For my full itinerary of my Surigao adventure, just click on this link -> Surigao Chronicles ♥
Last June, me and my college buddies went to Surigao Islands. As we booked our tickets last February, from then on, I can’t hide my feelings to be excited since I was always searching and reading blogs about Surigao del Norte and Siargao. Actually our plan was Surigao del Norte and del Sur (Tinuy-an Falls and Enchanted River) but we don’t have much time so we push to another plan.
Day 0 – June 17, 2016 Friday
8:00 – 9:30 AM – Flight from Cebu to Surigao
9:30 – 10:00 AM – Ride a tricycle going to Pier 1
11:30 – 2:30 PM – Going to Dapa Port (Siargao)
2:30 – 3:45 PM – Arrived at Jadestar Lodge in General Luna and ate our late lunch
4:00 – 5:30 PM – Prepare dinner
7:00 pm and up – Dinner. Chill at beach side. Rest.
1. Be careful on choosing tricycles. They may ask too much for the fare. When we were going to the port from the airport the driver ask 30 php for each of us instead of 7 php.
2. Upon arriving in Dapa port, there were drivers who will flock on you to offer some package tours and luckily we choose Kuya Driver (I really forgot what was his name) for our Siargao tour. Same with the tips #1 be careful with the overprice drivers.
DAY 2 – June 18, 2016 Saturday
6:00 AM – Wake Up Call
7:30 AM – Going to Magpupungko Lagoon
8:00 AM – Stopover at Tayangban Cave pool
8:30 AM – Resume en route to Magpupungko Lagoon
9:00 AM – Arrive at Magpupungko Lagoon
12:00 noon – Going back to General Luna and eat Lunch
1:30 PM – Arrive at Cloud 9
3:30 PM – SURF. SURF. SURF.
4:30 PM – Taking photos and stroll at Cloud 9 Boardwalk
5:30 PM – back to Jadestar Lodge
7:00 PM – Dinner. Chill again. Rest.
1. Entrance in Tayangban Cave pool is 20 php, in Magpupungko Lagoon is 50 php while in Cloud 9 there is no entrance fee but if you want to surf you have to pay 500 php for the instructor and board rental.
DAY 3 – June 19, 2016 Sunday
5:30 AM – Wake up call
7:30 AM – Going to Sohoton Cove
10:30 AM – Arrive and eat our Lunch in Sohoton Cove
12:30 PM – Finished our Sohoton cove and Bucas Grande tour
1:00 PM – Heading to the island hopping (Naked island, Daku Island and Guyam Island)
6:30 PM – Going back to Jadestar Lodge.
7:00 PM – Prepare for Dinner
8:30 PM – Dinner.
9:30 PM – Going to nearby souvenir shops
10:30 PM – Back to our lodge. Chill. Rest
1. You should leave early in going to Sohoton. It takes 3 hours boat ride going there from Siargao.
2. Avoid going to Sohoton in weekends like us, we waited for 30 minutes for a vacant “bangka” for the tour.
DAY 3 – June 20, 2016 Monday
3:30 AM – Wake up call
4:30 AM – Going to Dapa Port
5:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Travel going to Surigao Port
9:30 AM – Eat lunch at Gaisano Surigao
10:30 AM- Going to Villa Torre Suites
11:00 PM – Prepare going to Mt Bagarbon Resort
12:30 PM – Start trekking Mt Bagarbon down to Looc-Mabua Beach
1:00 PM – Arrive at Looc-Mabua Beach and time to enjoy the beach
5:00 PM – Start trekking and went to Gaisano Surigao for dinner
6:30 PM – Dinner.
7:30 PM – Going back to Villa Torre Suites
9:30 PM – Videoke in the rooftop
12:00 midnight – Rest.
1. The first trip in going to Surigao is 5am. You should be on time for the ferry will depart also on time.
2. If you want to go to Looc-Mabua resort you have to bring your own food because there is no stores near the beach. In our case, we bought our foods and drinks near Fiesta resort.
3. You are not allowed to collect pebbles.
DAY 4 – June 21, 2016 Tuesday
6:30 AM – Wake up call
7:00 AM – Two of my friends packed up to go back to Cebu. Eat breakfast.
8:00 AM – Bye bye friend 🙂
9:30 AM – Take a rest again.
12:00 PM – Woke up and prepare for city tour. Eat lunch.
1:00 PM – City tour (Luneta Park, Surigao City hall, Surigao museum, Grandstand, Lovely Pasalubong)
5:30 PM – Going back to the hotel
6:00 PM – Arrive and prepping for Dinner
7:30 PM – Packed up our things and movie marathon
10:30 PM – Lights off.
1. Stroll around the park and try their street foods price ranges from 5-10 pesos.
2. When you want to buy some souvenirs, visit Lovely’s Pasalubong located in the stalls near Surigao Grandstand.
Day 5- June 22, 2016 Wednesday
6:00 – Wake up call
6:30 AM – Eat breakfast
7:30 AM – Going to airport
8:00 AM – Check in.
