SIARGAO GUIDE-Philippines: Things To Do & Where To Stay for 20$ a Day!

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SIARGAO ISLAND: YOUR GUIDE FOR THINGS TO DO & WHERE TO STAY!

Various coral formations can  be seen because of the crystal clear waters. The place would leave every visitor with mesmerized clean lakes, secret coves and enchanting lagoons. Palawan is charming, Bucas Grande is way better and more pristine.

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So you are not into surfing? Don’t worry; Siargao offers plenty of other beautiful things to do and options for those lazy people (like myself) who just enjoy sunbathing on a beach or exploring the beauty of the sea and snorkeling or swimming in turquoise waters.
Look at the picture below: I will give you 100$ if you can find anyone who wouldn’t love to be there right now. This is quite something, right? And yes, it is obviously among the top things to do in Siargao. Put it in your itinerary!

  • Do you want to do island hopping on the amazing deserted Islands surrounding Siargao in the Philippines?
  • Do you like Surfing and snorkeling in crystal clear waters on a cheap, affordable budget?
  • If the answer is yes, then keep reading! You are about to experience the Paradise island of Siargao for less than 20 USD (15 Euros) daily!

BUT WHERE EXACTLY IS SIARGAO?

In the waters of the Sohoton caves live the rare “Stingless Jellyfish”, play with them as, for once, they are totally harmless! Siargao-island-guide-things-to-do-motorbike-ride
Click on the link to check the place out and SAVE MONEY by booking online!


This Siargao travel guide will help you to discover one of the most incredible Islands on Earth and how you can experience it for a very cheap price, so here’s what you’ll find:


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So after three days and countless hours of work, here is the Ultimate Travel Guide to Siargao Island, packed with things to do and activities you should check out! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed living it!

TOP 3 THINGS TO DO IN SIARGAO  

OTHER THINGS TO DO IN SIARGAO

WHERE TO STAY IN SIARGAO

HOW TO GET TO SIARGAO

TIPS TO SPEND AROUND 20$ PER DAY

SIARGAO GUIDE FINAL TIPS

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES TO SEDUCE THE SURFER OF YOUR DREAMS: 

Actually, the header should be “what can’t you do in Siargao” the list would be so much shorter. Siargao is so full of interesting activities and wonderful places to visit that I find it hard to narrow down the list to just the basics. Still, I’ll give it a try, and I list the three main things to do/activities/itineraries around Siargao you don’t want to miss. Below is the breakdown of my total expenses. As you will see, it is more than the allocated 19$ per day, so am I cheating here? Nope, as I have also included the activities, and in 10 days, I obviously didn’t go out every day on boat trips, get drunk or rent a motorbike (possibly sober!).

TOP 3 THINGS TO DO IN SIARGAO

What to do in Siargao?

You can reach it by boat in just 20 minutes from General Luna Pier, and -hold onto your seats-  for only 150 pesos per person ( less than 3 $ or 2 Euros) for a return ticket to paradise.

19$ PER DAY

1 | Surfing At Cloud 9

To know more about this tour, you can read a post on Island Hopping around Siargao, written by Melo Villareal, a Filipino Travel blogger and friend,  on his  “Out of Town” travel blog.

Related Useful guides: Price Range: A fan Room for two people starts from 8$ per person, but if you want to experience the extra luxury of a private villa with an ocean view and jacuzzi, the prices are around 200$ per room (perfect for four people).


 My Biggest dream before my departure was to find an Atoll or Island so small that I could walk around it in a few minutes…

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This recap represents the maximum I could possibly spend on a very busy, action-packed day.
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Tip: Cloud 9 is for advanced /professional surfers only. If you want to experience the thrill of riding the waves, there are plenty of other spots for beginners, as even the most skilled surfers can get injured sometimes as the coral reef is quite sharp.

Price Range: from 350 pesos (8$ / 5.60 Euros) for the Backpackers’ room. If you are sharing, book one of the lovely cottages or Bungalows for the same price! Delicious and abundant Breakfast is included!
I prefer the first option as sometimes the boats and the flight schedule time are not aligned (the last boat from Surigao to Siargao is at 12.00 pm), and you might have to spend a night in Surigao before catching the next available boat in the morning.

