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5D/4N Siargao Travel Guide

I can never get enough of how unreal Siargao island is. There’s something about the island that would make every traveler drawn to its vibe. It may not just be the beaches, but the culture, people and how things were as chill as it can get.  There’s this certain charm that would make you want to go back or even just stay on Siargao. Yes, some would say it’s just another island but wait until you get to visit it the place, ask yourself again if you can call Siargao “just another island”.

(c) Jan Duldulao

(c) Jan Duldulao

(c) Jan Duldulao

There can be a lot of things to do, from adrenaline junkies to pure laid back spontaneity. Every traveler can as well plan their own itineraries; it can be a full week, month, or even a year plan. Though, what I can tell you is to enjoy the island even if you ditch the plan and start being spontaneous. If you want to know how we spent our 5 days in Siargao…read on 🙂

 


Pre-Travel Guide

How to get there:

a. Book a flight

The easiest way to Siargao is by plane. There are several flights in a day from Cebu and Manila to Siargao. Travel time will only took about an hour. We book our flights ahead of time as usual, under a promotional fare. We got a good deal of 599.00 php ($11.54) to Siargao, and a return ticket for 299.00 php ($5.76) under Cebu Pacific Airlines.

b. Book a ferry

Booking a ferry can be another option. You may head over Surigao city, ride a ferry from there to Siargao. Here are the updated schedules and rates:

Montenegro Shipping (RORO)
Surigao – Dapa(Siargao Island) | 5:00AM and 12:00Noon
Dapa – Surigao | 5:00AM
Port: Eva Macapagal Terminal, Borromeo St., Surigao City

Dapa Express (Outrigger)
Surigao – Dapa | ETD 11:00am – ETA 1PM
Dapa – Surigao | ETD 6:30am
Contact: Dapa – 0948.8062441 / Surigao – 0933.3291651
Port: City Boulevard, Surigao City

LQP Express (Outrigger)
Surigao – Dapa | ETD 5:30am – ETA 8:00am
Dapa – Surigao | ETD 12Noon
Port: City Boulevard, Surigao City

Angel 2 (Fast Ferry)
Surigao – Dapa | ETD 11:30am – ETA 1:45pm
Dapa – Surigao | ETD 5:30am – ETA 7:45am
Contact: 0942.0428297
Port: Eva Macapagal Terminal, Borromeo St., Surigao City

Angel 1 (Fast Ferry)
Surigao – Dapa | ETD 5:30am – ETA 8:00am
Dapa – Surigao | ETD 11:30am – ETA 1:45pm
Port: Eva Macapagal Terminal, Borromeo St., Surigao City

MV Yohan (Fast Ferry)
Surigao – Dapa | ETD 6:00am & 10:30am
Dapa – Surigao | ETD 6:00am & 11:30am
Port: Eva Macapagal Terminal, Borromeo St., Surigao City

Onboard the Vessel MV Precious Ferry
Surigao – Dapa – 4AM Daily
Dapa – Surigao – 10AM Daily

Accommodation Rates:
Siargao (Premium) – P180
Bucas Grande (Tourist) – P150
Economy – P100

Mode of transportation 

You can get easily get around the island through a tricycle as locals do. It may not be as convenient as what you are used to but it gives you the rural feels that would make your stay even worthwhile. There are also several rentals that you may take advantage of:

 

  • Rent a motorcycle – Rental is 300.00 php/day ($5.78)
  • Rent a bingo – Bingo is a motorcab, good for 5-8 people. This is a great pick if you’re with a group and wanted to save. Rental is 1200.00 php/day ($19.27.00)
  • Rent a car – Rental is 3,500.00 php/day
  • Tricycle – 20php/ride ($0.39)

Where to eat

You’ll never ran out of places to eat in Siargao, from the local carenderias to the most expensive ones. Here are some go-to places in the area when food is in the question.

One of the local carenderias in Siargao.

Kermit Siargao

Miguel’s Taqueria. The place that offers below zero beer in Siargao paired with affordable tacos and buritos.

Hangover cafe.

Mama’s Grill. Go-to place for tourists. It can get busy during peak hours (dinner).

  • Local carenderias.
  • Kermit Siargao
  • Miguel’s Taqueria y Cerveceria
  • Hangover
  • Mama’s Grill
  • Shaka
  • Cafe Loca
  • Kawayan Gourmand

Where to stay

We booked in advanced at Jing’s Place – Homestay. A place where you are treated not as guests but as families. This may not be the place if you are “maarte”, but a good stay for backpackers who wanted to mingle with everyone. They offer several services like bike rentals, tours and surfing lessons from the pros. Kuya Jing and Ate Jas — the couple who owns the place are pro surfers turned entrepreneurs.

We got a room for 5 for only 1,500.00 php ($28.89), divided into 5 people; we only paid 300.00 php ($5.78)/person/day. It’s already an air conditioned native hut with own comfort room. That was a great deal to start with. They have several accommodations so you may inquire directly with Kuya Jing at 0910-259-6493 or 0915-278-1133.

