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As a traveler, I often get asked about my most favorite island in the Philippines. The popular choice would be Palawan, of course. Home to the world’s most beautiful island, EL NIDO, Palawan is every traveler’s dream. However, I have found home in one of the most culture-rich islands in the country- SIARGAO ISLAND!

Get drunk in a good life!

Siargao group of islands is paradise! It is best known for its ginormous waves during its season. Surfers from all over the world come together to ride the waves of Cloud 9. There’s an international surfing competition being held annually making this island paradise a much loved destination for amateur and pro surfers. Best time to go to Siargao if you want to surf would be the months of August-September. But there is more to Siargao than just surfing!

 

What made me fall in love with this piece of heaven on earth are its people and natural wonders. From lagoons, caves, underground coves and rock pools, Siargao is definitely a dreamland! You’ll also get a good chance of really enjoying the spots because not a lot of tourists flock here unlike its contemporary. Now enough of the talk as I want you to book that flight now and experience SIARGAO asap!

Here’s your travel guide on how to travel to Siargao on a budget:

HOW TO GET THERE

via Cebu City: CEBU PACIFIC AIR have direct flights to Siargao from Cebu City so if you’re coming from Manila, you have to fly to Cebu first. You can also opt for a flight to Surigao City and Butuan City.
*CEBU PACIFIC AIR offers the best rates to Siargao for as low as ₱1,298 Roundtrip! All you need to do is be alert during seat sales! Check lowest rates HERE.




CEBU PACIFIC SEAT SALE IS REAL!!! 🙂

via Surigao City: You still need to ride a roro from Surigao Port to Dapa port for 2.5 hours. Fare is at ₱250. The last roro schedule to Dapa is at 12:30nn.

via Butuan City: Ride a van to Surigao City just outside the airport for almost 4 hours. Fare is at ₱200.

ACCOMMODATIONS

There are plenty of room options in the island from high-end villas and resorts to budget hostels and backpacker inns. Siargao Bleu Resort and Isla Cabana are the more popular resort choices. But if you are a budget traveler, I would recommend Port 303 in General Luna. It is cheap and just one tumbling away from Cloud 9! Hahaha! There are also fan rooms in the island at ₱150 for 12hrs. Just ask some locals for referrals.

SAMPLE ITINERARY WITH EXPENSES

Day 1

7:40 AM- Flight from Cebu to Siargao- ₱799
8:40 AM- Arrival in Siargao
*Travel to General Luna- A very generous local offered us a ride from Sayak Airport to General Luna. Not even a minute yet in Siargao and this island pulled my heart strings already. Tip: MAKE FRIENDS with some locals but be genuine, of course.

Alternatively. from Sayak airport, you can take a van for ‎₱300/head or a habal-habal (motorcycle) for ‎₱200/head. It will take around 40 minutes to reach the resorts in General Luna. This is where Port 303 is located.
10:00 AM- Leave bags at Point 303- ₱300
10:30 AM- Start of island hopping activity- ₱240 (₱1,200/boat)
11:00 AM- Naked Island
12:00 NN- Lunch at Daku Island- ₱150
*You may buy lunch ahead at the public market or town center before the island hopping.
*Beach bumming in Daku Island

3:00 PM- Travel back to Gen. Luna to SURF!
4:30 PM- Surfboard rental- ₱250/hr
7:00 PM- Dinner- ₱150
TOTAL = ₱1,890

The beauty of Guyam Island.
This is how they roll in Siargao.




Day 2

7:30 AM- Breakfast at Carinders (Pinasushal na carinderia!)- ₱70
8:30 AM- Magpupungko Rock Pools via Habal-habal- ₱350
9:30 AM- Magpupungko Pool Rocks
11:30 AM- Lunch at Magpupungko – ₱120
*There are eateries for you to dine at Magpupungko.

1:30 PM- Tayangban Cave- ₱20
*It’s worth a sidetrip since it’s just along the way.
3:30 PM- Back in General Luna
*Beach bum at Cloud 9 or surf again.
*Sunset sessions
7:00 PM- Freshen up at Point 303- ₱300
7:30 PM- Dinner- ₱150
TOTAL = ₱660

NATURAL POOLS- it’s more fun in the Philippines!
This rock pool is everything!
Tayangban Cave

Day 3

5:30 AM- Wake up call for Bucas Grande Tour – ₱700 (₱3,500/boat)
*Do some grocery shopping at the market first. Your boatman will cook for you at Sohoton Cove.
*Travel time is around 3 hours by boat from Siargao.
9:00 AM- Arrival at Bucas Grande
*Snacks on board- ₱100
9:30 AM – Hagukan Cave, Sohoton and Jellyfish Sanctuary
-Entrance- ₱50
-Environmental Fee- ₱50
-Smaller pumpboat to the coves- ₱100 (₱500/boat)
-Guide Fees- ₱66 (330/two guides)
-Paddler boat to jellyfish sanctuary- ₱100
*Your boat from Siargao will dock at Sohoton. Your group will then transfer to a smaller pumpboat to explore Sohoton, and another transfer to a paddle boat to access the jellyfish area.
12:00 NN – Lunch @ Bucas Grande- 120
*Your boatman will cook your food while you start your island activity. Be sure to arrange this with your operator.

