Riding the waves in La Union

If the students are into surfing, then MONOL suggests San Juan, La Union for this activity. It takes 1.5 to 2 hours to get here from Baguio City.

San Juan is teeming with beach resorts offering surf lessons to both the young ones and adults. For a fee of PHP 950 to PHP 1,600 each, you can experience riding the waves of San Juan’s sea through one-on-one coaching provided by experts. Apart from surfing, you can also enjoy skimboarding in San Juan. Skimboards are smaller than a surfboard, which is used to ride waves in a way that is similar to skateboarding.

This will be our main destination for this trip. But there are other notable places which we can let the students explore and take pictures of.  NOTE: For surfing, it is best to travel from October to April.



Thunderbird Resort Poro Point

Before going to the main destination, we can drop by Thunderbird Resort. This luxury resort is known for its Santorini-inspired architecture.

Photo from: www.traveltothephilippines.info
Photo from: http://www.traveltothephilippines.info
Pagoda Hill

After Thunderbird, we can have a glimpse of San Fernando City through the Pagoda Hill. The architecture of this view deck is Chinese-themed. The Pagoda Hill commemorates the bond of the Filipino and Chinese communities.

Photo from: vigattintourism.com
Ma-Cho Temple

Before heading to San Juan, we may go straight to Barangay II, San Fernando which is just along the way to San Juan. This temple was built in 1975 by the initiative of then Tourism Secretary Jose Aspiras in cooperation of the Chinese community.


SCUBA DIVING (OCEAN DEEP Diver Training Center, San Fransisco, La Union)

For a fee of PHP1,200 to PHP1,500 each, you can explore the colorful view of the West Philippine sea underwater in San Fernando, La Union with the help of the expert divers of Ocean Deep Diver Training Center. For a long-term diving package, you can also get a license and certificate in scuba diving through Ocean Deep.

Photo from: oceandeep.biz
Photo from: oceandeep.biz
Enjoy Filipino delicacies and dishes at Halo-Halo de Iloko Balay (San Fernando, La Union)

Halo-Halo is one of the most popular desserts served everywhere in the Philippines, most especially during the scorching heat of the summer season. Halo-Halo is a Filipino term, which means “mixed” in English. And this dessert embodies just that. Halo-Halo contains a variety of fruits, tapioca, shaved ice, milk and other sweetened Filipino desserts. After a day swimming or surfing at the beach, refresh your senses at Halo-Halo de Iloko located at the city center of San Fernando, La Union.