Siargao, Surigao del Norte

Why Siargao?

Now, working straight for more than a year like I do, and wish for a castaway adventure, Siargao Island is one of my options. Given a fact that this is known for surfing, surely I should enjoy Siargao experience. From Cebu to Siargao direct flight, this can take at least an hour.

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How to get there?

For Flights to Siargao, you may check their site at bit.ly/2JgwtBG

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Siargao Island showing blue waters and their mangroves. Snapshot from Huawei p10, 1080p 60fps

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Showing vast mangrove area near in Siargao Airport. Snapshot from Huawei p10, 1080p 60fps

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Siargao Airport. Credits to Maricel Ramos. Taken by iPhone 5SE

Nothing fancy about the Siargao Airport, however, it is clean as expected.

Locals outside Airport were offering their motorbike rental for PHP 500.00 per day. If you wish to take another option, rental vans are waiting for you as well. I am not sure what is the price list they offer, however, from what I heard this can reach PHP 4,500 per destination.

On the other hand, my team was able to borrow a pickup for our 3 days transportation. A million thanks to Morch Rey Alberca.

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From Airport going to Dapa. Taken by iPhone 5 SE

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From left, @akosichurit, @vjsealza, @dkobando, @keichizen13, @jazzyeajane Credits to Morch Rey Alberca. Taken by iPhone 6.

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A quick stop in Union Rd, Dapa. Taken by Huawei p10. Follow us on Instagram @akosichurit, @vjsealza, @dkobando, @keichizen13, @jazzyeajane, and Morch Rey Alberca

 

First stop, Aventino’s. They are known for freshly-baked pizza, tasty pasta dishes, and affordable rice meals. Aventino’s Pizza & Pasta can be found in Dapa, General Luna town and near Cloud 9 across the street from Tuason Point.

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Aventino’s Pizza and Pasta, Dapa location. Taken by Huawei p10.

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Aventino’s Pizza and Pasta, Dapa location. Taken by Huawei p10.

 

Here we tried Delizioso Cinque, with ham, pineapple, and Cheese.

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Delizioso Cinque, with ham, pineapple, and Cheese. Taken by Huawei p10.

 

Their best seller was Tricia, a 3 layered pizza-cheese, veggies and meat toppings for PHP 345.00

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Tricia, a 3 layered pizza-cheese, veggies and meat toppings. Taken by Huawei p10.

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Tricia, a 3 layered pizza-cheese, veggies, and meat toppings. Taken by Huawei p10.

My honest review with their food, 3 out of 5 star, however, if given another chance to try another branch, maybe I can consider.

The place is messy and their staffs are not accommodating as expected.

One of the staff clearing our table by turning the tablecloth upside down to get rid of the food waste. Wow, magic!

Next stop Shaka:

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Shaka branch, near Clould9, Siargao Island. Taken by Huawei p10

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Joan is one of their staff working in Shaka, check her Instagram @ijuannabe. Taken by Huawei p10

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Shaka branch, near Clould9, Siargao Island. Taken by Huawei p10

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Shaka branch, near Clould9, Siargao Island. Taken by Huawei p10

 

If you wish to get a caffeine boost near Cloud 9, Shaka is the best and nearest option for you. Cozy location and a number of menus to choose from.

Speaking of cozy location, finding a good place to stay in Siargao can be a hassle if you are in a group. Yes, General Luna has a lot to offer, if you are lucky enough if the place is not fully booked. For our convenience, having a short period to find our place to stay, Dream Getaway in Dapa is a place to check with, see bit.ly/2sL8zTK

Their staff, Jen, Jong, and Pastor Chui were accommodating for our food, and an itinerary for Island hopping. My team has smooth experience overall during our 3 days stay. You should check them out.

 

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Getting there is a challenge, with no transportation to rent, you will not enjoy the experience then. However, you may ask your host or any locals to get you on the track. Common transportation I notice is shown in the photo below:

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Credits to senyorlakwatsero.com

 

Magpupungko Tidal and Rock Pool are among the most recommended spots to visit in Siargao and for good reason. Magpupungko is famous for its natural pool caused by a huge depression on an almost flat rock formation in the water with an entrance fee of PHP 50.00 per person.

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Crystal clear water in Magpupungko pools, Siargao Island.

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Tourists enjoying the crystal clear in Magpupungko, Siargao Island

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Tourists enjoying the crystal clear in Magpupungko, Siargao Island

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Tourist enjoying the crystal clear in Magpupungko, Siargao Island

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Tourists enjoying the crystal clear in Magpupungko, Siargao Island

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Crystal clear water in Magpupungko pools, Siargao Island.

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From here, you can order fresh seafood and thirst quencher halo-halo as well. However, you brought your own food, make sure it is not placed in a plastic cellophane, cause it is prohibited in this area. Paper bag is highly recommended.

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Thirst quencher halo-halo in Magpupungko, Siargao Island.

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Fresh seafood in Magpupungko, Siargao Island.

 

Next Stop Cloud9, General Luna, where we spent the rest of the afternoon.

