9 Ilocos Norte Tourist Spots You Shouldn’t Miss

You want to go to Ilocos Norte and aren’t quite sure how to get there. Don’t worry. Here you are. I was overwhelmed by the beauty and charm of Ilocos Norte’s tourist spots during my four-day, three-night visit to Palaui & Laoag. 

You want to go to Ilocos Norte and aren’t quite sure how to get there. Don’t worry. Here you are. I was blown away by the beauty of the Ilocos Norte tourist sites during our four-day and three-night trip to Palaui and Laoag.

So that you do not miss any tourist attractions in Ilocos Norte, this blog will help you identify them.

Ilocos Norte: Which Areas Are Best?

Let’s get started. These are top tourist destinations in Ilocos Norte you shouldn’t miss!

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Sand Dunes

Luzon’s Paoay Sand Dunes (or La Paz Sand Dunes) are the most beautiful sand dunes. Sandboarding and 4×4 riding on the sands is also possible. How does it feel? You feel almost as if you are riding on a rollercoaster. You can choose between steep or flat slopes. This place is amazing.

  • Rate: 4×4 adventure starts at P2,500

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse was constructed in 1887. It has served as a guide for ships since 1892. You can still use it! Climbing the lighthouse is prohibited. Do not be surprised to meet friendly people when you first arrive. Even photos can be taken by them. They’re experts in posing for the best.

  • Entrance Fee $20 per Person

Kapurpurawan Rock Formations

Kapurpurawan Rock Formations claim they are white rock formations. It’s located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. Puraw means “white” in the area. Because of the many vandals it is strictly forbidden to go near rock formations.

  • Entrance Fee Per Person

Bangui Windmills

Bangui Windmills are one of Ilocos Norte’s most visited tourist attractions. On a coastline of 9 km, you will find 20 windmills. Yes. The property is on the beach. It’s currently the biggest windfarm located in Southeast Asia.

  • Charges : None

Bantay Abot Cave

One of the most unusual rock formations is located in Ilocos Norte, Baloi. An earthquake caused the huge hole by a small, but rocky hill. From a distance, the whole hill looks like a whale.

  • Fee: No

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon’s name is a result of its blue tint. Blue Lagoon, also known as Maira-ira Point is crowded during summer. It is a beautiful beach that is nearly white. Hannah’s over-the-water zipline is a great option for those looking for adventure. It measures approximately 1.2 km long.

  • Entry Fee: $20 per Person
  • Zipline: Per Person

Patapat Viaduct

With a length measuring 1.3km, the Patapat Viaduct ranks fourth in length. This bridge, which is 31 meters high, was built in 1986. It is one of the most impressive structures in IlocosNorte. The bridge can be accessed from Laoag, Cagayan or vice versa.

  • Fee: FREE

Paoay Church

Augustinian missionaries established Saint Augustine’s historical church in 1593. It is now known as Paoay Church. Since then, it has been one of Ilocos Norte’s most visited tourist spots. Over the years, it was destroyed by both the 1706 and 1927 earthquakes. It was used as an observation spot by the Katipuneros during the Revolution and by the Guerrillas in the Japanese Occupation.

Batac

Empanada is best served at its source. Batac is the place where the wonderful empanada was created. To celebrate, the Batac annual festival is held every June 23rd. Empanadas typically cost under P100. There are many varieties to choose from. Many doubles exist, even the original. Double eggs, double longanisa, and so on.

Because I was eating so much of my empanada that I neglected to take photographs, So I borrowed Pauline Saballo’s photo from this blog. To learn more about Ilocos empanada, you can visit her blog.

Be Responsible in Travel

Responsible tourism can be a safe and effective way to travel. There are several ways that you can accomplish this.

1. Respect the environment

Don’t litter. Your garbage should be kept until it is taken away. Don’t bring any seashells or sand with you. You should let them go. The loss of seashells can have negative effects on the environment.

2. Avoid single-use plastic

Bring your eco bag and you can stop using single-use plastic.

3. Shopping locally

Help local artisans to keep their traditional craft alive. They can be your most reliable source of information. Don’t haggle. Even though P20 might seem insignificant, they can find a lot of value from it.

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