 

 


Itinerary 5D/4N

Day 1

We wasted the day. Well, we wasted it in a good way still. We traveled in a group divided into 3 flights, first group went a day ahead of us, and 2 groups on the same day under 2 different flights. It was a gloomy day to start with, but we landed safely. It was a smooth 30-45 minutes van ride from the airport to our home stay. We decided to wait for the last group to arrive before planning any activities, Unluckily, due to the uncooperative weather, there was zero visibility and their plane needed to reroute them back to Cebu. 😞

We decided to roam around Siargao. It was a day well spent, we didn’t head on to any tours right away because of the mishap, instead after roaming arouas a public beach that would still compete with the best beaches around the globe.

 

Expenses:

DAY 1 Expenses:

  • Airport Van: 300 PHP/pax
  • Bingo rental: 1200 PHP/ 12 = 100/pax
  • Food: 200PHP (2 Meals)
  • T O T A L: 600 PHP

Day 2

We were supposed to take the Sohoton tour but since we didn’t want to leave our friends behind, we decided to change the itinerary. (Remember when I say ditch the plan?) We couldn’t have enough of the beach so we went back to Malinao beach right after breakfast. We spent the whole morning enjoying the clear waters of Siargao.

 

After lunch, we decided to try the activity where Siargao is most famous with: Surfing! Jhing’s place brought us to the Secret spot – great place for beginners where waves ate not too harsh for an intermediate level. My friends spent 2 hrs as suggested by their guides. It would take around an hour before you can get the hang of the activity, so you might just be starting the fun if you’ll just try it for one hour, which is actually true based on my observation. They were having fun standing up, and balancing on their surf boards after about an hour. You may be wondering if I tried, but no — I’m a scared cat who didn’t try it so I was appointed as their official photographer of the activity. 😀 Maybe a reason for me to get back to Siargao soon!

Day 2 Expenses:

  • Surfing: 500 php/hr * 2 = 1,000.00
  • Food: 200 php (2 meals since breakfast is free)
  • TOTAL: 1,200 php

Day 3

Since the rest of the group arrived on the afternoon of the previous day, the crew was already complete to go on a tour! This day should’ve been the Sugba lagoon/Magpupungko tour but Sugba lagoon was temporarily closed at that time for some renovations. (It was opened a week after our visit, Another reason to visit Siargao.) Our tour guide offered a Magpupungko plus Island hopping package instead, for only 1,000.00/head. Transportation, lunch and all environmental fees covered.

Day 3 Expenses:

  • Tour – 1,000 php/pax (You may contact 0998 559 0527 for tour arrangements)
  • Food – 200 php/pax(1 meal; breakfast is free from homestay; lunch is included on the tour)
  • TOTAL – 1, 200 php

Day 4

We decided to head over Sohoton on our Day 4. I have mixed emotions on this tour by the way. It was a long boat ride, estimating from 2.5 – 3.5 hrs depending on the waves. We started the trip early morning, waves were a bit calm than the ones when we head home. Lesson learned: Always validate if you have life jackets. It will be a long boat ride and part of the travel will be in an “open sea”, so expect waves to be a bit wild. We were advised that we will have our own life jackets but there isn’t a single one when we head on to the tour. If you’re a good swimmer, this may not be a problem but on a perspective of someone who didn’t know how to swim, this is SCARY. Haha! Amidst through this, I kept my calm and enjoy the ride, after all, the sun was smiling at us, it was a great day to sail – nothing could go wrong. (This is what I was telling my self the whole time. :D) 

In spite of the boat ride, Sohoton cove is worth the risk.  I feel like I went back to Palawan after seeing all the rock formations, their lagoons with crystal clear waters (Imagine 30-50 ft lagoon but you can still see the bottom, that’s how clear the water is.), and let’s not forget the cove where you can check out sting less jellyfish!

Day 4 Expenses:

  • Tour – 1,450 php/pax (You may contact 0998 559 0527 for tour arrangements)
  • Food – 500 php/pax(1 meal; breakfast is free from homestay; lunch is included on the tour)
  • TOTAL – 3,150 php

Day 5

This was the day when Siargao broke my heart. Brace yourself when it’s your turn to leave Siargao. The sepanx is REAL! We headed back to the Airport at 9:00 and deep inside I was praying for my flight to get canceled, haha! I was hoping that the fates will be in my favor but and let me stay longer. There is something in Siargao that would make you forget time, wherein five days, a week or even a month is not enough to experience the whole island.

