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PhotoTravel Diaries| Three Paradise Islands of General Luna, Siargao

I came to Siargao Island often- at least once in a month. To work, to travel, to explore!

Siargao Islands not only completes my whole month's usual itinerary and work accomplishment, my frequent visits have beautiful and interesting stories to tell. "Kaya nakaka-excite bumalik!" 



Actually, one of my most memorable sea travels  is going to this island “ramdam ang  alon kahit nasa RORO ka!

But the first time was also the most unforgettable hindi lang dahil sa mahiwagang alon ng Siargao:) I was welcomed by awe-inspiring nature and simply beautiful environment and people. My rural development-related works became easy and light as I am breathing the freshest air, my working environment is surrounded by GREEN, BLUE, and WHITE... Green tall trees, blue-clear sea, and pristine white-sand beaches! Riding in a five- seater habal-habal is acceptable and exciting – I am always keyed-up to know what to see along the highway of Pacifico and General Luna.

My frequent visits are not enough to explore all the beautiful and interesting places in this amazing island. I've never been to Magpupungko Beach (no. 1 in my bucket list) and still hopeful to see its unique rock formations and naturally-crafted pool of turquoise sea water. Actually, nadaanan ko na pero walang oras dahil papasok pa, wrong timing - I'm doing program members' visit during that time:) Kelan kaya...

Anyway, let's talk about my recent Island hopping hanggat hindi ko pa nararating ang Magpupungko. These three paradise islands share equal fame- walang itulak-kabigin!

Guyam| The First Island

Island hopping in General Luna was planned months ago and I am not expecting something new since “naikot ko na nga ang buong Siargao Island. I joined the staffs’ outing just to jam and meet area’s new faces- tipong team building ba. Besides I've already photographed these 3 Islands while in the boulevard area of General Luna. Yes I am aware of  islands’ white sand beaches- tanaw na tanaw nga sa boulevard area. And what’s new? "Dami ko na napuntahan sa Visayas na ganyang Island pareho lang". But my expectation was totally WRONG! All I can say, Siargao never failed to amuse and surprise me with something new and extraordinaire beauty! 



Guyam Island is our first destination| Its size is equal to four basketball courts. Surrounded by powdery-white-sand beach, coconut trees and a single cottage are located in the middle. The Island is privately owned and there is an entrance fee of 25 pesos per person.

Guyam Island| literally powdery sands 

Daco/Daku| The Second Island
Daku Island| Is the largest among the three. Daku is a Visayan word, means big. There are cottages and volleyball court in the Island. Beach area is long  and wide, powdery-sand beach... can't find the exact words to describe Daku.  Ummm, Paraiso!


Wordless| Just see the Photographs:)


more that 5 feet file of powdery white sand
Jump shot!

   


Naked/Pansukian| The Third Island
In the Naked| For me this is the most interesting island among the three. Called naked as it looks "hubad or walang saplot" because there are no trees in the island only few bushes/grasses.


5:30 pm at Naked Island

Sunset View while leaving Naked Island


HOW TO GET THERE

Airphil Express and Cebu pacific flies directly from Manila to Surigao City daily.
From Surigao City. Passenger Boats or  Lantsa departs in Surigao Boulevard Port as early as 5:30 am (fare 250 pesos)  while Montenegro RORO vessel is scheduled to depart  in Surigao Port @ 12:00 noon (fare is 173 for ordinary and around 200-250 for air-conditioned room).
****ALL ARE BOUND TO DAPA PORT OF SIARGAO ISLAND.

There is also a passenger boat from Surigao Port going to the town of Del Carmen (other entry point to Siargao Island) - departs around 10:00-10:15 in the morning (fare is 250 pesos).

Cebu Pacific directly flies from Cebu to Siargao and if your from Manila take Manila-Cebu-Siargao connecting flight. Visit CebuPac's website  www.cebupacificair.com for further details.

From Butuan, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and other parts of Mindanao
Ride a Bus or Van bound to Surigao City (Integrated Land Transportation Terminal). From the Terminal ride in a tricycle or multicab bound to Pier/Port Area (RORO) or Boulevard (Passenger Boats/Lantsa)

Habal-Habal(motorcycles with timber flat wings) and tricycles are the common inland transportation in the Island. From Siargao Airport(by plane)/ Dapa Port (by passenger boat/RORO/fastcraft) you can hire Habal-Habal or Tricycle that will bring you to town proper of General Luna. Go to the boulevard area or pantalan, motorized boats are on standby. Hiring a motorized boat ranges from 1000-1500 pesos. Don't hesitate to ask for "tawad" (discount) :) - locals are accommodating!
Don't forget to bring baon (packed foods) and water, there are no stores in the three islands. And most of all check and charge your camera's battery, hindi nauubos ang subject!

Latitude. 9.7386111°, Longitude. 126.1636111°




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41 comments:

  1. must add to my bucket list! how much do you think would i spend for a 3-day, 2 night stay there? im coming from manila. =]

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  2. @Marvin- excluded yung airfare, just prepare your budget for accommodation fee- 2k-3k (safest), hiring Habal-habal (for touring around Siargao) arounf 600 for 3days, and hiring boat for island hopping (1k-1500)and of course for the foods- mura lang naman dun. Mas lesser pa dyan kung backpacker style ka lang.

