Siargao Travel Guide: A 5,300 PHP Itinerary

I want to touch every grain of sand and swim to every clear waters of the beach. I want to climb every coconut trees and see how breathtaking the island is from above. I want to run to random places and be lost and get sunburned. I want to say hello to every person I pass by and know their stories behind their smiles. I want to chase every sunrise and sunsets and sleep under the stars. And so I go.

I explore, I discover. I swim, I jump. I drive, I walk. I want to soak up all the adventures this island can bring, and it’s never ending. Siargao Island is never ending.

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Hi Siargao, My True Love

Siargao Island is surreal. I never really imagined myself to be this attached to an island; to be this deeply inlove with a paradise. The adventure, the authenticity, the atmosphere, the connection, everything is just beyond amazing. My heart and my soul was captivated by the rush of excitement and joy every single day of my stay in Siargao brings. I was drenched with wanderlust the whole time, and I couldn’t desire more but to explore the unending beauty of Siargao. I get to navigate new and random places and discover new things that made my trip one for the books! In fact, unlike other provinces in the Philippines (or the other tourist destinations in the world,) Siargao doesn’t need tourist attractions to make you feel satisfied for your trip. It is the atmosphere and genuineness of the island that will your trip more than worthy. So hey, embrace the spontaneity this island offers, and be open to be lost.

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Pre Travel Guide

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Cebu Pacific has been my constant partner in booking my flights to Siargao since the very first time I went to the island. And every time I board the plane, it still feels like the first time. The airlines offer cheap flights to Siargao that do not compromise your safety and convenience.

Cebu Pacific offers flights between Manila and Siargao six times a week. They also fly directly from Cebu to Siargao twice daily.

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If you’re still unconvinced on booking your flight via Cebu Pacific Airlines, let me provide you reasons why this airline is the best one for your Siargao trip!

  • Ultimate Convenience– direct flights to Siargao doesn’t always happen to most local airlines. But as for Cebu Pacific Airlines, it is definitely possible. Ang hassle ng connecting flights, you know.
  • Lowest Year-Round FareCebu Pacific Airlines offers one of the cheapest flights from Manila / Cebu to Siargao.

Other Flights Available:

  • Philippine Airlines
    • Philippine Airlines also flies directly from Cebu, Clark, and Davao to the island of Siargao.  There are two flights between Cebu and Siargao daily, two flights between Clark and Siargao daily, and two flights between Davao and Siargao daily.
  • Skyjet Airlines
    • Skyjet Airlines is also one of the airlines in the country that flies directly between Siargao and Manila.

samuibus_banner_logo_red.png How to get around?

Getting around Siargao is never a hassle. There are several means of transportation around the island that will let you get from Point A to Point B. What’s awesome about these transportations are that they will not cost you a lot, and at the same time will give you that probinsya or island life vibe while riding the vehicle!

  • Motorbike Rental: You could never have a complete Siargao experience without riding a motorbike, as this serves as the main transportation of the island. Standard rate for motorcycle rental is Php 500 per day exclusive of gas. However, you can look for cheaper options that can go as low as Php 350 per day given that you will be renting it for a minimum of 3 days. Moreover, a liter of gas costs around 50PHP- 60PHP which is already enough for you to roam around the island for a day.
    • Where to rent: Motorbike rentals are everywhere in General Luna. You can inquire in your booked accommodation as most probably they have contacts with the motorbike rentals.
    • How to rent: You have to surrender one valid ID in order for you to rent a motorbike.
  • Car Rental:
    • Where to rent: Siargao Rent A Car & Car Rental Siargao offer car rentals around the island, with a choice between manual or automatic, and if you will be renting it with a driver or just self drive. Rate starts at 2,000PHP for 24 hours. Discounts are also offered if rented at least 3 days. They can accommodate up to 8 PAX depending on the car you will be renting. Moreover, these cars can be rented with a driver or
    • How to rent: Book at their official website Siargao Rent A Car & Car Rental Siargao.
  • Tricycle Rental: Tricycles are available everywhere. However, they are not capable to be rented for a day if you are exploring the further parts of the island. They are ideal for one way trips from point A to point B. Fare starts at 20PHP, and increases to 50PHP at 10PM until the midnight.
  • Multicab Rental: You can rent a multicab all to yourself for Php 2,500, inclusive of driver and gas. This can fit up to 8 PAX.
  • Van Rental: Rates for van rentals start at Php 2500 per day exclusive of the payment for gas and the driver’s fee.

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General Luna is the tourist hub of Siargao, so it is where most hotels and restaurants are located. The General Luna Tourism road is where you will find everything from the most affordable to the premiere accommodations and food places.

