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Cherinicole Resort of General Luna, Siargao

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Cherinicole Resort is a classy yet affordable resort located in General Luna, Siargao, Surigao del norte. If you want to experience the life in an island and connect with nature, then Cherinicole Resort is definitely for you. It is just few steps away from the town center of General Luna and few minutes away from the popular surfing site, cloud 9. The pool is perfect for a swim under the stars. The resort also offers a nice beachfront; they offer sumptous meals at their restaurant. My favorite part is the sound of the waves from afar – they are music to my ears.

How To Get There:  The gateway of Siargao is Sayak Airport which is about an hour travel to General Luna. From Cebu, there are daily Cebu Pacific trips going to Sayak Airport. If you choose to travel by sea, you can take daily ferry trips in Surigao City going to Dapa.

Resort Amenities:

  • Aircoon/Non-Aircon Rooms
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront    

For inquiries, you can contact them through their facebook page: Cherinicole Resort Siargao or through their digits, 0918 244 4407.

 

Siargao Island Hopping: Naked, Daku, and Guyam Islands

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The Three Islands (Naked, Guyam, and Daku) are Siargao’s little jewels that visitors must visit. Spending a day would be perfect for these three treasures. It is located in General Luna, Siargao. They are just few minutes from General Luna via motorized boat.

How To Get There: From Cebu by plane – There is daily flight from Cebu to Siargao via Cebu Pacific Air. Travel time is around 45 mins to 1 hour depending on the weather condition. From Sayak Airport, you can take a van or single motorcycle going to your respective accommodation. I suggest that you stay in General Luna town. From Cebu by Boat – Take the ship going to Surigao (check on Cokaliong Shipping Schedules on Shipping Schedule Tab). It would take 10 to 12 hours travel time; and from Surigao take the boat going to Dapa, Siargao. There are daily schedules going to Dapa via various boat and fast craft operators. In going to the islands, you can charter a boat for island hopping that would range to 1,000 to 2,000 for a day, depending on the number of visitors. To book a boat and siargao tour, you can contact our guide. His name is Longlong (local name for “Boy”). You can reach him through mobile numbers: +639466487954 or +639184738138.

Naked Island  Naked Island is technically a sand bar. You cannot hardly see it from afar, but once you get close to it, you would probably say the same thing I said, “wow!”

 

Daku Island       Daku Island is the largest island among the three. Its land area might be the reason behind its name – “Daku” which means big. You can rent a cottage and can even spend a night on this island. It is the only inhabited island among the three.

 

Guyam Island  Guyam Island is an island as small as Naked Island but unlike naked it has coconut trees and other plants existing on the island.

 

Once you decide to travel Siargao, make sure that you have included these three jewels in your bucket list. It would be fun spending a day hopping on these treasures – Sun bathing on Naked Island, playing beach volleyball and have your meal in a cottage on Daku Island, and have your siesta on Guyam Island. – that would be quite of an experience.

Until then! Keep on using that happy feet, wanderer!

The Magnificent Magpupungko Tidal Pools of Pilar, Siargao

 Magpupungko Tidal Pool is located in Pilar, Siargao. It is around an hour travel from the tourist hub of Siargao, General Luna. It is a salt water pool in a beach that is made out of rock formation. The best time to visit this place is during low tide –  the beauty of magpupungko unveils during low tide.

How To Get There: From Cebu by plane – There is daily flight from Cebu to Siargao via Cebu Pacific Air. Travel time is around 45 mins to 1 hour depending on the weather condition. From Sayak Airport, you can take a van or single motorcycle going to your respective accommodation. From Cebu by Boat – Take the ship going to Surigao (check on Cokaliong Shipping Schedules on Shipping Schedule Tab). It would take 10 to 12 hours travel time; and from Surigao take the boat going to Dapa, Siargao. There are daily schedules going to Dapa via various boat and fast craft operators.

What To Expect: If you are staying somewhere near Cloud 9 or General Luna and is planning to visit Magpupungko, expect about 40% rough road when travelling to the place as they are currently improving their road network. I suggest that it would be better to visit the farther destination first, i.e. Taktak falls which is located in Santa Monica.

Fees and Fares:     You can pay the entrance fee in Magpupugko in a small outpost, as shown in the image above, near the gate. You can bring your own food but there are food stalls available in the place if you prefer to buy food there or if you do not have enough time to prepare it.

Entrance Fee: 50 per person.

Habal2x/Motorcycle Fare: You can charter a habal-habal (motorcycle) in going to the place from General Luna or Cloud 9. They usually ask for 1,000 to 1,300 php depending on your nego skills. On our case, we agreed on 1,000 bux for a day tour of all Siargao’s destinations – Taktak Falls, Pacifico Beach, Crocodile Breeding Area, and Cloud 9. You can actually contact our motorcycle driver/guide for arranging your Siargao itinerary. His name is Longlong (local name for “Boy”). You can reach him through mobile numbers: +639466487954 or +639184738138.

Here Are Some of the Images We Captured In Magpupungko                  The inviting waters in magpupungko               This reminded me of Enchanted River’s blue waters.

         The Other side of the lagoon.

   Having Some Fun! 

Here are some images of the Magpupungko Beachfront.    

Magpupungko is indeed a hidden jewel of Siargao. You should include this in your itinerary once you visit the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. Remember, Siargao isn’t just paradise for surfers, it is also heaven to the happy feet!

Choose Philippines! Choose Magpupungko of Pilar, Siargao!

Have a great escape this Summer! Enjoy!

The Spectacular Lake Mainit of Mindanao

 Lake Mainit is the fourth largest lake in the Philippines. It is located in the Northeastern part of Mindanao.  It is in between the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte, with the towns Jabonga, Kitcharao, Alegria, Mainit and more. It is rich in freshwater marine resources such as Kasili. It is indeed a good stop over for travelers who are Butuan or Surigao bound.

How To Get There: 

From Surigao City:  You can take Butuan-bound buses. If you choose the town Mainit, you have to stop at the corner going to Mainit and opt for another ride going to Mainit town proper. But if you choose Kitcharao, you can just tell the bus driver or crew to drop you off in Kitcharao Town Proper or Almont Resort which is just a few kilometers from the town proper. You can find a great view of the lake from there. If you travel from Butuan, you would also like to take the bus bound for Surigao.

Where To Stay:                                                                                                                        Kasili Lakeside Hotel and Resort     (photo courtesy of Kasili Lakeside Resort)

This resort is located in Mainit, Surigao del Norte.  Contact: 0929.1346590 / 0947.8908801

Here Are Some of my Lake Mainit shots:          took this photo near Almont Resort in Kitcharao 

  

The stunning view of the lake is really amazing. You would really love to spend your quiet moments in this vicinity. Ahh, the beauty of nature is just beyond our expectations. I can imagine myself in a rowboat sailing in a smooth waters and enjoying the relaxing countryside breeze. Now, that is what you call life! Enjoy it while you still can.. You only live once!

This 2014, make sure to include Lake Mainit in your bucket list. Happy New Year!

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Enchanted River of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

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The inviting Enchanted River Somewhere around 100 plus kms away from the city of Butuan, you can find this very magnificent river.  They call this the “Enchanted River.”  I do not know of any stories behind the name but I … Continue reading