La Union is one of the go to’s of most travelers who wants to go surfing, but Elyu is not only about riding the waves and getting stoked. Just over the weekend, you can experience trekking to the waterfalls, museum hopping, grape picking, and many more. So, here are some activities and places you might want to explore when you visit the beautiful province of La Union.
1. Riding The Waves at Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
Urbiztondo is one of the most famous spots in Elyu where you can find nice waves to ride on. There are a lot of surf school that offer surf lessons for newbies and allows rental of boards ranging from the beginner ones to pro level. Surfing lesson rates ranges from Php 300.00 to Php 400.00 an hour with instructor, if you already know how to surf, you can just rent a board and hit the waves, and it will be a lot cheaper.
2. Go Trekking to the Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel, La Union
One of the most famous attraction here in La Union is the Tangadan Falls, a two tiered waterfall which is about 50ft high and 30ft deep. Most of the visitors of here are either jumping to its cliff or riding the bamboo raft to get nearer to the drop.
Getting here is a breeze, from San Juan, catch a jeepney going to San Gabriel or hail a tricycle going to the registration area. Fare ranges from Php 15.00 to Php 250.00 depending on which transportation you’ll choose. Once you’re done with the registration and acquiring guides, you’ll start your trek at the trail head and will start walking going to the waterfalls for 1 to 2 hours.
There are actually two trail heads going to the waterfalls, one which is just few minutes walk away from the main waterfalls, and the other one (the way we took) which requires 1 to 2 hours of trekking. We suggest doing it the long way, its more fun!
3. Visit the Bahay na Bato in Brgy. Nalvo Norte, Luna, La Union
From the name itself, most part of this museum is made out of stones and pebbles found along the beaches of the municipality. Showcasing various wooden artworks and handy crafts, this spot in La Union has generated jobs for its residents.
The place is open for all occasions, and people are welcome to enjoy the place daily at 6 AM to 8 AM with admission fee of Php 20.00. Children below 4 years old are free of charge. One can enjoy the view of the ocean and listen to its crashing waves to the pebbles at the shore. Swimming is not allowed for safety reasons.
4. Indulge With the Grapes at the Vineyard in Bauang, La Union
When in La Union, your trip will not be completed if you will not drop by to the grape farms at Bauang, La Union. One of the famous ones is the Lomboy Grape Farm which was founded in 1972 by Avelino Lomboy, who was dubbed as the Philippines’s King of Grapes.
The entrance fee is Php 100.00, and if you want to do some grape picking, that would be Php 150.00. They are open from Monday to Saturday, at 7AM to 4PM and on Sundays at 7AM to 3PM.
5. Pay A Visit to the Ma-Cho Taoist Temple in San Fernando, La Union
Your La Union trip will also not be complete without visiting the Ma-Cho Temple, a Chinese temple located in downtown San Fernando, La Union that has an overlooking view of the South China Sea.
These are just some of the places you can visit in La Union, you just need to explore more and research as you go. 🙂
Book your hostels or hotels at TravelBook.ph for more a affordable rate. Click here to check out all the hotels in all areas in La Union. Btw, we stayed at The Circle Hostel, which is just few minutes to the surfing spot in Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union. You can also consider the Flotsam and Jetsam as an option.