As a budget traveler, we stayed at Villa Solaria which is such a chill place. It is a good venue to meet new people and make friends with fellow guests. The staff are very accommodating and it is near to some of the secluded yet beautiful beaches in the island.

  • Name of Hostel: Villa Solaria
  • Rate: 400 PHP / night / bunk bed
  • Access: 6-10 minutes away Cloud 9
  • Expectations: Don’t expect that this hostel is a classy one. The ambiance is very reasonable comparing it to its cheap price.
    • Pros: Cheap ; Has a cool common area where you can mingle with the other travelers
    • Cons: No Aircon (gets a bit hot during the summer); Shared Bathroom (clean naman!)

Other choices:

There are a lot of accommodations to choose from depending on your budget and preference. These are the top accommodations in the island:

  1. Isla Cabana Resort
  2. Reef Beach Resort
  3. Siargao Inn
  4. Bravo Beach Resort
  5. Ocean 101 Cloud 9 Beach Resort

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Budget Friendly:

If you are on a budget, the best way to eat around in the island is by looking for nearby carenderias. They offer various kinds of home-made Filipino dishes that cost around 60PHP per meal on average.

My Top Favorite Restaurants

  • Barell Chicken – The chicken is so good. It would probably be the bes chicken I have had in my life. It is full of flavor and it is definitely worth the price.
  • Kermit – Kermit is well known in the island for serving authentic Italian food. The most recommended is their pizza. They serve the best pizza on the island (and maybe in the whole country). It usually gets crowded at night but you can dine at their chillout lounge.
  • Shaka – They offer the best-tasting and most aesthetically pleasing fruit bowls in the island. If you want to stay healthy even on vacation, give Shaka a visit and try their amazing selections of fruit bowls and smoothies.

Other choices:

You may also visit some of the most recommended restaurants in the island.

  1. Bravo Restaurant
  2. Buddha’s Surf Resort Restaurant
  3. La Carenderia
  4. Isla Cabana Restaurant
  5. Cantina Luna

untitled  Important Notes:

  • There are limited ATM Machines in the town, thus I highly suggest that you already bring enough cash-on-hand with you to avoid the hassle of withdrawing if funds ran out.
  • Take note of the tides of the waves. It really does matter- especially if you’re surfing or you’re visiting the Magpupungko pools. You can download the application Magic Seaweed on your appstore, or visit their website to check the tides forecast.
  • Night Life: Siargao definitely has A-W-E-S-O-M-E night experiences everyday! Every night has different pasabogs, and parties are actually scheduled per bar. You must not miss this experience in Siargao, I tell you!

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4D/ 3N Itinerary

Siargao is all about spontaneity. Kaya kuha ko sa’yoditch the itinerary. Just go with the flow. Siargao has so much to offer- so much more than visiting the “instagrammable” places, or the popular attractions! This island is more than what you see in the photos of this blog, it’s more than just a famous place to spend your summer, and most especially, it’s more than being just a tourist destination. Let yourself be lost in this island- I think that’s probably going to be the best experience for your one-for-the-books trip in Siargao!

But, of course, if you’re into following an organized Itinerary, here’s a suggestion:

 

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DAY 1

Arrival in Sayak Airport, Siargao

How to go to General Luna from Sayak Airport:
  • Ride a van (parked outside the airport) and tell the driver to drop you off your accommodation
  • Fixed rate is at 300 PHP.

Land tour

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Coconut Mountain View

Immerse yourself in the iconic image of Siargao by visiting the vast plantation of coconut trees. It is one of the most Instagrammable spots in the island and the view is breathtakingly beautiful.

  • Entrance Fee: No Entrance Fee
  • How to get there? If you’re driving from General Luna to the North, you will definitely pass by this attraction. It can be noticed easily as it is just on the side of the road.
Maasin River

Maasin River is where you can find the bent palm tree of Siargao. The river is about 2 meters deep and it provides a beautiful natural pool for tourists and locals alike.

  • Entrance fee: 20PHP
  • Guide Fee: NONE; Guide Tip is recommended
  • How to get there? From the sea of coconuts, continue driving up until the orange bridge. This is where the Maasin River is located.
Coconut tree road (Stopover)

Coconut trees in the island are everywhere. You can rent a motorcycle headed to somewhere else and find yourself in one of the spots where you can see the roads lined with beautiful coconut trees.

  • No Entrance Fee
Pacifico Beach

Pacifico beach is one of the most ideal surf spots in the island. It has less crowds and it is one of the chilliest places in Siargao. It is very calm and quiet in this area, unlike the more popular beaches. It boasts a long stretch of white sand shore and towering palm trees that will give you shade from the scorching heat of the sun.

