They say, “Love is sweeter the second time around”. I don’t really know why I’ve thought about that. All I know is I’ve fallen more in love with this little island called Siargao. Cheesy (or Corny)…
It’s my second visit to this paradise and it still amazes me despite the many “talks” about its changes as a lot of people have already figured out this beautiful gem of an island. I wish I could just keep this island to myself or at least have fewer tourists visit the place. I may sound selfish just by saying this but I really hope it keeps its ‘natural’ state and feel -carefree, no fuss, no stain of ‘commercialization.
There are plenty of reasons why I love this island.
- NATURE AT ITS FINEST
Nature doesn’t just stop at trees and mountains. It goes way beyond the shore, the ocean… Siargao, aside from being THE ‘Surf Capital’ of the south, is home to magnificent sceneries, crystal clear waters, and unique rock formations. You can marvel at the island’s beauty even before you have landed.
- REAL PEOPLE!
And I say this with much conviction “I REALLY ADMIRE THE PEOPLE IN SIARGAO”. No flowery words needed! You can’t find a better place where people are true to themselves as they are true to other people. I have never felt being taken advantage of. Locals are very warm to anyone they meet. It’s the place where you can truly be just ‘yourself’ without the pressure of society. No one would even care if you walk barefoot down the streets!
Many would say that time is like gold because it is precious and important. Well on this island, you would really appreciate having the time of your life. I enjoy every minute I have on this island especially that time runs soooo slow. You could check your watch/phone all you want but time won’t go fast. It oddly satisfies your lazy self.
- VARIETY OF AFFORDABLE FOOD
Because who says no to food? They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well I say, a way to anyone’s heart is through his or her stomach! Usually, when you go on vacation or visit some fancy resort, you will expect food prices to be bloated up to five times the normal rates. In Siargao, I haven’t felt like I’ve been robbed! Every cent I spent on food was totally worth it. How so? Can you imagine having TUNA any time on any day and just paying 180-200 PHP (3-4 USD)? It’s waaaaaay cheaper than ordering a single dish at any normal restaurants in any city. That’s SiargWOW!
There are plenty of good accommodations on the island. You can score a decent bed with just 500 PHP but if you’re the exclusive type and you dislike sharing stuff with strangers, private rooms can be as low as 1000 PHP. You just have to do your share of researching to find these deals.
This time around, we stayed somewhere else (check my previous Siargao post for other options). I wouldn’t want to mention it so I’d have the place to myself but there’s no point in writing this article if I won’t be sharing this information with you. We stayed in Arka Hayahay. AND it did not disappoint! Aside from their unique building structure, it’s fronting the beach plus they have good food. Also, you can’t really find this place at any booking sites which stood out for me (Update: they’re already in Agoda), I love the fact that you have to move away from the ‘convenient’ just to get to stay here. Their staff is highly commendable too! Awesome people!
Enough of sharing why I love Siargao. Just go see it for yourself but please, please, please be a responsible traveler.
Just in case you want to know, here’s how we did [our expenses] this time:
DAY 1 (In PHP)
Transportation Airport – General Luna 300.00
Motor Rides 60.00
DAY 2 (In PHP)
Motor Rides 50.00
DAY 3 (In PHP)
Surf Session (+ Photo) 550.00
Motor Rides 60.00
Sugba Lagoon 2000.00
DAY 4 (In PHP)
Boating + Food 438.00
Motor Rides 60.00
DAY 5 (In PHP)
Motor Rides 40.00
Transportation General Luna – Airport 300.00
Terminal Fee 150.00
GRAND TOTAL 7,803.00
***Accommodation and Airfare not included
***Not a budget travel
I wouldn’t mind spending this much if it means that I’ll have the best time. I travel to enjoy. Spread the love!