Seize Siargao

Just when we were about to land, the plane turns then my husband goes…

“look out, you’ll never see that in other countries”.

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And on the same day he says “let’s book tickets every time there are promo fares”.

EVERY TIME?

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.

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Maps from Google

SIARGAO

Situated in the province of Surigao del Norte is the enchanting Siargao, a tear- drop shaped island in the Philippine Sea with approximately 437 square kilometers land area. Siargao is known for its waves & is dubbed as the Philippine’s surfing capital. It is composed of municipalities of Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, San Benito, Pilar, San Isidro, Santa Monica and Socorro.

WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO GO?

THINGS TO EXPERIENCE IN SIARGAO

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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.

SURFING

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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.

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Boardwalk
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That’s Reel, the husband, gracefully gliding his way through the waves while I stare in awe from afar. Do you see me?

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.

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You’ve got to get rid of the voice that’s screaming, you can’t & listen to that still small voice that’s saying LET GO. Let Go & Let God. 
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Eyes here! Check out the Surfing & Diving Spots.

ISLAND HOPPING

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Naked Island

 

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.

 

 

 

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Serene waters captivating my soul
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Daku Island
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You can get fresh buko juice at Daku Guyam Island for P30
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You don’t want to mess around a guy who’s having a vaction
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Guyam Island featuring Lea Carla

DIVING

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Photo from Carla Pesquira

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.

FOOD TRIP

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Indulged on Bren’s Chicken TV. For orders, you may contact him at 09324120431

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.

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F&B at Kermit’s is SUPERB! And the ambiance is just perfect. My favorite from this trip.

Got their Fish Kebab, Gnocchi Pasta, Focaccia Pizza, Mojitos & Pina Colada EVERYTHING WAS GOOOOOOOOOD

Chill Place & Yoga Area at the back of Kermit

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If you’re looking for something healthy & hearty, SHAKA is the place to be
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Shaka’s BAKUNAWA BOWL, a mixture of quinoa, natural yogurt,island fruits, granola & honey
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Morning Fix- COCONANA, a mixture of banana, honey, chia seeds & coconut milk

MAGPUPUNGKO ROCK POOL

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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.

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SUGBA LAGOON

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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!

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Photos by Bren Fuentes

SOHOTON CAVE

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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

ROAD TRIP

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.

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Photo by Carla Pesquira

SPA/ MASSAGE

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

siargao-50Yoga 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.

EVENTS

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

Sister Goals

Sunrise & Sunset Shots of Bren Fuentes

Beach Bae- Lea Duhaylungsod

Awesome Shots by Gaps Sabuero

For more interesting shots, follow them on instagram.

WAKE BOARDING

Another attraction that’s soon to rise! Check Siargao Wake Park for updates.

INTERACTION

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My Surf Instructors, Bren & Papa P

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.

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Good food & good company! 
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Dinner & Hang Out at Matanjak

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Team Matanjak

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Saying our “see you’s”, not our goodbyes

HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

Here are your options:

Air
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.

Sea
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.

  • Montenegro
    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:
Mon- Sat
7PM- 6AM

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.

Land
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?

siargao86Nowadays, 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.

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In the end, you don’t seize Siargao,

Siargao seizes you

takes your breath away, sweeps you off your feet & captures your soul.

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You didn’t want heaven without us, Jesus You brought heaven down/ Hillsong

Don’t go if you’re not ready to come back.

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