The Ilocos Norte Sand Dune is one of the best places to go for a wild 4×4 offroad adventure with its wide expanse of sand dunes that stretches for kilometers before bordered by the sea. Of all the places we’ve visited in our Lakbay Norte tour, this was the best experience. Last January 2010, I was invited by the North Philippines Visitors Bureau to join a media tour of travel writers and bloggers to experience North Luzon for seven days starting in Cagayan province all the way to Pampanga to sample the various local cuisines and experience the attractions offered by the various provinces along the route.
Ayoko na please. Tama na!
Mishy pleaded with the driver of the blue 4×4 offroad vehicle that we rode on to stop as she was hugging the horizontal bar at the back. But no one listened. The driver, with a devilish smile, revved it up all the more as he set his sights on a slope with a steep descent. And off we go, screaming and shrieking, both men and women who were aboard hugging for dear life but filled with elation in this wild, wild adventure.
It’s really advisable to start early as the noon sun can be exhausting and blazingly hot in this open space. There are also lots of places to go to considering that the Ilocos Norte Sand Dunes is around 52 square miles stretching from Currimao all the way south to Pasuquin. For this offroad adventure, we were at Brgy. Suba in Paoay. In La Paz, Laoag City, there are also steeper descents compared in Suba.
Just before we wrapped up with our 4×4 offroad vehicle ride, there was this quite steep and longer descent that at first glance, looks kind of scary. When we actually tried it, it was abrupt and really, its not that difficult at all!
The Ilocos Norte Sand Dunes is really expansive and the best way to negotiate the sandy terrain with its many ascents and descents, rolling hills and slopes that are often held together with just ground vegetation is by all terrain 4×4 offroad vehicles.
If you are visiting the place, it’s better to get in touch with the Paoay Off Roaders and Adventure Group (Benny Arce, +63 917 5230331, firstname.lastname@example.org). LEAD (Reny Tan, +63 919 8735516, www.wentravelandtours.tripod.com) also offers this one.