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La Union


Because of it’s unique location, it does not suffer the usual very wet “rainy season” and mostly only rains at a civilized time of 4 p.m. for an hour or so!  Making this a great year round great vacation destination!

San Juan

North of San Fernando is the Philippine's prime surfing beach of San Juan.

San Juan is also known for it's artisan Terracotta pots & figures.

Bauang & San Fernando Beach

The majority of RNR beach resorts are clustered north of Bauang town and along the white sand strip of beach on the west of San Fernando Airport.

Ma Cho Temple

San FernandoCity

San Fernando City is the Provincial Capital of La Union, and home to local government offices, and many points of interest.

La Union was formed in 1850 by the Spanish colonial authorities from the southern towns of Ilocos Sur, the northern towns of Pangasinan, and the western towns of Benguet.


The capital is San Fernando on the South China Sea, and the population is mainly Ilocano with a splash of Igorots in the mountains and Chinese in the City.

Ocean Deep Dive Center

What to Do

Scuba divers are well catered for at Ocean Deep, where many of the country's best dive instructors have trained.  There are several interesting sites available to dive close by.


For those that like surfing, San Juan (just north of San Fernando) offers some of the best waves in the Philippines.  Baguio is an intersting day trip, the City of Pines, the Summer Capital of colonial times, where the cool mountain climate is a relief from the lowlands summer heat!

Ten Pin Bowling is available at Wallace as are the Fiesta Casino and the Thunderbird Resort Golf course is the place expat players rave about!

Lawn Bowling is available at the Coconut Grove Beach Resort.

The 100 Islands is one of the Philippines prime tourist destinations, and can be easily visited by bangka (native outrigger boat).

San Fernando also offer a Botanic Garden settled into the mountains above the city, nearby the Second World War memorial at Bacsil Ridge.

The Ma-Cho Chinese Temple offers beautiful views, and a place to meditate and offer up a prayer.

Your Resort Hosts will be glad to make arrangements for your visit.

There are several "interesting " RnR bars available at Poro Junction, catering mostly to the merchant seamen calling at San Fernando docks.  A little rough sometimes, so appropriate care should be taken.

Getting Here

Public Transport

Partas (who have a new fleet of European buses), Dominion (who stop once between Dau and San Fernando), & Philippine Rabbit (dirty & long stop at Tarlac) have terminals in San Fernando, L.U. All run fromManila via Dau. Buses headed for Laoag will drop you off at your chosen resort (for Sunset Bay exit after the Pagdalagan Bridge).

All the above services transit Dau Bus Terminal


From Angeles City

Private Hotel Bus

The ELC service from Angeles to La Union and Baguioruns on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, returning on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  Book from Bali Hai Bach Resort, Phoenix Hotel, Swagman Travel, or call Joey direct on 0919 393 6423.

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