Finally! SIARGAO happened to me.
4 nigths. 5 days. Long road trip. Worth it. 🙂
We departed from Gensan around 6 in the morning and arrived at Surigao City about 5 in the afternoon. I have to commend our driver was fluent with the road. Kuya popoy is a friendly, funny and experienced driver.
First impression for the city of surigao, it was actually more urban than Iligan. The city were big and streets are congested. The people have surigaonon as their dialect which is quiet difficult to understand at first.
I also noticed that their airport is very small and well cute. You can easily see it. As we arrived at the area, we asked where the port is so that we can inquire the schedules for the ferry to siargao.
To go to Siargao, you have two options. You ride the Roro or the ferry where cargo and cars can be brought or the small fast track boat for people only. The fast track is located along what they call the boulevard, full of very insteresting boats with unique design, more like an airplane if you might ask.
Schedules of departure and arrival:
Roro 11:45 AM 3:00 PM – Surigao Port to Dapa port of Siargao Island
(fare 200) 6:00 AM 9:00 AM – Dapa port to Surigao Port
Fast Track 5:00 AM 8:00 AM – Surigao Port to Dapa port of Siargao Island, different route
Prices and schedule may change. They have discounts for children depending on the age. 7 years old and below are free.
After checking the boulevard cause we opted to ride the first trip on the following day and deciding we will just leave our vehicles on the hotel’s parking lot, we went to the Tavern Hotel to see if there are rooms available. The hotel is very nice but sad to say they were all fully booked. So we opted for their annex which is just in front of the main hotel, you can easily see it. The annex is budget friendly. 🙂
We settles ourselves cozy in our beds as our relatives arrive. One big happy family.
Morning came and we went to the boulevard. After some time where everything is set, the little ferry started its course.
Arriving at the Dapa port, I noticed the water is so clean and clear. We unloaded ourselves from the boat and waited for awhile at the information center.
If you are travelling in big pax and have reserved from the hotel, there is usually a service to pick you up. If none then there are vans and multicabs for rent half day or whole day which is kind of pricy, around 1000 pesos. For budget backpackers, you can get a tricycle from Dapa to General Luna for 150 php. I suggest the tricycle, like what we did so that you can breath some fresh air and see the beauty of the local city. Not so much mountains, more plain rice fields along each side of the streets.
Patrick’s on the Beach
The tricycle driver delivered us to the front of the Patrick’s by the beach resort almost 45 minutes after which we took some rest and had our lunch. Very nice place, laid back with open cottages viewing the pacific ocean, all white sand. They also have close cottages for overnight stay which starts at 2,500 php, twin and family rooms.
Romantic Beach Resort
After lunch the whole family transferred to another resort where we finally were able to check in our bags. Romantic Beach Resort is just a few meters away from Patrick’s but have different design. And I could say it was way better than Patrick’s.
After settling down and changing into water-ready clothes, we had our island hopping around 3 in the afternoon. Depending on the package you are going to get for the tour, which considers the place to go to, the number of people to be acommodated, whole day or half day, the price starts at 2,500. So here we go, the color coordinated Tia family on an Island tour.
After Guyam island, our pamboat returned us to our resort where we changed into dry clothes and head to the restaurant for some dinner. Guess what we had – home made PIZZA! Once our stomach was full, we hit the billiard area as my nephews played the 8 ball pool.
Morning came and we had our breakfast buying food at the local market – seafoods yummy. Right around 9 am we got our things ready to go the next resort for some beach bumming, swimming and basic surfing.
Ocean 101, Cloud 9, General Luna
From Romantic resort to Cloud 9, the ride took more or less 15 mins riding the local tricyle. I have heard a lot about the place particularly from searching information on the internet. You know when you are near because you can see a lot of inns, pensions rooms lining on each side of the road, and people holding surf boards. You also see several foreigners chilling at some bar every now and then.
Magpupungko Pool, Rock Formation
After lunch, we rented 2 vans to go to the rock formation, almost a 45 minute ride from General Luna to Pilar. It was a very interesting site as we arrived because it was low tide and the pool can only be accessed during low tides.
From the shore to the pool, you will have to walk a few meters. As you can see from the picture above, a horizon of wave coming in and hitting the sea bed. Beyond that I assume the sea floor drops to a deep level and I didn’t dare to get near as there were big waves at that time and considering the slippery stride, I might trip so better safe than sorry. After a very itinerary-filled day, we got back to our van and headed to our cottages to relax and pack our things. We are scheduled to leave Surigao Island early the next morning for the 6 am Roro trip.
We arrived at Surigao port around 9 in the morning, grabbed our breakfast at Jollibee on take out, and stepped on the pedal as we hurriedly try to insert in our schedule our side trip to the famous Enchanted River. Finally, because this post is too long, I decided to have a separate blog post for our mystical river adventure.
Thank you so much for taking your time to read my blog. You can check out my other post. Feel free to share your own adventures in the comment section and link your own blog or website and I will find time to visit it soon. Spread the love guys! 🙂
Posted on August 10, 2015, in Food, Travel and Leisure and tagged Cloud 9, Daku Island, Enchanted River, General Luna, Guyam Island, Hinatuan Enchanted River, Naked Island, Pilar, Siargao Island, Surigao. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.