Siargao is known as the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines” but this place is not limited only for the professional surfers or surfer wannabes. There is so much in this place than its massive waves that even I, a city girl who’s afraid of the water, loved and enjoyed it. So, from the non-surfer me, let me share you my itinerary to this beautiful and chillest island in the Philippines.
HOW TO GO TO SIARGAO
via Skyjet Airline: Skyjet offers direct flights to Sayak Airport. Plane ticket starts at P3,000 one way. Watch out for their seat sale. Airfare can go as low as P3k/RT.
via Cebu Pacific: Cebu Pacific only have direct flights to Siargao from Cebu City so if you’re coming from Manila, you have to fly to Cebu first. You can also opt for a flight to Surigao City and Butuan City.
UPDATE OCT 2017: Cebu Pacific already offers a direct flight from Manila to Siargao!!
via Cokaliong Shipping Line: Cokaliong Shipping line offers motor vessels that travel overnight from Cebu to Surigao City for P825 starting price. Since Cebu flights are often on sale than Siargao ones, this is a cheaper way but time-consuming one.
Ours is via Cebu Pacific Manila to Butuan. It is not on sale so we got our ticket around 6k pesos. Cebu Pacific’s Siargao flights are rarely on sale so I advised you to keep an eye on Butuan instead. You can get it as low as P600/RT.
If you choose to fly to Surigao City: You still need to ride a roro from Surigao Port to Dapa port for 2.5 hours. (P250) The last roro to Dapa is at 12:30nn.
If you choose to fly to Butuan City: Ride a van to Surigao City just outside the airport for 3 to 4 hours. (P200) We did this and the travel consumed almost a day.
Siargao offers all kinds of accommodation, from budget to luxurious, for the solo travelers, to couples, to groups. There are also Airbnbs around but most of it are big beach houses and habal-habals might not be familiar with it since it’s residential. So we stick with the beach resorts and I was able to book Ocean 101 Beach Resort in Travelbook.PH.
Ocean 101 is in between of budget and luxurious. We paid around P10,800 for a 3-night stay in a family room for 6 adults that can actually fit 10 persons. It is just 5 minutes walk to Cloud 9 Boardwalk and some famous cafes and restaurants in Siargao. If you want a good and beautiful place to stay but don’t want to hurt your wallet at the same time, I recommend you here.
Here’s a list of all the accommodations I saw online before Travelbook’s Siargao hotels saved me:
Solo travelers (shared): Panglaom Hostels, Smiling Pig Hostel, Hammock Hostel, Dormitels Siargao
Budget friendly (P500-P1.500): Kermit Surf Resort, Kawili Resort, Kokai Resort, La Luna Island Resort, Patrick’s on the Beach
Approved ni Mommy (P1,500 – P3,000): Buddha’s Surf Camp, Greenhouse, Ocean 101, Romantic Beach Villas, Harana Surf Resort
Kung Mayaman si Papa (P3,000 above): Isla Cabana, Kalinaw Resort, Dedon Island
6:00 AM – Arrived at Butuan Airport / Van to Surigao City – P200
10:30 AM – Arrived at Surigao Terminal/ Multicab to Surigao Port – P10
10:45 AM – Surigao Terminal / Wait for next ride to Dapa
11:30 AM – Roro to Dapa Port, Siargao – P250
2:00 PM – Arrived at Dapa Port / Trike to Ocean 101 – P50
2:30 PM – Check in Ocean 101 / free time
3:30 PM – Surfboard rental – P250/hr
7:00 PM – Dinner in Harana – P250
TOTAL = P1,010
8:30 AM – Breakfast at Shaka Siargao – P250
9:30 AM – Start of Island Hopping – P1500 (P250/each)
10:00 AM – Naked Island
11:30 AM – Seafood Lunch at Daku Island – P1500 (P250/each)
2:30 PM – Guyam Island
3:30 PM – Back to Ocean 101
5:00 PM – Cloud 9 Boardwalk
8:00 PM – Dinner at Kermit – P300
TOTAL = P1,050
7:30 AM – Breakfast at Cafe Loka – P250
8:30 AM – Magpupungko + Sugba Lagoon trike rental – P2000 (P335/each)
9:30 AM – Magpupungko Pool Rocks
11:30 AM – Lunch at Magpupungko – P850 (P145/each)
1:30 PM – Del Carmen, Siargao / Boat ride to Sugba Lagoon – P1600 (P270/each)
2:30 PM – Sugba Lagoon / Cliff Diving / Paddleboarding – P200/hr
4:30 PM – Back to Carmen
5:30 PM – Dinner at Mama’s Grill – P800 (P135/each)
TOTAL = P1,335
5:30 AM – Call time for Bucas Grande – P4000/boat (P670/each)
9:00 AM – Arrived at Bucas Grande/ Breakfast – P100
9:30 AM – Luminous Rocks / Cliff Diving / Stingless Jellyfish – P2080 (P350/each)
12:00 NN – Lunch @ Bucas Grande – P1500 (P250/each)
1:30 PM – Departure to Hayanggabon Port
2:30 PM – Arrive at Hayanggabon / Took a bath – P20
3:00 PM – Travel back to Butuan – P290
7:00 PM – Butuan Airport – P150 terminal fee
TOTAL = P1,830
GRAND TOTAL: P5225 + P1800 (hotel) = P7,025
Please take note that most of the prices above are divided into 6 persons. Bigger groups tend to be cheaper so I advised you to bring your friends or make friends to other tourists to share the boat fees. Everyone is friendly on this island so don’t be shy to make friends at the restaurants and hostels. We met a lovely couple in our island hopping who even let us have a drone shot! So go ahead and be extra friendly.
- There’s a party almost every night in different bars. Just ask the locals where. But they said that the best is the local party every Friday night.
- If you know how to ride a motorbike, then better rent one. It is cheaper than renting a tricycle. (P500/day)
- The Pacific Ocean waves are wild so if you’re not a surfer, hire an instructor, please. (P500)
- The seabed is kinda rocky so expect to have some small scratches or cut in your feet when you fell down the surfboard.
- The foods are kinda pricey but they’re good. If you’re in the budget, there’s always Mama’s Grill.
- The island has so many stray dogs. They’re harmless so don’t be scared.
- All of our activities are made possible by Kuya Loyding. You can contact him here 09056054600. He has a trike and his own boat (so no additional charges) and one of the kindest tour guide I knew.
Are you planning to go anytime soon or have been to the island already, we can talk in the comment section or drop me an email!