Two months ago I visited Siargao and until now I still can’t move on. No days have passed without thinking when will I go back. I’m not sure why, but what I know is there’s something in the island that made me fall in love with it. Maybe it’s the waves, the people, the vibe. I can’t specifically point out what it is. Maybe the whole package the island can give. I don’t know. What I know for sure is there’s a lot of things going on in this simple yet amazing island of Siargao.
I know, I’m not telling you what exactly is on the island. Haha. But if you are curious enough. Go there and experience the magic! And if you decide to go. In that case, I can help you with that matter. I’m not a good planner and I’m not giving you any plan here. What I will share with you is our mistakes and the whole story of this adventure, also a few tips to make your Siargao experience worthwhile within four days!
I will divide it into three. The Before, During and After.
Ready? Okay. Let’s go!
Book your way to Siargao
- By Air – There’s only one way to get to Siargao via plane and we are lucky that we are currently living in Cebu.
- Cebu to Siargao – Flight are once a day and you can book it in cebupacificair.com . It is quite pricey so always watch out for promos like we did. Our tickets cost Php1300+ per person! It was really cheaper than the normal price.
- By Sea – Not the best choice but if you have a lot of time, you can go to Siargao via Ferry.
- Cebu to Surigao City – You can take Cokaliong Shipping Lines departs 7PM every day. It’s a 12 hour trip so it’s basically one whole night. Fare is Php850.00 for economy and Php1025.00 for tourist.
- Surigao to Siargao Island – There’s a daily trip from Surigao to Dapa. It will cost Php350.00 for a 3.5 hours trip.
Reserve your place
Well, like what they say, book ahead of time to avoid the hassle.
If you are travelling with a group. I think the best way to look for accommodation is via Airbnb. (If you want to get Php950.00 Travel Credit book through this link) We got our place for only 1000 per night. With wide yard, 2 double-deck beds and 1 bed that can fit two people. With Comfort Room, Kitchen with complete cooking sets and a refrigerator. No complains!
If you are travelling alone or maybe two. I heard from a friend that Paglaom Hostel is the best option to do so.
Don’t forget to pack the need!
If I can go back and repack, I will do it again. I don’t want you to regret like I did so I will share with you my new version of packing list. Sorry boys. For girls only.
- 5 Pairs of swim wear
- 1 Rash guard
- 1 Board shorts
- 2 Shirts
- 1 pair of Denim Shorts
- 1 pair of breezy pants (almost like a pajama)
- 2 pairs of easy shorts (meaning the cute ones)
- 1 dress (in case of emergency)
- 2 girly tops
- reef shoes (for surf)
Go to the airport.
Ride that plane.
Land in Siargao! Woohoo!!
Upon arrival in Siargao take a Van for Php150.00 going to General Luna. Remember always haggle. Sometimes the locals take the opportunity from travelers and charge fees more than usual. Be smart enough to know.
Settle into your accommodation. Once everything is set, go run and be wild! (I’m exaggerating here, please ignore)
Let’s have a check list what to do on the first day! Here’s what we did.
- First. Rented a motorbike for Php350.00 a day. We had four days and to make our expenses less we had the initiative to calculate every bit of things. Every ride for motorbikes is Php20.00, so if you are willing to pay for every destination with that amount, then go. But if you won’t. Rent a motorbike.
- Second. Grocery shopping for four days. We ended up buying more than enough. So make sure to buy only what is needed.
- Third. Reserved a surfing lesson for the next day. Hashtag Excited.
THINGS TO DO IN SIARGAO
Go to the beach
Well, we have to seize the day!
After everything was set. We went to a secluded beach near the cemetery. Haha. It was nice because it was like we own the place. It was relaxing and we also saw a lot of jellyfish and we thought they sting, but actually don’t.
After a long day. Here’s my TIP: Don’t drink in day 1! I repeat, do not drink!
Maybe we are too overwhelmed to be in Siargao and decided to have some. But beware not to do this on the first day. You need that energy for tomorrow. Especially if you want to go surfing!
Get Up! Surf Up!
Cheers to the first surfing experience on the island, but guess what? Because we had some fun last night we weren’t able to get up early at 5am, and went to our surfing session late. Boohoo! And because 9am is already not a good start to surf, especially for beginners, we ended up only having one hour to surf instead of two, because the wind was already blowing hard and beginners like us can’t keep up with that. I know. We already learned our lesson. The earlier the better.
Where to surf?
Near the cemetery
Going to the spot we rented a small boat to get there and damn! The waves were so good and I realize that I’m not yet that good, but overall it was fantastic! Even though we only had two instructors for the five of us. It was still fun, but I think it was more enjoyable if we each had one. And because of that experience. The next surfing session will have that kind of ratio, 1:1. Another lesson learned. 🙂
Quicksilver and Cloudnine
Both spots are located near the Boardwalk. The places are a little bit crowded since it is popular. Quicksilver is for beginners and Cloudnine is for those who can surf on their own. But if you’re a beginner who want to experience bigger waves. I’m not stopping you to try Cloudnine.
