Northbound – San Juan, La Union – Day 1

When I heard my mom’s Lakbay Aral/Team Building will be going north I immediately told her I want to join. I seldom travel north so I’m glad I’m able to join their group. My camera is acting up so pictures used on this entry were from my phone. I apologize for poor quality pictures. :p

1:00 am We left Rizal (April 27). First stop is in Balaoan La Union and staying at Doc Sam’s house, the resident doctor of the mini-hospital in our town.

7:30 am We had a stop-over around at Leeza’s Restaurant, Kambingan, Seafood and Bulalohan in Sison Pangasisan to have breakfast.

11:30 am Arrived at Doc Sam’s house. Settled our things on the assigned rooms and rest. We were served merienda by his hospitable and very accommodating parents.

2:50 pm We’re in Balaoan, La Union town proper. Courtesy visit at their Rural Health Unit. This is where their Lakbay Aral fits in. The rests were “gala” mode. Lol. Saw this tree house near the Balaoan Municipal Hall.

4:02 pm Arrived in Sebay Surf Resort in Urbiztondo, San Juan La Union. San Juan La Union is the surfing capital of the North. It is said to be one of the best places to surf for those who are beginners of the sport.

Sebay Surf Central offers luxurious and comfortable accommodations with spacious rooms and delicious food provided by courteous and friendly staff. It offers an array of amenities such as a game room, a fastfood diner, and a beachside bar and resto. Sebay accepts reception and catering services for different functions. It also offers surfing lessons.

What they offer:

  • Quality rooms
  • Surfing lessons and rentals
  • Beachside restaurant
  • Gameroom and function rooms
  • Outdoor activities (beach volleyball, frisbee, etc.)

I availed their surfing lesson, I paid P400 for one hour tutorial with instructor and surfboard. We used a long board I think. :p Below is our instructor. There’s only two in our group who tried surfing.

Waves were big for a newbie like me. And one hour surfing lesson was way  too long.  I’m so exhausted after one hour. Many times I’ve been crushed by those big and heavy waves. I would like to describe them as “walang patawad” wave. Haha. I would like to give up but I’m detetmine to atleast be able to stand on my board.

After one hour of struggling to stand up and battling with the waves I’m able to stand on my last wave before my one hour ends. I don’t have pictures to show, I left my phone with my cousin but due to excitement when she saw me stand up for few seconds she’s not able to capture that “shining moment”.  The following day my body aches but still glad I’m able to experience this sport. 🙂

8:00pm We left San Juan La Union and went back to Doc Sam’s house to call it a night. We’ll say hello to Vigan the next day. 🙂

How to get here:

From Manila – Take any Northbound bus going to Vigan, Abra, Laoag, or San Fernando City, La Union. Instruct bus crew to stop by Sebay Surf Central and drop-off there. It is very accessible since it’s right along McArthur National Highway.

Fly to La Union – Traveling to San Fernando City, La Union via Zest Air saves you a lot of time so you can spend more hours to relax at Sebay Surf Central. Flights to La Union are scheduled every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Website: http://sebaysurfcentral.com

Contact number:

SMART / +63910-739-5698
GLOBE / +63917-640-1118

(072) 888-4075

8 comments on “Northbound – San Juan, La Union – Day 1

  1. huwaaww @.@ sobrang inggit ako… epic fail ako dito… di ako nakasama last March with my friends…I’m planning to go to La Union hopefully this yearr 😦

  2. I recently join a surfing trip from this tour organizer and you might want to check it out plus their a side trip bonus going to Pugad adventure in Pugo, La Union where you can try zip line, wall climbing, rappelling, tire tubing, atv, target shooting and more
    They offer a reasonable package rate inclusive of everything. hope this helps!

  3. what was your instructors name?

  4. hi, is sebay resort very near san juan surf resort? walking distance ba?

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