About 15 minutes away from Paoay Lake, we went to the sand dunes of Suba, Ilocos Norte for a quick stop. This was not supposed to be part of our itinerary but since we had a few minutes to spare, we were lucky to be given the time to check the place out.
Quick Stop at Suba Sand Dunes
Paoay, Ilocos Norte
view from the bus
“Guys, 10 minutes only!” Ivan of Ivan About Town said that we shouldn’t take long as we still had some activities lined up for the rest of the day.
I was happy to have the chance to step down the bus and not just stare at the place from afar that I hurriedly took my camera out and stepped foot on the sand.
Lakbay Norte 3 Victory Liner Bus in Paoay
One of the extreme activities you can do in this set-up is sand boarding. Sandboarding is a board sport that includes going down a sand dune with your body on the board. It’s like snowboarding but it’s done on the sand instead of snow.
This was one of the highlights during the second installment of Lakbay Norte and it really enticed me to visit Northern Luzon.
Marcos of Ambot-Ah.com
Panoramic Views of Suba Sand Dunes in Paoay, Ilocos Norte
But since there was no board available, I was left with admiring the view of the place from all angles. 4×4 jeeps can also be driven so to explore the landscape.
Check out an article by Kara of TravelingUp about sandboaring in Ilocos here: Sandboarding and 4×4 Ride in Ilocos Norte
Click the photos for a larger view.
Sand dunes of Suba, Paoay, Ilocos Norte
Though I haven’t been to one, it felt like I was in a desert and on an egypt holiday vacation. The sun was up high and there was a vast and sandy landscape which made me want to run to the sea.
If ever I go back to this place, I’ll definitely try the sand boarding sport. For now, we simply had to jump up and down, and run around and about.
An idea hit me and I wondered how it would be like to become a human rolling pin. I’d roll my body down the slope and see how fast I could go.
But the crazy idea was cut short when we were told to go back to the bus so we could proceed to our next destination. Ah, the things that enter my mind. I know I could end up getting hurt in the process but I’d still do it anyway. Maybe some other time. ;p
hyper with James of JourneyingJames.com and Gael of ThePinaySoloBackpacker.com
photo by Marcos of Ambot-Ah.com
Here’s a very short video clip of the Suba Sand Dunes in Paoay, Ilocos Norte. Don’t mind the talking. The wind at some points was so strong it blew sand all over my body.
***Lakbay Norte 3 is an eight-day Media familiarization bus tour organized by the North Philippine Visitors Bureau to Rediscover the North of Luzon, Philippines.
Check out my other Lakbay Norte 3 adventures here:
- Lakbay Norte 3: Rediscover the North
- Surfing at Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
- Quick Stop at Suba Sand Dunes in Paoay, Ilocos Norte
- Dawel River Cruise & Bangus Harvest in Dagupan, Pangasinan
- White Water Rafting at Chico River in Kalinga
- Paddleboarding in Paoay Lake, Ilocos Norte
- Off-Road 4×4 Adventure to Puning Hot Springs in Angeles, Pampanga
- Sand Spa & Mudpack at Puning Hot Springs in Angeles, Pampanga
- Sport Fishing at Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija
Food & Accommodation:
- The Manor Hotel in Baguio City
- Lunch at Kapuluan Vista Resort, Pagudpud
- Widus Resort and Casino Hotel in Clark, Pampanga
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First ba ako? Haha. Anyway, back to the post, dyan ba yung location nung Temptation Island movie. In fairness, ang ganda ganda. The 6th photo just took my breath away.
ay sayang di kayo nakapag sand boarding… it a must try! anyway, it's a reason to come back… ^_^
@hoobert the awesome: haha, yep first ka. I think so, this is a long stretch of sand dunes from Curimao to La Paz to Suba to Pasuquin, all in Ilocos Norte. Thanks!
@mervz: haha, sayang nga, but yes, all the more reason to come back! 🙂
Hey, thanks for linking my previous blog post Ed! 🙂 Nice panoramic shots!
mukhang hyper nga. hahaha… nasa tamang lugar naman daw para maging hyper. i like suba and lapaz san dunes.
@Kara: no problem, very detailed yung post mo about sandboarding! thanks kara!
@dong ho: hahaha, feeling ko kung nandun ka dom, tumbling ka rin. hahaha.
🙂 ayus. dito ba yung panday ni-shoot?. gusto sana namin sandboarding!! 🙂 btw, thanks for your posts on macau… matagal na me lurker dito! galing 🙂
Eto ung kagandahan sa Suba mas malapit sa dagat. Pero ok na rin sa Lapaz, maganda pa rin naman yung view.
@sendo: i think so, or was it at the La Paz Sand Dunes in Laoag? This is a long stretch of sand na aabot hanggang Paoay. thanks for reading my posts about Macau!
@killerfillers: haha, onga, natuwa ako nung makita ko ang dagat! ang haba pala nya! wish we had more time though 😀
mukhang masarap kahit stopover lang ha. puro panoramic shots nga ang effective sa venue na 'yan. i hope hindi masyadong makati sa mata ang sand…