More than surfing, explore the grape farm, visit a temple, swim in the pristine waterfalls of Elyu as you check out different food resto places, that is worth the stay. Check out this blog for a quick summary of list of 6 activities to in La Union.
1. LEARN HOW TO SURF IN URBIZTONDO
One thing that would make you wanna travel to Elyu is due to its beach area perfect for surfing. One on my bucket list as I wanted to learn how to surf as well.
From Flotsam we rode a tricycle going to the beach area (Fare is P10 per person) you may just walk going to the beach area so it actually depends on you. Once in Urbiztondo, you’ll see a lot of instructors all over the place with a surfing board. You may approach one and ask for assistance.
Rates in Elyu for 1 hour usage of the surf board plus the basic training with the instructor is worth P400.00 // if you feel like you already know how to surf after an hour you may extend your surf board rental for additional P200.00 per hour.
Here’s the contact number of our instructor – Kuya Alex 09554425678 you may text him or call him if you like.
I was amazed that after 3 tries I made to maintain my balance in the surf board, and it was pretty much fun than I expected.
It was my first time to go on surfing and I love the experience, it seems scary at first but just make sure to listen to your instructor well and apply every part of it then you’re good .
2. CATCH THE SUNSET
Never missed out to capture and watch the sunset while beach bumming by the beach. Lie down thru the sand, relax and enjoy a wonderful view.
3. TRY GRAPE PICKING AT BAUANG, GRAPE FARM
From San Juan, we headed to Bauang in a tricycle for 30 – 45 minutes. There is Lomboy Grape Farm, Gapuz Grape Farm and more in the area however they have an entrance fee of P100 per person.
We headed at Orpilla-Estigo Grape Farm instead, as our trike driver knew the owners of the farm. You may enter for free, take photos with the Grape Farm, pick all you want and pay it after weighing it (price ranges from P250 – P350 pesos per kilo)
I was so amazed when I discovered this place, who would have thought that a grape farm is available in the Philippines. I was pretty much happy when apart from the grapes they also do sell Grape Wine for only P100 per bottle.
We had the wine tasting and that made me bought 3 more bottles of the Grape Wine to bring it at home. It has low alcohol content but the longer it stays the better it’ll taste as per the locals.
4. DO THE CITY TOUR FOR SITE-SEEING
HOW TO GO AROUND : we headed to the tricycle stand and barter for our plans for the entire day. Our tricycle agreed to bring us to all the land destination for the entire day for P1,200 pesos // this is good for 3 pax. There is actually no standard rate to date and you may ask and commute each site for yourself. However, it’ll be more efficient and convenient to have a service to join you as well the entire time.
On to our next site, is the Ma-cho Temple. Entrance is FREE! and it felt like China in La Union.
Avoid making too much noise as it is still a temple of worship. After staying and roaming around for an hour, headed to our next destination.
Bahay na Bato
Same way back to San Juan, you’ll be passing thru Bahay na Bato but be sure to make it before 6PM as it closes already by that time.
It was named Bahay na Bato as everything is literally surrounded and made of “Bato” or Rocks. All of which were pretty fine and it seems that the locals use it as a form of living.
We decided to watch over the sunset here in Bahay na Bato. It was definitely so quiet and very relaxing. Please take note that swimming is not allowed in this area as it is dangerous.
6. ENJOY SWIMMING IN THE FALLS
The more famous falls in Elyu is the TANGADAN FALLS. But if you are a type of traveller who would opt for lesser tourists around and can easily be reached via tricycle — you may go to OCCALLONG FALLS.
Visited Occallong Falls in Luna, it was roughly more than an hour of tricycle ride from San Juan. There is an entrance fee of P10 pesos per person.
What is good about this falls is you may have the entire place for yourself. Swim all you want in fresh water and savor its cold pristine water.
6. ENJOY FOOD TRIPPING IN ELYU
A trip wouldn’t be complete without trying out the most sought resto places. Dining with your friends or travel buddies, and good thing that Elyu has so many food selections to choose from. So you and your buddies would never run out of choices depending on your cravings. All of this places were also very convenient to reach as you may just walk around or ride a tricycle for P10 per pax rate.
Check out this link for detailed list on ELYU FOOD FINDS : WHERE TO EAT IN ELYU? (DETAILED LIST)
There were still more activities to do in Elyu, but if its your first time it would be best to enjoy each site and spend time on each activity rather than keeping everything too jampacked for that 2 day or 3-day trip to ELyu.
Let me know what other bucket list of activities are you looking forward to?
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