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Escape to paradise: road trip to Siargao

Our adventure going to and in Siargao was a blast! It was one of the best four days that I spent with my brothers. I wanted to write a descriptive post about our adventure but I’m afraid that it would turn up as one huge ass long post. So instead, I’m writing the important details here right away. This includes our time table and expenses. But before that, check out the photos below:

So, on with the details. The drive from Davao to Surigao takes an average of 8 hours, depending on your driver’s driving skills. If you go there by bus, it’ll be 12 hours and you have to get off in Butuan and get on another bus going to Surigao. From Surigao, you can then take a ferry going to Dapa, Siargao. It takes three hours to get there and the ferry departs at 5:30AM and 11:45AM ONLY. We decided to catch the 11:45AM schedule so we can tour the city for a while. One place in particular that I recommend seeing is the Mabua pebble and rock beach. It’s the most unusual beach I’ve seen and is just 20mins away from the city.

When you get to Dapa, Siargao, you will be mobbed by tricycle and habal-habal drivers. Unless you’re going solo, I strongly advice that you ride a tricycle. Tricycle drivers are friendly and their rates are moderated by the provincial tourism office. So yeah, riding a tricycle helps with the eco-tourism of the island.

There are many affordable places you can stay at when you’re in Siargao, even the ones near or around Cloud 9. We were lucky to get a room for four at Kesa Surf Resort for half of their regular price. This was because it’s the town’s fiesta and the International Surfing Competition will take place on the weekend. The locals kept inviting us to see the town’s “night life” but we declined. We’d rather just grab some beers while looking at the stars. Old age, I guess.

Time flies freakingly fast when you’re in Siargao so unless you’re going to stay there for a week, you have to budget your time really well. Surfing, island hopping, and seeing places are just few of the things you can do there. There isn’t really much but it takes a huge amount of time going to and from places. Magpupungko rock pools and flats for example is an hour away from Cloud 9.

All in all, Siargao is one of the best places to visit and unwind, especially with your friends. I’m hoping to come back there one day and continue my surfing lesson.

EDIT: And here’s the video I made for our trip.

Travel itinerary:

Day 1

  • 8:00am – leave Davao, bound for Tagum
  • 9:00am – breakfast in Tagum
  • 10:30am – grocery
  • 12:00nn – leave Tagum, bound for Butuan
  • 2:30pm – lunch at San Francisco, Agusan del Sur
  • 5:00pm – arrive in Butuan City
  • 8:30pm – arrive in Surigao City

Day 2

  • 7:30am – leave hotel
  • 8:00am – breakfast in Mabua pebble and rock beach
  • 11:00am – back in pier
  • 12:00nn – ferry leaves, bound for Dapa, Siargao
  • 3:00pm – arrive in Dapa, Siargao
  • 5:00pm – surfing lessons

Day 3

  • 8:00am – 12:00nn – island hopping
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm – travel to Pilar (Magpupungko rock pools)
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm – travel back to General Luna

Day 4

  • 4:20am – 5:00am – bound for Dapa, Siargao
  • 5:30am – 7:40am – boat ride from Dapa to Surigao
  • 8:00am – bound for Davao
  • 4:00pm – home sweet home

Expenses (excluding food):

  • Inn in Surigao: P 1,990
  • Ferry Surigao to Siargao: P 280 x 4 = P 1,120
  • Kesa Surf Resort: P 2,500 x 2 = P 5,000
  • Dapa to Cloud 9/General Luna tricycle: P 50 x 4 = P 200 + P 100 tip
  • Island hopping: P 1,300 (discounted price. original price P 1,500)
  • Cloud 9/General Luna to Pilar tricycle: P 1,500
  • Magpupungko rock pools entrance: P 50 x 4 = P 200
  • Cloud 9/General Luna to Dapa: P 50 x 4 = P 200
  • Gas (round trip Davao – Surigao): P 804

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