They had great fun at Ilocos Norte Sand Dunes

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I was in the NORTH. Up at the coasts of Cagayan and the Ilocos Norte provinces when I was again invited to be part of Lakbay Norte’s 2011 edition, Leg 2, visiting several new and interesting spots as well as reacquainted with some old sites. You need not go to the Middle East just to experience sand boarding in the deserts. The Ilocos Norte Sand Dunes is just as perfect!

Its actually an easy and fun sport that makes the adrenaline rush addictive. The area, a declared National Geological Monument, is found only in the province of Ilocos Norte, at the western side near the sea straddling the municipalities of Paoay, Pasuquin, Currimao and the city of Laoag. The best sand boarding spots are in La Paz, Laoag City and Paoay.

Isn’t it time that you visit this place and have the time of your life sandboarding or even have wild 4×4 fun? For more details, check this post.

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Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.


  1. Nikko
    September 15, 2011 @ 13:31

    I can feel the rush while watching the images. Will try this one day! :)shoot sa bucket list hehe

  2. Christina
    September 16, 2011 @ 22:38

    Hah, I love the looks on their faces, it definitely spells adrenaline 😀 Must try this someday!

  3. Chris
    September 17, 2011 @ 9:48

    That looks like a blast! It’s actually a somewhat common passtime here in Oz too. The resort I’m staying at in QLD next month does it!

  4. Tripper10 : Tripsiders
    September 23, 2011 @ 19:47

    Parang gusto kong subukan..:)

  5. estan
    September 23, 2011 @ 21:46

    Tripper, you should. its really fun 🙂

  6. Josiah
    September 26, 2011 @ 14:42

    Coool!!! I will try this when I get lost in Ilocos soon. 🙂

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    February 7, 2012 @ 22:19

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