Do not forget to visit Bamboo Siargao Restaurant. They offer a distinct fusion of local and western food. It is also a good place to unwind and hang out. I recommend their pizza! It is so good. You can also take surf lessons in the resort.

  • Surf Lessons Rate: 500PHP per hour, inclusive of board and surf instructor.

Chasing Sunsets

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I wouldn’t end our first day in Siargao without witnessing the sunset. The most popular spot for sunset watching is a few walks away from Cloud 9. The sunset is beyond amazing. I was really speechless the whole time.


BOOK YOUR SIARGAO LAND TOUR WITH GotMarked Tours

If you prefer a hassle-free tour that will take you around the best spots in Siargao by land, guided by an informed tour guide, I highly recommend you to book your Siargao Land tour with GotMarked Tours. With them, your Siargao trip will be more than just you exploring around Siargao- they will definitely give you the most authentic experience with quality and service. They go above and beyond just to ensure client satisfaction and are consistently seeking new ways to exceed their expectations. Giving this agency a 5/5 Rating!

Land Tour Details:

  • Where to Book: GotMarked Tours
  • Rate: 1700PHP
  • Inclusive of: Tour, Entrance Fees, Taxes, Guide Fee, LUNCH
  • Places to Visit: Magpupungko Rock Pools, Coconut Mountain View, Pacifico Beach, Tayabangan Cave

 


DAY 3 Expenses:

  • Airport Van: 300PHP
  • Motorbike Rental: 350 PHP / 2 PAX= 175 PHP
  • Motorbike Gas: 100 PHP / 2 PAX = 50 PHP
  • Food: 200 PHP ( 2 meals)
  • T O T A L: 725PHP

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Tri-Island: Daku Island, Guyam Island, Naked Island

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A good way to start your journey in Siargao is try one of the most popular activities in the island: Island Hopping! This involves exploring the famous Tri-islands of Siargao- Guyam Island, Daku Island and Naked Island. These three are total paradises- each with its unique beauty that will allure you: Daku Island as the biggest (my favorite), Guyam Island with its rare teardrop shape, and Naked Island with its naked surroundings (an island without anything other than sand.) But what keeps them even is their emerald glass-like waters, cream-colored soft sand and the picturesque number of coconut trees all around! What a good start of a Siargao adventure!

Where to book Tri-Island Hopping:
  • To enjoy a hassle free Island Hopping experience, you may book a tour package from Gotmarked Tours. They offer private tours to the three islands mentioned above for a rate of 1,100 PHP/ PAX ALL IN. This already includes lunch, entrance fees, tour guide and other necessary fees.

Bucas Grande, Sohoton Cove & Jelly Fish Sanctuary

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If you’re into enjoying more islands outside Siargao, explore the islands of Bucas Grande and Sohoton Cove! Marvel breathtaking islets that are covered in lush vegetation, reconnoiter hush caves and be friends with stingless jelly fishes!

Where to book Bucas Grande Island Hopping:
  • To enjoy a hassle free Island Hopping experience, you may book a tour package from Gotmarked Tours. They offer private tours to the three islands mentioned above and Bucas Grand in additiona; for a rate of 1,700 PHP/ PAX ALL IN. This already includes lunch, entrance fees, tour guide and other necessary fees.

 


DAY 2 Expense

  • Tri-Island and Bucas Grande Tour: 1700PHP
  • Food: 300PHP (2 Meals)

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DAY 3:

Magpupungko Rock Pools

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Sophisticated Rock Formations and Turquoise clear blue waters is what awaits you in your Magpupungko Rock Pools adventure. This exquisite gem of Siargao offers Mother Nature’s own swimming pool that you can dive into to witness corals, flora, and fauna that makes the underworld oh-so-beautiful. These pools are surreal, I’m telling you.

Do take note that the time of visit in this place is very crucial. As you can see, these are tidal pools which are only exposed during the low tide, and disappears during the high tide. Thus, you have to catch the low tide times of the pools to make the most out of Magpupungko. (Click Magic Seaweed to check updates)

Moreover, nearby the tidal pools is a vast beachside with cream, powdery sand and azure sea with glorious waves. There is also a buko spot adjacent to the beach that you can try!

How to get there?
  • Magpupungko Rock Formations is 45 minutes away via motorbike. You can waze it or use google maps for directions.
  • If you don’t know how to drive a motorbike, you can rent a habal habal to take you to Magpupungko Rock Formations for a fee of 350 PHP.
  • Magpupungko Rock Formations has an entrance fee of 50 PHP, and a parking fee of 20PHP.

