Paoay San Dunes: Sand Boarding and Extreme 4×4

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REALLY early in the morning, Kuya O picked us up from our hotel and brought us to….


The sand dune is the closest we have to a desert. It was a very stunning sight. There was a moment when the sea is on your right, and the vast sand is on your left. Nature is the best.

Kuya O knew our 4×4 driver and his assistant, so kuya October came with us.

First there was a long, rough 4×4 ride and it was exhilarating, tiring and SO MUCH FUN!

Since we went there on an off peak season, there were barely any tourist there and it was like we had the whole sand dunes to our selves. Which was a good thing since there’s not too much people to annoy with my loud screaming.

Paoay Sand Dunes
“Kuya, make us dala there, plez”

Paoay Sand Dunes
The vastness was breathtaking

Paoay Sand Dunes

Paoay Sand Dunes
Our ride this morning.

Paoay Sand Dunes
Mandatory jump shot


After the exhausting 4×4 ride, we then stopped near a descent and the Kuyas started preparing the sand board! Gasp!

A little backgrounder: I have no sense of balance. It’s an ear thing. So I was 100% sure I would fall.

And I did! But it’s not soooo bad at all. As a matter of fact I didnt fall the first time, which meant it’s not THAT difficult. Yey me!

Paoay Sand Dunes copy
that’s us doing our thang (which was ‘panicking’)

Paoay Sand Dunes copy
Look at me!

Paoay Sand Dunes
Oh, nevermind

Paoay Sand Dunes
It was an honest-to-goodness fun!

Paoay Sand Dunes
post-adventure pose


  • You can worry a lot of thing during the Paoay Sand Dunes trip – like, war, famine, death – but the one thing you don’t need to worry about is a horrible photo. The guides are PRO in taking pictures!
  • DO NOT miss this on you next Norte trip.
  • This is better with tons of your friends since you can split the bill for the 4×4. I think our ride can fit 2 or 3 more people.
  • We went there late in September and early in the morning, so I don’t know if this is always the case, but the sand were not warm (they are cool, even). We were afraid that the sand would be uncomfortable to walk and roll on – M even wore closed shoes – but they are not
  • Some internet tips also told us to bring scarves as protection from the sand in case it became windy. We didn’t get the chance to use it, though.
  • Listen to your guide. If he tells you to not jump from the sand board, do not jump from the sand board
  • Do not be afraid to fall (applicable both in sand dunes, life and love). The sand is soft, so.
  • During the 4×4, hold on to your dear life, but don’t forget to take in the glory of fun.
  • Don’t forget to screaaaaam!

Next: Malacanang of the North

Read the rest of the Norte 2014 adventure here.

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October 1, 2014