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Guyam Island during our Island Hopping tour. Totally deserted!

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You can also fly directly from Manila to Surigao with Air Philippines, departing at 11.30 am from Manila, and then get a ferry to Dapa (around a 3/4 Journey).
Too bad I just missed him, as I left Siargao Paradise a few days before he arrived!


3 | Siargao Sohoton Caves – Bucas Grande Island

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Usually, the resorts organize boat trips to Bucas Grandes for around 1000/2000 pesos ( 22/45$-16/32Euros), including lunch. You need to catch a boat early in the morning from General Luna pier, which will take 3/4 hours before you arrive, and you can fully enjoy the natural beauty of this place. A must-see if you visit Siargao! The Kermit Surf Resort crew eating some delicious Tuna for only 150 pesos per kilo. Bargain!

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How to get to Bucas Grande (and Prices):

Even Anthony Keidis, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ lead singer was spotted riding the famous waves at Cloud 9

Curious Facts:

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2) Stay as long as you can: Golden rule. The longer you stay, the more power you have to bargain for a lower rate for accommodation. The minimum is one week, but if you can pay in advance for 2/3 weeks, the price goes down at least 20/30% (if you have good persuasive skills, you could even get to 50% discount). Siargao offers something similar to Sohoton Caves Bucas Grande Island (located south of Siargao). The place is described by the Filipinos as “Paradise on earth.” Below is an extract from a  blog entry by James from Journeyingjames.com on this spectacular place:


 

OTHER THINGS TO DO IN SIARGAO

Siargao offers something similar to Sohoton Caves Bucas Grande Island (located south of Siargao). The place is described by the Filipinos as “Paradise on earth.” Below is an extract from a  blog entry by James from Journeyingjames.com on this spectacular place:
Siargao offers something similar to Sohoton Caves Bucas Grande Island (located south of Siargao). The place is described by the Filipinos as “Paradise on earth.” Below is an extract from a  blog entry by James from Journeyingjames.com on this spectacular place:
Siargao offers something similar to Sohoton Caves Bucas Grande Island (located south of Siargao). The place is described by the Filipinos as “Paradise on earth.” Below is an extract from a  blog entry by James from Journeyingjames.com on this spectacular place:
Would you like a holiday in a place like this?

SIARGAO GUIDE FINAL TIPS

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  • Transports: The main way to get around is by tricycle (very cheap!) or motorbike. Always negotiate the price and ask your hotel for a fair rate for your journey. Once you know it (for short trips, don’t pay more than 20 pesos), just jump in and don’t ask how much it is.

Price Range: 25$ per person (if you share the room) with a private balcony, and flat-screen TV in a lovely location! Breakfast Included.

  • Flights: Siargao airport is small, and sometimes flights are canceled last minute due to bad weather conditions or because there are simply not enough people to fill the airplane.

Owned by a very charming young Italian guy – Gianni- you will have the time of your life at the beach, I promise! If you happen to visit Siargao, this is the place you should try to book first! Oh, and did I mention that a Rum and Coke here costs less than  1 USD?! Deadly!



Many people visiting the Philippines will head straight to Palawan and El Nido (also on my wishlist) for its underwater river and stunning natural beauty.

Let’s ask  Wikipedia!

I have a confession to make: I fell in Love. No, I am not talking about guys this time. I fell desperately in love with a beautiful place in the Philippines:
Purok 5 8419 General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte


Notes: What can I say? the picture speaks for itself! If you have money to splurge, then this is definitely a place you should try! (I’m notoriously a huge fan of the Jacuzzi and sunset experience from my private lounge!)


Pretty Luna and I walking on the beach on Daku Island


See you soon Siargao!
In the article, you can also find some of the pictures taken on the day of the trip. Together with the coolest crew of bloggers, we celebrated two very important occasions: Melo’s Birthday and my first year of travels!


Siargao is easily accessible by cheap flights. Below are the two main options to reach the Island:

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