Sugba Lagoon (with Kahuwagan Island as sidetrip)

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Another must-visit destination in Siargao if you’re up to serene and laidback atmosphere is Sugba Lagoon. This wonderland is a hidden, remote island that is home to sundry mangroves and lush flora with an area of more than 4200 hectares. Imagine how huge this paradise is! What’s more is that you have your mini playground in the said lagoon with various activities available to be tried! They have this mini jumping board that you can use to jump your hearts out, paddle boards and kayaks for you to explore the corners of the lagoon and a bamboo raft for your chilling moment!

How to get there?
  • Rent a boat from Del Carmen for 1500 PHP, good for 5 PAX. This is an hour ride from the point of origin and will pass by to a number of mangrove forests which are so pleasing to the eyes.
  • You may also request the boatman to do a sidetrip in Kahuwagan Island before you proceed to Sugba Lagoon.
Fees:
  • Entrance Fee: 50PHP (Local); 100PHP (Foreigner)
  • Table Rental: 50PHP
  • Activities:
    • Kayak: 200 PHP / Hour
    • Stand Up Paddle Board: 200 PHP / Hour
    • Bamboo Raft: 100 PHP/ Hour

BOOK YOUR MAGPUPUNGKO POOL AND SUGBA LAGOON TOUR WITH GotMarked Tours

If you prefer a hassle-free tour that will take you around these two best spots in Siargao, guided by an informed tour guide, I highly recommend you to book your Siargao Land tour with GotMarked Tours. With them, your Siargao trip will be more than just you exploring around Siargao- they will definitely give you the most authentic experience with quality and service. They go above and beyond just to ensure client satisfaction and are consistently seeking new ways to exceed their expectations. Giving this agency a 5/5 Rating!

Land Tour Details:

  • Where to Book: GotMarked Tours
  • Rate: 1700PHP
  • Inclusive of: Tour, Entrance Fees, Taxes, Guide Fee, LUNCH
  • Places to Visit: Magpupungko Rock Pools and Sugba Lagoon


DAY 3 Expenses:

  • Motorbike Rental: 350 PHP / 2 PAX= 175 PHP
  • Motorbike Gas: 100 PHP / 2 PAX = 50 PHP
  • Parking Fee: 20 PHP / 2 PAX= 10 PHP
  • Entrance Fees:
    • Magpupungko: 50 PHP
    • Sugba Lagoon: 50 PHP
  • Sugba Lagoon Boat Rental: 1500 PHP / 5 PAX = 300 PHP
  • Sugba Lagoon Table Rental: 50 PHP / 5 PAX = 10 PHP
  • Food: 200 PHP ( 3 meals from carenderia)
  • T O T A L: 845PHP

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Cloud 9

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You wouldn’t leave Siargao without trying to surf right?! Well, what better place to try surfing than in Siargao, Philippines’ surfing capital! One of the most common surfing spot in this island is Cloud 9. Waves here are rocking all year round, and a one-for-the-books experience is definitely guaranteed here!

Again, do take note of the tide times of the waters. Of course, it is best to surf during high tides where the waves can produce quality surf. (Click Magic Seaweed to check updates)

How to get there?
  • It is just a few kilometers away from any accommodation in General Luna. You may drive your motorbike, or take a habal habal for 20 PHP.
Fees:
  • Surfboard Rental (without instructor:) 250PHP / Hour
  • Surfboard Rental  (with instructor:) 500PHP / Hour

Fly back to Manila

How to get to the airport from General Luna?

  • There are vans available to pick you up in your accommodation and drop you in the airport. Just approach the reception of your accommodation, and they will contact the van driver.

 DAY 4 Expenses:

  • Tricycle to Cloud 9: 40PHP (Roundtrip)
  • Airport Van: 300 PHP
  • Food: 180 PHP ( 3 meals from the carenderia)
  • T O T A L: 520 PHP

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Total Expenses

  • Day 1: 725PHP
  • Day 2: 2000PHP
  • Day 3: 845PHP
  • Day 4: 520PHP
  • Accommodation (3 Nights): 400PHP x 3= 1200PHP
  • T O T A L: 5,300PHP

With a budget of 5,300 PHP, you can already explore the beauty of this island- not bad right? In fact, it’s really worthy comparing it to the experience you will be earning from Siargao. Hence, this is now the time to reach your “Yes, I HAVE to go there one day” desire!  So book the flight, open up your afternoon, and just go.

BOOK now!

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7 thoughts on “Siargao Travel Guide: A 5,300 PHP Itinerary

  1. OMG! Thank you ang laking tulong nito!! 😊 going to visit siargao next month! Mas na-excite tuloy ako lalo.. 😍 sayang di tayo nagpang abot! More travels ms. Coleen! Godbless you 😊

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  2. Hi! Love your blog! 💓 I’m planning to go to siargao rin. Just want to ask about the car rental. Kung saan pwede maginquire about it. 🙂🙂

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