Exploring 5 Out Of Home Adventures to Enjoy in Ilocos, Philippines

A video preview of our 3-day Ilocos adventure.

Date: Nov 29-May 1, 2016
Place: Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Camera: Supremo 1 Action Camera
Video Editor: Adobe Premiere Pro

Music: “Celeste” credits to Ezra Vine-Les Enfants

 

Riding a van from Manila, it took us seven to eight hours of travel time before we finally arrived at Ilocos. Nevertheless, our long wait was worth it because of the wonderful adventure we had during our 3-day trip.

Sharing with you below the Out of Home adventures we had during our trip in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

 

1.) 4×4 Ride and Sand boarding

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Our 4X4 Ride is one of the most thrilling adventure we had in Ilocos. Super exciting!

 

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Sand Dunes is completely a desert place where the sun is extremely shining. Make sure you bring towels, hat or any sun block!

 

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We don’t have snow boarding in the Philippines but we do have Sand boarding! This adventure is already included in Sand Dunes’ package. This is a must-try experience!

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Yes, we survived from the easy to the highest trails of this desert! La Paz Sand Dunes is located at Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

 

2.) Swimming at Pagudpud Beach

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Another attraction at Ilocos is their famous white sand beach – Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud!

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Have fun playing with the waves! (Photo captured using Supremo 1 Action Camera)

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Other activities you can do at Pagudpud includes zip line adventure and other water sports like banana boat ride. There are also available booths for  Permanent and Henna Tattoo!

 

3.) Horseback Riding

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Horseback riding with view of Ilocos’ windmills. Did you know that Ilocos is at the forefront of renewable energy technology? See it yourself because your Ilocos tour wouldn’t be completed without visiting Bangui Windmills!

 

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Ilocanos are friendly and so this horsey! Experience Horseback riding on your way to Kapurpurawan Rock Formation!

 

4.) Food Trip

Along the way of our adventure we had the opportunity to try  Ilocano foods such as Puqui-puqui,Warek warek, Bagnet, Pakbet, Special Empanada, Laoag and Vigan Longganisa, and the their ideal pasalubong, Royal Bibingka. Apart from these, they also have a lot of  dragon fruit produce.

 

5.) Heritage Tour

 

And of course, historical sites and city tour must be part of your Ilocos adventure. Here are some of the tourist spots you might want to include in your itinerary:

Ilocos Norte

  • Bangui Windmills
  • Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
  • Currimao Coral Rock Formation
  • Fort Ilocandia
  • Juan Luna Shrine/ House
  • Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation
  • Paoay Church
  • Paoay Lake
  • Malacañang of the North
  • Marcos Mansion
  • Pagudpud
  • Patapat Viaduct
  • Sand Dunes

 

Ilocos Sur:

  • Archbishop Palace & Museum
  • Burgos Museum
  • Banaoang Bridge
  • Bantay Church and Bell Tower
  • Baluarte Mini Zoo (Baluarte Ni Chavit)
  • Calle Crisologo
  • Crisologo Museum
  • Heritage Village (Mestizo District)
  • Hidden Garden
  • Plaza Salcedo
  • Plaza Burgos
  • Pagburnayan (Jar Making Factory)
  • Leona Florentino House
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Vigan Tourist Park at Mira Hills

 

 

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Fashion and Style with Royal Kouture

 

Founded on 2009, ROYAL KOUTURE happily spreads fashion and style by selling different fabulous products from bags, shoes, sandals, accessories and clothes. Their product designs are usually derived from the current fashion style seen in The Catwalk and Fashion magazines from Bangkok.

 

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The founders of Royal Kouture are also fashion enthusiasts themselves. They believe that Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma and Fashion is something that comes after style. Their brand simply helps their target customers to be FREE in expressing their own fashion style by choosing from different products offered on their online shop.

 

Royal Kouture’s latest sandals

 

This online shop brand receives regular and happy clients not just because of great products but also of their convenient and great service transactions. As one of their founders said, “I don’t overprice since I’m a consumer as well. With regards to QUALITY and PRICE, I am providing my clients the BEST OFFER.”

 

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Check out ‪#‎RoyalkouturePH‬ latest products and offers! Like and shop on their Facebook Page. Visit ROYAL KOUTURE for more details.

 

Exploring Caramoan Islands

Date: May 22-May 25, 2016
Place: Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur, Philippines
Camera: Supremo 1 Action Camera
Video Editor: Adobe Premiere Pro
Music: “Fools” credits to The Ransom Collective

It was an exciting escapade for me and my office mates because it is our first time to get there. Apart from that, we all really wanted to be free once again from the busy city of manila and have a refreshing treat with nature. Personally,  this trip is special to me as this is my last outing with our company and a perfect moment to enjoy with them. Yup! Because I will finally work at home as full-time. (It’s a mixed emotion but… Yey!)

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Adventure started when we flew from Manila to Naga City! For a hassle-free trip, we asked our hotel accommodation to arrange our van transfer and island hopping activity.

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From Naga Airport, we took a 1-hr van ride to Sabang Port to ride a boat to Guijalo Port in Caramoan. Getting into the boat was a bit tricky but the porters helped us. They are amazing!

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It took us 2 hrs before we finally arrived at Guijalo port. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the view and the fresh air along the way. Who would not love this scene??

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West Peninsula Villas served us for accommodation. Our stay with them was good! The facilities are just perfect for us. They have additional recreational areas like swimming pool, billiards, Karaoke and gym. They have Free WiFi but make sure to bring your own in case you would need a faster connection for video streaming and the like. 😉

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The adventure continues! Jump off to port for Island hopping! 🙂

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A moment of silence for this majestic place. Perfect time to relax and reminisce!

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A day of island hopping is not enough to visit all the islands and sand bars of Caramoan. Each islands have unique features you will really be amazed with. This is a view from Matukad Island. It has an enchanting secret lagoon, rock formations and polvoron-like sand.

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Matukad Island

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Tayak Island

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Bugtong Island

 

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Cotivas Island

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Lahos Island. a back to back beach Island.

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Our lady of the Most Holy Rosary – Mother of Peace Grotto, Caglago Mountain, Brgy. Tagbon. Photo by Cheska Marie France.

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We survived the 527 steps to the grotto!

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More than enjoying the wonderful and majestic place of Caramoan, I had a great time reminiscing the moments I’ve spent with our company and looking forward on the life ahead of me. I will truly miss Caramoan and the people I am with during the trip. Indeed, it was a wonderful 3 days and 2 nights of escapade. Thank you so much, C360 Team and of course, Caramoan Islands! 🙂

Caramoan Island is located in the lower eastern part of Camarines Sur in the Bicol region of the Philippines.