The port at Surigao City
We woke up at 3:30 am to catch the earliest ferry from Surigao City to Siargao. We were actually warned by the front office that since we wouldn't take the RoRo (set to leave at 12:00 noon, we might experience strong waves due to the southwest monsoon. We were kinda hesitant at first  but decided to push through anyway.

Siargao is a teardrop-shaped island located in the province of Surigao del Norte, and is home to pristine beaches, azure waters, tidal pools, mangrove forests and the world-class surfers' haven, Cloud 9.

How to go to Siargao:

Via Manila-Cebu-Siargao:

Cebu Pacific flies from Manila to Siargao via Cebu daily, except Thrusdays (as of writing). By October 18, 2013, Skyjet Airlines will start flying direct from Manila to Siargao using its BAE-146 aircraft, the British Aerospace-manufactured four-engine aircraft of choice of the British Royal Family.

Via Surigao:

Siargao can also be reached via direct flight from Manila to Surigao. Pal Express has direct flights from Manila to Surigao once everyday. Skyjet Airlines will start its 75-minute direct flight from Manila to Surigao in August 2013 with the following schedule:

Tuesdays / Thursdays / Sundays
5M 316 MNL-SUG ETD 0900 ETA 1015
5M 315 SUG-MNL ETD 1045 ETA 1205

Cebu Pacific also flies from Manila to Surigao via Cebu.

From Surigao, take a tricycle or jeepney to the port, where you may take a ferry or pump boat bound to Siargao, with schedule as follows:


Surigao - Dapa   Daily 5:45 am                 Dapa - Surigao Daily 11:00 am

RORO Montenegro 
Surigao - Dapa    Daily 12:00 pm             Dapa - Surigao Daily 6:00 am

Fortune Angel
Surigao - Dapa    Daily 11:30 am             Dapa - Surigao Daily 5:45 am

Argie 2 / Dapa Express
Surigao - Dapa    Daily 10:30 am             Dapa - Surigao Daily 5:30 am

*We took the earliest pump boat, LQP which left Surigao port 10 minutes ahead of schedule. So, if you are taking this route, make sure to be at the port 30-45 minutes before the scheduled departure time as the boat can get full fast especially on holidays and weekends. There is no ticket reservation. Fare is Php 250. Travel time is around 2.5-3 hours. Ours was three hours because the had to manage the waves caused by the monsoon.

Via Butuan:
Pal Express and Cebu Pacific fly daily from Manila to Butuan. This was what we took for this trip. From Butuan, you can ride a bus (Bachelor Bus) bound to Surigao City at the Butuan Integrated Bus Terminal, or ride the van outside the Bancasi (Butuan) airport. Travel time is around 3 hours.

*Please note that the vans outside the airport are not like the shuttle vans in Palawan (e.g Lexus bound to El Nido). The vans in Butuan City seem older, and the drivers would usually try to fit as many people inside as possible.

*For this trip, we were fetched by Almont Beach Resort's airport representative who also brought us to Lipata in Surigao via a private van. This is the most convenient way to go to Surigao from Butuan. If you are a large group, better rent a van and you'll save a lot of time! Remember, you might be chasing after the boat bound to Siargao!!! Last trip is at 12nn!

Breaking dawn in Surigao Strait aboard LQP pump boat
At around 9:00 am, we arrived at the port of Dapa in Siargao. The sun had just started to rise by then.

Passengers rushing to get out of the boat

There is a Tourism Help Desk at the port of Dapa, but honestly, I don't think the person in charge is helpful enough. When we approached her, she asked us about our plans for the duration of our stay in Siargao. When we said we already have accommodation and island hopping arrangement, she said it is not a good time to visit Bucas Grande because there was a low pressure area. Hello??? Can't you see Mr. Sun is up and alive??? plus, she didn't know the schedule of the boats going to Siargao. sigh. 

The airport representative from Isla Cabana Tropical Island Resort was already waiting for us outside the port.  Isla Cabana Tropical Island Resort was our home for the duration of our stay in Siargao. I'll post more about this newly-opened resort in my next post.

From Dapa, it was a 20-minute drive to General Luna where Isla Cabana Tropical Island Resort is located. We passed by hills and plains that resemble the road from Guijalo port to Caramoan town proper in Camarines Sur. The place was a sleepy town -- quiet and serene -- full of lush greens.


Isla Cabana Tropical Island Resort
General Luna, Siargao Island
8416 General Luna, Surigao Del Norte, Philippines

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