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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!

Sights and Sounds of My Travel Chronicles

Traveling, for me, is the best way to find one’s self; and the best part is, I am able to discover this marvelous archipelago so-called the Philippines. My creator is fully aware that, at the right time, I am going to be a travel junkie thus decided to give me life in this wonderful paradise on earth.

Let me tell you on how I started to write about my journey. Way back 2012, me and my girlfriend were very stressed out with our job here in Cebu, so we were thinking of having a quick escape from the reality of our daily routine. I was thinking of visiting my grandma in the province so I checked the best Cebu To Butuan flight deals on the net.  We decided to book with Cebu Pacific a trip bound for Butuan City; good thing there were still seats on sale at that time. We actually haven’t though of anything special for that trip. At first, we were just planning on visiting my family and relatives in Butuan and just take some time off from work. But as the date of our itinerary came closer, I tried to make a research on some places that I had been longing to visit; Enchanted River in Hinatuan and Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, both in Surigao del Sur province. When I saw the images on the net, it just hit hard on me and at that very moment I told myself “I should go there. I deserve to visit that place.” I suddenly became excited and told my girlfriend about my plan of visiting the place. She was also stunned with the image of enchanted river. She even told me “Is that photoshopped? Why is it so blue?” Even I myself would want to see the real thing for I believe in the old saying, “to see is to believe.”

After few more days, the next thing I know is that we are about to have the big break that we have been waiting for – Butuan, here we come! wooohoooo! Out of our excitement, we went straight to Mactan Airport around 5 a.m. and our flight was still around 7 a.m. Well, we better be sure than sorry.  Around 8:00 in the morning, we set foot in Butuan City. Ahhhhh, that freshness. I was able to smell the cool breeze and the warm welcome of mother nature – I saw the leaves of the trees waving and saying “hello” to me.

Upon arriving in Butuan, we took some time visiting few places like the Diosdado Macapagal Suspension Bridge and Provincial Capitol. I also knew that Butuan City is also known as an ancient settlement and locals told me that they already had trading partners long before the Spaniards came to our country. Their historical claims were supported by the existence of “Balangay” (Old Tribal Boat); the remains of these Balangays are still actually found in Butuan City Museum.

The day after we arrived in Butuan, we went off early for our 3-hour road travel going east, Surigao del Sur. Good thing we had my brother and cousins with us as companions. The road condition was fine, except for the ones going inland; it was about 70% bumpy. Our first stop was Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur. The travel might be a bit inconvenient, but it was all worth it when you get to see the majestic Tinuy-an Falls. They dubbed it as the Niagara Falls of the Philippines; maybe because they are likely similar. Even you are about 100 meters from the falls, you can still feel its energy and the cool breeze brought by impact of the water.

            Tinuy-an Falls of Bislig, Surigao del Sur

After Tinuy-an Falls, we went to our next destination which is the Blue Waters of Enchanted River. I was already excited to see the real thing. We traveled about 1 hour from Tinuy-an Falls to Enchanted River. When I already saw a glimpse of the so-called river, I was ready to jump off and rush to the water, but of course, I did not do that. When we arrived, me and my girlfriend just walked slowly and voila, we were very happy and amazed with what we saw. The water was indeed very blue. I did not bother to ask the local on why the water was blue. All I was thinking at that very moment is “I got to test the water already, it is so tempting.”  Just about a few seconds after that, I am already in the water. I then thanked God that he gave me the opportunity to experience such adventure.

              Enchanted River of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

I then realized that that was the reality of life – not my daily routine of work-home cycle but finding myself through traveling. Me and my girlfriend then decided to travel once or twice a month just to shake off some stress in our system. We check on Airline Seat Sale every now and then. Traveling is also a good motivation to perform harder at work. The best part is, it changes your perspective in life thus making your life’s journey worthwhile. And as a couple, it would really help a lot in strengthening your relationship since you will be able to discover new places, new things, and even something new about your partner – there will be unlimited growth in your relationship.

So what are you waiting for? Get your sneakers and hit the road!

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!

Sabin Resort Hotel of Ormoc City

 Sabin Resort Hotel is a family/business/leisure resort hotel located in Bantigue, Ormoc City, Leyte.  It is just around a km or 2 from the city proper. If you want a peaceful environment with a stunning view of Ormoc Bay and the beautiful mountainous terrain in Merida and Isabel Leyte, then choosing Sabin resort would be the only perfect option. The resort offers wide variety of services that could cater to different tourists. They offer good food and offers excellent accommodation that is comparable to top hotel resorts in the island.

Let me take you on a tour of this little kept paradise. Here are some photos below:

   A stunning view of Mt Magsanga in Isabel town, Leyte. That mountain always remind me of “Paramount Pictures.” 🙂

  Poolside image facing the restaurant

    The Restaurant/Lounge

 Poolside facing the hotel rooms and conference halls

 Skyline view of Ormoc city from the resort

   Panoramic view of the resort

Some photos of us enjoying the pool      

They also offer food for snacks or any meal.   Hawaiian pizza

 Sweet corn for only 50 pesos (just to cover miscellaneous fee)

 Yummy! C’est La Vie! 🙂

Sabin Resort Hotel is valuable to me personally because this is the place where me and my girlfriend spent our first few moments as official lovers. I made her say “yes” to my proposal for us to be officially “in a relationship.” The romantic ambiance of the place might have been very helpful. By the way, the photos above was during our second visit at the resort. We celebrated my girlfriend’s birthday there.

Anyways, if you happen to be visiting Ormoc or Leyte, then visit Sabin Resort Hotel. You would surely love your stay here.

 How to get here? Please refer to my previous entry about Ormoc City for more directions.