Ilocos Norte: Rock Formations of Pagudpud

Found in Barangay Balaoi, Pagudpud in the province of Ilocos Norte, Timmangtang Rock and Bantay Abot Cave are two of of the most famous and visited rock formations in the municipality of Pagudpud.


Timmangtang Rock
Bantay Abot cave
With a distance of roughly 300 meters away from each other, these two rock formations are clearly visible to tourists heading to Maira-ira Beach or Blue Lagoon. From the National Road going to the said spots, the first of the two rock formations that you'll see is the Timmangtang Rock.
My wife and I + Timmangtang Rock
This rock formation is covered with lush green vegetation which makes it look like a huge sea turtle's shell left by its owner on the shores of Pagudpud. There's actually nothing special to be done in Timmangtang Rock but shoot photos. Others would climb up the rock to take photos of Bantay Abot Cave from a distance.

...as seen from Bantay Abot Cave
...as seen from Timmangtang Rock
Bantay Abot cave on the other hand is not really a cave but a weather-worn rock formation. Unlike Timmangtang Rock, Bantay Abot Cave is quite hidden from plain sight. In order for you to reach the "cave", you need to go down a concrete staircase and pass by a rocky portion of the beach (did I also mention that you might get wet?) before finally reaching Bantay Abot Cave.
My wife and I + Bantay Abot Cave
Looks like:
Timmangtang Rock: The shell of a giant turtle.
Bantay Abot Cave: The eye on the head of the giant turtle looking at you from a distance.
Minus:
The scared local folks shouting, "Sea monster!!!"

Getting there:
Florida Bus lines has buses that ply from Manila directly to Pagudpud. The ride costs P500. (Don't worry the buses are the Deluxe type with toilets at the back side.)

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