9:00 AM – Bye SURIGAO
10:00 AM – Hello CEBU 🙂
To sum up our tour. Here’s a video during our Surigao x Siargao escapade. Enjoy! 🙂
Last February, me and my friends went to Aloguinsan in Hermit’s cove. We gathered in South Bus Terminal and we arrived there at 7:00 am in the morning.
Before the habal-habal driver will bring you to Hermit’s cove, you need to stop over in Farmhouse which is also their Tourism office where the people who will go there (also the people going to Hidden Beach and Bojo River) to fill up something and pay registration fee.
The road going there is kind a scary and dangerous. The road is littered with loose gravel. If you’re driving a motorbike, please take extra caution.
When we reached there, we need to attend and listen first to the orientation of Manang Odie who is one of the caretakers. Orientation for rules and regulation of the place. After that we paid the entrance fee 100 PHP.
When we arrived there, we directly left our things in our cottage and prepared our food. Some of the gang takes a lot pictures and changed clothes.
There were “bangkeros” who urged us to have an island hopping for 100 PHP per person. We accepted it and there we went to Tañon Strait. It is 15-20 mins from Hermit’s cove. We didn’t take too long there so we went back to the beach.
According to Manang Odie, Hermit’s cove the place was discovered by a hermit and his name is Tabogon so the name of the barangay is Kantabogon for short for Cebuano phrase, “Kang Tabogon” which means owned by Tabogon.
Barangay Kantabogon, Aloguinsan, Cebu
Kantabogon Eco-Tourism Association (KEA) – 09235042066
Aloguinsan Municipal Tourism Office – 4699312
Good morning beach! How lovely it is to wake up to this kind of view. After we ate our breakfast we prepared for our next activity, which is going to Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary!
FIRST: Birding at OLANGO ISLAND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
When we went to the bird sanctuary, we just walked because we thought it is near but still we pursue to go there.
I was kind a bit discouraged because we just saw 1-3 kinds of birds that which are not so new to me. The guide told us it’s because most of the birds migrating on the place during September to December and if you really want to watch more birds try bringing binoculars or scopes. Adding more tip, as expected to be exposed in a direct sunlight, same with what we experienced do wear comfortable clothing and consider a cap or hat. Lastly, bring sufficient supply of drinking water.
We went back again to our resort after birding. This time we rode a tricycle. Believe it or not we were 11 people, but we never thought that we fitted in one tricycle.
NEXT: Snorkelling at NALUSUAN ISLAND
We went back to the resort; we directly rode a boat going to the island. The crew at the resort were the ones associating the boat for us. Thanks Kuya! 🙂
The travelling time from the resort to the island is 10-15 minutes. Tada!
Actually, that was the first time I swam in Blue Ocean. I’m scared because I don’t really know how to swim. Good thing my friends really encourage me to try one because it’s just a waste of time if I just stay on the boat and just watch them enjoying it.
Nalusuan Island Resort in overall was expensive even if we just went there for snorkelling but still the guards told us to pay 200 PHP. Yet I enjoyed watching and swimming with fishes and other sea creatures. It really giggles me every time colorful fishes joined me and it makes me feel like I’m Ariel in Little Mermaid or probably Dyesebel (LOL). I borrowed the underwater cam of my colleague and capture some underwater moments.
How was my underwater photography skill? Is it okay or no? 😦
For more information:
Nalusuan Island Resort & Marine Sanctuary
Olango Reef Cordova Mactan, Cebu, Philippines 6017
Resort Phone #: (032) 516-6432
Mobile #: (00)(63) 9173221033 / 9255565610
Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary
San Vicente, Olango, Lapu-Lapu City Philippines
Contact Mobile Numbers: +63 915 386 2314 / +63 928 713 0117
Last April 18 – 19, 2015 we went to Olango Islands together with my friends in the office. We met at the Parkmall Terminal to ride a jeep going to Punta Engaño Pier. Then we took a ferry there going to Olango Island. The fare going to the island is 15 pesos with a 1 peso terminal fee and the travel time is 10-15 minutes. Upon arriving in Sta. Rosa Pier in Olango we were fetched by a van going to the Olango Paradise Island Resort.
As we put down our bags in our Safari-themed room, we ate our lunch. Actually, you can bring your own food, but you have to pay the corkage.
When we finished our lunch, it’s our time to dip in to the beach, but during the afternoon we don’t know that in Olango their beaches gets low tide earlier than our beaches in Cebu so we decided to go to the San Vicente Olango Marine Sanctuary. The fish sanctuary is just beside our resort.
Even if it’s low tide, we still capture those creatures.
Pictorial together with the sunset.
As we went back to our resort, we sat down to the bean bags and continue to watch the sunset til staying for our dinner.
We waited until 11pm just to take a dip into the beach yet still the water was still low. So we decided to take a bath and off to sleep because we were also tired that we don’t have yet sleep after work. Good night 🙂
Olango Paradise Island Resort is a secluded and isolated place where most of the people are always used to be in a busy environment. It definitely caters the needs for those seeking for peace and solitude. This is just one of those places I won’t bother returning. It is still worth a visit!
For more information:
Olango Paradise Island Resort
San Vicente, Olango Island, Lapu Lapu City
Contact Number: +639266681788 or +639276959888
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mode of Payment: Cash/ Card