This beach is more popularly known as Blue Lagoon and is one of the many attractions that the Province of Ilocos Norte has to offer. It has a long stretch of white sands kissed by clear, turquoise blue waters.
Blue Lagoon Beach offers a perfect Boracay-like place that's not too crowded but still abundantly catered for tourists.
For detailed itinerary and complete tourist spots to visit, read my Pagudpud DIY Travel Guide.
ABOUT MAIRA-IRA BEACH
The Blue Lagoon or Maira-ira as it also popularly known is located in Malingay Cove in Sitio Malingay.
The hidden bay is at Mairaira Point, and is situated in a half moon shaped bay along with its fine white sands that contrast so strikingly with the blue and some say cerulean blue waters.
The first reaction is that it is absolutely breathtaking and needless to say people are regularly posting selfies and images to Instagram, so maybe you should do that as well.
Twice I've been here, both of my visits were either cloudy and windy like what was the weather in April 2012 or stormy just like what I had in June 2013.
|With Team Basti in 2013. We were so wet because it was raining during our Pagudpud tour.|
Sadly, I never got to take a picture of its real beauty. But if you are planning to visit Pagpudpud, dropping by or even staying at one of the resorts here is highly recommended!
WHAT TO BRING TO PAGUDPUD
Here are some things you might consider bringing with you for your day tour / adventure:
ENTRANCE FEE AND OTHER CHARGES
- Entrance Fee: P20/head (environmental fee)
- Camping Fee: It depends on where you choose to pitch your tent. Ask permission first. Some allow camping, some don’t. It can go from free to the usual P100 (exclusive of tent).
- Cottage Rental Fee: It depends on the resort/area, but it usually starts at P500 (open cottage).
- Tricycle Tour Rate: P600 (North Tour Package – Pagudpud Area); P600 (South Tour Package – Burgos Area); P250 (Batac Tour); P250 (Paoay Tour)
THINGS TO DO AT MAIRA-IRA BEACH
Here are some of the things to do and activities you can enjoy on your stay at Blue Lagoon:
- Surfing or Kiteboarding
- Banana boat
- Relax by the beach
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HOW TO GET TO BLUE LAGOON
From Laoag, you can catch a bus trip to Pagudpud from city proper.
For those who are backpacking and commuting using public transport, the best way to go to Blue Lagoon is to avail a tricycle tour around Pagudpud. Aside from visiting and staying at Blue Lagoon, the package includes visit to Dos Hermanos, Bantay Abot Cave and Timmantang Rock. Others opt to visit Patapat Viaduct, Saud Beach and other attractions in the countryside.
OTHER PLACES TO VISIT IN PAGUDPUD
Along the way to Blue Lagoon, you may also stop and visit these following tourist spots in Pagudpud:
At one end of the bay is the Nacatnagan Cliff in the east and the Dos Hermanos islands in the north, both popular destinations for tourists. These two features are also highly regarded local attractions which are on the agenda of any local tourist guide and make sure they take you there.
|Bantay Abot Cave|
Bantay Abot Cave
Derived its name to two Ilocano words “bantay” for mountain and “abot” for hole that is used to refer to it as a mountain hole. Technically speaking, it is in no way a mountain but more of a cave.
|Timmangtang Rock from Sheila Rouge blog.|
This rock by the sea is the other half of the legendary Lover’s Rock. This bell-shaped structure is just a few meters away from Bantay Abot and was said to have been part of it once. Some say that it was just a small rock before which came rolling down the mountains and grew bigger as the time goes by.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
- There are areas that are commercialized with numerous establishments lining the beach, and it can get really crowded. If you want fewer crowds, stay away from these areas.
- Tour packages in Pagudpud include various tourist destinations including Patapat Viaduct, Bantay Abot Cave and Timmangtang Rock and other sites in Pagudpud.
- Blue Lagoon is farther from the town proper of Pagudpud; hence, usually less crowded than Saud Beach.
- Packages range between P300 and P500 per tricycle.
- There's a P20 entrance fee going to Blue Lagoon (that was way back 2013).
- Resorts and establishments offer food and refreshments, but you can bring your own food or snack if staying in one of these resorts is not in your plan. Locals, especially homestays, offer to cook your food for you.
- Leave nothing but footprints.
WHERE TO STAY NEAR BLUE LAGOON
These are some of the hotels and resorts near Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud. Room rates are expected to be higher during peak season.
In our case, we stayed in a transient in Saud beach - 2 hours away from Blue Lagoon.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Pagudpud's Blue Lagoon
- What is Pagudpud beach known for?
Pagudpud is famous for its white-sand beaches and other beautiful natural wonders. That's why even if it takes more than 10 hours of drive or bus ride, people are still willing to travel there.
- Where is Pagudpud beach located?
Pagudpud lies 74 kilometres (46 mi) north of Laoag City, the provincial capital, and 561 kilometres (349 mi) north of Manila. Maira-ira Beach is the northernmost tip of Luzon Island, located at 18°33′34″N 120°47′15″E on the Luzon Strait.
- How do I get from Manila to Pagudpud?
With Manila as your start off point, you can board a 45 minute flight to Laoag International Airport via Philippine Airlines and take a two hour bus ride to Pagudpud. Various bus lines serve the Manila-Pagudpud route for a 10-12 hour drive.
- How much is bus from Manila to Pagudpud?
The cheapest way to get from Manila to Pagudpud is to bus which costs ₱650 and takes 12h.
- How many hours travel by land from Manila to Laoag?
Laoag is about 487km from Manila, and it takes an average of 10 hours to travel to the city.
HOW TO GET TO PAGUDPUD
Pagudpud is located at the northernmost part of Ilocos Norte which is approximately 2 hours ride from the capital, Laoag City. There are buses you can find at the city proper of Laoag offering trips to Pagudpud on a daily basis.
LAOAG CITY can be accessed by the following:
- By Land: Partas, GV Florida Transport, Dominion Bus Lines, Philippine Rabbit and Fariñas Transit have regular trips that will take you directly to Laoag City. Travel Time: From Manila to Laoag City, 10-12 hours. So, I advise you to have a night trip for this.
- By Plane. Take a direct flight from Manila to Laoag via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines. Travel Time: From Manila to Laoag City is about an hour. Flights are usually at night, so better make the necessary adjustments on your itinerary.
Check bus ticket rates via 12go Asia:
Check out my Ilocos Travel Guide:
- TOP 10 Must-See Sights in Ilocos Norte (Best Tourist Spots!)
- The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag City
- Bangui Wind Turbines, the First Wind Farm in the Philippines
- Malacañang of the North and the Marcoses
- Patapat Viaduct - Connecting Ilocos and Cagayan Valley
- 4x4 Adventure at Paoay Sand Dunes
- Saint Augustine Church AKA Paoay Church
- La Virgen Milagrosa Chapel of Badoc
- Blue Lagoon, The Boracay of the North
- Kapurpurawan Rock Formation of Burgos
- Cape Bojeador Lighthouse of Burgos
- Marcos Museum and Mausoleum in Batac
- 10 Ilocano Food That Will Make You Crave For
WHERE TO STAY IN ILOCOS NORTE: