The 14 hour travel by land and sea from General Santos City paid off the time we stepped on Dapa Port (RORO gateway). I was just reading feature articles about Siargao Island before, but now, I will be an addition to those people who are proud to have reached this Cloud 9 destination.
Siargao is composed of 8 municipalities. We stayed overnight in General Luna where the famous Cloud 9 waves are just about a mile away. The island has gained reputation as the Philippines’ Surfing Capital because of Cloud 9. This right-breaking reef wave is the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition sponsored by the provincial government of Surigao del Norte.
We checked in at Ronaldo’s Inn. Among the resorts in General Luna, I should say, Ronaldo’s Inn is the cheapest. But despite of it’s low rate, it still provides its patrons the right satisfaction.
Aside from the surfing stuff, some shops in General Luna also offer Island Hopping Trips. I recommend ReefBreak. They have a 16-hp motor island boat that can accommodate at most 20 passengers. It was an off season when we went at Siargao, so we were able to negotiate their island hopping rate to as low as Php 2,500 for 3 Islands (Naked Islet, Dako Island, and Guyam Islet).
Pansukian Islet (also known as the Naked Island)
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
Siargao Island contains the largest mangrove forest reserves in Mindanao, at Del Carmen. Long stretches of wetlands indicate a potential for commercial seaweed propagation. Siargao Island is greatly influenced by the winds and currents coming uninterrupted from the Pacific Ocean, intensified by the Mindanao current running westward through the Siargao Strait.