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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 Ancient Butuan City

Butuan City is the de facto capital of the province of Agusan del Norte.  However, due to its independence from the province, Cabadbaran City (a neighbor city) was declared as the province’s seat of government.  Butuan city is the center of trade and commerce of northern mindanao or the CARAGA region.  It is historically significant as ancient civilization was present at the very spot of the modern day Butuan.  It was then called Kingdom of Butuan.  It has trade relations with the Malays, Chinese, and even as far as Indian civilization.  One of the evidence of their historical background is the so-called Balangay – an ancient galley.  Now, Butuan city is a progressive city and considered as a highly-urbanized city.  It is a good place to spend some vacation in Butuan.

I have also been to Butuan several times already since both my mom and dad came from here.  Technically, my mom is from Buenavista, a town 13 kms away from the city proper.

How to Get There:

An image of the Port in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte

From Manila:  There are daily trips through Plane bound for Butuan through Cebu Pacific or PAL.  If you choose to sail through the sea, 2Go Travel can accomodate you with their trips.  Check their site for schedules.

From Cebu:  There are daily trips through Plane bound for Butuan through Cebu Pacific or AirPhil.  If you choose to sail through the sea, 2Go Travel can accomodate you with their trips.  Check their site for schedules.

Note:  For those who choose sea travel, the port is located in Nasipit town, around 20 kms from Butuan.

Where To Stay:

Dotties Place Butuan:

Address : J C Aquino Avenue 
          Butuan City 8600
          Philippines

Features : A place for relaxation and fun . Rooms with overlooking the swimming pool and view of the hotel . The swimming pool is said to be the largest in Butuan .
For Inquiries and Help in reservation of this hotel E-mail : jay@jjbargainstravel.com



Almont Inland Resort

J.C. Aquino Avenue
Butuan City 8600, Philippines

Tel : (63 85) 342-7414 & 341-2103
Telefax : (63 85) 342-9524

Email : inland.resort@almont.com.ph
Web: http://www.almont.com.ph/inland_resort
Facebook.com/AlmontInlandResort



Butuan City is also home to food-loving individuals.  People here are so fond of Filipino cuisine - loving our own.  Scattered around the corners of Butuan are grill restaurants, seafood restaurants, and even class A Filipino Food Restaurants.  Butuanons just love being Filipino.  You can also find fastfoods around the city and few dimsum restaurants.

Here are the few places where you can eat:

Lutong Bahay ni Aling Cora
Located at R. Calo St. Brgy. Diego Silang, Butuan City (085) 342-5831

Weegols Garden

DoonganButuan City
Contact Person : Carlos Delector Telephone Number 342-5558

If you get hungry in the middle of the night, it is not a problem because this one could save your midnight cravings.

Where To Go/Visit:

Diosdado Macapagal Bridge

Balangay Shrine
Balangay is an ancient boat used by the ancient civilization in Butuan for trading.  This is one evidence that Butuan has long been a civilized village.

Mount Mayapay

Adventure seekers should not miss climbing in Mt Mayapay.

Gaisano Butuan

Or simply discover Butuan’s leading Dept Store/Mall..

Delta Discovery Park

If you happen to be in Butuan city, try out Delta Discovery Park (Butuan Highlands Adventure) which holds the current longest zip line record in whole AsiaDelta Discovery Park is located at Purok 7, Brgy. Bonbon, Libertad Butuan City.
Landline: (085) 345-8891 / 341-1557 / 816-1875
Mobile: 0918-2845556 / 0906-4728300

Timberlanes Bowling

If you are in the mood for some smashin’ bowl-heads, go for timberlanes. It is just located within the vicinity of Butuan proper.

WoodStock

If you are up for some party rockin’, this place might be a great place for your hangover.

I do not know what your interests are, but I am sure that there is something that is in Butuan for you.  Just give it a try.  It is nice to spend a weekend in this place, or even a week (if you are planning on visiting the World’s Largest Crocodile, Lolong; the majestic Tinuy-an Falls, or the Fascinating Enchanted River of Hinatuan, Surigao del sur).

Come along and discover the wonders of the Ancient Butuan!

Check out this Video and see the streets of Butuan.

Madyaw na Pagkani! (Welcome)

Tinuy-An Falls of Bislig City

Tinuya-an Falls is located around 10 to 15 kms away from Bislig town proper, in Brgy Borboanan.  It is dubbed as the Niagara falls of the Philippines, tough it is smaller, it still look the same, almost.

This place is perfect for team outings, team buildings, family picnics or even for lovers and solo backpackers who loves to wanderlust.

There are cottages that you can rent that ranges from 50php (table only) to 500php.

You can also visit the upper part of the fall through the man-mad stairs.

Here is the view of another fall on top of the main fall.

I do not have nothing much to say about this place.  It is really breathtaking.  Speechless.

How To Get There:

From Manila:  By Air, you can take Cebu Pacific & PAL daily through Butuan then take the 4-hour bus bound for Bislig. By sea, you can book with 2go Travel and check their Manila-Nasipit schedules.

From Cebu:  By Air, you can take Cebu Pacific & PAL daily through Butuan then take the 4-hour bus bound for Bislig. By sea, you can book with 2go Travel and check their Cebu-Nasipit schedules.

Around Bislig:

Bislig City is a city located in Surigao del Sur.  The main commercial area of the city is located in Brgy Mangagoy where merchants and consumers flock.  It is the easternmost city of the Philippines.  There are plenty of things to do in Bislig, all you need is just to explore.