Bantay Abot Cave is located in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte and means "a mountain with a hole." A hole was found at the middle of the mountain where the waves were free to flash into its walls just like an open shore until it was wrecked by an earthquake during the 80's.
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Before we landed in Laoag City, we HAD a planned itinerary. The weather forecast app warned us about heavy rains and scattered thunderstorms. So we had it all planned out. Let's do Plan A. If weather does not permit us, we'll do Plan B. But traveling does not always work that way. However convenient traveling from Davao to Ilocos by plane is, still got our energies drained. It was raining when we got there. So we just decided to sleep for the rest of the day, scrap all our plans out, and do what we do best: go traveling spontaneously.
After driving almost 12 hours from Manila to Pagudpud, we were quite lucky to book a hotel that is in front of a Beach. The Saud Beach is already a tourist destination so our tired as**s took its break while enjoying this magnificent view.
Ilocos Norte is a province of the Philippines in Ilocos Region. Its capital is Laoag City and it is at the northwest corner of Luzon Island. We had booked our trip with a tour group organized by Triple 8 Travel and Tours. Joining the tour group means all you have to do is pack your travel essentials. Pack light since the round trip transportation they provide from Manila-Ilocos-Manila is a van, but comfortable and travel friendly. Also, be sure to have all your gadgets charged as the travel time is long and you will start your tour straightaway when you reach Vigan, before they take you to Sub ...
One simply cannot explore the past in 3 days. "There's so much detail and complications there that cannot be understood in a short period of time", folks might say. Perhaps the theory is true, but it didn't stop us from experiencing a taste of it!
Since my childhood days were spent mostly far away from my mother and without any siblings to play with, it has always been my dream to spend an out-of-town vacation with my family. Just last month, I turned that 20-year old dream into a reality at last! From Saudi Arabia, I flew 5,000 miles to spend a month-long annual vacation in the Philippines ...
The destination happens to be a cave, but my photos relate otherwise. Haha The Bantay Abot Cave is literally a mountain with a hole. It is said that different natural occurrences caused the creation of the unusual hole. So don't expect a real deep cave. :) The dominant view in the area are rock formations and what seems to be an endless horizon of the sea.
The entire place looks so serene and relaxing. In reality, it is quite challenging to capture great photos. The shore is filled with sharp fragments of rock formations. The limited pathways are steep. The waves of the sea are too powerful ...
We love hushed, charming faraway towns. Their rustic charm and the pristine natural vistas around them never fail to reinvigorate our bodies, minds, and souls. The townsfolk's way of life, practiced for generations and relatively uncontaminated by the complexities of city life, gives us a glimpse of rich tradition and simple grace. Their culture is a proof that simplicity and a relaxed pace of living can bring as much happiness as power and riches. One such place is the quiet coastal resort town of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, the northernmost settlement in the island of Luzon.
After a few hours ...