Siargao Travel Experience

When you say Siargao, everyone will say Surfing Capital of the Philippines and famous for the waves called “Cloud 9”. Siargao is not just about surfing, the island has a lot of attractions to offer. From Island hopping, Lagoons, Waterfalls, Fine White sands, Cockfighthing and other unspoiled sites around the island.

It’s my third attempt to visit Siargao and finally I was able to do so together with my newest bestfriend Duy. Below are the details of our trip.


BY AIR: You can book a flight from Manila/Cebu to Siargao (Sayak Airport) via Cebu Pacific since they have regular flights. It can be relatively expensive specially during the peak season, tournaments or holy week.


  • CEBU: Book a ferry in advance at Cokaliong Shipping Lines. They are selling it from SM City Cebu, Travelers Lounge. (1) Tourist Php1,025; (2) Regular Php825. It’s an overnight ferry 7PM-5AM departs daily from Cebu Pier. If you’re returning the same route from Siargao>Surigao>Cebu. I suggest you book a return ticket from Surigao to Cebu to avoid the hassle.
  • SURIGAO: During our trip, there are only two ferry schedule from Surigao to Dapa, Siargao which is 6AM & 11:30AM. (1) Tourist Php300; (2) Regular Php270. It’s a 2 and half hr trip. There’s no reservation of ticket so the only thing you can do is to be the first one to get off the ferry from Cebu to buy ticket OR if you know someone from Surigao you can ask them to buy for you in advance otherwise you’ll be in next schedule which would take a lot of your time waiting.
  • From Dapa Port, take a tricycle Php250 or habal-habal Php200 for two people that would take you to General Luna. If you’re on a tight budget you can walk from Dapa Port to the nearest tricycle terminal in the market and use the public tricycle to General Luna for Php50.

In our case, we took the Cebu>Surigao>Siargao route. Unable to be on the first ferry from Surigao so we took the 11:30AM and arrived in Siargao by 2PM. We just rented a motorbike close to our accommodation for Php400/day since it’s the most convenient mode of transportation to go around the island. Drove to Cloud 9 area in the late afternoon to see the waves, though there’s just few that time and a lot of people are still surfing.

Some of our photos on the first half day in Siargao. Siargao Cloud 9Siargao Island BeachCloud 9 and Island Beach.


So, like what I mentioned from my previous entries, I normally choose the cheapest option. In our case, we choose Kawili Resort. It’s a dormitory air conditioned Php500 pax/per night. But they can also be as cheap as Php350 if you prefer fan rooms. They have a pretty chill place from reception to the attic and the beach at the back is just calm and amazing. There are a lot of cheap accommodation around General Luna, just ask around and check what fits your budget.Siargao Kawili Hostel1Siargao Kawili HostelKawili Resort

Siargao Kawili Hostel2Kawili Resort Air-conditioned Dormitory Room

Siargao Kawili BeachSiargao Kawili Beach1Beach at the back of Kawili Resort

We did planned of watching sunrise and surfing next morning but we are too lazy to wake up early. Duy already tried it in Indonesia and me in Baler but the surfboard is not that friendly to me and Duy is probably just good at drinking sea water in this kind of activity. Well, that’s our excuse! Haha!😆😂

Basically, you can go around the island for a day. From General Luna, we drove to Magpupungko Tidal Flats and Lagoons (Entrance Php50) in Pilar, Wide Stretch of White Sand in Algeria, Taktak Falls (Entrance Php25) in Santa Monica and even watch a Cockfighting event in one of their towns. Well, it’s both our first time being inside the cockfighting arena as I normally see the roosters fighting in the streets. Haha! And i’ll tell you what, it’s so painful to watch. 😦Siargao Magpupungko Tidal Flats and LagoonsSiargao Magpupungko Tidal Flats and Lagoons2Magpupungko Tidal Flats and Lagoons in Pilar

Siargao Alegria BeachSiargao Island Beach1Alegria Beach in Alegria (that’s Pacific Ocean behind our back)

Siargao Taktak FallsTaktak Falls in Santa Monica

Siargao CockfightingCockfighting in Siargao

Result of the whole day driving in the Island. I forgot to have sunblock, so you know what happened next. 🦀 Yeah I know, we receive sun everyday in the Philippines but I still do get sunburned. 😭😆

Since our time is limited in the next day and because the last trip of ferry from Siargao to Surigao is at 12NN, we’re unable to do the following:

I managed to get details for you guys for these activities.

