This was one of the islands on my bucket list since 2016. I surfed in La Union, Baler, Bicol, and Bali and I’ve followed surfers like Luke Landrigan and Elaine Ebonal. I always see their posts about Siargao, and got really excited to surf there. Elaine already moved to Siargao and continued her Surfista Travels Siargao business where they offer a week-long Surfista Siargao Camps.
When I’ve learned that Cebu Pacific Air offered direct flights from Manila to Siargao, I waited for a seat sale. I saw a Php1,299 seat sale for one way and I immediately booked it in time for our 2nd Anniversary!
Siargao captured my heart! The sea, sand, sunset, palm trees, lagoons, caves, coves, waterfalls, food, surfing, locals and guests – I felt at home. If I just have funds to buy a lot there and build a bed and breakfast, I will. Siargao is amazingly beautiful! I can’t wait to go back with my boys! 🙂
Our 4 Days and 3 Nights Itinerary:
Upon arrival at Sayak Airport, you may ride a van going to your accommodation. They’re parked outside the airport. It costs Php 300 per person and they will drop you off your place. They usually wait for the van to be filled before leaving the airport.
We arrived late in the afternoon, straight from our graveyard shift. We just slept upon arrival until dawn so I won’t really consider this as day 1. LOL!😂
Day 1: Magpupungko Rock Pools and Sugba Lagoon
Going around Siargao is easy if you know how to drive a motorcycle. You can rent a motorcycle for Php 350 per day, and that’s what we did! We just used the Waze app or Google Maps. We drove going to Magpupungko Rock pools early morning. I was in awe of the beauty of Siargao!
I love the palm tree-lined roads, it’s just so pleasing to the eyes!
After an hour drive, we arrived at Magpupungko Rock Pools. Here are the parking rates:
The water is very clear. Make sure to go in the morning as it’s best to see during low tide.
It’s also perfect if there’s fewer people, we were able to get good spots for photos 🙂
Kaeser enjoyed the waves!
We had early lunch there, food is about Php 90-100 per meal. You may also take a shower and pay Php 10.
Next stop was Sugba Lagoon. It was 30 minutes drive from Magpupungko Rock Pools. If you want to save, wait for other guests going to the same area. We went with 2 other couples, so instead of paying Php 1,600 for the boat, we only paid Php 280 per person. Aside from the boat rental, you have to pay Php 50 for entrance or user’s fee.
Boat ride was about 30 mins from the Del Carmen port to Sugba Lagoon. Activities to do there includes cliff diving, paddle boarding/kayaking, and snorkeling.
Cliff Diving – I had to change swimsuit because I don’t want to regret diving in a bandeau. LOL! 🙂
You may rent a paddle board for Php 500 for unlimited use, you can share with others to save if you want. But you can also rent it for an hour for Php 300.
This is one of the tourist attractions in Siargao. It’s also nice to meet locals and foreign visitors there. Go on unlimited cliff diving and pose for the gram!
Day 2: Bucas Grande, Sohoton Cove, and 3 Islands Tour
When I was searching for places to visit in Siargao, I saw a lot of people recommending Kuya Bebot for tours, so I decided to contact him. He was very accommodating and offered us Package A which is Bucas Grande, Sohoton Cove, and 3 Islands Tour for Php 1,500 per person. I thought that it’ll be cheaper and less hassle so I reserved 2 slots for us. You may text or call him at 0930-9749974 or click the link for his Facebook profile.
Meeting place was at General Luna Market. We were 35 in that tour, imagine that on a Monday! We went to the farthest place first which is the Sohoton Cove, it was a 2 hour boat ride. Before we arrived there, we had to pick up some guests at Club Tara Resort. The place look so nice! Upon researching, I saw that room rate is Php 1,800 per night for 2 pax. But, it’s too far from most of the tourist spots.
Upon arrival at Sohoton Cove, you’ll be asked to wear helmets to protect your head from the sharp edges in the caves.
This is the landmark when entering the cove. There’s only one entrance and exit
You may also do cliff diving here and swim in the caves
We went to the Jellyfish Sanctuary after. We took a smaller boat.
I was expecting to swim with a lot of jellyfish however the boatman said it was a low tide so there’s just few small ones. By the way, they don’t sting! 🙂
We just enjoyed our time swimming. The turquoise clear waters is for the win!