1:00 PM – Side trip to Club Tara
*We paid nothing since we just took aerial shots of the resort while swimming in the area.
2:00 PM – Travel back to Siargao
5:00 PM- Arrive in Siargao
*Freshen up at Point 303- ₱300
7:00 PM- Dinner- ₱150
TOTAL = ₱1,736

Sohoton Cove is a natural gem. Look at that pristine water!
The stingless jellyfish of Sohoton.
Guess what rock formation is this?

The luminous waters of Sohoton.
Traditional way of catching fish. Lol!
Buca Grande group of islands
Club Tara Resort

Day 4

6:00 AM- Sunrise watching
7:00 AM- Breakfast- ₱70
9:00 AM- Departure
*There are flights departing from Siargao to Cebu in the morning and afternoon via Cebu Pacific Air. – ₱499
TOTAL = ₱569




TOTAL EXPENSE: ₱4,889
*This budget expectation is possible given that you will be in a group of 5 like we were. You’ll also be staying at Port 303 and will have a tipid budget for food at ₱300 daily. Again, if you have extra money, food in Siargao is the beeeeest! You need to try Harana’s Halo-halo (it was divine!), Aventino’s Pizza (nyeeeeeam!!!), Shaka Coffee and have some beer at Buddha Bar. Prices in posh restaurants are reasonable but not really tailored to budget travelers.

SOLO TRAVELER?

Food and accommodation choices will always be two contributing factors to your expenses. If you’re a budget solo traveler, stay at fan room hostels at ₱150 – ₱200/night. Hostels will also open chances for you to make friends and be a joiner in their island activities! That saves you huge money and a lifetime of friendship to gain. You may also opt to skip high-end restaurants and eat where the locals eat to cut on your food expense. If petcha de peligro ka talaga, eat at carinderias, instead. Bawiin mo na lang pag-uwi mo sa bahay nyo. Hehehe! 🙂

If you wish to bring down the cost of your solo trip, consider skipping the Bucas Grande Tour. It will save you around ₱1,500; lowering your total expense to just ₱3,500!

WHAT ELSE TO DO IN SIARGAO?

1. SUGBA LAGOON– This is another rising destination when in Siargao. Pumpboat rate is at ₱1,600. We skipped this part since we didn’t have enough time.
2. MILKY WAY PHOTOGRAPHY– As a lover of the night skies, I never expected Siargao to give me a mouthful! I remember how we were eating by the streets of General Luna and was awestruck when I saw the Milkyway just above us at 7pm!

This was a GLORIOUS moment!

3. SURF LESSONS– I swear you’ll have the time of your life once you get to stand on that board! There are professional lessons conducted if you wish to get serious with this awesome sport.

4. RENT A MOTORBIKE– You’ll be in for a surprise with how lovely this island of Siargao is. Go and explore the untouched shorelines and beaches other than General Luna.
5. GO ON A FOOD TRIP– As mentioned above, it is safe to say that Siargao is also thriving on food tourism.




CONTACTS

• Habal-habal driver- 0907 4931913 Kuya Norman
• Habal-habal/boat operator- 0905 6054600 Kuya Loyding
• Surf board rental/instructor- 0946 4707069 Inting Escoltura

So there, SIARGAO just #gotMARKed!

* I am appealing to EVERYONE reading this post to please INFLUENCE co-travelers to keep Siargao Island clean. Garbage has become the island’s major issue now. Please do your part in preserving this paradise.

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32 Comments

  1. Fabio

    Awesome article Mark! I will try to fit on my trip.

    July 31, 2017 Reply
  2. Louelle Capistrano

    Hi Mark! Thanks for the helpful budget travel guide to Siargao. I’ve heard Skyjet has direct flights to Siargao from Manila and they really have great deals during seat sale. Let me know your thoughts on this if ever you try flying with them.

    October 1, 2017 Reply
  3. Hanz

    Will follow your itinerary 🙂 we already booked our flight going to Siargao from March 27-30, 2017. There will be 4 adults and one 11 yo kid and I think we better join the tours to gain more friends 🙂

    October 14, 2017 Reply
    • Administrator

      Awesome!! You’ll definitely Siargao po as it is summer during your time of travel! 🙂 Happy wanderlusting!

