Exploring the Sand Dunes of La Paz, Ilocos Norte

Dubbed as the “Desert of the North,” the La Paz Sand Dunes is a popular destination for sand boarding, trekking, shooting films, and sightseeing.

The Sand Dunes of La Paz, also known as Bantay Bimmaboy by the locals, is a protected sandy coastal desert and beach near Laoag City in Ilocos Norte. This natural wonder is about 15 minutes away from the city proper and can be reached via public jeepney, tricycle or private van.

Credits: antibiotyx

The place is not as great as the Sahara Desert of Africa or the Mui Ne Sand Dunes of Vietnam, but it is still stunning in its own right. Driving amidst the sand dunes is an enjoyable experience. Going uphill can give you a picturesque panoramic view of the South China Sea, its vigorous waves, against the striking blue skies and cloud patterns.

Credits: antibiotyx

Due to its impressive landscape, the La Paz Sand Dunes has been a popular setting both for local and international movies. Among the Hollywood films that were shot there include “Mad Max” and “Born on the Fourth of July”, which starred Tom Cruise.

Credits: antibiotyx

Besides being a favorite shooting location, it has now boomed into a haven for adventure sports: off-roading and sand boarding. It was still off-peak season when we visited the sand dunes so there were not many thrill seekers in the area. But during the summer vacation, the place is usually packed with folks enjoying “dune bashing” while riding ATV or 4×4 vehicles, and other outdoor sports such as sand surfing and sand boarding. The sand formations and slopes are perfect obstacle courses for those who love extreme, adrenaline-filled adventures.

Credits: antibiotyx

Don’t ever miss the chance to go to La Paz Sand Dunes if you visit Ilocos Norte! I suggest you go there late in the afternoon to catch the beautiful sunset, wear comfortable clothes, and bring an umbrella to avoid getting sunburned.

written by antibiotyx on 2012-05-15 in #world #locations

More Interesting Articles

  • Lomopedia: Fuji Klasse S and Fuji Klasse W

    written by cheeo on 2014-09-03 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Fuji Klasse S and Fuji Klasse W

    As far as high end point-and-shoot cameras go, the Fuji Klasse S and W take a coveted spot in many film photographers’ wish lists. Know why in this installment of Lomopedia.

    1
  • Lomopedia: Fuji GA645

    written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-04-08 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Fuji GA645

    Dubbed as the world's first fully automatic 6 x 4.5 cm camera, the Fuji GA645 was a point and shoot medium format camera introduced by Fujifilm in 1995. Find out more about this beautiful snapper in this installment of Lomopedia!

    1
  • Lomopedia: Nikon FM10

    written by cheeo on 2014-06-18 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Nikon FM10

    Dubbed as an ideal analogue camera for beginners, the FM10 boasts a myriad of features that can definitely teach photography newbies a trick or two when it comes to shooting. Read on to find out more about this trusty SLR from Nikon.

    14
  • Shop News

    Get world’s finest grain film shot!

    Get world’s finest grain film shot!

    Original fresh stock from Kodak 50D, prepped and rolled for clean safe C-41 standard development as an ISO 50 film!

  • Welcome to 365 Days of Lomography!

    written by Derek Woods on 2015-02-05 in #people #lifestyle
    Welcome to 365 Days of Lomography!

    Throughout this project I will be shooting with a variety of Lomography cameras to explore how they render the world in their own unique ways, as well as some tips and tricks I learn along the way.

    2
  • My Day in Analogue As a Prop Maker: A Visit to Sham Shui Po

    written by ccding on 2014-09-03 in #lifestyle
    My Day in Analogue As a Prop Maker: A Visit to Sham Shui Po

    In this article, I'll show you the usual route I take whenever I walk through the streets of Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, this time in preparation for making a puppet called Mr. Golden. Sham Shui Po is famous for its stores selling fabrics and other clothing supplies, as well as electronic accessories. It is also full of different places to explore.