We had lunch at Sohotan Cove, it’s included in the tour package
After lunch, we went to the famous islands: Naked, Daku and Guyam. It was another 2 hour boat ride.
I wish we were given more time in the 3 islands. But the travel time from Sohoton Cove was already 2 hours and it was raining, we were only given 20 mins per island. When I go back to Siargao, I’ll make sure to stay in the 3 islands longer.
Day 3: Surfing at Cloud 9
This is the main reason I went to Siargao, to surf! It’s different because you’re surfing in reef and far from the shore, which is more dangerous (I think) than in La Union or Baler.
One hour surfing with instructor is Php 500, if you’ll just rent a surfboard it’s Php250
When I started surfing, I didn’t feel nervous at all! I’m always a beginner since I don’t surf often, but the experience was awesome! I enjoyed every minute of it!
I was also very happy that Kaeser was able to surf again! He went through ACL reconstruction that’s why he had to rest his knee for a year.
In the afternoon, we went to the Cloud 9 Boardwalk. There’s an entrance fee of Php 50 per person.
We went to the tower to watch the surfers
Unfortunately, it rained so hard when it’s already time for sunset. So we didn’t experience it. But during a good weather, here’s how the sunset looks like. Super nice right? Credits to Travel Imagez for these photos.
Day 4: Strolled around General Luna
We want to make the most out of our last day in Siargao, so we took our motorcycle and strolled around the area.
We did some photo op in the palm trees (of course, I had to take advantage of the background)
We had snack at Shaka. I ordered Bom Dia while Kaeser ordered Super Bowl. Tip: the serving is big, you might want to just order one and share. Power bowls is Php 250 per serving.
While strolling around General Luna, we came across this cute shop. It’s called Fat Lips Surf Shop
When buying souvenirs, it’s best to buy at the market for cheaper price.
- Tshirt – Php 500-600
- Ladies Cropped Top – Php 600
- Kids Tshirt/Sando – Php 180-200
- Key Chain/Ref Magnet – 3 for Php100
Detailed Expenses for Activities:
It’s hard to book accommodation in Siargao especially during September and summer. So we stayed at two places, first was at Point 303 Resort in General Luna. We booked our reservation through Agoda. Note that this place is always fully booked, best to book ahead of time.
The best thing about this place:
- Standard fan room is only Php 740 per night for 2 pax, perfect for budget travelers
- With mini pool
- It’s just right across Cloud 9, 2 mins walk
- You can rent a motorbike from them for Php350/day
- Carinderias and sports bar near the resort
Our other accommodation was at Amihan Bungalows. It’s also in General Luna, just a few houses away from Point 303 Resort. It’s a bit pricey at Php 3,300 per night through Agoda, but we can’t find a cheaper place for the dates we’re traveling.
The best thing about this place:
- Cozy vibe with veranda
- Hot and cold shower
- 3 mins walk to Cloud 9
- They have surfboards available to use for free, just make sure to ask permission
Where to Eat:
- Mama’s Grill – This has got to be my favorite place to eat in Siargao! Their BBQ sauce is to die for! And because they serve super delicious BBQ, the place is jam packed every night.
- Carinderias – You will see local carinderias almost everywhere. You can get a meal for as low as Php50. Perfect for budget travelers.
- Shaka – It was just outside our bungalow, so we tried the Power Bowls. Healthy and yummy!
- Kermit Siargao Restaurant – We heard that they are known to have the best pizza in Siargao. We went there, unfortunately, the line was very long with 30 minutes wait time. We’re already very tired and hungry, so we decided to change location.
- Bake Siargao – Owned by Rachel Peters. Must try their buffalo chicken nachos
- La Carinderia – Serves Italian and Filipino cuisines
- Kawayan Resort – If you want to experience fine dining, cozy ambiance, good food. This is the place to be!
This is the possible expenses during your 4 days and 3 nights stay in Siargao. Note that it still depends on how much is your airfare, where you’ll book your accommodation and where you’ll eat. But this is the suggested budget travel if you’re planning to visit Siargao.
And there goes my Siargao travel guide! Make sure to save this blog and include Siargao in your bucket list. Remember, traveling is not always expensive! There are ways to save while traveling, and not limit your experience and time to explore! 🙂