      January 3, 2018 Reply
  4. Melody

    Hi! where did you get a boat operator there? 😀

    October 31, 2017 Reply
    • Nica

      How did you find the boat/tour operator for your Day 1 and 2? Pls share details, thank you.

      January 6, 2018 Reply
      • Mark Roa

        Hi. The contacts are posted na po. 🙂

        January 9, 2018 Reply
  5. Lance Christian Villarosa

    Thank you so much Mark for the sample itinerary. Hopefully I can go this 21NOV-24NOV 2017. I will be travelling solo that is my birthday trip. 🙂

    November 10, 2017 Reply
  6. Clea Lhyle

    Hello, I would like to confirm if the hostel that your are referring to is Port 303 or POINT 303? I would appreciate your response. I’m planning to go to Siargao on December 2017.

    November 14, 2017 Reply
    • Administrator

      Oh my bad!! haha It’s POINT 303! Thanks for pointing out Clea! 🙂

      January 4, 2018 Reply
  7. Yammy

    Hi! Have you been to Bantayan? Is Siargao somehow similar with Bantayan in terms of the size of the island since you can rent a motorbike? Do they also have rentals for bicycle too? Hindi ako marunong mag-motorbike eh and Im going solo next year! Thanks! Your response will be very much appreciated.

    November 20, 2017 Reply
    • Administrator

      Hello! 🙂 I think Siargao is bigger as there are more towns in there. I’m not quite sure tho. haha I’ve been to Bantayan and it makes me think that Siargao is geographically larger. haha I believe there are bicycles in Siargao too but it might tire you if you transfer from one place to another by biking your way. :O

      January 4, 2018 Reply
  8. Mick

    You just got me super excited planning my trip to Siargao!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Mick

    December 2, 2017 Reply
    • Administrator

      Have fun, Mick!!! Siargao is paradise!!! 😀

      January 4, 2018 Reply
  9. christine c.

    Thanks Marky!

    December 30, 2017 Reply
    • Mark Roa

      You’re most welcome, CHristine! 🙂

      January 4, 2018 Reply
  10. Daniela Guismababera

    Hi! Is there a way to less the cost of tours for 2 travellers?

    January 3, 2018 Reply
    • Administrator

      Hhhmm.. maybe if you skip the island tours then you can save some more cash. But I’d rather have you guys join another group so you can also check the awesome islands in there! 🙂 Make some friends! haha

      January 4, 2018 Reply
  11. Josh

    Solo traveler for recreation and rest is it safe to be alone. . . Im a woman

    January 4, 2018 Reply
    • Mark Roa

      Siargao is a solo travelers haven. The entire community is amazing! Get some ground when you’re there and stay away if you notice something sketchy. But so far I didn’t notice any during my travels. 🙂 Enjoy!

      January 9, 2018 Reply
  12. Cy

    Hi mark, I want to ask if you traveled alone in this siargao trip? Plan to go there solo, I am worried about the island hopping boat fare hahah.

    January 8, 2018 Reply
    • Mark Roa

      Hello! hehe yeah that would be your major concern po. 🙁 mahal yan pag solo. haha but try to contact the number I posted then patulong po kayo sa kanya if pwde ka maging joiner sa bookings nya po. 🙂

      January 9, 2018 Reply
  13. Kaye

    Hi! You have the most helpful blog I’ve read. I was just if you have a contact of point 303? I would gladly apprciate your reply! Thank you so much! ♥️

    January 11, 2018 Reply
    • Mark Roa

      Sweet! Thanks Kaye! 🙂 Ummm it’s 0910 989 0725. Try lg hehe

      January 12, 2018 Reply
  14. Milky crabtree

    Hi, I’m going to siargao on Feb. 11 solo traveller… thanks for the insight… I was hoping to group up with solo travellers…. tnxxx

    January 20, 2018 Reply
    • Mark Roa

      I believe there’ll be a lot of solo travelers then. My sis made a lot of friends there from her trip a week ago 🙂

      January 25, 2018 Reply
  15. Tina

    I’m looking for solo traveler also, going to Siargao this May, birthday treat to my self, whos up here? 🙂 email me @ christine.ombing@gmail.com

    February 9, 2018 Reply
  16. Charity

    Hi. Is there a way that we can rent a motorcycle? We will be staying in Siargao for 4 days and 3 nights. Will it be cheaper for us to rent a motorcycle than hiring a habal2? Thank you

    February 11, 2018 Reply
    • Mark Roa

      Hello. Try to contact the number I posted and they will refer you to the motorcycle rental. And yes, you’ll save more if you rent than hire a habal2x. 🙂

      February 12, 2018 Reply

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