  • Island hopping in (Naked Island, Guyam Island and Daku Island). They normally offer Php1,000/person for this tour.
  • Sugba Lagoon. As per checking, it can be organized by your accommodation but if you want it cheaper, you can go to Del Carmen Marine Protection Office (about an hr from General Luna) and share a boat with other travelers. Normal cost is Php1,500 which is good for 6 people. It would take less than an hour from Del Carmen to Sugba Lagoon depending on the waves condition. Then they have entrance fee of Php100/person. You can also rent a board in the lagoon for Php200/hour or Php500/day.

I will definitely go back to Siargao in the future to try these activities that we missed.

Well, based on experience, you should have at least 2 whole day in Siargao to do everything. Or even more if you’re into surfing. And that’s it, thanks for reading. Just Say Hi! if you have further questions. Enjoy!

Kalanggaman Island Tour

This is my third time in Kalanggaman, and yet still amazed with its beauty as the island never gets old. I always have that feeling of excitement seeing the scenic long white sand from afar. The island also offers activities like camping, snorkeling, diving and different water activities. The opposite side of the island is peaceful, there’s a recently build treehouse that is nice for viewing the beach or simply just chill and listen to the waves.


  1. From Cebu-Mactan International Airport take Mybus (operates from 7AM-9PM) to SM City Cebu Php25.
  2. From SM City Cebu ride a jeep #01K Php7 and ask the driver to let you off North Bus Terminal.
  3. Take a Bus or Van from Cebu North Bus Terminal that says Maya. Price ranges from Php174-200 (Ordinary to Air-conditioned). Traveling time to the port is about 3-4hrs depending on traffic condition, so it would be advisable to leave as early as possible.
  4. From Maya port, take a ferry to Malapascua Island for about 30mins Php100. Because Malapascua doesn’t have proper Port area, you need to hop in a small boat Php20 that will bring you to the shore. Take note that the last trip of ferry from Maya>Malapascua>Maya is at 5PM, so manage your time accordingly.
  5. Get a Kalanggaman Tour, see below CONTACTS & EXPENSES for the cheapest option. Travel time from Malapascua is 1 and half hour.


  • Don’t be surprised as there will be a lot of people that would approach you and would tell you about tours. They normally offer Malapascua Island Hoping and Kalanggaman Tour.
  • If you arrived early in Malapascua, like 7AM then you can do the Kalanggaman tour the same day from 9AM-3PM. But if you plan to chill, walk around or island hop in Malapascua then you can do the Kalanggaman tour first thing the next day.
  • For Kalanggaman Tour, local guide normally says the price is Php800 fixed that is also written in some tourist board, but you can actually bargain down to Php600 (this include lunch).


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Kalanggaman Tour Entrance (Local) Entrance (Tourist) TOTAL Local/Tourist
Php600 Php150 (Daytour) Php500 (Daytour) Php750/Php1,100
Php225 (Overnight) Php750 (Overnight) Php825/Php1,350
Other Expense Php100 for Snorkeling Gears


  • KALANGGAMAN ISLAND: If you plan to do overnight in Kalanggaman Island, just bring your tent, find a nice spot and you’re done.
  • MALAPASCUA ISLAND: Look for Villa Sandra Php300 per pax/night. If you’re a vegetarian, it’s a place to be, plus the staff are very nice and welcoming. If you’re a group big group then look for BB’s Lodging House, they have Php700 3pax/room. The room is actually big enough for 4-5 peeps.

