E31***93we loved our stay in Butuan City where food is great specially the sea foods and my favorite Marang! Our stay made a relaxing feeling to be with nature again and a realization of solace and harmony beyond our busy and hectic life back in Manila!
思密达It's worth a walk, everything is so natural. Natural pebble beach, natural coconut hills, natural clear water, sea breeze, sunshine, laughter. When you are tired, stop and rest here, a pebble beach that makes people forget to return.
The itinerary below is for a group of four traveling on a budget. This assumes that you’re splitting boat rental costs and spending P500 per night at a dorm or hostel. This also assumes that one on the group can drive and has a license because you’ll be renting a car on Day 2.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
02:00 pm — Arrival, van to hotel, P300
03:00 pm — Check-in, rest, find car rental + boat
07:00 pm — Dinner & beer at Mama’s Grill, P300 + P20 fare
08:00 pm — Return to hotel, P20 fare
09:00 pm — Sleep!
DAY 2: DIY SIARGAO LAND TOUR
08:30 am — Car rental, P625 (P2500/4pax)
09:00 am — DIY Land Tour, Total entrance fees: P100
11:30 am – Lunch, P150
12:30 pm – Continue tour
02:00 pm – Arrival at Del Carmen, P30 parking fee
02:30 pm — Boat to Sugba Lagoon, P400 (P1,600 fare/4 pax)
03:30 pm — Sugba Lagoon, P50 entrance fee
06:00 pm — Back to hotel, freshen up
07:30 pm — Dinner, P150
09:30 pm — Back to hotel
DAY 3: 3 ISLANDS TOUR
08:00 am – Return car, refuel: P250 (P1000/4 pax)
09:00 am — 3 Islands Tour, P400 (P1600/4pax)
10:30 am – Naked Island
12:00 nn — Daku Island, P100 entrance fee
12:30 pm – Lunch at Daku, P150 + P75 cottage fee (P300/4)
02:30 pm — Guyam Island, P30 entrance fee
04:30 pm — Back to Boulevard, travel to hotel, P20 fare
05:00 pm – Back to hotel, freshen up
07:00 pm — Dinner, P150 + P20 fare
09:00 pm – Back to hotel
DAY 4: DEPARTURE
05:00 am — Leave for Cloud 9 surf camp, P20 fare
05:30 am — Sunrise at the Tower, P50
07:00 am – Swimming, FREE!
09:00 am — Souvenir run, back to hotel, P20 fare
10:00 am – Freshen up, pack up, check out
11:00 am — Lunch, P150
12:00 pm – Leave for airport, P300 for van fare
03:30 pm — Flight out of Siargao
The itinerary above will set you back around P5900 (USD 117, EUR 102, SGD162) per person excluding airfare, tips, and souvenirs, but including accommodations and a P500 allowance for miscellaneous purchases and other expenses we might have missed.
Sohoton Cove is part of Bucas Grande Islands, an intricate network of stunning karst hills and islands that nestle breathtaking lagoons, beaches and even caves. The crystal clear water of some lagoons carry stingless jellyfish, something tourists can swim and interact with if their timing is right. Jellyfish season begins in March but reaches its peak in July and August.
Located in Socorro in Surigao del Norte, Sohoton Cove is a bit detached from Siargao but still easily accessible if you have the time or money. Boat tours from Siargao cost P3000, but some boatmen and operators merge it with the 3 Islands Tour to create the ultimate island hopping adventure. This Sohoton Cove + 3 Islands combination tour usually costs P4000. If you want to save a lot, find other travelers to split the cost with.
Surfing is Siargao’s biggest draw, hands down (and on opposite rails, as the surfing instructor tells us). The island’s picture-perfect waves, the famous “Cloud 9” swell, entice surfers from all corners of the globe. These waves occur along the General Luna coast: the best places to catch them will be the Cloud 9 and Quicksilver surfing camps..
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SIARGAO
Is Siargao safe?
Siargao is very safe. NOT all of Mindanao has security issues. Siargao is very far from the places you see on TV. In fact, in Siargao, many domestic and foreign tourists have stayed long enough to start living like the locals. It’s not unusual to see white guys in dreadlocks speaking Surigaonon.
However, you should also be careful when swimming in the open, as Siargao has a seasonal jellyfish population. Always ask around before taking a dip.
Don’t sweat safety. Wear life vests when on the boat. Don’t leave gadgets plugged in when going out. Wear aqua shoes on beaches and rocky shores. These small safety measures can go a long way to ensure you enjoy every moment in paradise.
When is the best time to visit Siargao?
Siargao Island has a dry and wet season: it’s relatively dry between March and November, while the rest of the months are frequented by monsoon rains.
If you’re going to Siargao solely for surfing, then these seasons don’t really matter. The waves are strong year-round. However, September to November are particularly enticing since various activities take place at these times, most prominent being the Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup.
If you’re going to Siargao for other leisurely activities aside from surfing, then the dry season between March and November is your best bet. Take into consideration that most travelers have the same mindset, too, and Siargao might get more crowded than usual during these months.
how to explore siargao?
By Tricycle. Tricycle are usually on par with the habal-habals.
By Rented Motorcycle. You can also rent motorbikes for PHP 500 for 24 hours.
By Bike. Bikes cost PHP 150 for 24 hours.
By Car Rental. On one of our trips, we have rented a Toyota Avanza for only P3000 per day (24 hours). We’ve seen also seen posters advertising smaller cars for rent for P2500 per day.
Siargao Land Tour
You can explore the main island and see the wonders it keeps in its jagged corners and lush landscapes. Here are the usual stops of the land tour (not in order):
Magpupungko Rock Pools. During low tide, the receding coastline reveals rock formations and natural pools perfect for some leisurely swimming. It’s an all-natural infinity pool, so to speak. Entrance fee: P50.
