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DIY Travel Guide Series: 5 Days in Siargao, Philippines for Non-surfers

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor May 28th, 2022 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, DIY Travel, Philippines Travel Blog 2 Comments

Siargao is a beautiful tropical island in the south of the Philippines located in Surigao del Norte Province. It’s a popular surfing spot but offers other several activities and attractions for non-surfer visitors as well. The island’s shape is similar to a teardrop and is surrounded by reefs and amazing white sand beaches.

DIY Travel Guide Series - Siargao
DIY Travel Guide Series – Siargao – Magpupungko Rock Pool

Travel Tips

Renting a boat  – find a bigger group and rent a boat together. The more the merrier and it’s cheaper.

Food – Buy your food at the market before visiting the Islands. It’s cheaper and you have more choices.

Transportation – Habal habal is the most economic option for your transportation around the island. It’s cheap and reliable.

Accommodation – Check different properties here.

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Related Article: DIY Travel Guide – Surigao Del Sur

Trip Highlights

Magpupungko Rock Pool

This beautiful rock formation is in Pilar, Siargao. You can only visit and swim in this natural rock-pool formation during low tide due to strong water current and waves during high tide. The entrance fee is Php50 and is managed by the local government. The place is very stunning; with crystal clear water, amazing rock formations, and views. This is a ‘must-visit to Siargao Island. Just be careful when walking around and swimming at the pool because rocks are slippery and the pool is deep. 

Naked Island

Naked Island is a small sandbar, with white fine sand and surrounded by crystal clear waters. Being a sandbar, it doesn’t have any vegetation or trees around so bring an umbrella or tent if you want to stay longer to protect yourself from the scorching sun. It’s great for beach bumming and swimming.

DIY Travel Guide Series 5 Days in Siargao, Philippines for Non surfers
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Dako Island

Dako means big in local dial etc. It has a beautiful white sand beach for clear water swimming. You need to pay a docking fee of Php100 for your rented boat. There are available huts/cottages in the Osland for rental where you can leave your stuff while enjoying the beach. The other side of the island is also a great surfing spot. There are several stories on the island operated by the local people who live in Osland. You can also bring your fresh seafood and meat and there’s a restaurant that can grillegrilloked on the island for a minimal fee. There’There electricity on the island and locals rony to solar power and generator.

DIY Travel Guide Series - Siargao
DIY Travel Guide Series – Siargao – Dako Island

Guyam Island

Just like the Nike Naked and Dako Islands, Guyam Island has a beautiful white beach too. The island is withorned by many coconut trees. It’s a private property try and the entrance fee is Php10/person only. It has a small area for swimming ing but is not crowded.

DIY Travel Guide Series - Siargao
DIY Travel Guide Series – Siargao – Guyam Island

Sugba Lagoon

You need to rent a boat and take a trip for about 45 minutes. We passed by a protected mangrove area and several small communities with their houses built on stilts. There are also white sandy beaches. The lagoon is stunningly beautiful with clear and calm waters. You can rent a paddle board and paddle around the crystal clear waters.

DIY Travel Guide Series - Siargao
DIY Travel Guide Series – Siargao – Sugba Lagoon

Travel Budget

Budget Siargao

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The daily Itinerary host took

DAY 1: Arrival

I arrived at Sayak Airport from Mactan Cebu International Airport before noon. The van service hired by my hostel I will stay for 5 days was already waiting for me outside the airport. From the airport to the htookookk 1 .of 5 hours of land travel.

I justcaawhiler awhile and went to the e beach, a  few meters away from the hostel. I looked for a cheap restaurant to eat in but I didn’t find any near the beach so I found myself riding a habal-habal (motorbike) going the Cloud 9, the famous site for surfing. I found a cheap restaurant, and had a late lunch thentheeproceedd to the boardwalk, in front of the surfing area. I took pictures and I had fun watching the surfers that are untiringly catching their waves.

DAY 2: Siargao Island Land Tour

You can rent a motorbike or habal habal to go around.  Visit the Taktak waterfalls.

