Palaui, Laoag & Vigan 2021 Travel Guide (A 4D/3N Itinerary)


Cagayan is the most common name for northern Philippines. The two regions provide everything: seafood, lighthouses and heritage tours as well as crystal clear waters. My sister thought about the idea and asked me if I would be interested in traveling. She said yes, I was certain. 

Cagayan is the most common name for northern Philippines. The two regions provide everything you could want: Heritage tours, seafood and lighthouses as well as clear blue water.

I thought it was an idea that inspired me to ask my sister if her heart desired to travel. She said yes, I was certain. Problem was, where did it go?

She suggested we visit Palaui (an area close to Sta Ana, Cagayan). It was simply amazing. Although we had planned on going to Palaui in the future, we chose to make a roadtrip to Vigan/Laoag. After all, they are just a couple of hours apart.

4 Days Palaui, Laoag & Vigan Itinerary

How do you get around?

From Manila to Palaui

Sta Ana Cagayan

  • Via Bus – Take a bus to Tuguegarao starting from Caloocan or Sampaloc. Travel time 12-14 hours and costs P600.

Via Plane – There are planes that fly to Tuguegarao. Online booking

  • You can take a van to Tuguegarao from Sta Ana in Cagayan. The cost is P250 The travel time takes between 3-4 hours

Tipp for Travel Book a bus ticket or flight online to Cagayan using 12Go Asia.

San Vicente boat rental

  • You can ride a tricycle between Sta Ana and San Vicente Port.
  • Palaui boat charter: Prices depend on your location
  • A separate blog was written about our trip to Palaui, and the tours that you can book.

A boatman is a good idea before you travel to Palaui. Kuya Appol can be reached by calling Globe (9557444175)For boat trips, kindly visit ).

Through this blog, let him know that you’re here to help.


How to Get to Laoag (and vice-versa!) Cagayan

  • You can take the GMW bus to Laoag from Sta Ana. P465
  • Time taken to travel: 6-9 Hours

Vigan and Laoag: How do you get there?

  • Partas Bus: P300
  • Travel time depends on traffic.

Transportation around Cagayan & Laoag

Tricycle: Everywhere you look, there are tricycles. They will take you around, since taxis are not available. Transfers from Point A to Point B will cost you between P10 and P100.

The Best Places to Stay


  • Homestay: A homestay can be booked for as low as P250. Kuya Apol (Globe, 09557444175) can help you book a homestay.
  • Camping: Camp at Nature Village for only P250
    Inclusions: Bed and Tent


  • Laoag Transient House
  • Rate:
    -AC Room: P300/person
    -Fan Room: P250/person
  • Amenities AC/fan, common bathroom, shared kitchen
  • Contact: 09298284220


  • Fems Transient House
  • Rate: P1500/unit
  • Amenities Private bathroom with AC & free Wifi
  • Contact: 09281737253, 09959581759
  • Facebook: Fems Transient House

Travel Guide: 4D/3N Suggested Itinerary

Palaui, surprisingly, is an island that’s very green. It is the best of nature! You will find it near some of the most important assets in Cagayan such as a lighthouse or beaches. This includes Anguib, Nangaramoan, and Crocodile Island.

Laoag is home to many beautiful sites and historic landmarks.

Since our trip was more of a spontaneous let’s-go-anywhere-we-want kind. We did what we had to do. This is the itinerary. Some tips and points will make your trip more enjoyable.

Day 1: Arrive to Palaui

At 12 noon, we arrived in Palaui. We cooked the fish that we purchased from the market, and we slept until 3:00 PM because we were exhausted from our 14.5 hour trip (11.5 hours Baguio-to-Tuguegarao, 3 to Sta Ana, 10 to San Vicente Port, 20 minutes to Palaui, and 3 hours to Sta Ana). It was perfect weather and we were able to take a break in our nipa tent.


From 3:00 to 6 PM, we trekked to the waterfalls and took a boat ride to Cape Engano Lighthouse. We returned home at 8 PM. We have learned from our mistakes. You should visit the lighthouse earlier in order to see it. It is not recommended that you take a boat ride after dark.


Day 2 – Anguib Beach & Crocodile Island

You can explore Palaui Island as well as take a boat trip to Anguib Beach and the Boracay in the North.


  • The boat tour begins at 6:15 AM
  • Anguib Beach
  • Crocodile Island
  • 10:15 am at the homestay
  • 11.15 Boat trip to San Vicente Port
  • At 12:00, take the bus to Laoag
  • 9:00 PM: Arrive to the Laoag transient home

Day 3: Laoag Tour

For our trip around Laoag we hired a van. It was four people and we all wanted the best. A tricycle trip would have been cheaper, but there was a lot of rain and storms that day.

  • Laoag Tour Starts at 6:00 AM
  • Sinking Bell Tower
  • La Paz Sand Dunes
  • Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
  • Kapurpurawan
  • Bangui Windmills
  • Bantay Abot Cave
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Patapat Viaduct
  • Paraiso ni Anton
  • Paoay Lake
  • Paoay Church
  • At 5:00pm, try the Batac empanada
  • Vigan at 8:30 pm

It is possible to see all these sites in one trip, even though it may seem daunting.

Day 4: Vigan Tour

Although Vigan was a visit I made once before I am drawn back to the ancestral and heritage homes.

  • 7:30 am Eat breakfast in Hidden Garden
  • At 8:30AM, tour around Vigan
  • Pagburnayan
  • Bantay Church Bell Tower
  • Calle Crisologo

Vigan was not on our list of places to visit, as we’d already visited most of its museums.

Total Expenses


  • Palaui: P250
  • Laoag: P300
  • Vigan: P1500/4 = P375


  • Baguio to Tuguegarao P650
  • Tuguegarao to Sta Ana – P250
  • Sta Ana to San Vicente: P15
  • Cruises on boats: P3800/4 = $95
  • Sta Ana and Laoag – P465
  • To Laoag Transient House: P40
  • Van Hire: P5900/4 =P1,475 (Laoag Tour + Transpo To Vigan
  • Vigan Tricycle P65
  • Vigan to Manila, P743


  • Day 1: Page 150
  • Day 2: Pen100
  • Day 3: P400
  • Day 4:


  • Anguib Beach Entrance Fee P150
  • La Paz Sand Dunes-P2500/4=P625
  • Cape Bojeador Lighthouse: P20
  • Kapurpurawan: P15
  • Blue Lagoon P20

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