Travel Guide to Pamplona, Cagayan

Pamplona, a fourth-class municipality in Cagayan, is becoming a favorite destination in the North. This town offers a different experience as it is the perfect destination for beauty and serenity. Yes, you read it right. No frills, no screaming market vendors, no big establishments, no loud parties at night, just unforgettable moments.



According to the 2015 census, Pamplona has a total population of at least 24,000 people and it is politically subdivided into 18 barangays. 

Tourism in Pamplona is still at its early stage. In March 2017, the local government announces the discovery of the three caves of Kalawig. These caves are located in Brgy Sta Cruz which is approximately 30 to 40 minutes drive from the downtown. Pamplona has so much to offer: from caves, floating cottages to a seemingly endless river. You'll love it here!

HOW TO GET TO PAMPLONA, CAGAYAN

MANILA - TUGUEGARAO CITY - PAMPLONA

To get to Pamplona, Cagayan, ride a bus heading to Tuguegarao City. Most bus terminals heading to Tuguegarao City are located in Kamias, Quezon City, Sampaloc, Manila and Caloocan. Fare is around Php 700 per person. Travel time from Manila to Tuguegarao City is approximately 8 to 10 hours.

Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines has daily flights to Tuguegarao City. Regular fare starts at Php 3,000 to Php 4,000. However, air fare varies from time to time.

Once you reached Tuguegarao City, ride a van heading to Pamplona.

MANILA - LAOAG CITY - PAMPLONA

RCJ Bus Lines has daily trip to Pamplona, Cagayan via the Laoag City route. The daily trip is scheduled every 06:30 PM. However, on weekends, most especially on Saturdays, they have two scheduled trips: 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM. Please note that this isn't on a regular basis. Fare is around Php 700 and the travel time is approximately 13 hours.

Just in case, you missed the trip through RCJ Bus Lines, there are other bus companies operating to Laoag City. Travel time from Manila to Laoag City is around 8 to 10 hours.

  • FARIÑAS -- (077) 772 0126 (Laoag); (02) 743 8582 (Manila)
  • FLORIDA -- (077) 770 3645 (Laoag); (02) 749 4862 (Manila)
  • PARTAS -- (077) 771 1514 (Laoag); (02) 725 1740 (Manila)
  • RCJ LINES -- (077) 771 3308 (Laoag); (02) 749 2994 (Manila)
  • GMW -- (077) 771 6466 (Laoag)
  • MARIA DE LEON -- (077) 770 3532; (02) 731 4907 (Manila)

You may also book a flight to Laoag City through Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific Air. Travel time is approximately an hour. Standard airfare is around Php 3,000 to Php 4,000. However, please be reminded that airfare varies from time to time.

From Laoag City, ride a bus heading to Pamplona, Cagayan.


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TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN PAMPLONA

ISLA PARAISO - If you're a fan of smooth slow ride, then Isla Paraiso is for you. Before we move forward, let me set your expectations to avoid disappointment. The Floating Cottages of Pamplona aren't as grand as those in Loboc River in Bohol. As what I've mentioned earlier, tourism in Pamplona is still at its early stage. However, the beauty and serenity of Pamplona River will surely catch your attention. 

The floating cottages are docked at the rivers of Brgy Cabaggan and Brgy Nagtupacan, also known as the Isla Paraiso. These barangays are just 5-10 minutes drive from the town hall. The floating cottages has comfort rooms, videokes, kitchen and grilling stations. You can also request paluto, serving the local dishes like Kaggu (clams), crabs, and fish. The floating cottages can accommodate at least 40 people. Such a perfect venue for all types of occasions.

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Currently, there are at least five floating cottages in the area. Two floating cottages are being constructed as of this writing. Please be reminded that these cottages are open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.
  • TRAVEL BUDGET
    • THE ONE FLOATING COTTAGE
      • Owned by Mr. Joseph Umandap and Domingo Montenegro
      • Cost: Php 4,000
      • Manager: Claro Maquiraya Jr.
      • Contact Number: 0926 326 4456
    • LUCKY CHARM FLOATING COTTAGE
      • Owned and managed by Mr Christian Leaño
      • Cost: Php 4,000
      • Contact Numbers: 0905 578 5960; 0995 755 3844
    • BLUE DOLPHIN FLOATING COTTAGE
      • Owned by Ms Imie Rodriguez and Howard Lim Jr.
      • Cost: Php 4,000
      • Manager: Nicolas Rodriguez
      • Contact Number: 0975 290 9355
    • AC FLOATING COTTAGES
      • Owned by Mr. Alex Castro
      • AC Floating Cottage 1: Php 3,500
      • AC Floating Cottage 2: Php 4,000
      • AC Floating Cottage 3: Php 4,000
      • Manager: Arceli Castro
      • Contact Number: 0916 784 8404
    • CENAL FLOATING COTTAGE
      • Owned and managed by Mr. Vergilio Cenal
      • Cost: Php 3,500
      • Contact Number: 0926 990 2836
    • A floating cottage (not yet finalized) owned by Mr Ceasar Mallabo
      • Manager: Jane Mallabo
      • Cost: Php 4,000
      • Contact Number: 0915 454 4423
    • FERNANDEZ FLOATING COTTAGE (under renovation)
      • Owned and managed by Mrs Christia Fernandez

The Pamplona River is incredibly beautiful offering a perfect location shoot for photographers and video enthusiasts. You'll surely love the hanging foot bridge, the sandbars, the nipa mangrove and a lot more. Such a perfect setting for your Instagram feed!

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3 CAVES OF KALAWIG - In March 2017, the local government unit of Pamplona recently discovered the 3 Caves of Kalawig. These caves are located in Brgy Santa Cruz which is 30-40 minutes drive from the Poblacion. The discovery of these hidden caves which are believed to have existed thousands of years now will help the locals through tourism.

Tourists are advised to coordinate with the Barangay Captain for safety and security purposes. Please be reminded that getting here isn't that easy due to the rugged terrain.

TRADITIONAL WINE & VINEGAR MAKING AT CABAGGAN

Aside from its delicious Kaggu, Brgy Cabaggan is also known for its traditional Nipa Wine Making. In fact, Road Trip, GMA 7's travel show, conducted a research trip here. TV hosts Rochelle Pangilinan, Max Collins and Andres Torres tasted and enjoyed the traditional wines, the Binarayang and the native Kaggu.


If you're staying longer in Pamplona, please visit the St. Peter the Martyr and St. John Nepomuceno Parish, the Tree House, Bagu Falls, Malagavavi Mountain and Falls, and a lot more!

For more information about Pamplona, you may follow their Facebook Page and shoot them a message. Also, please follow me on Facebook for updates on this travel guide. Happy travels!☺

WHERE TO STAY IN PAMPLONA, CAGAYAN
  • Nena's Beach Resort; 0917 578 0818; 0935 743 3218
  • Rodriguez Resort House
  • Cayosa Hotel
  • Jezia Beach Resort
TRAVEL PHOTOS

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