Like what I said in my previous blog post, we have decided to celebrate our 3rd Year at the beautiful island of Siargao.
Before going to Siargao, we already reserved a fan-room at Jing’s Homestay for PHP600.00, which was a good call. Travelling for almost 13hrs is tiring, and I no longer had the energy to go out and look for other places to stay haha Jing’s was the cheapest one I could find that is good for 2 people (P.S. you can find a lot of inns and home stays on facebook). It can go cheaper if you’re into bedspace – bunk beds, dormitory type rooms, etc. At Jing’s though, they have this tree house with beds. We wanted the tree house, however, we wanted to be safe too. They don’t have any lockers to leave your stuff if you take the tree house beds. You can occupy one for PHP300.00. There are other places too with bunk beds for only PHP250.00. As for food, I think most of the places there allows you too cook your own food. You can buy raw fish and chicken at the market. Yepp, they don’t have pig meat, or beef. Food at Jing’s is around PHP150.00-PHP250.00 (pretty reasonable, huge serving, and tastes so good!). There are also carenderias around where you can eat with only PHP50.00, found one near Cloud 9.
We stayed in Siargao for 4 days and 3 nights. My boyfriend, before arriving in Siargao, wanted to stay in other places after our first night there. I thought it was a good idea, but later, we decided to just stay at Jing’s. It already felt like home – placed our stuff everywhere inside the room, and even hanged our wet clothes.
Aside from the room accommodation, they also let you rent their motorcycle for PHP350.00 a day. We talked to a local, and he told us that the standard rental is PHP300.00. I never thought about haggling for PHP350.00 anymore because I thought ’twas reasonable. Dang! I could’ve saved PHP100.00. He also said that a lot of foreigners haggle a LOT, and he meant a L-O-T. That is why instead of telling tourist that it’s PHP300.00, they tell people that it’s PHP350.00, so if ever they insist for a lower price, they can give it for PHP300.00. Jing’s also has a lot of surf boards for rent (PHP350.00/da), and he also gives surf lessons for PHP500.00/hr.
Anyway, on our first day, we decided to just chill and not go anywhere that requires our energy LOL We wanted to save it for tomorrow. Actually, tbh, I wanted this vacation to just relax, and not think too much on what to do, where to go, what to eat, and all those complicated stuff. I just wanted to take a breather, to be away from work, and for him to be able to relax before he starts reviewing again. Relax. Chill. Unwind.
On the second day, we went to Magpupungko Natural Pool. It’s pretty far from General Luna, about an hour or less, so make sure you have full tank (1L of gasoline is around PHP35.00-PHP40.00). We got there around 10:30AM. People are only allowed to swim at the pool when it’s low tide which is at 11AM.
The entrance fee to the place is PHP50.00 each, and parking fee is PHP20.00 for a motorcycle. Don’t worry much about food, there are places to eat there. A bit pricey though.
We were amazed at how beautiful the place is! The amazing rock formation, the blue waters, the waves – it was breathtaking. My boyfriend was brave enough to climb and jump on the cliff, and asked me to do the same. Well, I’m such a scaredy-cat; a little afraid of heights. However, I always remind myself that I was already at the place, I should just go for it.
A few minutes after we got to Magpupungko, it started raining. I somewhat expected the rain tho (hello rainy november!), but still, kinda ruined my photos haha whatever!
We passed by some nice views on our way back to General Luna and decided to take photos there ❤
We wanted to experience night life in Siargao, so, the evening after our Magpupungko trip, we searched for bars. Night life there is different from my hometown because the bars there don’t open at the same night! On a monday, this bar is open, the next, it’s a different bar. So, don’t bother transferring to another bar if you’ve already seen the lights lit up in one (yepp, we did that LOL).
On the third day, we went on an Island Hopping. Cost us only PHP1,000.00 for 3 islands – Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island. And no, that’s wasn’t everything. I thought we won’t incur any expenses during the island hopping, but I was wrong.
FIRST STOP, NAKED ISLAND ❤
See our goggles there? We rented those for PHP150.00 each. It was pretty much useless. The waves were big, and we can’t swim to the place where there were corals and fishes. So yeah, if you don’t know how to swim, or can’t get past the waves, don’t even think about renting snorkels. PHP300.00, wasted.
SECOND STOP, DAKU ISLAND ❤
Okay, so this one’s the island where you can have your lunch. However, there are a lot of payments to make. First, the entrance fee. It’s PHP100.00/boat. Then, the table. See that table there? It’s for PHP50.00. You can have your food cooked there for PHP50.00/kg. One cup of rice costs PHP20.00. They provide everything though – spoon, fork, glass, plate.
FINAL STOP, GUYAM ISLAND ❤
It’s the smallest island among the three. Nothing much to see. There’s an entrance fee of PHP10.00 each.
If you are in a large group (more than 2), the standard cost for the island hopping is PHP1,500.00. You can find a lot of people who offers island hopping at the market, or you may contact Ms. Vilma at 09478900242/09090612163.
After the island hopping, we went to the infamous Shaka Cafe near Cloud 9 and tried their specialty – Bom Dai (or was it Boom dai? hmm I forgot ugh!).
So, that concludes our Siargao trip! ~ There are just some things that I badly wanted to bring with me on this trip:
- Insect Repellent – I had a loooot of insect bites on my body. I was kinda expecting that there’d be a lot of them there, but, well, nature, adventure.. I wanted to experience it all LOL Seriously tho.
- Dry Bag – to protect your valuables. It was raining when we went there, and I forgot the dry bag at home. Good thing the motorcycle had a compartment.
- Cash – yes, cash, definitely cash. I mean, I brought a lot, or maybe I thought ’twas enough. It was enough, but there are some things you can’t resist on buying haha and yepp, we weren’t able to do some surfing because we were a bit short in cash
The next time we go back there, we will make sure that we try surfing, and that I WILL DRIVE THE MOTORCYCLE ❤ haha I just learned how to btw. *winks*