Visit Magpupungko Rock Pool Formation in Pilar, Siargao. Visit the market and buy the sayings saang (spider shellfish). You can get it cooked for just Php 30 and order rice for dinner. Watch and take pictures of the sunset from Cloud 9.

DAY 3: Island Hopping (Naked, Daku, Guyam Islands)

We shared a rented boat with another family to minimize the cost. Bought breakfast at the market and bought a packed lunch to bring during the tour.

Visit Naked Island, Dak,o Islan,d and Guyam Island. Watch the sunset from Guyam Island.

DAY 4: Bucas Grande Island/Sohoton Cove NationThe journey

The journey on the boat from the port to Bucas Grande is around 2.5 hours.

Go spelunking in Crystal Cave. There are volunteer guides around, tipping is recommitted the entrance fee includes the helmet and flashlight. They are a briefing abandoned and don’t are before the spelunking begins. Crystal cave has a wide-open and it’s like a big dark room with stalagmites and stalactites. There are no narrow pathways for level-up spelunking. Not for hardcore adrenalin junkies.

Visit the Sohoton Lagoon. The tour rates depend on the size of the group. For o, ur group we availed the Tour A and B for the Sohoton Lagoon tour and Jellyfish Sanctuary tour .the

Due to the narrow entrance to the lagoon, tourists need to trancheesaferr boaters a boat without a roof.

After our Sohoto,n Lagoon our boatmen brought us to another place where we need to transfer to a non-motorized boat for a  stingless jellyfish sanctuary tour. The best season to spot stingless jellyfish is from June-September.

DAY 5: Biking / Mangrove Forests and Sugba Lagoon in Del Carmen, Siargao 

Early morning biking going around Cloud 9. Tour mid-morning morning and takes 1.5 hours to reach Del Carmen.

The boat trip going to the mangrove sanctuary and Sugba Lagoon takes up to 45 minutes.  The lagoon is stunningly beautiful with clear and calm water .postcardost card perfect photo.

DAY 6: Departure

En route to the next destination.

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Recommended Budget Accommodation in Siargao

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Eddie`s Beach Resort Siargao

Eddie`s Beach Resort SisSiargaoo, is a great accommodation, private,e, quiet and very relaxing. The resort has lovely comfy cottages, welcoming and friendly owners and tasty food being served. Truly, this is one of the well-recommendedommended budget accommodations in Siargao

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Isla Cabana Resort

Isla Cabana is Resort, a cool place to unwind, offering guests clean accommodation, a go, od location,n, and modern facilities. It also has a nice pool facing the ocean. Truly, this is one of the well-recommendedommendedaccommodationsmodation in Siargao

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Recommended Luxury Accommodation in Siargao

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Club Tara Resort

Club Tara Resort is the perfect place if ing for some quiet foodie. The foods thee great, the ambiance is, perfect, and has rooms with sea and lakes staffs. The staff is accommodating and very commendable. Truly, this is one of the well-recommended luxury accommodations in Siargao

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La Luna Island Resort

La Luna Island Resort is a chill place with a good restaurant, hidden in a lush garden. It is a spotlessly clean resort, very well ma maintained, and has a beautiful garden. Great value, truly one of the best and well-recommended luxury accommodations in Siargao

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About the ContributPicasso

Emmalyn Picaso istravelerna traveler and a faunaenvironmentalist by heart, passionate about flora and fauna, books, music, games, movies, mo, mountaineering, and any outdoor activities.

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2 thoughts on “DIY Travel Guide Series: 5 Days in Siargao, Philippines for Non-surfers

  1. heeeey. Thanks for this entry. I’ll be going to sugba lagoon for my siargao trip next week. Can you share where I can get the Php1,500 tour from general luna?

    Thanks a lot! 🙂

  2. Hi. Thanks for sharing this itinerary. I will visit Siargao this july. Just wanna know about Eddie’s resort. I read that beach area of Eddie’s is quite small. Can u share about ur stay there? Thank you.

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