Day 5 Expenses:

  • Van transfer – 300 php
  • Terminal fee – 150 php
  • Total Expenses – 450 php

Things to Remember:

  • Take note that there are only 1-2 ATMs on the area so it would be best to bring enough cash and avoid the hassle. I personally didn’t find one during the whole trip.
  • Check the tides before heading to Magpupungko Rock Pools. It’s best to visit during low tides, you won’t get to enjoy the rock pools (which is only visible on low tide) if it’s high tide.
  • If you’re on a short stay, you may skip the Sohoton tour. Travel time is around 3 hrs, you’ll lose 6 hrs travel time; to and from Sohoton.
  • It’s your option to splurge on food.
  • Where to party. Yes, you hear it right, Siargao knows how to party too! Although, the parties were always scheduled. Make sure to know the schedules before heading to a bar. 🙂
Total Expenses
  • Total air fare: 998.00 php
  • Jing’s Homestay 4N5D: 1,200 php
  • Day 1: 600 PHP
  • Day 2: 1,200 php
  • Day 3: 1, 200 php
  • Day 4: 3,150 php
  • Day 5: 450 php
  • Total: 8,798.00/pax

You may also want to check:

CORON TRAVEL GUIDE

CEBU – BACOLOD OVER THE WEEKEND TRAVEL GUIDE

GOING TO PANGLAO’S VIRGIN ISLAND FOR FREE!

 

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    sumit walia
    March 22, 2018 at 9:45 am

    lovely article , i loved the visuals and the visuals reminded me of a secret island in the tropics where we lose a sense of time and of our everyday life . The detailed article was also quite useful for someone thinking on planning an itinerary

    • Reply
      kris
      March 22, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Thank you!❤️

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    Erica
    March 22, 2018 at 9:14 am

    siargao is so beautiful, sometimes it seems unreal 🙂 id love to visit there this summer… would also be lovely to ride a motorbike to get around town. but i wonder if tourists need driver’s license to do so?

    • Reply
      kris
      March 22, 2018 at 11:06 am

      Thank you! With your question, I’m not that sure if the motor rentals would ask for one, nor any enoforcers along the road, i didn’t see anyone wearing helmets as well, but if we’ll relate it to the law, license is needed for every driver, so i guess the same applies in Siargao..though not sure if this is stictly imposed.

  • Reply
    Rye Santiago
    March 22, 2018 at 6:58 am

    You have excellent photos, Kristylle! I’m not as fond of beaches as I am fond of mountains but, given that there’s an option to rent a motorcycle, I might as well have a solo road trip around Siargao. It reminds me of my solo visit to Baler a few years ago. 🙂

    • Reply
      kris
      March 22, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Thanks, Rye. Nice to know you appreciate the post even if you’re not into beaches. 🙂

  • Reply
    neha
    March 21, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    To be honest, I had not heard of Siargao island before reading your post. I had to google it up to know more about it. Since, your description and pictures made me do so. How come I had not heard about such a wonderful beach ! Plus there is so much to do here including the surfing and diving and all….wonderful

    • Reply
      kris
      March 21, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      😘

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    LaiAriel Samangka
    March 21, 2018 at 10:17 am

    I have long been dreaming to visit this Island. It has been penned on my bucket list for I guess 3 years now, and until now, I didn’t get any chance. Anyway, your guide will surely be a great help, especially for a first timer. I love how you explored the Island for 5 days, and will make sure that I will experience all what this Island has to offer. Your photos are always stunning as always. Thank you so much for sharing this with us Kris. See you soon! enjoy your trip always and take care.

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      kris
      March 21, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks, Lai! See you soonest! 🙂

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    Shreya Saha
    March 21, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Loved the blog. You have given such a great description of pre-travel booking and then transport details and their booking scenes, where to stay, and every other possible details. Loved the things to remember section and the pictures I must say are mindblowing. Siargao is a hit!

    • Reply
      kris
      March 21, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you, Siargao is indeed beautiful. 🙂

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    Drew
    March 19, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Having a trip to Siargao this Oct 24. I’m super jealous of your P599 fare. I thought ours was a good deal (P1499) but yours was even better. LOL Anyway, with the photos you posted in this blog (which are phenomenal, btw), I wouldn’t mind spending some extra bucks just to experience Siargao. Thanks for the detailed itinerary, too.

    I just went to Coron a couple of weeks back, and I think there’s no better way to level up my travels other than visiting this heaven of a place. Thanks for this very informative post. It was a light read, yet loaded with useful stuff!

    • Reply
      kris
      March 21, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      P1499 is still a pretty great deal! Coron is another destination that is close to my heart. Different vibe with Siargao. Both experience on these destinations were amazing. 🙂

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    Neil Alvin Nicerio
    March 19, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I’m planning to visit either Siargao or Coron this year. My heart is torn. Upon reading your post, Siargao seems to weigh more. Thanks for sharing such detailed article. 🙂

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    Jake Baldimore
    March 17, 2018 at 11:25 am

    We will be having our trip this october. I will bookmark this article. Thank you Kris! Superb photos as always.

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      kris
      March 19, 2018 at 5:48 am

      Thanks for dropping by, Jake! Enjoy, Siargao! 🙂

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    Kit
    March 17, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Super nice! I love ur blog 😍😍😍😍 ill keep an eye on your next trip

    • Reply
      kris
      March 19, 2018 at 5:48 am

      Thanks, Kate! 😘❤️

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