Welcome to the most famous sand dunes in the Philippines!
The Ilocos Sand Dunes stretches encompasses the towns of Currimao through to Pasuquin in Ilocos Norte. The La Paz Sand Dunes in Laoag City is one of the more popular sand dune destinations in Ilocos Norte. But Paoay Sand Dunes is getting more attention the past years.
Don't get confused, La Paz Sand Dunes is different from Paoay Sand Dunes. The one in Paoay is bigger than La Paz.
Here are the best activities to avail when you visit Paoay Sand Dunes:
4X4 RIDE EXPERIENCETo start your Paoay Sand Dunes Adventure, hire a 4x4 Rough Riding vehicle at the base of the site. A fleet of these 4x4s are at your disposal and a professional driver will be your guide to the vast sand dunes.
For 1,500php for a maximum of 5 people per car, the driver will tour the group at the Sand dunes for 30 minutes. Sightseeing and photo sessions can be done for this package.
For the more adventurous type, rent the 4x4 for an hour which will then include sand boarding and thrilling drops on steep sand ridges that will make you scream in excitement. Hold on to the steel bar while standing on the 4x4 for the most exciting adventure in Ilocos Norte.
The sand ridges can go as high as 10-20ft at the most, while the most thrilling ride is the “rollercoaster”, where a series of sand hills will make you hold on to that bar of steel for dear life.
After these rides, try sand boarding where a plank of wood is your equipment to slide over sand folds in the vast landscape. It has the same discipline as skate boarding, such as balance is the key to the sport.
|Sandboarding is one of the activities at Paoay Sand Dunes|
The soft sand is your cushion and your defense to the fear of trying again.
The hardest and most tiring aspect of the sport? Going up again the sandy slope after sliding down, but this will not prevent you to try and try until you do it perfectly. This package will cost 2,500php.
Today, they also offer ATVs for much exciting experience.
|Aside from 4x4 car, you can also rent an ATV at Paoay Sand Dunes|
After the thrill, the guide will then drive the group down to the beach shores along the sand dunes. It is a perfect way to end a beautiful and exhilarating adventure.
Plan your trip either in the early morning to welcome the sunrise (open as early as 5am) just like what we did.
Or late afternoon (5-6pm) to glory on the sunset not only because it’s marvelous but also to avoid the heat of the afternoon sun that can reflect to the sand.
ATTRACTIONS TO SEE IN ILOCOS NORTE
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Paoay Sand Dunes
- Why is there sand dunes in Ilocos?
The sand dunes of Ilocos were created by the interaction of the wind, sea, and river that together cause erosion and deposition. The size of the dunes varies depending on a number of factors, including the currents, weather conditions, nature of winds, amount of sediment, and type of vegetation in the area.
- How are Paoay sand dunes formed?
Paoay Sand Dunes is the product of wave action during high tides cause's sand and silt deposited offshore to form sand bars. During low tides, sand bars close to the beach are dried by the wind and sun, which are transported by strong winds blowing toward the land, to finally build up the sand dunes.
- How much is sand dunes Ilocos?
Regular price for this package usually costs P2,500 for 3-4 persons. Our rate was 625/pax for a minimum of 4pax per 4×4 truck. That price already included the sandboarding experience and unlimited picture taking.
- Which is better La Paz Sand Dunes of Paoay sand dunes?
The La Paz Sand Dunes have steeper drops, while the Paoay has an excellent view of the beach. As for the sand boarding, be prepared to have fun sliding and roll over the sand in some occasions. The La Paz has more options such as standing board, solo sitting sled and duo sitting sled.
ACTIVITIES AND TOURS IN MANILA
HOW TO GET TO PAOAY SAND DUNES
Paoay Sand Dunes is located along the coast in Municipality of Paoay in Ilocos Norte. There are tricycles you can rent for a day tour around Paoay from Laoag City.
LAOAG CITY can be accessed by the following:
- By Land: Partas, GV Florida Transport, Dominion Bus Lines, Philippine Rabbit and Fariñas Transit have daily 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. You can also rent a car or van if you prefer a private vehicle to Laoag.
- 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.
For complete details, visit - LAOAG TRANSPORTATION GUIDE
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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
Have fun, Juan!
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