    4
  • Interview with Mr. Bones, Analogue Dog-Street Photographer

    written by chooolss on 2014-08-27 in #lifestyle
    Interview with Mr. Bones, Analogue Dog-Street Photographer

    Mr. Bones is a North London-based photographer who gives street photography a different spin by focusing on the dogs that he encounters regularly. Check out our interview with the photographer, whose tools of the trade include film cameras such as the Nikonos V and community favorite Lomo LC-A, after the jump.

  • Shop News

    Capture your Special Moments in lovely Circles

    Capture your Special Moments in lovely Circles

    See the world through 170⁰ of fabulous Fisheye distortion. Browse them now and find selected editions discounted up to 30%!

  • Changing Seasons: Durham in Autumn

    written by odio-et-amo on 2014-09-10 in #lifestyle
    Changing Seasons: Durham in Autumn

    Durham is a beautiful but tiny university city in the north of England famous for its amazing cathedral, which is one of Britain's best loved buildings. When I was studying at the university, I loved to go for crisp, autumnal walks around the cathedral and the river, kicking the leaves and basking in the golden glow of the season. The Lomography Redscale film perfectly captures the beauty of this time of year.

  • Photo of the Day by yokekei

    written by cheeo on 2014-03-29 in #news
    Photo of the Day by yokekei

    Shooting portraits on film is not enough. Throw in some wasted films as props on your next photo shoots for more analogue love! Congratulations to yokekei for having our Photo of the Day!

  • My Week In Film: December 15th-21st, 2014

    written by alienmeatsack on 2015-01-06 in #lifestyle
    My Week In Film: December 15th-21st, 2014

    Another week in film done. This week, I have more Instax, some Konstruktor, a failed triple exposure of myself and shooting film for international film swaps. And this is just the stuff I’m telling you about.

    4
  • Shop News

    Take photos in 3 different formats with the sleek limited edition Belair X 6-12 Trailblazer!

    Take photos in 3 different formats with the sleek limited edition Belair X 6-12 Trailblazer!

    The expansive 6x12 format allows you to capture a vast space that makes for jaw-dropping photos; whether landscape, portrait or anything else you feel like shooting. Wait there’s more; the Belair X 6-12 can also shoot in both square 6x6 and regular 6x9 formats. So whatever shape you’re in, the Belair X 6-12 is ready to match you!

  • August 2014 Workshops and Events in Lomography Embassy Singapore

    written by lomographysg on 2014-07-30 in #events
    August 2014 Workshops and Events in Lomography Embassy Singapore

    This August, we bring you back to your roots and explore the wonders of nature! First, we cook up a storm with a film soup experiment. Followed by nature photowalks at beautiful scenic parks in Singapore to unearth the tips & tricks of trouble exposure, as well as the unique methods to perfect our macro shots. To cap off the learning month, we'll gather on a cozy Friday night for a new special sharing series by the Lomography Community -- with Sharing Session #1: Nature.

  • LomoAmiga Stefanie Ringes films with LomoKino

    written by lomographyembassyspain on 2014-03-12 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmiga Stefanie Ringes films with LomoKino

    Music is evocative in itself. To further enjoy the magic a musical experience, we are honoured to introduce La Flamme’s videoclip for the titular single of its album, ‘La Magia está en ti’ (The Magic is inside of you). It’s a collection of images that not only works as a promotional piece, but also as a guide to one's emotions. And if that wasn't remarkable enough, some of the images have been filmed with our very own LomoKino!

  • Tinker on the fly: A color filter made from spoiled film

    written by dopa on 2014-05-25 in #gear #tipster
    Tinker on the fly: A color filter made from spoiled film

    Probably each one of you has been annoyed with failed film. This is particularly annoying when you get the developed film back from the lab, but you get blanks because the film was not exposed. It's either the film transport didn't work, or you have not taken the lens cap off, etc. Read on and I'll show you an alternative to just throwing away the film: Simply use it as a color filter for your camera, with the La Sardina for example.

    3