personally these nice places. The rock formations are amazing, together with the beaches and also the windmills.

luna miranda said...

yes, you've convinced me to visit these coastal areas! i've been to pagudpod but it was the sleep-and-swim kind of vacation. and you're so right about the hospitality of Pinoys in the provinces--they won't just give you directions, ihahatid ka pa.

bw said...

the rock formation is awesome :) Tks for the coverage on Ilocos Norte coast.

PUSANG-gala said...

I mentioned your name po sa latest post ako since it was you who made me aware of the existence of a church in Morong....salamat for sparking my curiosity....

lagal[og] said...

interesting talaga ang ilocos. how i wish i can go back and explore more.

ALiNe said...

anlakas nun wave..natakot ako for the camera dun sa isang pix

coolwaterworks said...

Four thumbs up Dong!

When we went in there we made sure to visit the historical sites... I am now cooking up the idea of taking time to visit the natural wonders, perhaps summer next year... hehehe...

Great series!

Raft3r said...

i can give you the 12th thing i like about the ilocos norte coast:

your photos
=)

reFRESH said...

amu na ina ang tricycle nga nagbunggo-bunggo sa ulo mo?

dylan dimaubusan said...

love all those shots but my fave are the 2nd and the last pic..

Ganda ng mga windmills! astig!
sana pagbalik ko ginagawa mo pa rin toh.. sasama talaga ako sa isa sa mga lakad nyo!

grabe! ganda ng ilocos!

miong said...

im convince, it was great! the photo taken by lantaw was great too!

fufu said...

i love the last two picture =p

Reena said...

great series. the best tlga ilocos! :D balik ka gad esp now that it's not hot. super init kasi dun pag summer eh. looking forward to your next series. i-feature mo kaya paraƱaque. city tours naman. hahaha

dyosa said...

Last June 2009, my friend and I bought tickets, created itineraries and planned to visit Ilocos. My friend was suddenly called to report for work so our trip was canceled. Your photos are beautiful as always and I'm super regretting about my canceled trip. Eh di sana nakita ko na yung windmills, yung Pagudpud beach, etc. I really love your bonsai photo. Nature-tripping at its best.

Thanks for sharing. Wonderful series! More happy and safe travels to you! :-D

nuts said...

grabe! wala ako masabi! bow ako sa 'yo master dong. teka, i-feature mo naman yung mga shots mo around the village with your DSLR. :)

KRIS JASPER said...

the last photo... of those waves meeting the sands... really majestic.

Nanaybelen said...

very nice....lahat.

Allen said...

i love those sea bonsai.

teka, ang tapang nung nasa pic 6. buti di nabasa yung cam. haha.

Technology and Informations said...

anyone who does not like going to this beautiful place? I also feel happy and a case has never gone there.

healthy live said...

really good place and has a very high quality of beauty .. I like going to all this,

Finance Business Corner said...

I strongly agree with what I see today, this place is beautiful.

Insurance Quotes said...

indeed this is one place where high-quality tourism. I'll never forget going to this place

Travel vacation said...

a beautiful place for everyone especially for me, a beautiful place to visit me soon.

Technology said...

anyone who does not like going to a place this good? Surely everyone will love this place. so also say that had fallen in love with this place is good.

bobby said...

thanks for the info from you. really good place to be visited together.

7a'faR said...

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ajpoliquit said...

You're right. The Ilocos coastline is striking. Somehow I love looking at how the South China Sea lashes at the shore. It's just not conducive for pseudo-swimming, the kind I do. :)) Oh, and I missed that rock formation. Looks fantastic!

Mitch said...

hay, pangarap ko mkpunta jan sa Ilocos! Inaaya ko nga officemate ko sumama sken at i tour ako dhil taga dito xa. very nice blog po!

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A beautiful place to be in. Paradise :)

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