Traveller Tips For Siargao Island




How To Go To Siargao Island

Thanks to the Cloud 9 fame, Siargao has become synonymous with surfing. And with that notoriety comes a lot of international attention and of course a huge boom in tourism especially around September, when the waves start coming in and surfing competitions, both local and international, are organized. In response to the surge of tourists, there are now daily flights to Surigao City. If you’re coming in from Manila, for example, there’s a flight that departs from Manila around 9am and will arrive Surigao City around 11am. From there you can then ride the local jeepney that will take you to the pier in time for the 12Noon ferry boat going to Siargao.
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Faster Boat To Siargao

Faster Boat To Siargao

Dapa Port

Dapa Port

The ferry boat and all other boats plying the Surigao City – Siargao route dock at the Dapa pier. Since the surfing action happens in General Luna, a town some 15 kilometers from Dapa, you will still need to get there. The good thing is that there are options on how to go there. If you’re the adventurous kind, you can always take the habal-habal, a single motorcycle that sometimes carries up to 8 persons in one go. Another option is the tricycle. This one can already carry your boards and bring you safely to GL. Take note that the usual fare for the habal-habal and the tricycle is only around P30/head. You can also take the local jeepney, but this one takes forever because they make sure that every seat is taken before they head-off, also people will be stopping all over the place which means there will be a lot of stops in between. If you have a lot of things with you, you can opt to hire a jeepney to take you to GL. Usually the jeepney will charge you 300 – 500 for the trip. The trick is to bargain like a pro.

Where To Go, What To Do In General Luna, Siargao

More often than not travellers who go to Siargao already have their reservations made in advance. This is a smart move as you don’t want to be homeless when you’re there. One tip for tourists on a budget is to go for resorts that are not run by foreigners. Nothing about these guys but more often than not, their rates are likely to be higher than those resorts run by the locals. One good resort to check out is ChristineNicole. Its rates can range from P500 – 1500 depending on your bargaining skills and of course the season. :)

Maridyl's Food Hauz

Maridyl's Food Hauz

One of the benefits of being a third world country like the Philippines is cheap booze and smokes. How cheap? Well, a pack of Marlboro’s can be had for as low as $0.80 while a bottle of beer can be had for $0.70. Of course when you buy your stuff in the bar/restaurant of the resort where you’re staying, the prices can be really steep. So again, if you’re in a budget or you just don’t want to pay first world rates in a third world country, the best thing for you to do is check out the local hangouts. In General Luna, the store to keep in mind is Maridyl’s Food Hauz. Here the rates remain third world even if they’re serving first world customers. So if you want the biggest bang for your buck, Maridyl’s Food Hauz is the way to go. You can just hire a tricycle or a habal-habal to take you to Maridyl’s Food Hauz, they know the place for sure. If you really want the Filipino experience, then try out their Filipino dishes served carenderia style at very low prices. You can also get your groceries and have your drinking spree there.

Will blog for food.

Will blog for food.

If you also want a break from surfing and want to go somewhere nice and relaxing for a swim, then you might want to try out Guyam and Daku Islands. Hiring a boat to go to these islands may cost you from P500 – 1000.
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10 Comments… add one

  • lauresal Sep 6, 2009

    I love your descriptions and pictures. Really gives me the travel bug. Luckily my husband and I are going to Jamaica soon, so I can let my toes sink into the warm silky sand rather than having to imagine it.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Best,

    Lauren

  • Barb Sep 6, 2009

    Enjoyed the pictures of the country

  • jangeronimo Sep 8, 2009

    Lovely names for these islands, Guyam and Daku. In our province, guyam means ants. Well, daku is daku. As I understand it it means big? Well – on another note, it's great one can access the Internet from there, right. That's a good thing to have. Although if one needs to be a purist about it you'd give totally unplugging from the hive a serious thought. It's vacation after all. :)

  • Bam Sep 9, 2009

    This is really a great place for a weekend getaway. I enjoyed fully here. before going there, I was viewing this blog and when I was actually there, I remembered your photos :)

    Will definitely go back again! :)

  • pinoytraveller Sep 9, 2009

    Thanks Barb, why not visit instead? :)

  • pinoytraveller Sep 9, 2009

    Hi Jan, you're right. Daku is big. As for the internet access, well I was totally unplugged there. I was just using the downtime to prepare some articles so when I go back to Manila I only have to copy and paste. :)

  • pinoytraveller Sep 9, 2009

    Hi Bam, lovely name. Sorry, inside joke. I hope you were able to go to Daku Island. :)

  • Wakacje Jamajka Sep 16, 2009

    When is the best time to visit Siargao Island?

  • pinoytraveller Sep 17, 2009

    The best time is during September and October where they have these international surfing competitions and the waves are really really huge.

  • smarz Jul 20, 2010

    I like it…. modest presentation however suit to me….I have relatives in north sulawesi (indonesia)and near to mindanao of course…

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