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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!

Dakong Bato Resort: The Big Rock of Dalaguete

Dakong Bato Resort is located in Coro, Dalaguete, Cebu.  It is around 100 kms south of Cebu province and about 2 hours of travel by bus. The resort offers wide range of amenities for the whole family. Local tourists often visit the place on weekends, so it is much better to visit the place on a weekday if you want to enjoy the place just for yourselves. They have rooms for families or couples that can be used overnight. They have two pools; both are 5 feet max.  You can also enjoy the beach if you want to.  It offers stunning view of Cebu Straight, facing the island of Bohol.

How To Get There:  From Cebu City, take the bus going down south in Cebu South Bus Terminal. Again, choosing Ceres Aircon Bus would be the best option for safety and convenience.  It would cost you around 100-110 php per person.; just tell the bus crew to drop you off in Dakong Bato. The resort is just adjacent to the national road, so you do not have to take another ride which is a pain-in-the-arse for most people.

  The Swimming Pool   

    Pool 2  

The Beach    

Hello to the Pool and the Beach

Resort Accommodation       

      The accommodation we chose is good for two.  I like it because we already have our own dining table just outside the room with a very great view of the sea.

Here are some shots we took from our balcony:       The breathtaking view just gives you broad perspective in life.

The Food             We had their house special, Kamayan, for dinner. Yummy! 

            Tocilog and Baked Mac for Brunch.. 🙂  

Dakong Bato Restaurant’s Menu   

Getting Around The Resort                                                                            The Resort Lobby    

The Garden         b

The Beachfront     

The Resort’s Structures                  

We went to this place to celebrate our Anniversary.  We want to move on with our lives even though our families were affected by the recent typhoon. We are still thankful that our families in typhoon-hit areas are doing well and moving on with life. With this, we are able to celebrate Christmas and New Year in a more meaningful way.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of You!

Keep on Movin’!  Never stop Explorin’!

Malapascua Island: A Drop of Heaven on Earth

 Malapascua is an island paradise located in the northernmost part of Cebu. It is heaven to those who love diving, and playground to those who love the beach.  Bounty Beach, the tourist hotspot of the island, offers wide range of beachfront accommodation, but compared to Bantayan and Camotes Island, Malapascua has higher rates and dining is costly, so if you are planning to visit the place, you should prepare enough budget.

How To Get There 

   From Cebu City: Take the Northbound buses found in North Bus Terminal (preferably Ceres Bus) Aircon bus fare is around 170 Php from Cebu to Maya Port (wharf going to Malapascua).  Take the regular motorbanca going to Malapascua; fare is around 80 php per person. (Beware of special trip scam where other people would persuade you to pay for higher price). You can then take a walk to your respective accommodations upon arrival in Malapascua or you can just hire motorcycle.

Malapascua’s Beachfront  

Where To Stay      

Resorts found in Bounty Beachfront                                                                                      Cocobana Resort  

Ocean Vida Resort         

contact # 0917 303 8064

Malapascua Legend   

Exotic Dive Resort       

Mike & Diose Aabana Beach Resort     

Inland Accomodations                                                                                                                   Purple Snapper Resort                   

Hiltey’s Hideout                                            

We stayed in Cocobana. Personally, my experience in Cocobana is nice.  Beachfront is great. Accommodation is just fine.  It is just adjacent to Malapascua Wharf.

Things To Do/Where To Visit:

Swimming and Snorkeling:

Coral Garden   

Japanese Shipwreck    

Dakit-dakit Islet Table Corals  

Los Bamboos  

 Spend some time sitting and chatting in los bamboos sandbar.  It is like a public plaza for the locals here.  A lot of locals spend their siesta and leisure time in los bamboos.

The Lighthouse  

From the fantastic water adventures to the inland tour, all we have to spend is just a thousand bux – all in! Thanks to our friendly guide, Ronnie who happens to also have a motorbike that is why he went an extra mile and gave us an inland tour in los bamboos and the lighthouse. If you are interested in getting his number, it is 09491810903. Just negotiate with him and he will definitely give you a good deal.

Where To Eat

Ging-Ging’s   Ging-ging’s is the most popular and the cheapest restaurant in the island. The food is great so you do not have to worry if you are concerned with the quality of the food being served.

Here are some dishes we ordered:   Sweet and Sour Fish (Escabeche)

 Chopsuey

 Chicken Curry

Fried Chicken

 Carbonara

We spent most of our meals here in Ging-ging’s because we just loved their food.

La Isla Bonita Restaurant  

Daya Barbecue  

 If you are on a tight budget then look for this barbecue place.  The food is not the great but you can really save.  It is really hard to find affordable food while you are in a very expensive island.

We really fell in love with the beauty of Malapascua. The only pain the butt (for my girlfriend) are the big waves that keeps on hitting our boat crossing Malapascua and back to Maya; otherwise, all is well. Here are some images we took while discovering this Island Paradise: 

We are surely coming back someday but this time we will make sure that the weather condition is perfect.  Malapascua is really a drop of heaven on earth. So if you are planning to discover Philippine’s Beaches, then never miss Malapascua Island!

Choose Malapascua Island, Choose Philippines! 🙂

Astonishing Alcoy’s Tingko White Beach

 Tingko Beach is located in Daanlungsod, Alcoy, Cebu.  It is about 2 to 3 hours travel from Cebu City going down south.  Its white sand and clear water would really give you a great swimming experience; and the best part is….. the beach is all yours for FREE! Yeah, you heard it right!, the beach has no any entrance fees. You will just pay for the cottages or the tables.

How To Get There:  From Cebu City, you can take the bus going to Liloan, Santander via Oslob at the South Bus Terminal. You also have the option to take the v-hire in One Citilink Terminal.  But I would strongly recommend to choose Ceres Bus Liner as they are safer and more convenient to ride. Tell the steward to drop you off in Tingko Beach.  Do not worry, the beach is just along the highway so it is very easy to locate.  The best landmark is Edward’s Place.

Where To Stay:    The safest and most ideal place to stay in Tingko Beach is Edward’s Place.  It is more convenient because they have their own mini mart where you could buy grocery items, and they could also cook food for you for just a small tip.  About the rooms, they are perfect for families, friends, or honeymooners.  You could even occupy all rooms for team-buildings at lesser cost compared to other resorts within the vicinity.  Edward’s Place is just across the white sand beach.

Exterior View of the Rooms:  

Convenience Store and Front Office  

Restaurant/Dining Area and Videoke Bar   Note: You can use the Videoke for only 5 Php per 2 songs.

Free Use of the Floating Cottage (For Edward’s Place Guests)

This is the view of the whole place   Took this shot from the beach side.

Actually, we did not rent a room in Edward’s Place for this visit because we just visited the place for just a few hours from our trek in Osmena Peak, but Sir Edward himself treated us as valued guests for using their washroom with a minimal fee of only 10 Php.  He is very entertaining and it is convenient and comfortable spending the rest of our time in his place.  That is why I decided to feature his place in my blog and surely, I will be choosing to stay with Sir Edward when we visit Tingko in the near future and I would strongly suggest his place when visiting Tingko Beach.

Here is Edward Place’s Contact Number:

SUN-09222781159, GLOBE-09173785101, LANDLINE-(032)262-9682

The Beach:  

So what are you waiting for? Hit the Road now!  Tingko is one good stop for a road trip going southside.

  A Day or Two would be great to spend at the beach!

Choose Philippines, Choose Tingko Beach!