Gem of the North : Badoc Island, Ilocos Norte

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Ilocos Norte is a province situated in the northern part of the Philippines. It is filled with tourist attractions, such as heritage sites, sand dunes, unspoiled beaches, waterfalls and outstanding landscape. The province is a wonderful destination for travelers and weekend warriors. It offers a wide variety of choices and adventures for all sorts of travelers. You can experience everything in this quaint province. Ilocos Norte is the perfect destination for an unforgettable escape from the fast-paced city life. 



Famous among hardcore travelers and backpackers, Badoc Island is still obscure and hidden to some tourists that visit Ilocos Norte. The island is unheard of and not that popular which makes it one of the best off the beaten path destination in the north.  The said island is the best kept secret of the province. 


Welcome to Paradise!

The island is still not crowded during summer season. 
Badoc Island is located in the town of Badoc in Ilocos Norte. If you are coming from Laoag you can ride a bus bound for Vigan and instruct the bus driver to drop you off at Badoc market. From Badoc market, ride a tricycle to Barangay Pagsanahan. Fare is around Php 100 to 200. There are boats waiting in Barangay Pagsanahan bound to the island. Fee is Php 1,000 (back and forth) for 5 persons. It will take 30 minutes to reach the pristine island. 


One of the best place to relax and unwind. 

The crystal clear water of Badoc Island. 

Badoc is the concealed treasure of Ilocos Norte. This gem is not yet commercialized and you can expect a peaceful and calm atmosphere with fewer tourists. The island is composed of powdery white sand and some crushed corals along the shore. The azure water is a feast in the eye. The aquamarine water that surrounds this island is just breathtaking. The island is relatively tiny but it has all the potential to be a top tourist attraction in the north. This tropical place can provide total relaxation and tranquility. 


Calm water matched with a relaxing atmosphere. 

The serene vibe of Badoc Island.

Small cottages or sheds are available in the island that you can rent for Php 300. Overnight camping is allowed and you can set up your tents anywhere on the beach. Though, there is a small store in the island that sell snacks and soda, it is still advisable to prepare all your meals and snacks before heading to Badoc Island. 

GETTING THERE:
  • From Manila, ride a bus bound to Laoag City. The fare is around Php 805 to 965.        Travel time is approximately 10 to 12 hours. Partas and Florida bus offers direct        route to Laoag. There terminals are located in Cubao or in Sampaloc, Manila. 
  • Instruct the bus driver to drop you off at Badoc market. From there, hire a tricycle    for Php 100-200 going to Barangay Pagsanahan. There are boats docked in Barangay  Pagsanahan that will take you to Badoc Island for Php 1000 (back and forth) good      for 5 persons. 
  • If you are already staying in Laoag City, take the bus bound to Vigan. Remind the      driver to drop you off at Badoc Market, from there ride a tricycle going to Barangay  Pagsanahan for Php 100 to 200. 
  • Environmental Fee: Php 50

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WHERE TO STAY:
  • Overnight camping is allowed in the island. Feel free to set up your camp anywhere on the beach.
  • Small cottages and sheds are also available in the island. You can rent it for just Php 300. 
Our boatman trying to relax in a hot summer sun.

About the author
Edss Tolentino is an aspiring travel writer, an adventure junkie and a seeker of the unknown. His goal is to explore the 7,641 islands of the Philippines and share its beauty to the world.

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