Here are some of the photos during my recent trip, enjoy! Say Hi! if you have further questions.Kalanggaman IslandKalanggaman Island1Kalanggaman Island2Kalanggaman Island3Kalanggaman Island_Other Side2Kalanggaman Island_Other SideKalanggaman Island_Other Side3Kalanggaman Island_Other Side1Photo credits to my friend @lee_royo for taking some of my pictures.

Cebu South and About

I got loads of request to post something about South of Cebu and the kind of activities that they can do, so here it is.

South of Cebu is famous for the following places/activities.

  • Oslob: Whaleshark Watching, a close encounter with the gentle giant. Locals call them Butanding.
  • Badian: Kawasan Falls, a Gatorade haven and pit stop of Canyoneering.
  • Dalaguete: Osmeña Peak, the highest point in Cebu.
  • Moalboal (mo-ahl-bo-ahl):
    • Panagsama Beach: Snorkeling, Diving, Sardine Run
    • White Beach (Basdaku), for the beach bum.

Well aside from that, you guys can also do Chasing Waterfalls like Tumalog Falls (near Oslob), Aguinid Falls (Samboan), Dao Falls (Santander), Binalayan Hidden Falls (Samboan), Cambais Falls (Alegria), Bugnawan Falls (Ginatilan) among others and Trekking (Mt. Lanaya, my personal choice).

Mt LanayaMt. Lanaya (I did went to Tumalog Falls and Dao Falls, can’t find my pictures though)


  1. From Cebu-Mactan International Airport take Mybus (operates from 7AM-9PM) to SM City Cebu Php25.
  2. From SM City Cebu ride a jeep #10M or #12L Php7 and ask the driver to let you off South Bus terminal.
  3. Ride a CERES bus from Cebu South Bus Terminal to Oslob, Kawasan, Dalaguete or Moalboal. There are two routes Bato via Barili and Bato via Oslob. Ensure to hop in a bus Bato via Barili if you’re planning to go (Moalboal or Kawasan) and Bato via Oslob for (Dalaguete or Oslob). It will take 2-4 hours depending on traffic conditions. *If going back to City, just head back to where you got off and wait for the bus that says Cebu, it will bring you back to Cebu South Bus Terminal.

Below are the photos of me, my siblings and my friends during the above mentioned activities.

You can ask the boatman guide to take a good pictures for you.Whaleshark EncounterWhaleshark Encounter_1Whaleshark Encounter. Photo Credits to my friend @mikeglogger

Canoneering_SiblingsProcessed with VSCO with c3 presetCanyoneering Activity

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetKawasan Falls_Alexandra_RussiaKawasan Falls. Photo Credits to myself and my friend @aleksei_indiana_petrakov

Osmena PeakOsmena Peak_SunsetOsmeña Peak during the day and sunset.

So here’s a 1 day quick, packed itinerary on the most visited places.

02:30AM Wake Up (Assuming you’re in Cebu City)
03:00AM ETD Cebu South Bus Terminal Php190
06:30AM ETA Oslob (Whaleshark, 10min briefing; 30mins swimming) /Breakfast Php500/100
08:00AM ETD Oslob to Bato Php60
08:30AM ETA Bato
09:00AM ETD Bato Php90
10:30AM ETA Badian (Matutinao, Kawasan Falls Starting Point)
11:00AM Start Canyoneering activity
02:00PM End Trail in Kawasan Falls
02:30PM Arrival in Matutinao (20mins walk from Kawasan falls)/Lunch Php1500
03:00PM ETD Matutinao to Dalaguete (Osmeña Peak) via habal-habal.
04:00PM ETA Osmena peak trail head. Pay hiker’s registration fee/Hire guide. Php20/50
04:30PM ETA Osmena Peak summit. Photo op, Sunset.
06:00PM Hike Down
06:30PM ETD Dalaguete Junction
07:30PM ETA Dalaguete Junction (pay habal-habal driver) Php700
08:00PM ETD to Cebu City Php110
11:00PM ETA to Cebu City




