Guide to Siargao Philippines

I have a confession to make!

I fell in love with Siargao Philippines! Siargao is addictive. This place is one of the best places I’ve visited. You know that I love foods more than anything, but now, I can eat nothing for one day just to be in Siargao (half kidding!) But hopefully, someone will feed me next time.

Siargao is known as the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines”. Unfortunately, I am not a surfer. BUT, you don’t need to be a surfer to enjoy the beautiful scenery and natural attractions of Siargao Island.

First things first!

Where is Siargao?

It belongs to the province of Surigao del Norte, situated at the northeastern tip of Mindanao. It has a land area of approximately 437 square kilometers. The coastline is marked by a succession of reefs, small points and white, sandy beaches.

The Island has a lot of natural attractions and offers some beautiful scenery. You will definitely fall in love with the places!

I asked my uncle about the tourist people. He said that most travelers end up staying in General Luna.

What to ride?

You have two options: Via land transport & Airplane. 

Via Plane

If you want to go there via plane, you have to be in Surigao City (that’s what my relatives did). From Surigao City, take a ferry ride to Dapa Port to Siargao Island. Boats can be found at the boulevard.

But in my case, I was with my mother, auntie and brother in Leyte. So the other way around via land, you are going to encounter a big body of water. The Pacific on the other side!

Via Land

This route is the easiest way to cross between Visayas and Mindanao as it will only take an hour for the ferry ride.
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Lipata in Surigao City to  San Ricardo (Benit) Port in Southern Leyte Ferry Schedule

  • 2:00 AM
  • 6:00 AM
  • 10:00 AM
  • 2:00 PM
  • 6:00 PM

 

San Ricardo to Lipata Ferry Schedule

  • 4:00 AM
  • 8:00 AM / 1:00 PM (if the Lipata port has available dock, the ferry leaves Benit Port  at 10AM  otherwise it leaves at 1PM)
  • 12:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 8:00 PM

Fare one-way Airconditioned Cabin

Standard:  P210.00
Student Fare:  P178.50
Senior Citizen: P168.00
Half Fare: P105.00

Fare one-way Non-Aircon (Ordinary)

Standard: P140.00
Student Fare:  P119.00
Senior Citizen: P112.00
Half Fare: P70

You may call/ SMS Montenegro Shipping Lines at +639466539933 for more information.
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What’s next?

My grandfather has a house in Del Carmen, Siargao. So from Lipata going to my lolo’s place, it took us 3 hours in total.
And tada! We started our adventure.

“TAKTAK FALLS”

The only waterfall in Siargao and is located in Santa Monica.

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No need for extra trekking! When you’re on a motorbike or a car, the parking lot is directly outside the gate. The security guard said that the waters  are deep and shallow. I didn’t try swimming because we were in a hurry ,so we just took pictures. Best of all, the entrance fee is only P5!

 

“MAGPUPUNGKO ROCK IN PILAR”

A big rock sits on top of a small rock, thus its name Magpupungko, from the Visayan term “pungko” or sit. Its blue lagoon enchants the traveler during low tide

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Entrance fee is P50 only, and there are cottages for rent. If you get hungry, you can buy some food there, too! We tried their “blue marlin kinilaw”. It was actually my first time trying kinilaw but I like it!

“SUGBA LAGOON DEL CARMEN”

A two-storey hut that provides a small area for visitors and a jump-off point to dive and swim into the lagoons waters. This area is also a very good spot for snorkeling since the area is home to numerous marine lives. You can easily find “Dory and Nemo”!

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They don’t have short orders so if you are planning to visit Sugba Lagoon, be sure to bring food and drinks with you.

 

“DENAVILLE RESORT, ALEGRIA, SIARGAO ILANDS”

A 3- hectare exclusive resort located in the northern part of Siargao Island.The resorts amenities include a swimming pool, restaurant with local and international cuisine, packaged tours, wifi access and private van service.

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This place is a little bit expensive. I think their rooms range from Php3000-Php8000. You can visit their website: Denaville Resort

“SIARGAO BLEU RESORT & SPA”

The hotel lies 28.9 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations. Two (2) minutes to the famous CLOUD 9, and 45 minutes to the Airport

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Siargao Bleu is one of the most romantic places I’ve been. I was in awe when I saw the resort. I like its architectural/interior design. It was so elegant! The service was great too. They also provide free shuttle to and from the airport and to nearby places (cloud9, the blvd, etc.). Visit their site: Siargao Bleu

 

“CLOUD 9”

Our final destination! Siargao’s jewel, Cloud 9, is a surfers’ haven and home of champion surfers. It’s world famous for its waves, bringing in surfers from all over and from every division.

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There were many surfing instructors so there’s no need to wait. I can’t contain the excitement in me as we walked towards the boardwalk. Actually, this was my first time surfing!

It was almost 6:00PM and we were really busy listening to our surfing instructor. So, we forgot to take pictures with the surfing boards!

One more thing, you should try Siargao’s native bread too! You can check National Geographic for more information.

Overall, I super like it! NO… I mean… I love it! The island is so much more than just surfing. And now, it became one of my favorite destinations in the Philippines.

It was my 3rd time visiting Siargao but I will surely return for a fourth time!

Thank you for reading! 

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