siargao day 5

Siargao 2014 – Day 5: Ziplining at Kapihan Nature and Adventure Park

(Day 1: First Moments in the Island)
(Day 2: Island Hopping (Guyam Island, Daku Island, and Naked Island))
(Day 3: Surfing in Cloud 9)
(Day 4: Bucas Grande Island Tour)

Just like Crystal Cave, this wasn’t actually part of the plan. A local just gave this suggestion, and because we didn’t have any agenda for our last day in the island, we just gave in.

Kapihan Nature and Adventure Park was a 30-minute ride from the inn we stayed at. When we got there, we still had to wait for the owner, who was still in the church (it was a Sunday). While waiting, we just enjoyed the beautiful scenery from the top. We also had a great breakfast of seafood!

Zip to the Pacific!
Zip to the Pacific!

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siargao day 4

Siargao 2014 – Day 4: Bucas Grande Island Tour

(Day 1: First Moments in the Island)
(Day 2: Island Hopping (Guyam Island, Daku Island, and Naked Island))
(Day 3: Surfing in Cloud 9)

We were up very early in the morning to get to Dapa port from General Luna — it’s where we were gonna depart for Socorro via a lantsa. We bid farewell to our friends in Paglaom Hostel before departing.

Ready for the early-morning trip!
Ready for the early-morning trip!

The trip from Dapa port to Socorro was around 2 hours. When we arrived at the town, we checked in at Island Vacations Country Inn (located at the 2nd floor of the bakery at the first corner when coming from the port) to leave our things, then we rented a bangka to get to Sohoton. Our agenda for the day: Sohoton Cove National Park (parts of which were Hagukan Cave and Magkukuob Cave), Stingless Jellyfish Sanctuary, and Crystal Cave.

Note: Most of the photos I have here are just screengrabs from Mumu‘s videos.

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siargao day 3

Siargao 2014 – Day 3: Surfing in Cloud 9

(Day 1: First Moments in the Island)
(Day 2: Island Hopping (Guyam Island, Daku Island, and Naked Island))

Our surfing lessons were only going to last for 2 hours, so we scheduled it in the afternoon. In the morning, we were basically like bums. Having nothing to do after breakfast (which I helped prepare, by the way), I went back to sleep. I only woke up in time for lunch. Haha what a pig.

Cocoy gave us some preliminary lessons on surfing — he taught us how to position ourselves on the surfboard, stand up, do the stance, and balance on the board (but we weren’t on a board yet, so we just had to imagine). It was a little daunting especially when you think you’re too heavy to lift your body up or that you have a weak core.

3pm came, and we were on our way to Cloud 9 (the surfing area in General Luna). We each had an instructor and we had the ‘official’ lessons there. It’s basically the same as what Cocoy taught us, but we were told we could stand up slowly so that lifting our bodies up wouldn’t be too hard (Cocoy was just really quick!).

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siargao day 2

Siargao 2014 – Day 2: Island Hopping (Guyam Island, Daku Island, and Naked Island)

(Day 1: First Moments in the Island)

The whole of our 2nd day in Siargao was spent island-hopping (it’s part of the package we got from Paglaom Hostel)! Most of the time, people follow the Naked Island —> Daku Island —> Guyam Island route. Because of that, we went the other way around to avoid too much crowd.

island hopping

The guide, Cocoy, Sanne, and Choco (one of their fun-loving dogs)
The guide, Cocoy, Sanne, and Choco (one of their fun-loving dogs)

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siargao day 1

Siargao 2014 – Day 1: First Moments in the Island

This trip was a summer getaway planned by my boyfriend (now blogging over at mamusohay.me) for the PhotoPlus team as a celebration of our anniversary as a business. We arrived in Siargao Island in the afternoon of April 30, and a van took us to Dapa where we bought necessities for our stay in the island, then to Paglaom Hostel in General Luna.

paglaom hostel

Paglaom Hostel is kind of a quirky hostel that feels like home, too. We were welcomed by Cocoy (the owner) and his dogs Barbie, Batman, Choco, and Panda (we met Cocoy’s girlfriend Sanne the next day). They were very warm and accommodating, so it was easy to love them and the place!

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