Known as the “Sunshine City”, the city of Laoag in northern Luzon is more than just an urban center. Bordering the South China Sea, it offers majestic sand dunes, rolling hills and picturesque lakes. Laoag is also steeped in history, with grand 17th-century churches, and was a trade hub long before the Spanish era, with merchants from China and Japan passing through. Ilocos Norte’s sand dunes have been declared a National Geological Monument by the National Committee on Geological Sciences.
Once a small fishing community, Pasaleng Bay, just north of Laoag, is fast becoming a popular dive spot.