Getting Down And Dirty At The Paoay Sand Dunes
Ilocos Norte is one of the provinces of the Philippines and it is in the Ilocos Region. It is in the nortwest part of Luzon and it faces the West Philippines Sea and the Luzon Strait. This province is known to be the hometown of former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos. It is also one of the most well known tourist destination in the Luzon area.
One of the tourist attractions of the province is the Ilocos Sand Dunes. This sand dunes encompasses Currimao through Pasuquin. The Paoay sand dunes is gaining massive popluarity to local and foreign tourists and is one of the reasons why they travel up north.
You can hire a 4×4 AV or Rough Riding motor vehicle to start your adventure, it is at the base of the sand dunes. These motor vehicle will be at your disposal and there is a guide or a professional driver who will assist you and who will be by your side during your tour of the sand dunes. You can rent a vehicle for 1,500 pesos for 5 people per vehicle. There is a driver who will tour you at the sand dunes for a maximum of 30 minutes. You can take pictures and you can also go sightseeing as it is a part of a package.
For those who wants to go on more adventure, you can rent the 4×4 Rough Riding motor vehicle and you can go sand boarding and you can go on thrilling drops on the sand ridges that are so steep that it can give you an adrenaline rush and can make you scream with fun and excitement. You can hold on to the bar that is made of steel while you stain on the 4×4 AV for the most exciting and the most thrilling ride, which is known as the rollercoaster of Paoay Sand Dunes, since there are numerous sand hills that can make you hold on to the steel bar for your life.
After going on these extreme rides, you can go sand boarding where you can use a plank of wood as your equipment so you can slide over the sand hills and folds in the landscape. It has the same style as that of a skate board because the key to perfect this sport is balance. You may fall once you try this but it is a guarantee that it won’t be painful since the sand is soft. It will serve as your cushion and it will also serve as your defense so you can try again and again. It is a fun sport but it could be tiring and difficult especially since you need to go up the slope of sand after sliding all the way down. If you wish to do this it will cost you 2,500 for the whole package.
After doing the extreme sports, your tour guide can drive you down to the shores of the beach that is located along the sand dunes. In this way, you can end the exasperating yet beautiful day. You can go on a trip either in the morning before sunrise, as early as 5 in the morning or you can go late in the afternoon around 5 to 6pm before sunset so you can see the sun reflect on the sand.
Places to visit in Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Norte has an abundance of natural and man-made resources, that is why after going on a whole day adventure in the Paoay Sand Dunes, you should not miss the opportunity to explore the province of Ilocos Norte. Here are some of the places that you should visit:
1. ) The Sinking Bell Tower
The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag City is the Philippines’ answer to the leanign tower of Pisa. It is one of the tallest and oldest bell towers in the Philippines. It is named as the sinking tower because it is heavy and it is in a sandy ground, because of this combination it has an illusion that it is sinking. It is a must see tourist attraction especially at night when the tower is lit up.
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2.) Palaya Tropical Resort
The Playa Tropical Resort is in Currimao, Ilocos Norte and it is a Balinese inspired resort and hotel that is near the beach. You can enjoy the beautiful view of Ilocos Norte as well as the ocean breeze, the sunsets and sunrises and the waves of the ocean. They have a remarkable staff, amazing and clean rooms and they have a gorgeous swimming pool for the guests.
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3.) Juan Luna Shrine
This shrine is located in Badoc, Ilocos Norte and it was the home of the well-known Luna family. Their memorabilias are still inside the house including the paintings. It is a two story house where the ground floor is the basement while the bedrooms and the living room are in the second floor.
4.) Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
The Playa Tropical Resort is in Currimao, Ilocos Norte and it This rock formation is in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. You have to travel a long and dirty road to get to this place, and you should start from the national highway. There is no sort of transportation that passes through this place, so you need to bring your own car for convenience. You can also walk but it would be under the sun. It is said that the rock looks like a dragon that is watching over the coast.
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5.) Bangui Windmill
Your visit will not be complete if you do not go to the place that made Ilocos Norte famous, and that is the Bangui Windmill. It is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, it has 20 tri-blades and it is 70 meters high. Because of this windmill, the province is able to generate energy that is renewable. This windmill provides around 40% of the electric supply of the province. It supports around 180,000 local houses in Ilocos Norte. You will be amazed by what the nature and the machine can do for the people of Ilocos Norte.
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