Siargao Itinerary And Expenses

 

There are some destinations that you travel to only to discover that you don’t want to share it with the rest of the world. We put Siargao island in that bucket. Except unfortunately, a lot of the world do already know about this beautiful place in the Philippines and many others have flagged it as their next must-see.

We spent 4 days and 4 nights in Siargao (departing on the morning of the 5th day) which was sufficient time to see the main attractions and settle into the island lifestyle. Below, we detail our Siargao itinerary and expenses day by day. This post is not just a Siargao itinerary for couples; the island is a beach bum’s paradise so solo travellers will embrace the vibe quite easily. We unanimously agree that Siargao was our favourite stop during our Philippines trip. Should you visit, we have no doubt it will be your favourite too.

Guyam Island from above. Palm trees, beach and water

SIARGAO BUDGET | 4 DAY ITINERARY WITH EXPENSES

DAY 1

12:00pm

Welcome to Siargao! The fastest way to get to Siargao is to fly with Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines via Cebu. The plane lands at Siargao Domestic Airport which is on the west side of the island. Transfer to accommodation will be via minivan, tricycle or taxi. We chose the minivan option as we had already travelled for 30 hours and were exhausted. The minivans are air-conditioned and we were piled in with several other travellers. The trip from Siargao Airport to General Luna is approximately 50 minutes.

2:00pm

Most visitors to Siargao stay in General Luna or Cloud 9 in the south-east of the island where there are a range of Siargao hotels. General Luna is one of the larger towns where there is a multitude of shops, resorts, homestays, restaurants and tour companies. Cloud 9 is also one of the most popular surfing areas on the island. Our Siargao accommodation was at Nine Clouds Homestay at Cloud 9.

 

4:00pm

Head into town to organise an island hopping boat tour. Before arriving in Siargao, we read some blog posts recommending tours organised by Kermit Surf Resort & Restaurant. Kermit arranges group tours that include the tour cost, admission fees and lunch. If you wish to organise a private tour, it’s best to head to independent surf stores or to wander down to the harbour to enquire in person. We asked for a quote from Kermit before walking down Tourism Road to try our luck. We arranged a private boat tour for the next day at Jose’s Surf Shop with relative ease.

 

7:00pm

The main hub for dining is all along Tourism Road. There is a plethora of eateries offering grilled meat, seafood and vegetables, tacos and woodfire pizzas. On our first night, we stopped in at Yeah Yeah Tacos where we ate their famous tacos and washed them down with a beer.

 

Day 1 Expenses

Airport Transfer PHP 300 per person
Private Boat Tour PHP 1,500
Dinner PHP 410
Tricycle Transfer (Evening) PHP 80
Aerial view of poeple and boats on Naked Island, Siargao

DAY 2

7:00am
Depart for a morning of azure blues, pristine sands and lazing underneath palm trees. Unfortunately, we were a bit unorganised this morning. As we opted not to hire a scooter during our stay, we relied on tricycles to ferry us between Cloud Nine and General Luna. If you don’t have your own transport or arrange a transfer with a group tour, we’d recommend pre-booking transport if travelling early in the mornings.

Arriving at Jose’s Surf Shop, we ordered a rushed breakfast at the neighbouring Fayayeh Bar which delayed our departure and our aim to get ahead of the crowds.

The first stop on our island hopping experience was Guyam Island. Approximately 10 minutes away, Guyam Island is a circular island paradise with a throng of palm trees in the middle. It’s surrounded by shallow and exposed rocks that peak out from the aquamarine water. You’ll find a sandy basketball court, hammocks swaying between palm trees and warm shallow waters for swimming.
A girl in a black bikini holds a fresh coconut on Daku Island, Siargao
Playing basketball among the palm trees on Guyum Island, Siargao
Our next stop was Naked Island. In hindsight, we should have requested our boat captain to take us here first. The oval sand island features nothing but sand, hence its name. We arrived mid-morning and thus the small strip was quite crowded with several other boats dropping off passengers.

The last stop, Daku Island, is the largest and the only inhabited and commercialised island of the three islands. Here, wooden cabanas are available to hire along the beach. Shacks sell snacks and cold drinks. On the edge of the palm tree grove, locals sit behind piles of coconuts, waiting with their machetes to serve a heaving green coconut to their next customer. We chose to lay our towel underneath the palm trees (we kept a wary eye out for falling coconuts!) and drank fresh coconut water from a coconut for only PHP 50.

1:00pm
We decided to eat lunch back on Siargao as we knew there would be more options. We stopped in at Barrel Sports Bar & Grill ordering chicken shawarma and chicken pesto quesadillas. Yum!
Chicken pesto quesadillas at Barrel Sports Bar & Grill, Siargao
5.30pm
The Jacking Horse Trail at Cloud 9 is a popular spot to watch the sun go down. It’s the perfect location to lay down your beach towel, buy a San Miguel from one of the stands and wait for the sinking sun to cast a fiery orange glow across the sky.

