Tuesday, January 23, 2018

It was Love at first sight (Siargao) 10/19/2017

Cash on hand: PHP 2120

4:15 AM Left the inn, took us roughly 15 minutes to find a ride.
We are trying to catch the 5:00 AM trip, some blog says first strip is 6:00 AM while some are saying 12:00 noon, maybe their ferry schedule changes that's why it is much better to give them a call ahead of time if you have a tight schedule or go there early just like what we did.
PHP 10 Fare to Pier
The weather is still unpleasant so we're expecting that it will be a bumpy journey.

Mag withdraw sana ako sa pier kaso parang pinag lalaruan ako ng tadhana kasi brown out!
I immediately went to the Montenegro lines window but they do not have someone yet to assist the passengers so we head to Atlantis Yohan which is a fast craft. Sabi naman nila safe naman to travel so we bought tickets. Medyo anxious ako kasi small boat lang siya and parang hindi nakikisama yung panahon sa amin.

We bought the business class and paid for the terminal fee.
We had our bags checked for security purposes. Ang funny kasi the security people at the pier were nice and sinasakyan pa nila mga cormy jokes namin.

5:30 AM We boarded the boat and ate cup noodles while waiting for departure.
PHP 45 Noodles and crackers
The boat departed at 7:00 AM

PHP 320 Business (with WIFI and air conditioned)
PHP 300 Tourist
PHP Economy

Travel time: (Might vary depending on the condition of the weather)
Montenegro lines: 3.5 hours
Fast craft: 2 hours

I immediately fell asleep just before we left the port. I was awakened by movement of the boat. Parang tino toss yung bangka namin ng waves. Small boats won't survive on this condition. Medyo nakakatakot 😂😂 napa text ako sa pamilya ko na mahal ko sila, charing!
Muntik nako mapasigaw ng "Kyah Kyah pem plastic" 🤢🤢

10:00 AM Arrived at Dapa port
Pag baba ng boat biglang umaraw 😂 Nakakaloko!
Just like any other tourist destination kapag labas namin ng port we were welcomed by a mob of drivers offering us their service.

We took a tricycle para kasya kaming tatlo. For solo travelers you can hire a habal habal para mas mura.

PHP 200 Tricycle fare (67/pax)

We met Kuya Tata - Tricycle driver and he will be our Driver/guide sa buong stay namin on the island.

Tour guide contact number: 09105650269

Distance of Nine clouds from dapa port is around 20 minutes.
May mga road reconstructions along the way pero hindi naman traffic.
11:30 AM We headed to the famous Cloud 9 boardwalk and had Lunch at Hey Babe which is few steps away from the boardwalk.
Masarap yung BBQ nila so you should try it! 
PHP 110 (Liempo and Rice)

12:00 NN Off to Land tour

While on the road we had a chance to chat with our driver. He's nice and tinulungan niya kami ayusin yung itinerary namin at makipag haggle sa boatman since sabi nya madami syang kamag anak na boat operators.

Land tour: (Prices may vary depending on your haggling skills)
PHP 2500 whole day
PHP 2200 Halfday

1:15 PM Magpupungko rock formation
PHP 50 Entrance fee
Ayun nag tampisaw kami and enjoyed the saltwater, took photos na pang aura, lumangoy langoy at nagpatangay sa alon. Sayang hindi namim naabutan yung sobrang low tide. 
Tip: It is better to visit this place in the morning - the lower the tide the better.
3:00 PM Off to Tayangban cave pool
3:15 PM Tayangban falls
PHP 70 Entrance fee
You have to go down on a muddy and slippery stairs then swim through the cave entrance. May tali sila sa loob kasi the water level is lagpas tao.

It was an awesome and adrenaline packed experience.

4:30 PM We are so proud of ourselves kasi we managed to get out from the cave in one piece haha.

Sabi nung driver sarado yung isang part due to conflict ng owners.

Yung buong cave exploration is not for the weak heart. Madilim, madulas, matalim at may malalim na part. Napasabi na lang nga ako na "ano ba tong pinasok ko? Nagpakahirap nako nagbayad pako 😂"

PHP 100 Tip for the guides

4:30 Off to cloud 9

We skipped the taktak falls since it is already late and decided to go there tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.

Sobrang layo ng distance ng bawat tourist spot halos mapudpod yung mga pwet namin! Jusko sayang mga squats 😂

5:15 PM Cloud9 boardwalk
6:00 PM Nine clouds Inn

Wash up
Then dinner to Aventinos
We ordered the famous Tricia pizza (PHP 345) then I ordered additional lasagna (PHP 75)

Ok food kaso pangit lang ugali nung staff naninigaw - ewan ko baka hindi lang kami trip ni ate.

PHP 162 Dinner

By the way may ATM pala sa island (DBP) kaso hindi ako naka withdraw hindi daw ma process request ko so I don't know why
Related Links:
*Butuan - Surigao - Siargao sample Itinerary 
*There's none But'wan (Butuan - Surigao Del Norte) 10/18/2017
*It was Love at first sight (Siargao) 10/19/2017 <-- You are here
*Sugba sa Sugba Lagoon (Sugba Lagoon) 10/20/2017 
*Patience is a virtue (Sohoton and Siargao 3 Islands tour) 10/21/2017
*See you soon My love (Bye Siargao) 10/22/2017

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