Mar 10, 2010

Tripid to Siargao Island Surigao del Norte



  A dare and became reality, while having our breakfast, my husband and I were joking around about Siargao Island. "Lets go there,  take a bus and we are leaving this night " he said. "Say what? this night pronto, are you dead serious about it?" I asked. He told me yes. He ask me if  I can endure an 8 hour bus ride to Surigao Island. I willingly answered yes of course but there's  a hitch about the trip, the tripid budget challenge was set up to P6000 only. I don't know if we can pull this off  but the adrenaline rush of enjoyment and fun tells me that we can.do this.

Challenge:
1. Dont overspend beyond P6000 limit
2. Budget includes bus fare, boat fare, accommodation, food and etc..

We carefully plan and research the route, time and cheap accommodation of the island. No time to spare since we are leaving this night for the 8 hour  journey.

We started our journey by catching the first trip air condition bus to Butuan City (that is the 3:30 am) and paid P400.00 per head, quite expensive for me as “Tuklaserang Matipid” BUT we need to reserve our energy and butts for the succeeding rides. We have a comfortable bus with reclining and spacious seats. Primary reason of choosing this bus is to get through with the last trip ferry from Surigao City to Siargao Island that leaves 12:30pm for there will be no more trips in the afternoon due to the Pacific strong waves.

We arrived Butuan City around 10:30 am plus the 2 hours ride to Surigao City which cost P120.00 per head, most likely we will reach Surigao City around 12:30 pm, but alas! We reached Surigao City almost 1:00 pm, unfortunately, too late for Siargao Island ferry last trip. Despite catching the first bus trip to Butuan City we still didn’t make it, basically the 8 bus stops caused the delays.

There’s reason for everything they say, so instead of ranting, we agreed to settle the night at traveler’s inn not far from the port, it’s clean and safe for only P600.00. So far the road was okey, weather was cooperating but my tummy was yelling hahahah, good thing we have with us packed snacks and instant noodles. On the brighter side of not being able to make the last trip to Siargao was being able to rest and took a bath after our almost 9 hours road trip and sleep early.

We woke up at wee hours in the morning, took our breakfast, set up for Siargao Island first trip ferry ride at 5:30am, fare rate was P150.00 per head and we will reached Siargao Island in 2 hours. The ferry was ensured and inspected by the Philippine Coast Guard before leaving for safety and good voyage reasons.


Early morning at Dapa Channel


Siargao Island contains the largest mangrove forest reserves in Mindanao.We arrived at Siargao and hired a tricycle to the Ocean 101 resort in Gen. Luna.

 On our way to the famous Cloud 9,  minutes away from our resort.
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Weird looking structure at Cloud 9


Surfers practicing for the October Surfers Cup.
 
 After spending a day with  a surfer instructor using an egg surfboard, im ready to practice and experience surfing.

 
Grilled pork and Fries for only P120
We stayed in Siargao for 3 days and we spent only P5,800 for the food, 3 days accommodation, fares, surf instructor and surfboard rent and local transportation.

Matipid Breakdown
Bus fare + ferry + Local Transportation = P2,300
Accommodations (3 days) = P1,800
Food = P1,200
Surf Instructor  (1day)  = P 500
Total = P 5,800

We met our P6000 challenge yet we still have P200.00 in excess, we enjoyed the place, quite tired but the memory is worth keeping. I am a proud TUKLASERANG MATIPID.

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  1. i wanna go here... surfing all the way.

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  2. Very interesting article... hope you post more of your exciting trips showing us both the wonders of the Philippines and how to get there with a tight budget :D

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  3. @anonymous- just message me if you need help.

    @louie--- sure, just keep visiting my blog. =)

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  4. Taking on trips are really costly for me (because I love to spend so much). Tripids are a challenge to me.http://www.cdokay.com

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    1. oh gosh, its been a year, thanks for dropping by =) i hope you already visited siargao =) have a safe trips in the future.

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  5. wow!!! this is a very helpful article! we on the otherhand only have 4000 budget ;]] lol i hope we can do it!!

