Sand Dunes

North Luzon

Located along the coast near Laoag, the seemingly endless sand dunes sprawl south all the way to Paoay. Access is easiest to the La Paz stretch, only 15 minutes from the city. The Suba dunes near the Fort Ilocandia resort is where scenes from Mad Max and Born on the Fourth of July were shot.

Fort Ilocandia rents out 4WDs and you can also go sandboarding with Ilocos Sand Adventures.

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Nearby North Luzon attractions

1. Malacañang of the North

1.93 MILES

In a peaceful location next to the scenic Paoay Lake, the opulent former estate where the Marcos family spent their holidays is open to the public. The…

2. Paoay Church

5.79 MILES

Nineteen kilometres southwest of Laoag is North Luzon’s most famous church. Unesco World Heritage–listed Paoay Church was built in classic earthquake…

4. Sinking Bell Tower

6.05 MILES

Laoag's main architectural attraction is the Sinking Bell Tower, with what is presently a hobbit-sized doorway. Built by Augustine friars to accommodate…

5. Museo Ilocos Norte

6.06 MILES

Housed in the historic Tabacalera warehouse, the snazzy Museo Ilocos Norte is one of the better ethnographic museums in the Philippines. It houses a large…

6. Marcos Museum

8.43 MILES

The house where Ferdinand Marcos was born on 11 September 1917 takes pride of place in the small village of Sarrat, 15km east of Laoag. Displays embellish…

7. Juan Luna Shrine

15.26 MILES

It's worth stopping in Badoc, halfway between Vigan and Laoag (about an hour by bus), for a peek inside the restored ancestral home of Juan Luna, arguably…