When I was in Nepal, the sight of paragliders flying freely in Bandipur made me promise myself to try it one day.

I finally did, and in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur of all places. This town was just a bus ride from Manila!

The unforgettable paragliding experience was the #1 highlight of my recent Luzon trip. It was one of the many exciting activities that the Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub (NOAH) offered including rock climbing (via Ferrata), windsurfing, ziplining, off-road driving, sailing, and kite surfing.

NOAH welcomes travelers looking for fun adventures this summer season. Visit this up-and-coming tourist spot soon while not a lot of people have discovered it yet. Check out their Facebook page for inspiration.

After the exciting activities in Narvacan and a quick detour in Vitalis Villas, I set out to explore more places in Ilocos.

Of course, a trip to this region is not complete without visiting Vigan.This UNESCO World Heritage City was also an excellent base to explore nearby heritage towns.

This UNESCO World Heritage City was also an excellent base to explore nearby heritage towns.

I spent a day church-hopping north of Vigan, in Badoc, Sinait, Cabugao, and San Vicente. There were other beautiful churches nearby, in Ilocos Sur and towns south of Vigan, but I had already seen them on previous trips.

Highlights

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Trip Itinerary

Day 0

Manila to Narvacan

Places — Iloilo » Manila » Narvacan, Ilocos Sur.

Iloilo to Manila flight.

Manila to Narvacan, Ilocos Sur private shuttle.

Rest at Narvacan.

Day 1

Narvacan Ourdoor Adventure Hub

Places — Narvacan.

Eat at Arko Restaurant, Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub.

Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub (NOAH) – Fun outdoor activities, in Ilocos Sur, Philippines

4×4 off-road experience at the sand dunes.

Rock climbing (Via Ferrata).

Zipline.

Windsurfing.

Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub (NOAH) – Paragliding in Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Hilltop views during sunset.

Paragliding.

Rest at Narvacan.

Day 2

Narvacan & Santiago

Places — Narvacan » Santiago » Vigan.

Arko Restaurant and rooms in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Eat at Arko Restaurant.

Check out NOAH’s overnight rooms.

Vitalis Villas & Sabangan Beach in Santiago, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Narvacan to Santiago, Ilocos Sur private.

Susu Beach photo stop.

Sabangan Beach photo stop.

Eat at Villa Vitalis resort.

Santiago to Vigan shuttle commute.

Vigan City night tour.

Calle Crisologo photo walk

Rest at Vigan.

Day 3

Vigan & Ilocos Churches

Spanish-colonial churches in Badoc, Ilocos Norte & North Ilocos Sur

Mindoro Black Sand Beach in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Places — Vigan » Badoc » Sinait » Cabugao » San Vicente.

Vigan to Badoc, Ilocos Norte on bus commute.

Badoc Church

Badoc to Sinait bus.

Sinait Church

Sinait to Cabugao bus.

Cabugao Church

Cabugao to Vigan bus.

Vigan city tour.

Mindoro “black sand” Beach side trip.

Calle Crisologo photo walk

San Vicente Church side trip.

Rest at Vigan.

Post-trip

En-route to Abra

3AM — Vigan to Narvacan bus.

Narvacan to Bangued, Abra bus.

Special thanks to Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub (NOAH) and the local government of the Municipality of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur making my outdoor experience in Narvacan possible.

Also, to Edmar for showing me around Vigan.

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This trip is part of Marcos’ Luzon Summer 2017 & 2017 Detours series.

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