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    1. thanks thrifty fashionista =) wow 4000 budget? referring for "WE" =) must be super tripid one. i hope you can link it here so i could hear from. sorry for replying so late.

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  6. Hi! its me again. apparantly, we werent able to visit siargao last year as my supposed to be travel buddy back out.so i just went to leyte and bohol... here i am again trying my luck on getting cheapest infos over the net. this time im really visiting siargao.with or without someone :D

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    1. Siargao and Bucas Grande Island is worth a visit.You should visit it soon..

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    1. The route and bus rates are the still the same except for the accommodation.

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  8. Hi where did you stay and ate? :)

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    1. We stayed at Ocean 101 resort. Website http://ocean101cloud9.com/. Excellent food and accommodation.

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  9. Im sorry i just have to ask again, was a bit confused. Yung 5,800 na yan covered na din yung fare na back and fort and food for 3 days? Sana po ma answer agad, i badly need it. Thanky!

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    1. Bus fare + ferry + Local Transportation = P2,300
      Accommodations (3 days) = P1,800
      Food = P1,200
      Surf Instructor (1day) = P 500
      Total = P 5,800

      yeah it's included but this post was written 3 years ago and im not that sure about the rates and prices nowadays. Last year, bus fare from Davao City to Butuan range from 500-600 pesos then Butuan to Surigao City is from 200-300 pesos. Ferry ride from Surigao to dapa is 200-300. Im not sure about the food but 500 - 600 is already enough for two persons. Don't worry Siargao is not that expensive.

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  10. i love your blog, my family will be going in siargao this coming october, cant wait!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, you and your family will definitely enjoy the place.

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  11. hi i read ur blog honestly it was amazing specially to had a less than 6000 pesos budget....just wanna ask the name of ur hotel in siargao bcoz im planning to go there next month.....thank you!!!!!

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  12. hi i read ur blog honestly it was amazing specially to had a less than 6000 pesos budget....just wanna ask the name of ur hotel in siargao bcoz im planning to go there next month.....thank you!!!!!

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    1. Thanks kent, the resorts name is Ocean 101.Great place and good food. Cloud 9 resort is also good.

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  13. How long is the trip from Davao to Surigao City? Is there a possible way to go to Surigao City from Bislig City, Surigao de Sur?

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    1. Yes jel it's possible but the road condition after Cagwait crossing is quite bad. From Liangga junction turn right to San Agustin - Cagwait - Tandag- Cortes - Claver - Surigao City. Actually we will be traversing this route this July. You can check this post http://www.tuklaserangmatipid.com/2011/08/cagwait-white-beach-surigaos-little.html.

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  14. Hi! I would just like to ask which is the most convenient route, Manila-Butuan or direct Manila-Surigao? Because Manila-Cebu is quite expensive so we are looking for some alternatives. Thank you! :)

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    1. Hi Mariella, Cebu Pacific have no direct flights to Surigao from Manila. They have Cebu - Surigao through connecting flight.Phlippine Airlines have direct flights to Surigao but quite expensive too. If you can endure 2-3 hours by bus I'll take Manila to Butuan route. It is less expensive than the two previous routes but there's a catch. If you'll take your kids with you, they will easily get tired from the trip. If your taking Manila- Butuan route, I suggest to spend a night in Surigao then go to Siargao the following day. Hope that helps.

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  15. Hi. I would like to ask how long is the travel time from cdo to surigao? And by how much will be the fare? Am planning to visit Siargao summer next year. Hoping to hear from you soon. Thanks.

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  16. Hi. I would like to ask how long is the travel time from cdo to surigao? And by how much will be the fare? Am planning to visit Siargao summer next year. Hoping to hear from you soon. Thanks.

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    1. Cdo to Butuan City is 3 hours. Butuan City to Surigao is another 2.5 hours then Surigao to Siargao boat is another 2 hours. Travel time is 7.5 hours.

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  17. Hope to visit siargao this year! If you're planning to visit other places in the phil you can rent motorbike instead to save money and time only at book2wheel.com

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