Just when we were about to land, the plane turns then my husband goes…
“look out, you’ll never see that in other countries”.
And on the same day he says “let’s book tickets every time there are promo fares”.
It is impossible not to love Siargao.
Some say this island has a magnet. I agree.
So what’s in this beautiful island? As much as I want people to discover for themselves, I just can’t zip it. This is how stoked this place is.
WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO GO?
THINGS TO EXPERIENCE IN SIARGAO
Although Siargao is famous for surfing, for me, you get hooked to Siargao not just because of surfing but because of the whole island life experience.
With a lot of surfing spots, it is known to be the surfing capital of the Philippines. One of or the most famous surfing spots is CLOUD 9 which has a reputation of reaching up to 9ft & thick with hollow tubes making barrels in surfing.
Cloud 9 is where the provincial government of Surigao del Norte holds the Annual Siargao Cup during September where the waves get really big. Surfing conditions are divine from August to November.
Surf Spots Cloud 9, Caridad, Cemetery, Guyam Island, Jacking Horse, La Janoza, Mamon, Antokon, Anajauan Island, Pacifico, Pansukian Reef, Pilar, Rock Island, Stimpy’s, Tuason’s Point & many more.
Offshore, there are 3 islands to go to- the Naked Island, Daku Island & Guyam Island. The naked island is as it is- naked with lush sand bar while Daku & Guyam Islands are covered with dozens of coconut palm trees. Three Islands have equally pristine sandy beaches surrounding them.
Although Siargao is famous for surfing, diving does not take a back seat & does not fall far from the known surfing spots in the Philippines. Dive sites near Daku & Naked Island are Casulian, Pilar Twin Rocks, Shark Point, Blue Cathedral, Puyo and Seeco Reef. You can also do free diving.
You will never go hungry in this island, you will always have something awesome to eat. My husband & I couldn’t try all of them but here were some of the places we went to dine. If you’re on a budget, you can shop at the market & at the grocery store for ingredients & cook them at the place where you’re renting. Gladly we have a chef- friend who blessed us with his passion.
If you’re on a budget, buy food at the Market & cook ’em! Fresh catch & very affordable.
Got their Fish Kebab, Gnocchi Pasta, Focaccia Pizza, Mojitos & Pina Colada EVERYTHING WAS GOOOOOOOOOD
Chill Place & Yoga Area at the back of Kermit
MAGPUPUNGKO ROCK POOL
Who needs a manmade pool when you have this natural wonder in this place? About 39 minutes from General Luna, you’ll be able to experience the Magpupungko Rock Pool. Make sure you visit during low tide or else this beauty will be hidden by the bounty of water from the sea.
Sugba Lagoon is about 58 minutes from General Luna. There you can swim, paddle board, take photos & videos or simply chill. We weren’t able to go there at this time. Now that’s a reason to come back!
Photos by Bren Fuentes
Approximately 2-hour drive from General Luna to Socorro is another beauty- Sohoton Cave where you can swim with the stingless jellyfish!
Photos by Bren Fuentes
With the scenic views & a-ok roads, you with family & friends would surely enjoy going around the island on a leisurely bike or motor ride or exercise through cycling or running. You can bring your own bike/ motorbike or rent them. Daily rental for bikes are P150 per person & P500 for motorbikes.
Photo by Carla Pesquira
Massage areas are just around the vicinity & you can also let the masseuse go at your place where you’re more comfortable. We got ours for P400 each.
Other things you can do are Yoga/ Sup Yoga, Kayak/ Paddle board
Yoga Centers are available here & there. You may ask the resort personnel where you can do your Yoga, I saw one at Kermit & at the Boardwalk in Cloud 9. As well as renting a kayak to go island hopping or paddle boarding around the beach just before reaching the area where the waves break for surfing.
Team Matanjak Represent at the Acoustic Night in Buddha
There are daily activities in the island, there’s an Acoustic Night at Buddha every Tuesday. Here are some of the events happening in the Island. For other information on the happenings in Siargao, you may check Siargao Classifieds & Siargao Events on facebook or check hashtags on Siargao online.
