A Trek to Kabigan Falls & Blue Lagoon in Pagudpod

After eventful first day, the next day was more of relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the Northern Philippines. The thrilling trek to Kabigan Falls & serenity of the Blue Lagoon beach surely was the pick of the day. The first destination was Kabigan Water Falls which is in Pagudpod itself a bit further from our hotel in Saud beach.

I was carrying my 40mm 2.8 prime, 11-16 2.8 wide angle and Benro A300 to capture landscapes. The travel from Saud beach to Kabigan Falls was something. The part of the road was along the south China sea and bit zigzag. There was a 30 mins trek to Kabigan Falls and the scenery on the way was beautiful.

The Falls was covered by a virgin rain forest, full of tall green trees. The natural beauty was spectacular if you wants to do photography or you want to bathe in chilled water of the falls. Before the start of our trek I told my friends not to wait for me on the way as I might gonna stop here and there to take photos. Mr Parana (our guide) though stayed with me with his helping hand. He was the one who helped me a lot in this trek to set up my tripod in the middle of the water. It’s hard to explain sometimes how was the feeling looking at the viewfinder while standing in cold water.

I was carrying my Kenko ND400 (9 stops) for water flow long exposure shots. The light was not exactly the great and also it was drizzling frequently. I used manual focus in order to focus for long exposure shots. This is my first time using any ND filter and the results came out a bit noisy.

The journey & stones
Kabigan Falls

After returning from the trek we took few mins break and then we started for Blue Lagoon beach in Pagudpod. On our way we visited Patapat Viaduct . It is a concrete coastal bridge 1.3 km long and connects the Maharlika Highway from Laoag city in Ilocos Norte. The view was amazing from the bridge and I was also amazed to see the color rendering of Tokina lens. Wow.

Patapat Viaduct

When we reached at the Blue Lagoon Beach it’s already noon and we were hungry & thirsty. So we quickly finished our lunch & had couple of chilled beer by the beach. I heard this place was a secret spot before but because of its beautiful view and beach, now-a-days it has become a popular tourist spot of the north. The water is calm and it’s nice place to swim and relax. The sand is not entirely white, I would say its more fine off-white rainy sand which gives similar to the Boracay white sand beach.


The place is not too crowdy and I swam for the first time in this trip. Post that had a couple of beers and walked a bit along the shore. Tried for few long exposure shots using my Tokina 11-16 2.8 DX II.


Most of the shots I took on that day was using tripod. The photos came out tack sharp and also this is my first time carrying tripod on a trip. It was challenging in many ways but I liked it. A different exposure in travel photography.

Well I guess the Ilocos story is almost over. Hopefully able to post the 4th and the last part of our road trip by next week. Let me know your precious thoughts on this story and photos.

About avirup

A software engineer by profession & a photographer by passion. Indian by birth, proud Bengali & hail from the City of Joy, Kolkata. Exploring various places, people & their cultures, lifestyles through viewfinder fascinate me a lot. I would like to define these photographs as my life journals, pieces of my life journey, my imaginations through lens.

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  1. Vida Suenos December 22, 2014

    great photos!

  2. avirup December 22, 2014 — Post Author

    I am gonna post the last part of this story by tomorrow. Keep watching and spread the word. :)

  3. Arun Prasadh January 17, 2015

    Beautiful pictures

  4. Escape Hunter February 6, 2015

    You gave us the opportunity to get a glimpse of another side of the beautiful Philippines.

  5. http://www.theuntourists.com April 5, 2015

    Wow! Beautiful beach and beautiful images…

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