8:00pm
You’ll notice a number of restaurants along Tourism Road emitting wafting smoke and it’s likely to be from their open grill. We spotted the queue outside Mama’s Grill on our first night so we made it a point to return. We’re so glad that we did as it was our favourite meal on Siargao! Choose your dinner selection from the fridge menu and watch as it goes from the kitchen to the BBQ grill in seconds. The spicy chorizo was our top pick of the night!
Roast chicken, Hungarian sausage, chorizo and rice at Mama's Grill, Siargao

Day 2 Expenses

Tricycle Transfer (Morning) PHP 40
Breakfast PHP 530
Coconut PHP 50
Lunch PHP 500
Tricycle Transfer (Afternoon) PHP 40
Beers PHP 120
Dinner PHP 600
Tricycle Transfers (Evening) PHP 80

DAY 3

Given our previous misfortune of injury by scooter hire on Nusa Penida, we chose to hire a tricycle driver for the day to drive us to Sugba Lagoon, Magpupungko Rock Pools and the Maasin Rope Swing Bridge. Practically all the tricycle drivers hang a laminated A4 sign in their vehicle offering this land tour option. We arranged to do this with one of the drivers who drove us back to our accommodation the day before.

6:30am

The tricycle ride to visit Sugba Lagoon took us from General Luna across to the town of Del Carmen in the west. The ride was approximately 1 hour by road. It’s not the most comfortable travel option and the motorbike is very loud, however, it’s relatively cheap and convenient.

A tricycle by the palm trees grove, Siargao
The Del Carmen Tourism Centre handles the sale of tour tickets to Sugba Lagoon as well as transport to the lagoon. The booking process takes place in one room and is not the most organised process but stay in line and eventually you will get booked onto a tour.

We opted to do Tour C which includes transport to and from Sugba Lagoon, admission into the lagoon and 3 hours to explore the area. The boat costs PHP 1,600 per boat. If you’re travelling solo or as a couple, try to find another pair or small group to split the cost of the boat. Fortunately, we were able to split this cost with a Spanish couple. This was a great result for us as the saving went towards our kayak and SUP rental which we had forgotten to budget for!

The boat ride to the lagoon takes approximately 40 minutes. You’re given 3 hours to explore the area which is more than enough in our opinion. We rented a kayak for 1 hour and paddled around to a cove away from the main docking area. Bevan jumped off the diving platform in our second hour and then we spent our last hour on a SUP and flying our drone.

Be Aware! Sugba Lagoon is a protected wildlife area. Visitors are not permitted to bring in any plastic water bottles and food. Smoking is prohibited. The main docking area features a two storey building where spotters “rent” the tables to visitors at PHP 20 each. Food and drinks are not available for sale. We recommend taking as little as possible or one bag between two people as there are no lockers to store your bags and unless you have a dry bag, the kayaks will not keep your bags dry.
An aerial view of Sugba Lagoon, Siargao
1:30pm

We ate a quick lunch at Del Carmen before heading to Magpupunko Beach & Tidal Rock Pools. This popular spot on the east coast is renowned for its tidal rock pools which become exposed at low tide. We visited during mid-April and low tide was mid-afternoon. Our visit coincided with Easter Monday so it was very crowded with many families and visitors swimming in the shallow pools. If you walk a bit further around the large boulder, fewer people swim in the rock pools and there is a small beach if you want to keep your belongings away from the salt water. Before leaving, we stopped for a fresh coconut and a halo-halo dessert.

4:00pm

Our last stop for the day was at Maasin River which has become Insta-famous for the rope swing on the bended palm tree. We paid the entrance fee (PHP 20 per person) to enter the river area before Bevan had a go at shimmy-ing up the tree before swinging into the river below!

TIP: For those wanting the golden photo opportunity without the crowds, we expect that early morning would be the best time to visit. As we visited in the afternoon, there was a large group swinging off the rope and the drone was pointing into direct sunlight making for less than ideal photography conditions.

8:00pm

Craving fried chicken? KFC has not arrived in Siargao but the next best thing has – CFC Chicken. Luckily, this restaurant was right next to our accommodation. We opted for the CFC Burger and Master Fried Chicken. The serving of french fries is on the small side but whatever seasoning they put on the fried chicken is absolutely ace.

Day 3 Expenses

Tricycle Driver (Whole Day Tour) PHP 1,500
Sugba Lagoon Boat Hire PHP 1,600 per boat (try to find people to split this with)
Sugba Lagoon Entrance PHP 200 per person
Sugba Lagoon Environmental Tax PHP 100 per person
Sugba Lagoon Kayak/SUP Hire PHP 300 per hour
Lunch PHP 230
Magpupunko Rock Pools Entrance PHP 50 per person
Magpupunko Rock Pools Parking PHP 5-20 depending on vehicle
Magpupunko Rock Pools Food PHP 120
Massin River Entrance PHP 20 per person
Massin River Rope Swing By donation
Dinner PHP 480
Sunset casting silhouettes of the boats on the water at Cloud Nine, Siargao

DAY 4

5.30am

Rise early and head to Cloud 9 boardwalk for sunrise. Starting the day with the sun rising over the ocean is breathtaking and well worth it.

