Siargao Island, General Luna, Surigao del Norte
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Siargao is known as the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines”, but you don't need to be a surfer to enjoy the beautiful scenery and natural attractions on the island. There are so many islands to visit! You can just chill or party too! Siargao is very addictive!
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Siargao is known as the "Surfing Capital of the Philippines", but you don't need to be a surfer to enjoy the beautiful scenery and natural attractions on the island.
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Siargo is a small island island located some 800 kilometers away from Metro Manila. It is primarily known as a surf spot but also offers big game fishing, island-hopping, diving and snorkeling.
Unlike other places weve been to, Siargao doesnt really have a "food specialty" that it is known for. Friends who have been to the island and even the locals suggest we get fresh seafood from the market and have either the resort or some of the locals cook it the way we want.
There are two ways of getting around the island. Either rent a motorbike (350-400 pesos + gas for every 24-hours) or tuktuks (habal-habal in the vernacular). We opted for the motorbike rental even if it would be a bit more expensive. We figured that the convenience would be worth the extra cost.
The first activity we did was the island-hopping tour. We rented a boat that can fit up to eight people, which was previously organized for us by our resort, for 1700 pesos for the whole day. The tour would take us from Naked Beach to Daku Island, then to Guyam Island and finally back to the port. The boatman suggested we buy fresh seafood at the market a few meters away so that the locals in Daku Island could cook it for us for a nominal fee. We decided to buy tuna for 120 pesos a kilo and squid for 100 pesos per kilo. The first stop of the tour was Naked Beach. Its actually just a small sandbar located in the middle of the ocean. Nothing special there. We stayed for a few minutes for the token picture taking and so the boatman wouldnt feel bad because he kept raving about it on our way there. Next stop was Daku Island. Let me tell you, Daku Island made the whole trip worth it. I would go back to Siargao literally just for that island. Cool, crystal clear water greeted our toes as we got off the boat followed by powdery white sand. Words cannot bring it justice so just look at the pictures to get an idea of how awesome that place is.
After paying the required 100 pesos per boat port and nature fee in Daku, we shelled out another 250 pesos to rent a small nipa shed with tables and benches for the whole day. You can opt to rent a bigger one room hut for 350 pesos.
Take note though that theres a considerable drop in the water's depth a few meters from shore and theres a relatively strong current so make sure you dont get too ambitious if youre not a strong swimmer.
After spending a good four hours in Daku, we decided to head for our last stop which was Guyam Island. This place is more beginner friendly to swimmers owing to the shallow waters but its nowhere near as beautiful as Guyam. Sure you can see some of the coral reefs but the sand is far more coarse and rock formations dot the swimming area. After a few hours here we decided to head back to the port to change and grab dinner.
We had dinner at Kermit's where we had brick oven-baked custom pizza, seafood spaghetti, and tuna ceviche. I love pizza and i literally coudlnt have enough of their pizza. Fresh ingredients and really flavorful dough.
Another food place we recommend is Patricks's on the Beach. They have an extensive menu that boasts of both local and international cuisine. We went here for beakfast and of course ordered 'breakfast food'. I was able to try their Cowboy Special which was corned beef and tomatoes. Very flavourful and filling. I personally had the Australian Breakfast Special which had a 4oz. steak, baked bean, eggs, and a french baguette. The steak was so-so, but the bread (made in-house) was crusty, soft on the inside, and absolutely perfect. For dessert, yoghurt oancakes filled with fresh mango and banana, and drizzled with wild honey. There are no words for how good the pancake was
Best part of the trip, was our accommodation. We stayed at Reef Beach in General Luna. The place is about 45 minutes from the airport, and 5 minutes from Cloud 9. The 'hotel' is modern, clean, comfortable, and had very helpful staff. The property is right in front of the ocean and a reef, where during lowtide, you can actually walk on. The large studio room was definitely worth the price.
Even if you are a non-surfer, Siargao is definitely a great place to visit - go for the pristine beaches, fresh air, good food, and laid back vibe. Siargao is truly a paradise.
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