Monday, November 28, 2016

Siargao, Philippines: Surfing

We spent the entire morning surfing near Daku Island. Bravo resort contacted 2 instructors to teach us how to surf. First, they will teach you on land the right way to stand up on your board & what to do. After that you get into a boat & they will bring you to the area where the waves are good for surfing. 

It was all good & i was pretty surprised by myself tt i managed to stand up on my board successfully on my first try! I think wake boarding has a big part in it. Haha. Surfing is really fun! Although i must add tt when you fall off your board & crash into the water, the waves that come subsequently after tt is insane. I was frantically trying to swim away from the wave. I got very sea sick after an hour and a half. Vomited on my board whilst paddling back to my instructor. The paddling is insanely tedious man! My arms were so sore!!

Our surfing lesson with rental of the board cost : 500pesos/person for 1 hour
Boat transportation: 200pesos

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Siargao, Philippines : Boardwalk + Magpupungko Rock Pools

The boardwalk is located along Cloud 9. Zubz & i rode over from General Luna (which is where our resort is located) to check out the area. General Luna & Cloud 9 are side by side along one ling stretch of road. 

There were quite a number of surfers at Cloud 9 surfing. It was nice watching em surf, busting out some insane moves. Lol. The scenery in Siargao is crazy beautiful! The clouds are huge & fluffy, it looks so much like a painting.

 Magpupungko Rock Pool

Best timing to visit the rock pools: 9am-3pm
App to download (to check the tide): Magic Seaweed

*You can only go into the rock pool when it is low tide!

Magpupungko Rock Pool is located in Dapa. It's roughly an hour ride from General Luna to Dapa. Ask your resort for a map on how to get there they will even show you how to get there. 

Rental of a motorcycle for 1 whole day cost SGD8-10 (300-350pesos) 
1 Litre of petrol cost SGD1.20 (35-40 Pesos)

It's really cheap & the roads in Siargao is properly done up. Although i do need to add that they do not wear helmets whilst riding. They didn't provide us with helmets either when we rented the bike through the resort. 

Magpupungko Rock Pools is a must visit place! It's super pretty & a great place to chill. The water is so clear & turquoise!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Siargao, Philippines : Island Hopping

Siargao is located in Philippines & i found out about the place through my sister. She's been there several times to surf. I decided to go to give it a try. Also she mentioned everything in Siargao is pretty affordable & it truly is. I spent a total of about SGD500 on this trip. This includes flight, transportation, activities, food etc. I was in Siargao for 5D4N.

Flight: sgd200
Airbnb: SGD100
Everything else: SGD300

I would def come back to visit again. I love how chill the place is. 

I booked my stay through Airbnb. I think if i ever stay in Viento Del Mar i would choose a better room. Cause the basic room i had was a shared toilet with other rooms. The toilet was horrible as the flush was so weak & the nozzle for the shower head was weak & half of the water wasnt coming out. 
The staff there were really friendly & helpful. But comfort wise i honestly didn't really enjoy it that much. There was another resort called "Chill out" & Bravo which looked rly good & comfortable. I would most likely stay there the next time i visit again. Well, at least Viento Del Mar the beach was right outside the resort.

Viento Del Mar

Purok 5, Tourism Road, General Luna, Siargao, 8419, Philippines

There are several cafes along the road. Although i do need to add that of the 5D4N that we were in Siargao, our food took more than an hour to arrive at every place we dined at. My sister said cause it's a very chill place so everything is done so slowly lol. But their food is yummy tho.

We did island hoping & usually at every resort you can book through them & they will arrange one for you. But how it goes is that they need to gather more people in order for the island hopping trip to happen. If it's only like let's say just me & Zubz, it would have cost us way more.

We walked over to Bravo Resort which was right beside ours & saw tt they had a board up about island hopping(3 islands) & it cost 1200pesos/person. My sister paid abt 1400pesos for her island hopping. I've read online that others have paid ard tt price too. 
There are other locals who'd tell you that they can charge you 1000pesos for the island hopping which makes it so enticing since it's cheap. But what they don't tell you is that food & entry to one particular island is not included. So when you add everything up it's gna cost you more.

My package cost 1200pesos with everything included. Lunch buffet, free flow drinks on the boat + alcohol, snorkelling gear, boat transportation to all 3 islands & rental of a hut where we ate our food. 

My Siargao Guide

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 Naked Island

 Daku Island

 Guyam Island