6:00am

Cloud 9 has become renowned for being the best spot for beginner surfers. By chance, we walked around to Jackson Trail and Bevan was convinced to grab a board and head into the water. If you’re a beginner/amateur surfer, we’d recommend paying the additional PHP 200 for an hour with an instructor or guide. The instructors are patient and will help you find your balance as you attempt to stand on your board and navigate the gentle waves.

7:00am

After all the morning exercise, it’s time for a pick-me-up. We grabbed a coffee at Cafe Loka, which is conveniently positioned between the surf schools and Cloud 9 boardwalk. They also serve breakfast and juices if you’re keen to linger a bit longer but we planned a cafe crawl and decided to eat breakfast at the next stop.

A lone basketball hoop on a sandy court, Siargao
A girl sits on a hammock between two palm trees on Cloud Nine beach, SIargao
7:30am

We followed the path along the beach to arrive at Shaka Cafe. The breakfast bowls are the most Instagrammable and tastiest on the island. By this time, the sun was already burning the back of our necks so we opted to sit under the shade of the palm trees. We can recommend the Bom Dia and Cloud 9 Kook bowls.

9:00am

The best coffee we tasted on the island is at Fili Beans Espresso. As the bar stools were occupied, we sat on cushions in the restaurant of Harana Surf Resort.

12:00pm

Tucked away on a dirt road off the main road, we ate breakfast for lunch at The Pleasure Point Cafe. We devoured a plate of veggie crepes, chia and coconut pudding and mini pancakes with mango and caramel sauce. The coffee is made with beans grown and roasted in the Philippines the cafe sells ice-cream for PHP 50.

Brunch and coffee at The Pleasure Point Cafe, SIargao
2.00pm

From The Pleasure Point Cafe, we opted to wander along Tourism Road browsing at shops and practicing our street photography. Make sure to check out Mispo Shop (opposite Boyum’s), a beautiful boutique selling hand-woven bags, artisanal jewellery and sand free towels.

Alternative Afternoon: Head up to Pacifico Beach to watch the sunset. As we did not hire scooters on the island and we were reluctant to hire a tricycle driver again, we decided to skip this trip. We have seen photos and read accounts of a quieter town and beautiful empty beach; perhaps we’ll make it up that way next time! Travel time from General Luna to Pacifico is about a 1 hour drive.

 

7:30pm

Our last dinner on the island was at Naribu Grill. The same restaurant concept as Mama’s Grill, this eatery is run entirely by women with the warmest smiles.

 

Day 4 Expenses

Surfing Lesson PHP 200 per hour
Surfboard Rental PHP 300 half day, PHP 400 full day
Coffee PHP 120 + 220
Breakfast PHP 500
Lunch PHP 770
Dinner PHP 500
Tricycle Transfer (Evening) PHP 80
A girl steps down the ladder into the water at Sugba Lagoon, Siargao

DAY 5

6:00am
It was time to leave this island paradise. Head back to Siargao Domestic Airport sporting a new tan and a longing to return again someday. For a more comprehensive travel guide for Siargao Island, including where to eat and what to know, check out our blog post Siargao Island Travel Guide for Non-Surfers.

Day 5 Expenses

Airport Transfer PHP 300 per person (arranged with our homestay the day prior)

How much does it cost to go to Siargao?

Item Costs (PHP) Notes
Accommodation 3,000 Cloud Nine Homestay - 4 nights
Food & Drink 5,150 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner plus a few extras
Activities 1,140 Kayak/SUP Rental, Rope Swing, Surfing
Admission Fees & Taxes 740 Sugba Lagoon, Maasin River
Tour Costs 2,300 Island Hopping, Sugba Lagoon Boat
Transportation 3,030 Airport Transfers, Driver Hire Land Tour, Tricycle Transfers
TOTAL 15,360  

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8 thoughts on “Siargao Itinerary And Expenses”

  1. Hey Travel Quandary! I’m following your blogs thanks for this itinerary I got from you. Will having a flight to siargao after pandemic and this is a big help. I have also seen this siargao itinerary before my fight here in PH from Australia then I’ve seen yours got so excited ! Thanks a lot 🙂

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    • Absolutely! If you don’t mind some days just doing absolutely nothing or working hard on your surfing, two weeks in Siargao would be total bliss 🙂 It’s relatively cheap once you’re on the island (depending on how you like to travel and your budget) but the most expensive part is getting there!

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    • Thanks so much for reading Matt + Sindhya! Hope you get to visit the island one day. We’d love to go back! x

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