Punta Azul Beach Resort is located in Balaoi, Pagudpud in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It is right in the middle of Maira-ira Cove, popularly known to locals and tourists alike as the Blue Lagoon because of its spectacular aquamarine waters.
Maira-ira Cove is a paradise of powdery white sand, invigorating South China Sea breezes, verdant mountains, interesting marine life, fresh seafood, and friendly locals. While Pagudpud has been heavily promoted as a tourist destination of late, Maira-ira Cove remains a quieter and more relaxing destination in Pagudpud compared to Saud Beach, far to the west, where the majority of resorts and tourists are concentrated.
To a lot of people, Maira-ira Cove is still the hidden treasure of Pagudpud, waiting to be discovered, an Eden at the northern tip of the Philippines.
Modes of Transportation
The quickest way to Punta Azul is to get on a plane from Manila to Laoag, the capital city of Ilocos Norte. From there, you can hop on a bus to take you to Pagudpud. There are also bus lines plying the Manila-Laoag-Pagudpud route. Of course, you can always rent a van to take you all the way to Punta Azul.
Below are some transportation options that you might want to consider. Please note that these companies are not connected to Punta Azul, and that listing them here does not constitute an endorsement from us. Rather, this is for your information only.
Philippine Airlines flights depart daily from Manila to the Laoag International Airport in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. Likewise, Cebu Pacific flights take travelers from Manila to Laoag daily, except Tuesdays. The flight takes approximately 45 minutes. Please contact these airlines directly or your travel agent to arrange your trip.
Punta Azul does not have a shuttle service to and from the Laoag International Airport at this time, though transportation are widely available for rent in Laoag City.
For convenience, renting transportation in Laoag is more advisable than catching a bus to Pagudpud, since bus routes are generally limited to the highway, and you would need to hop on a tricycle to complete your trip to Punta Azul. But if you're the adventurous kind who savors the journey as much as the destination, then commuting would expose you more to some aspects of the local way of life.
There are a lot of bus lines plying the Manila-Laoag-Pagudpud route. A trip from Manila to Laoag City takes approximately 10 hours, while the remaining leg to Pagudpud, approximately one and a half hours. Below are some of the bus lines currently operating, and their telephone numbers. Please call them directly for company-specific information, such as fare rates, schedules, and levels of service.
Florida Bus Lines
Lacson St., Sampaloc, Manila
816 Aurora Blvd., Cor. P. Bernardo St., Cubao, Quezon City