Suba Sand Dunes in Paoay, Ilocos Norte

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Paoay Sands in Ilocos Norte

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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.

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Sand Dunes

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

Paoay Sand Dunes - Paoay - Ilocos Norte
hyper with James of and Gael of
photo by Marcos of

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.lakbay norte

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10 thoughts on “Suba Sand Dunes in Paoay, Ilocos Norte”

  1. @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! 🙂

  2. 🙂 ayus. dito ba yung panday ni-shoot?. gusto sana namin sandboarding!!   🙂 btw, thanks for your posts on macau… matagal na me lurker dito! galing 🙂 

  3. @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 😀

  4. 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…


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