Sugba Lagoon. Within the lagoon is a two-story docking area where you can stay and rent a table for PHP 50. The cool, turquoise waters seem to invite everyone to explore the lagoon’s site, and there’s equipment available to do just that. There are paddle boards, canoes, and snorkeling paraphernalia available onsite for rent. There’s also a diving platform you can use for free. Entrance fee: P50.
Coconut Mountain View. Siargao is carpeted with almost endless rows of coconut trees. It makes exploring the island more fun because of the relaxing green scenery and the various Instagrammable spots along the way.
Maasin River. A picturesque river, especially the spot with the bent coconut tree extending over the river. There’s a rope attached to the tree where you can swing and plunge into the river.
More info about Siargao Island:
Language: Surigaonon is the dominant language, but Tagalog, Cebuano, and English are widely understood and spoken.
Time zone: UTC+8 (Philippine Standard Time). Same time as Singapore and Malaysia; one hour behind Japan.
Currency: Philippine peso (PHP, ₱). PHP 100 is around USD 1.85, EUR 1.60, or SGD 2.55 (as of October 2018).
Mode of payment: Cash preferred. Large establishments often accept credit cards.
WHERE TO STAY IN SIARGAO
You’ll never run out of options when it comes to accommodations in Siargao. The island attracts tourists within the full spectrum of budget preferences. Whatever your own budget is, there is a hotel, hostel, or resort to fit your needs.
If you’re looking for a place that’s close to surfing sports and other major attractions, we highly suggest that you book a place within General Luna, somewhere along Tourism Road. Here most attractions like the Cloud Nine and Quicksilver surfing camps, Mama’s Grill, and the General Luna public market, are just a habal-habal ride away.
The huge waves look ominous the first time you see it.
I asked my boatman, Jojo, what I’m seeing. Is that turbulent area dangerous? Is it inaccessible to fishers and swimmers? Should I, um, tighten my life jacket?
He chuckled. “Oh, that,” he said in a voice that suggested he’s had this conversation many times before. “Those are the Cloud 9 waves. Surfers love those.”
And then it hit me like ’em big kahunas: this is Siargao, Glenn. There are supposed to be waves.
While the uninitiated like me may feel uneasy, for the people of who call Siargao home, these waves are the most familiar thing. As the name implies, it’s their piece of heaven.
Siargao is an island located off the northeastern coast of Mindanao. It is within the jurisdiction of Surigao Del Norte province, and composed of nine municipalities: Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, Pilar, San Benito, San Isidro, Santa Monica and Socorro. Around the main island are smaller islands, included as part of the Siargao Group.
Siargao is known today as a surfing mecca, a place where thrill-seekers the world over gather to ride the waves. For the local population, however, Siargao is their simple, non-assuming hometown, with vast swaths of coconut farms, thick mangroves, and secluded coves. If it’s your first time here, it’s hard to ignore the contrast between the adventuring, wide-eyed tourists and the simple, stoic ways of the locals. Case in point: me and Jojo.
The island is a relatively sheltered surfing destination until around the early 2010s, when word of the island’s majestic waves exploded in the surfing world. Today, surfing culture is pretty much a staple in the island. This is particularly true in General Luna, where the island’s best waves can be found.
Cloud 9 is Siargao's most popular surfing spot. This surfing paradise is in the southeast corner of Siargao, in the town of General Luna. Cloud 9 is famous for its barreling right-hand waves and thick hollow tubes that can make every advanced surfer's heart skip a beat.
The best part is that Cloud 9 has great waves all year round. But if you want to catch the ocean in its best surfing conditions, visit from September to December.
The last quarter of the year is the busiest surfing season; surfers and tourists from all over the world seek to experience the best swells.
Cloud 9 tours are popular as it's the favorite venue to showcase the talents of local and international surfers during the annual International Surfing competition, which usually held in late September or early October.
Aside from its world-class swells, Cloud 9 attracts crowds as it is easily accessible and has a beautiful, picturesque boardwalk. Cloud 9's famous boardwalk is a great spot to snap some photos.
Cloud 9 is also the most highly commercialized area in Siargao and is a popular surfing escapade in Siargao. You can find a wide selection of restaurants, souvenir shops, and several cool clothing brands here.
Early morning biking going around Cloud 9. Tour departs mid morning and takes 1.5 hours to reach Del Carmen.
The boat trip going to the mangrove sanctuary and Sugba Lagoon takes up to 45 minutes. The lagoon is stunningly beautiful with clear and calm water. It’s a post card perfect photo.
Siargao Island Land Tour
You can rent a motorbike or habal habal to go around. Visit the Taktak waterfalls.
Visit Magpupungko Rock Pool Formation in Pilar, Siargao. Visit the market and buy the famous saang (spider shellfish). You can get it cooked for just Php 30 and order rice for dinner. Watch and take pictures of the sunset from Cloud 9.
Siargao is the best place i've ever been to.
I arrived at Sayak Airport from Mactan Cebu International Airport before noon. The van service hired by my hostel I will stay for 5 days was already waiting for me outside the airport. From the airport to the hostel took is 1.5 hours land travel.
I just rest for awhile and went to the beach, few meters away from the hostel. I looked for a cheap restaurant to eat but I didn’t find any near the beach so I found myself riding a habal-habal (motorbike) going the Cloud 9, the famous site for surfing. I found a cheap restaurant, had late lunch then proceed to boardwalk, in front of the surfing area. I took pictures and I had fun watching the surfers that are untiringly catching their waves.