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  3. kelan kaya ako makakapag-island hopping dito? ganda!

    I love that first silhouette photo!

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  4. salamat, salamat. will definitely go there!

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  5. We will visit thereon Feb. Salamat sa pag share nito.:D

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  6. may tanong ako, saan kayo nag stay? how much? thanks

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  7. @Marco-may staff house kasi kami dun Marco kaya ala ako prob sa accommodation:) pero madami dun cheap up to first class accommodation specially sa General Luna- sa may Cloud nine area:)

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  8. Fantastic images 5:30 PM and the next three are my favorites. Great work !!

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  9. Great Post with awesome Pictures. Love those Blue Pictures..Really Cool & Heavenly.

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  10. Fine white sands and the blue waters always combine so well in coming out with a beautiful beach and not to mention the sunset. Siargao is truly an enticing place to visit.

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  11. Fine white sands and the blue waters always combine so well in coming out with a beautiful beach and not to mention the sunset. Siargao is truly an enticing place to visit.

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  12. you are right indeed this is paraiso

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  13. Beautiful islands, beautiful pictures! I wish to go to Siargao someday soon. Aside from the beach, what's there to see in Siargao?

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  14. Siargao!! I got an invite to go to siargao for a resort review and promotion na din, can't wait to be there! From the pictures ang Ganda na e.. Soon siargao, soon! ;)

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  15. What a really beautiful place to visit, the seascape scenes are very fantastic, kahit buong araw ako maglakad dyan...:D

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  16. I love Island Hopping. Kung di lang sana ako takot sa dagat. Hahahahaha. ^_^

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  17. Siargao is one of the must visit in my list. Me and my travel buddy Dave almost went there last July but we changed our minds and went to Coron instead. I have no regret doing that. Now your photos had awaken again my desire to go to Siargao.

    May I ask, is it possible & easy also for us to go to Sohoton when I go to Siargao?

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  18. Ang sarap maligo sa beach! Hope I can visit these places.

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  19. Makakapunta na sana ako sa siargao last June, but have to cancel it due to health issues. I hope matuloy na kami next year.

    We want to do Island hopping as well, thanks Jeff for sharing this, at least alam na namin what to expect there. At least hindi tlaga kami magsisisi when visiting Siargao.

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  20. Tama ka Sir.. Walang itulak kabigin sa mga lugar nato..:)

    Sir kung grupo po kayo.. magkano naman po yung accom? (4-5 persons)
    May mga mura po bang matutuluyan?

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  21. great snapshots of your island-hopping adventures. galing.

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  22. A family friend of ours always frequents Siargao. She goes there to write, and sometimes comes home with a book that is yet to be published. I guess it's that relaxing and enchanting, and so close to nature that you'll feel more alive than usual. :) I would definitely cross this destination out from my list -- if not soon, but later! Love your island and sunset shots by the way. :)

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  23. I love the pictures! Great job! Thanks for letting me in on these other islands. I'm gonna ask my friend who I'm visiting in Siargao soon to take me to these places.

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  24. Gosh! I must see abd experiwnce siargao! Im obssessed with your beach ohotos abd sunset photos! Great job!

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  25. @Tripsiders- Lam ko may mga mura dun na accommodations dunno the exact price- pero less than 2k lang daw good for 4-5 na yun. libre kasi accom ko dun:)

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  26. @maspaborito- madami! u can visit the surfing area in cloud 9 gen. Luna, Magpupungko Beach and Rock formations, Taktak Falls of Sta. Monica, and of course the famed Sohoton of Socorro:)

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  27. @Ricky- of course possible:) actually may mga boat for rent dun na kasama na sa package ang Sohoton- magkakalapit lang yun:)

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  28. beach!!! the clear waters are calling me... argh! i can't go, yet :(

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  29. Oh my! I really love your photos and the subject selection. Like I really do! Most especially the sunset photos!

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  30. I miss GL! Wonderful photos btw!

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  31. those sunset shots look unreal! good job!

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  32. Sir may opening pa ba sa office nio with the same job description as yours? :D

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  33. Gusto ko yata ang trabaho mo.. hahaha!
    Surigao is a dream destination for me especially Siargao with all the surfing..
    If I have to stay there for a month, feeling ko papayat ako dahil I'm gonna surf everyday. :)

    taker yung first island Guyam!
    the powdery sand is obvious in your photos, you captured them nicely! :)

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  34. Nice white sand island. A great place to relax and unwind.

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  35. jeffrey di ko pa napuntahan yan.. dalhin mo ako sa guyam at daku island.. hehhehe ... visit magpupungko soon.... kasi iuuwi ko na yung malaking bato ... dalhin ko na sa bahay namin ... lol

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  36. Ganda talaga ng Siargao. I grew up a few hours from there sa south, but I never got to explore it. Feeling ko kasi dati, dollars pumunta dun! Although my kasama kami sa bahay galing Dapa. Sayang nag migrate na.

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  37. I was trying to book a flight to siargao the other day kaso mukhang naubusan na ko ng sale tickets. Your post just made me regret not getting tickets more

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  38. OMG sunset view so pretty! <3

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