  • ETD (Estimated Time of Departure); ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival).
  • Whaleshark Fee Php500 (local); Php1000 (tourist).
  • You don’t need to book canyoneering, just head to Matutinao Beach Resort. If you’re a single traveler they normally ask additional Php500, so if you want to save you can just wait a while. After all It’s more fun to have new friends, right?
  • Canyoneering Fee include gears, lunch, snacks and transport to registration area.
  • If you don’t want to do canyoneering (which I suggest you must, I did it thrice), you can directly walk to Kawasan Falls from Matutinao Bus drop-off for 20mins. Entrance Fee Php20 (local), Php40 (tourist).

If you feel like you can’t achieve the above day tour (which I did) then here’s a 2-day itinerary, because there is always a second option, a second chance, you just have to make it better this time. LOL.

05:00AM Wake Up (Assuming you’re in Cebu City)
06:00AM ETD Cebu South Bus Terminal/Breakfast Php100+/100
09:00AM ETA Badian (Matutinao, Kawasan Falls Starting Point)
10:00AM Start Canyoneering activity
01:00PM End Trail in Kawasan Falls
01:30PM Arrival in Matutinao (20mins walk from Kawasan falls)/Lunch Php1500
02:30PM ETD Matutinao to Dalaguete (Osmeña Peak) via habal-habal.
03:30PM ETA Osmena peak trail head. Pay hiker’s registration fee/Hire guide. Php20/50
04:00PM ETA Osmena Peak summit. Photo op, Sunset.
05:30PM Hike Down
06:00PM ETD Dalaguete Junction
07:00PM ETA Dalaguete Junction (pay habal-habal driver) Php700
07:30PM ETD to Oslob Php100
08:30PM ETA to Oslob
Sleeping time (see below WHERE TO STAY)
0530AM Wake Up (You’re in Oslob)
0600AM Swimming with Whaleshark, 10min briefing; 30mins swimming)/Breakfast Php500
0700AM Chasing Waterfalls (Tumalog Falls) within Oslob area Php150
0900AM ETD Oslob to Bato Php60
0930AM ETA Bato
1000AM ETD Bato to Moalboal Php100+
1130AM ETA Moalboal proper
1200NN Panagsama Beach or White Beach Basdaku/Lunch (refer to NOTE below) Php100/100
0600PM Back to Cebu; Php200+
Camp around or
Check-in to hostels.
Total Php3780


  • Moalboal is kind of divided into two:
    • Panagsama Beach, where you can snorkel, dive, drink and dine. If you’d like to swim with Sardines (Sardine Run) you can swim  from the shore for about 30m or go to Pescador Island via boat, rent starts at Php1800 depends on how you bargain, you can also merge with other travelers to divide rentals.
    • White Beach (Basdaku), when you’re kind of a beach bum, and that’s me.
  • From Moalboal bus stop take tricycle, Php150 or Motorbike (habal-habal), Php100 to Panagsama Beach or White Beach (Basdaku) depending on your activity preference. Entrance fee is on the way Php25.
  • If you camp in Basdaku, be a responsible camper by throwing your garbage to proper bins not in the ocean. You need to pay for taking a shower next to the stores Php10.

White Beach_Basdaku_CampWhite Beach_Basdaku_1White Beach_BasdakuSome of my pictures in Moalboal White Beach (Basdaku).


I always prefer the cheapest option, but if you’d like a fancy accommodation they are always right next to the shore. But if you’re in a tight budget then i can suggest the following:

  • OSLOB: Sharky Located just few steps away from whaleshark briefing area. They have (a) Shared Room (350/bed/pax); (b) Bongalow Houses (900/room).
  • MOALBOAL: Moalboal Backpacker Lodge in Panagsama Beach, prices starts at Php350, they have plenty of options.

And viola! South of Cebu checked! Please comeback soon for I’m about to write North of Cebu Adventure! Thanks for reading, have fun!