Surfing session rates
- Surf Board – Php200.00/hour
- Surf Instructor – Php300.00/hour
TIP: If you brought a pair of reef shoes. That’s good! But if you didn’t. You can rent it for Php250.00 per day.
On the way to Magpopongko Tidal Pool
Remember what I said earlier about renting a motorbike. This is the part you’ll thank me for that. Going to Magpopongko Tidal Pool cost Php1000-1500 per person. But if you rented a motorbike, the gasoline will only cost Php120.00 plus the cost of the motorbike per day! That’s a big difference if you’ll ask me.
It is an hour’s drive away. Entrance Fee is only Php50.00. Ask the locals what is the best time to go. We went there at 12:00nn and the high tide is already coming. We only had an hour to enjoy the place. It was not really a good time, but it was still worth it. On my next visit in Magpopongko I will make sure to be there at the right time.
Rent a Bike and visit the Boardwalk
I know! We already rented a motorbike and I’m saying here rent a bike. This is for girls who can’t drive motorbikes. You can rent a bike for Php100.00 per day.
We met a French guy who sells handicrafts for a living at the Boardwalk who is currently living in Siargao for two years! He really loves the place. He is a testimony that you should visit the island.
Don’t forget the night life
Well, oh well. Another experience off my radar. Since I know that Siargao is a chill place. I never thought of going to bars or partying while visiting the island and yet I did! With my sleeping outfit we went to Rumbar as it was the place to hang out during Mondays in Siargao. How did we get there? We ask the locals and pointed out this Bar. The place has a chill vibe with live music playing. Also, the drinks were good!
On the next day, Tuesday is a dance party at Jungle! We weren’t able to party here since we went here too early and decided to hang out in another place instead. I forgot the name. I’m sorry. But it was near the boarwalk. The place has billiards pool, dart and other group games like Jenga.
Go on a food trip
This is the thing I am not good at but regretted not doing on the island. I only went to one café. A friend of mine suggested a lot like Shaka, Café Loca, Harana but I wasn’t able to go. So if you will be there, try to visit at least five. There are tons of Café there and I’m sure the food they served are amazing!
Another place to visit is Kermit. We were able to dine-in here. They serve Filipino-Italian Food. Which is authentic I must say. You can make your own pizza and the pasta was beyond my Filipino taste buds that’s why I can say that it’s authentic on the Italian side. Haha. Also, the restaurant is always full, they have reservations, but if you are not able to make any reservations like we did, just wait. It’s also quite pricey here. Ready your cash for the good food you are willing to spend on!
Of course, if you don’t like to spend much, I have a place in mind. Go to Mama’s Grill. It was actually popular. A lot of travelers were in the place. No wonder, they serve delicious grilled food with affordable price. This is a must try!
Whole day Island Hopping
We underestimated this whole day activity and went on without any preparation at all. So I’m here to guide you to not neglect the most important thing during this activity. The FOOD! Prepare your food, buy a lot. Believe me, you will starve like we did if you won’t do this right. I’m not exaggerating this time.
Also, rent the boat a day before this activity. If you will include Sohoton cove in your itinerary like we did it will cost Php4500.00. But if you will only go to the three Islands (Naked, Dako and Guyam). It is only Php1500.00.
Going to Sohoton cove with a small motor boat takes two and half hours! This is too long for five people with no breakfast going on an adventure.
Also, this is the part of the island hopping that cost us a lot. Don’t blame us. Maybe we will visit the place once, and we wanted to enjoy every bit of it so we had to avail all the activities.
- Sohoton Lagoon with Jelly Fish
- Sohoton Cove tour
Cost in Sohoton Cove:
- Permit Fee:
- Foreign – Php100.00/head
- Local – Php50.00/head
- Entrance with environmental Fee (with safety gears: helmet and life jacket)
- Foriegn – Php190.00/head
- Local – Php90.00/head
- Docking fee – Php50.00
- Pump boat (Sohoton cove tour) – Php500.00
- 2 local boat guides – Php330.00
- Paddlers (Sohoton Jelly Fish) – Php100/head
TIP: If there are life jackets in your rented boat. Take those instead and ask to reduce environmental fee with safety gears.
After the whole activity in Sohoton, we continue our island hopping trip. Since one of the machines in our motor boat broke down. It took us three hours to get to Naked Island, with no food to eat except banana. Starving, exhausted, and struggling for my survival, the only thing that came to my mind that time was I wished we had prepared enough food during that time.
With no energy, we found civilization on Daku Island. Bought some food to eat before our lunch and ask the locals to cook our lunch that we brought back to the main island.
At the moment the food was served and we were freakingly ready to eat our lunch. I was energized and ready to enjoy the rest of the day.
Although we were ready to explore with my full tummy, but sad to say that we weren’t able to visit this Island since we had no time left. But I will make sure to visit this island again on my next trip there and I will not include Sohoton to make that possible.
You will get the hang on it. You will end up like me. The next day after our travel here. I’ve been searching about the place even more. Thinking when will be my next visit. Where to stay if I will not be in group. What food to try. What activities I haven’t done yet. And so on. And if you’ll end up like me. You will share you’re amazing moments in this island. Just like I did.
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