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White sand in Cloud9, Siargao Island.

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For more of his work, follow him in Instagram @vjsealza

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For more of his work, follow him in Instagram @vjsealza

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Boardwalk in Cloud9, Siargao Island.

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Boardwalk in Cloud9, Siargao Island, where surfers prepare their boards.

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Surfers are waiting for their waves in Cloud9, Siargao Island.

 

You can rent your own board or you can have a trainer to help to get into the basics of surfing, local price is around PHP 500.00 per hour, this includes your trainer and board.

On the other hand, if you are into BBQ, Mama Grill is known for in Siargao, it would be best to book your table first and submit your menu first, this way you can avoid such hassle.

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Mama’s Grill BBq with their really Delicious bbq in Siargao Island. Open at 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm located at General Luna road. Taken with Huawei p10

 

Back to our place, there was a total blackout in Dapa. We make the most out of it instead.

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@vjsealza in the photo. Taken by Huawei p10. ISO 800, S 10 sec

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@annmorrduo in the photo. Taken by Huawei p10. ISO 800, S 10 sec

 

The next day, Jen, one of the staff where we stay, help us deal with our island hopping itinerary.

Sohoton Tour:

  • Magkukuob cove
  • Luksuhon
  • Jellyfish Sanctuary
  • Naked Island
  • Daku Island.

This includes your lunch in Sohoton and entrance fees with the total amount is PHP 2000.00 person. I am surprised that it was very cheap. Jong who help us get into the registration process and waited for our whole day experience. I am really satisfied with their accommodation, such a hassle-free.

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Going to Sohoton, Bucas Grande Island.

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Going to Sohoton, Bucas Grande Island, with blue waters.

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Almost 2 hours, going to Sohoton, Bucas Grande Island.

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Floating station with all the small boats in Sohoton, Bucas Grande Island.

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Crystal clear water in Sohoton, Bucas Grande Island.

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Tourist preparing for Jellyfish sanctuary tour, in Sohoton, Bucas Grande Island.

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During our lunch in our boat in Sohoton, Bucas Grande Island.

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Going to Magkukuob cove. Follow us on Instagram @akosichurit, @vjsealza, @dkobando, @keichizen13, @jazzyeajane, and @annmorrduo

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Going to Magkukuob cove with our local tour guide.

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Going to Magkukuob cove, in Bucas Grande Island.

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Going to Magkukuob cove, in Bucas Grande Island. For more of his work, follow him in Instagram @vjsealza

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After our first station, Magkukuob cove, in Bucas Grande Island.

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After our first station, Magkukuob cove, in Bucas Grande Island.

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During Jellyfish Sanctuary Tour. For more of his work, follow him in Instagram @vjsealza

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During Jellyfish Sanctuary Tour. Follow us on Instagram @jazzyeajane and @vjsealza

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During Jellyfish Sanctuary Tour. Follow us on Instagram @dkobando and @akosichurit

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During Jellyfish Sanctuary Tour. Follow me on Instagram @dkobando

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After our Jellyfish Sanctuary Tour. Follow us on Instagram @dkobando and @akosichurit

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In Naked Island. Follow us on Instagram @akosichurit, @vjsealza, @dkobando, @keichizen13, @jazzyeajane and @annmorrduo

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In Naked Island. Follow us on Instagram @akosichurit, @vjsealza, @dkobando, @keichizen13, @jazzyeajane, and @annmorrduo

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Daku Island with their coconut trees.

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Daku Island white fine beach.

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Sunset in Daku Island.

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Sunset while going back to our place.

 

The Island hopping experience was totally worth travel. Travel from Dapa to Sohoton can take up 2 hours. However, we had a great time.

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Sunset in Dream Getaway in Dapa.

 

Day 3, would be our last day on this island, so went early in Sugba lagoon, Siargao to get the earliest b0at. With a boat fee of PHP 1,700.00, that is for the entire team and a maximum of 3 hours stay in Sugba lagoon. Bringing your own food is prohibited, it would be best getting a full tank first.

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Preparing for departure in going to Sugba Lagoon. Follow us on Instagram @akosichurit, @vjsealza, @dkobando, @keichizen13, @jazzyeajane, and @annmorrduo

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At least a 30 minutes ride in going to Sugba Lagoon, Siargao

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At least a 30 minutes ride in going to Sugba Lagoon, Siargao

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A Local guiding our boat in the shallow water for in going to Sugba Lagoon, Siargao

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Tourist in their paddleboard, in Sugba Lagoon, Siargao. With just PHP 500.00, you can rent the item for 3 hours stay.

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The well-known jump board in Sugba Lagoon, Siargao.

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Breakdown how much we spent in Sugba Lagoon:

  • Kayak = PHP 500.00 for your entire stay.
  • Paddle Board = PHP 500.00 for your entire stay.
  • Life Jackets = PHP 50.00 per person
  • Table = PHP 150.00

Having a short period of time in Sugba Lagoon feels forever if you are having a good time with good people. Spending my city escape experience here in Siargao is one of my best decision made.

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