Top 7 natural tourist spots in Ilocos Norte

The province of Ilocos Norte is endowed with pleasing attractions created by nature. The following are the top 7 natural tourist attractions worth visiting in Ilocos Norte.

1) La Paz Sand Dunes (La Paz, Laoag City)
It is a dune land with an area of 45 hectares more or less, situated at the western outskirts of Laoag City proper, with an elevation of 700 feet above sea level and about 6 kilometers drive from the city proper of Laoag. It is also called Bantay Bimaboy because the shape resembles a pig’s back and has been declared as National Geological Monument. This attraction is becoming a popular site for sandboarding.

2) Paoay Lake (Nagbacalan , Paoay, Ilocos Norte)
The landlocked lake located 3 kms away from the sea in Suba, Paoay has an area of more or less 478 hectares. Paoay Lake was declared as National Park under Republic Act 5631 on June 21, 1969.

3) Kaangrian Falls (Paayas, Burgos, Ilocos Norte)
This natural attraction is a 5 kilometer drive from the National Highway to the head of the trail. From there it is a 4 kilometer hike to the falls. The first 20 minutes of the trial is out in the open and quite hot, so remember to bring a hat. The locals bring their cattle, caribou horses and other animals to grace in these open fields. This treeless area provides a nice view of the surrounding hills, limestone outcroppings and the area of the hike. When you settle down into the shade cover, you will be grateful for the coolness. Along the trail you can search for signs of hoof prints of small deer or identify the many types of plant life, including many varieties of wild mushrooms. The waterfalls at Caangrian are every where, creating a semi-circle of water cascading down multiple layers of rock. The beauty of the area was created by limestone deposits which have created hundreds of small sparkling pools around the base of the falls.

4) Kapurpurawan Rock Formation (Poblacion, Burgos, Ilocos Norte)
It is a massive rock that just out into the sea. From afar, it looks as if someone has wiped off the top layer frosting and exposed the cake that lies beneath. Up close, it is a dazzling bright white rock that sparkles in the sun. Kapurpurawan is a showcase for the power of wind and water on rock and coral.

5) Bantay Abot Caves (Balaoi, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)
The name denotes a mountain with a hole. A hole was found at the middle of the mountain where the waves were free flash into the walls just an open shore into its walls.

6) Saud White Sand Beaches (Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)
It is the most popular among the scenic spots of the municipality of Pagudpud. It is located in Barangay Saud and is approximately 2.5 kilometers away from the town proper. It is famous for as creamy white sand which frames the emerald water of the heart shaped bay. The water is inviting that you can’t resist to have a deep and feel its cool invigorating effect. You can also just a hike along the shore where you can let your feet caress the cool and refreshing wavelets rushing to the shore. When tired, you can take a rest under the shade and enjoy the enchanting view of not only the sea, the sky and the shore, but other bountiful gifts of nature such as the rolling hills and verdant mountains where abundant stately pine trees grow that murmurs with the breeze as if giving welcome to everyone. Picking up of rare shells cannot be ignored by the satisfied tourists.

7) Timmangtang Rock (Balaoi, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)
It stands majestically a few meters away from Bantay Abot Caves. It is located along the shore & partly by the sea. You cannot separate Bantay Abot Caves from the Timangtang Rock for they are believed to be lovers the former being the female & the later is the male. They are collectively turned a “Lovers Rock”.

7Source: DOT Region 1

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