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY
Love to take photos & videos? Whether your goal is to take fashion, sports or travel & having models as your subject or landscapes, Siargao is the place to be. You will see a lot of photographers & videographers around the plus photos online. Talk about FEED GOALS. Here are some of the photos that made me swoon.
Surfer Beauties- Aping & Ikit Agudo
Aping & Ikit in Action- Known for Dancing in Long Boards
Sunrise & Sunset Shots of Bren Fuentes
Beach Bae- Lea Duhaylungsod
Awesome Shots by Gaps Sabuero
For more interesting shots, follow them on instagram.
Another attraction that’s soon to rise! Check Siargao Wake Park for updates.
This I believe makes a big difference to your Siargao experience. Well, you could say you can do all of these things to the other parts of the Philippines or in the world for that matter but all of the above plus the interaction that you get is the cherry on top.
The moment we got to Siargao till the end, we felt the warmth of every soul, local or tourist, we’ve encountered.
HOW DO YOU GET THERE?
Here are your options:
DIRECT TO SIARGAO
Fly directly to Siargao via Cebu. All direct flights are currently via Cebu through Cebu Pacific Airlines (www.cebupacificair.com) with approximately 50 mins. back & forth.
SURIGAO CITY TO SIARGAO
Fly to Surigao City then ride a ferry to Siargao.
BUTUAN TO SURIGAO TO SIARGAO
Fly to Butuan then ride a bus to Surigao City then ride a ferry to Siargao.
FERRY FROM SURIGAO TO SIARGAO
Ride a ferry from Surigao City to Siargao.
There are many ferries or the Roll-on-Roll-off (RoRo) that travel from Surigao City to Siargao that connect to the Dapa Port in Siargao which cost approximately p210- p350 per person. Ferries accommodate cars & trucks. Travel usually takes 2 to 3 hours depending which vessel you’ll ride.
Surigao to Siargao- leaves 12PM
Siargao to Surigao- leaves at 6AM
- MV Fortune Angel
Surigao to Siargao- leaves 11:30AM
Siargao to Surigao- leaves 5:30AM
- MV Britphil
Surigao to Siargao- leaves 6AM
Siargao to Surigao- leaves 11AM
- MV LQP
Surigao to Siargao- leaves 6AM
Siargao to Surigao- leaves10:30AM
FERRY FROM CEBU/MANILA TO SIARGAO
Ride a ferry from Cebu or Manila to Siargao (via Surigao City)
From Cebu, you may ride Cokaliong Shipping Lines (www.cokaliongshipping.com) or Cebu Ferries Corporation (www.cebuferries.com) which is an overnight trip. When you arrive at Surigao City take the next ferry to Siargao.
Cokaliong Shipping Lines Schedule:
From Manila, you may ride Manila Superferries (www.superferry.com.ph) which takes approximately 30 hours to get to Surigao. Then, when you arrive at Surigao City take the next ferry to Siargao.
Ride a bus from Davao & Cagayan de Oro via Butuan and Surigao City
24 hour Bus services are readily available in the places mentioned. Once you get to the bus terminal, check the daily schedule.
Airport/ Pier Pick- up Transfer Service
If you booked in a resort, most likely you’ll have transfer services already, you may check with them. If not, they will recommend transfer services or you may contact the numbers below. Fee is P300 per person but if you’re on a private trip/ transfer it’s usually 1,500.
- Dodong Digman- 09215111009
- Elmer Mantilla Nogera “Capitan”- 09287572585
WHERE TO STAY?
Nowadays, this question is very easy to answer. You can just google them then boom, you’ll see the list of resorts in Siargao. If you want a luxurious experience you can stay at Dedon but if you’re on a budget, no worries! Siargao is relatively affordable. If you’re a beginner, it’s best to stay in General Luna because there are a lot surfing spots nearby but if you wanna get on the big waves, you may stay at Cloud 9.
We stayed in MATANJAK. We were blessed by our friend, Bren. This was his wedding gift to us. Horray! Blessed even more to encounter warm people there.
For inquiries you may check them on facebook- Matanjak Guest House.
In the end, you don’t seize Siargao,