Ilocos Sur/Norte: 1,300KM, 10 Destinations within 57 Hours.
After the century old Paoay Church, it's time for an amazing and extreme adventure in Paoay Sand Dunes. By the way, a friend of mine, who is now working in a country in middle east, keeps on taking photos from the sand dunes of Dubai and Saudi Arabia. I thought, Sand Dunes can only be found in the dessert countries around the world, but it's not!
Here in Ilocos Norte, Philippines, we have the same feature and adventure that the dessert safari have and also, this place is always part of the Filipino movies, like the scenes which has a dessert as the background. Paoay Sand Dunes have extreme activities like 4 x 4 Ride, sand boarding and All Terrain Vehicle.
The strong wind is the one which creates the dunes and the wavy-like formation on the ground. The grayish sand of Ilocos is really fine and because of it is light weight, the wind can easily carry the sand everywhere. Then far from the parking area, I saw an oasis (I think) near the shoreline. With trees and small lake (look at the picture above) For more info and photos of each destination, just click the phrases written in yellow.
After the sunny adventure, we got sweat and sticky skin, so time to go back in our van while the rest were still enjoying the wind and the sand. Our foot prints on the sand easily disappeared because the wind moves the grains of the sand fast. After that tiring activities plus our stomach were all starving, we decided to leave the site and proceeded to our next destination which is Vigan City for their Empanada.