Last summer, we headed way up north to Ilocos to discover it’s wonders. I was surprised and amazed of how beautiful the province is! They have awesome beaches, amazing food, and a rich and dynamic history that tugs your heart.
There were a lot of wonderful places in the region that we went to, but I chose to post Paoay Sand Dunes first. It is located in the northern province of Ilocos, a good 4-5 hours in about 100 kph run. The sand dunes are not just any other sand dunes, a few popular filipino movies were shot here - Panday, Temptation Island, to name a few. It offers quite a small amount of activities in a very out-of-nowhere environment. You could opt to go 4x4, ATV, Sand boarding or just probably wander around.
It is seemingly a dessert. And having very high temperature may discourage you. But I advice that you go by 4-6 pm or 7-9 am to avoid the scorching heat. With this, you could enjoy the sand activities a lot more than going at high noon. The experience was pleasurable, the ATV ride, most especially was heart stopping. It was a cross between race car driving rush and a roller coaster ride experience. It perfectly suits adrenaline junkies for you drive to a high hill of sand, and drive down to a seemingly 80 degree angle fall. We were all so scared, since my family and I are not fans of adrenaline filled activities, but the try was all worth it! It was scary (for us) but gives you so much fun and enjoyment. I highly recommend you try it. And oh! Did I mention, you get an overlooking view of the province and the beach? Yes! Beach. So pack your bags and plan your next summer!