Itching for an off the beaten path adventure with no hassle, budget-friendly, and of course worth the travel for, this summer? You’re in the perfect blog post, my friend. This is legitly an epic island getaway that will capture your heart and take you away from everything and everyone else.
Imagine a paradise with long and wide stretches of white sand, and azure crystal clear waters, untouched and pristine, and totally away from the crowd. Ahhhhh, we all need that. Thankfully, we have Badoc Island that will satisfy our desire for that mind-boggling paradise.
How to get to Badoc Island, Ilocos?
- Ride a bus bound to Ilocos Norte: 600-800PHP
- Drop off at Badoc New Market / Badoc Town
- Ride a tricycle going to either:
- Barangay Pagsanahan or
- La Virgen Milagrosa (our camping site)
- Hire a boat going to Badoc Island: 800PHP-1000PHP
What to bring:
Aside from bringing yourself, your extra clothes, and the usual to bring stuff, here are some additional things I suggest you to bring:
- Beddings for your tent accommodation
- Insect Repellant
- Cards / Board Games/ Etc for Socialization
- Snorkeling Gears (You must not miss how clear Badoc Island’s water is!)
- Underwater Camera (To document your memories underwater)
- Camping Essentials if you’re going to camp
For beach lovers visiting Ilocos: Pagudpod is a place that will automatically pop out in your mind. Yep, Ilocos’ town of Pagudpod is a well known destination for white sand and turquoise colored beaches, fun beach activities, and the like. But did you know that there is more in Ilocos than being in a mainstream beach in the town of Pagudpod? The picture perfect place I’m telling you about is Badoc Island, an unspoiled hidden paradise located in the province of Ilocos Norte.
With its alluring white, powdery sand, tricolored turquoise clear water, complimented by the island’s stunning landsca pe, this is the kind of place that will definitely take your heart away. The view, the warm sun, the fresh sea breeze, ahhhhhh, everything was perfect. And guess what, crowds in the island are thin to non- existent. It was so peaceful and pristine. Silence and tranquility are next to none. You’ll absolutely want to keep the island all to yourself.
Before getting to the island, a mini-boat ride is required, jumping off from Barangay Pagsanahan. During our experience, it was a rough ride since waves are not that friendly that day. But it was a fun and challenging ride! Just be careful with your gadgets, and make sure its secured in a dry bag.
The perfect idyll that welcomes us the moment we arrive in the island was unexplainable. I literally wowed when I saw how clear the water and how powdery the sand was. I was beyond happy!
Do take note that the island has no electricity and water supply nor any establishments available- even comfort rooms. Make sure to release all the wiwi and pupu before entering the island. Also, tent pitching are allowed in the area, however like I’ve said there are no comfort rooms available, so it might be a problem to your excretion system. If you want to camp in Badoc, continue reading this post.
One unique experience we had during our stay in the island is hiking the mountain in the middle of the island. It has no name yet since it was still new. And guess what? We were the first ones who hiked this mountain! How awesome is that?! Hiking this mountain is actually prohibited to the public said the person who brought us here. Thanks to him we were able to hike this awe-inspiring mountain!
It was just a short hike, probably around 15-20 minutes time, before we reach the peak. The trail was not established yet, hence we were making our own, which makes the hike challenging.
La Virgen Milagrosa
After a perfect day by the beach, we are now off to our camping site, La Virgen Milagrosa. You wouldn’t believe how romantic the ambiance of this place is. There’s this unique chapel which has an archaic yet sophisticated structure and is located beside the beach. Totally a quintessential place to unwind and just forget about the world.
We had our tents pitched just beside the beach and it was just so perfect. We can hear the waves crashing, feel the wind flowing, and see the moon shining. Those moments were irreplaceable with anything.
It was a long night were endless conversations and priceless laughs happen. Our night was filled with drinks, music, and pure memories, as we feel the warmness coming from the bonfire and the coolness coming from the sea breeze. Ahhhhh, definitely one for the books!
The resort not only offers camping activities but also those fun ones:
- Mini Boat: P50/pax/hr
- Bamboo Rafting: P50/pax/hr
- Water Pedal Boat: P250/hr (Good for 2 pax)
- Water Pedal Bike: P250/hr (Good for 2 pax)
- Floating Cottage: P500 – 4 Hrs (Good for 10 pax)
- Water Bouy/ Floater: P50/hr
Juan Luna Shrine
Its a brand new day and this day is dedicated to exploring Badoc town. We had our stop to Juan Luna Shrine, an ancient ancestral home that is preserved for years. The house is made with clay bricks and molave wood which makes the structure so artsy and remarkable.
Additional side trip: Calle Crisologo, Vigan
There were so much to visit in Badoc town, but since we wanted to visit Vigan, we opted to just tour the Ilocos Sur side rather than exploring the town. So yeay, hello Vigan!
For the nth time, I’m in Vigan again. And for the nth time, this little town captured my heart over and over again. Calle Crisologo’s rustic charm never failed to amaze me. It is as if I was travelling back in time. Every corner was too aesthetically alluring.
Travel guide in Vigan, Ilocos Sur: Ilocos Sur Escapade: 3D 2N Ilocos Tour Travel Guide
DAY 1: BADOC ISLAND TOUR
- 10:30PM DEPARTURE FROM MANILA
- 06:00 AM Breakfast
- 07:00 AM Arrival in Badoc Market
- *Purchase food (seafoods, snacks, water, etc)
- 08:00 AM Proceed to Badoc Island
- 08:30 AM Explore Badoc Island
- *Swimming Activity and/or snorkeling
- Note: Individual guest is advised to bring personal snorkeling gear.
- 03:00 PM Proceed to La Virgen Milagrosa Chapel
- 03:30 PM Setting-up of Tent
- 04:00 PM Sunset Viewing
- 05:00 PM Sightseeing at La Virgen Milagrosa Chapel
- 06:00 PM Dinner
- 07:00 PM Bonfire Activity and Socialization
DAY 2: BADOC TOWN TOUR
- 08:00AM Breakfast
- 09:00AM Free time
- 12:00 NN Lunch
- 01:00 PM Visit Juan Luna Shrine
- 02:00 PM Visit Vigan
- 04:30 PM Departure to Manila
- 12:00 MN Arrival in Manila
Meet the squad:
Representing the RKC Cluster of SGV’s Advisory Service line. It may be the company’s busy season, and that our lives are expected to revolve around office works and such, but no matter how busy we are, we still make it to the point to relish God’s gift of life. And thankfully, we maximized our opportunity to enjoy life through yolo-ing & traveling! It was really one heck of a freaking weekend! We can’t wait to have an another adventure with the gang!