The price is reasonable enough, for 300 pesos per tricycle, you can tour four of the must-see destinations of the Northern Ilocos, there is also a 600php/tricycle package where you can tour nine of the must-see places in the north; however, since we have to be in Vigan by afternoon, we opted for the 300php journey. Each tricycle could accommodate 2 passengers, if there are three of you and you would want to be squeezed-in, an additional 200php is needed. It all started after we went to see the nude-brown sand and aquamarine waters of Pagudpud...Ahh, never thought that the South China Sea could be so relaxing and calm. Not to mention the fact that the place is not to crowded, you can just do your own thing and and bask in the heat of sunlight. It also feels good to know that Pagudpud is on top of the Philippine map, at the northwestern corner, the last town up north, it would make you feel like you are on the edge of the Philippines. On you right side, one could already see the Bangui Wind Farm stretched on a straight line as if it's turbines are fanning you. After spending quite some time on the beach and before the sun gets fiery hot, we then went on a tour to the famous Bangui Wind Farm, along the way, the driver is kind enough to make occasional stops on different signs like the 'Welcome to Pagudpud' arc and have our picture taken. There is no traffic and the sun at 8 am is still not that hot, add the fact that breeze feels good against our skin. The main road to Bangui farm is smooth but the secondary road to the farm is a rough/dirt road, so be prepared for a lot of bumps and humps, you really wouldn't mind those simple inconvinience because you can already see the Wind Farm and you're just too excited to have your pictures taken to even bother. Upon reaching the Bangui Wind farm, a 30-minute ride, you would notice the difference in sands of Pagudpud, Bangui is gray and a bit coarse. The Wind-powered turbines are intimidating when you go near, it makes you feel overwhelm or maybe I'm just emotional and dramatic. Nevertheless, Bangui gives you a picturesque view that would look good in every shot. The next stop is the White Stone formation, another rough road to travel, long rough road, more rocky and the sun is already at it's peak by then, upon reaching the destination, you must walk down a flight of stone stairs and upon reaching the beach front where the sand is none-existent but was replaced by black rocks as if they were products of an underwater volcanic eruption. There is also a drying stream along the way, though the water is clear, there is a certain sulfuric smell. The white rock formation could be likened to that of the Ayers Rock of Australia, although, relatively smaller, it is believed to have been made because of the forces of ocean. Last stop is the Cape Bojoeador Lighthouse in Burgos, probably one of the oldest lighthouse in the Philippines, it was declared as a Heritage site and upon reaching the top of the lighthouse would give you a breathtaking view of the entire town of Burgos and a good view of the sea down below.
All in all, despite the heat and some of the rocky ride, the 300-600 PHP is worth it! Visit Ilocos Norte and fall in love!