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Monday, May 20, 2013

Paoay Sand Dunes: Sand Surfing in Paoay Ilocos Norte

One of our most memorable Travel Tripster experience during our travel is our Sand Surfing in the Paoay Sand Dunes of Paoay Ilocos Norte.

paoay sand dunes
Once you reach Paoay Ilocos Norte, its quite easy to find signs towards the 88 kilometers wide Paoay Sand Dunes.  Booking for a ride with a 4x4 Adventure Ride was easy.  We made a stop at the Paoay Tourist Center in the hut by Paoay Lake who instructed us to head to
Paoay Sand Dunes where tents are set up with 4x4 rides taking in groups one at a time. 

paoay sand dunes
While Travel Tripster Kurt decided to take the front seat for a bit comfty ride, we girls enjoyed the more bumpy and thrilling ride standing on the back.  Our ride followed the tracks previously taken by others.  It's safer that way I guess. 

paoay sand dunes

We reached towards the edge of Suba Beach.  Our driver asked if we wanted to take the beginner or higher one. 

paoay sand dunes sandsurfing
We decided on the higher one and took turns with the board.  I'm really bad at it and trying was difficult because you have to climb up each time. 

Though Kurt was never a trier like me, he's usually capable of doing things on his first try and sand surfing was  not an exception.  Before we got headed back, everyone was able to sand surf properly.  While, I shamefully ripped my pants. 

paoay sand dunes sandsurfing

The ride back was quicker and some how calming despite the bumpy ride.  The beautiful blue skies over sand trails was a nice sight which I'd like to remember forever.

Overall, the Paoay Sand Dunes is an exciting travel must stops in the Philippines.   It's amazing that there's a sand dune right in a non-dessert country so why not try right?  I'm going to go back and try again next time. 

Paoay Sand Dunes
Address Paoay Sand Dunes, Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Budget Per Person 4x4 and Board Rental (2,500/4 persons) Paoay Sand Dunes Map
Payment Options Cash

Operating Hours Monday to Sunday:
(even holidays)
6 am - 6 pm
Reservation Required No but encouraged
Contact Paoay Off-Roaders and Adventure Group 
Gilbert Santos (0928) 947-3518

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