Lets start by saying I never thought of doing this kind of trip not until I’ve stumbled into another persons itinerary that this is really possible! I did it differently though because hers is 5D4N trip mine is a bit tight. So, a week before my flight schedule I made cancellations to davao hotel stay and pushed for Surigao and Siargao instead.
🌤Day 1 Sept.27 Thursday
630am to 830am- ✈️NAIA Ter.3 to Davao Int’l Airport (Funny thing when we arrived at the Davao Airport the crew announced a happy landing to Mactan Cebu Airport which she then corrected in another announcement 😝)
🚶🏽♀️Walk outside the airport to another side of the street to 🚙 catch a jeepney ride with signage bound to “Roxas” going to Magsaysay park💰13.
845am to 1030am- While in📍Magsaysay park I 🍛🍴my breakfast💰70. Buy some durian fruit💰40 and durian ice candy for💰20 in 📍Magsaysay fruit market just beside the park.
🚶🏽♀️Walk outside the park to the other side of the street to 🚙 catch a jeepney ride to San Pedro ⛪ which cost💰8. You can ask anyone so you know which jeepney route to take.
1030am to 2pm- 📍San Pedro ⛪️ 📍Sanguniang Panlungsod ng Davao📍Osmeña Park 📍Rizal Park and 📍Museo de Dabaw are just walking distance from each other. 🚶🏽♀️Walking 5mins. further you can pass by📍Mindanao State University where I 🍛🍴my lunch which cost me💰75. Another 5mins. further will get you to📍People’s Park which might be their biggest park in town.
🚶🏽♀️Walk a few streets passing c.m recto to 🚙 catch a ride going to Victoria Plaza💰8. Don’t be confused they also have V.Mall which is different from Victoria Plaza. On the left side of the plaza is where the van terminal is located.
2pm to 5pm- While in📍Victoria Plaza waiting for Mangagoy Van departure I’ve eaten 🍡🍢🥤snacks which cost me💰55. Finally Van to Mangagoy where kuya Cesar will meet me for Surigao Tour (Tinuy-an Falls, Enchanted River and Sibadan fish cage) departed when it was full costs me💰350.
📝It was a 5 hour drive to Mangagoy terminal.
🍛🍴Had my dinner buying ihaw-ihaw and rice which cost me💰60.
📝Super bait ni kuya Cesar! Saves me accommodation fee 😊. Very well recommended for Surigao tour guide (0905) 355 8735.
🌤Day 2 Sept.28 Friday
Started our Trip as early as 730am with kuya Cesar’s 🛵 3 wheeled ride 😁 💰1000.
He joined me to a group of J4 peeps from Butuan. Thanks sa company mas na enjoy ko ang Surigao trip dahil sa inyo!
🍛🍴Breakfast eatery going to Tinuy-an Falls💰75.
📍First stop ✋ Tinuy-an falls!🌈🌿💦 💰114 (entrance, balsa and life vest) Guide fee sa trek to another falls and tip💰60.
📍Next stop ✋ Enchanted River 🐠🦋💦 💰55 (entrance and life vest). Eat 🍢🍡🥤snacks💰30.
📍Last stop ✋ Sibadan fish cage 🎣🐟🐠 💰100 shared boat 🚣♀️ rent.
Our trip lasted at exactly 3pm of this day. Last stop ko na kasi kailangan ko na bumyahe papuntang Siargao at para maabutan ko ang 4am first trip from Surigao City port or Macapagal seaport. Commute from Mangagoy to Surigao City took me 8 hour drive.
Hinatid ako ni kuya Cesar sa sakayan ng bus 🚌 papuntang Ampayon- ito ang lugar bago mag Butuan City na final bus stop💰180. Mga 7 bus stop bago ako makababa sa Ampayon. Buti may offline map 🗺 ako to know where I am saka nagtanong din ako sa katabi ko kung ano palatandaan pag Ampayon na which is may maliit na ⭕️ rotonda.
Around 8pm nakarating ang 🚌 sa Ampayon. 📝Pay an exact amount on 🚌 fare to avoid hassle.
8pm to 1030pm- From Ampayon right on the ⭕️ rotonda area, ride another 🚌 going to Surigao City💰196.
1030pm to 1045pm- Dumating ang 🚌 sa Surigao City bus terminal. Sumakay pa ako ng 🏍 papuntang macapagal seaport💰70. Dapat may mga multicab doon kung maaga ako nakarating. Pero dahil wala nang multicab ang option nalang is tricycle or 🏍 e super mahal ng sinisingil saken sa tryk kaya nag 🏍 na ako. 🤫😬 Safe naman akong naihatid sa Surigao city seaport.
🍛🍴Dinner malapit sa terminal ihaw-ihaw lang ulit available- cost me💰57 (busog na!masarap kanin nila nakabalot balot pa)
🌤Day 3 Sept.29 Saturday
Stayed 📍Macapagal seaport terminal Surigao City to have a goodnight sleep after purchasing economy ticket💰150 to Siargao or Dapa port nearest seaport to General Luna.
💁♀️Meet Ms.Myls @Macapagal seaport terminal and she has an amazing almost perfect story of work life balance for working and staying for good in Siargao though she originally came from Bacolod and had a permanent work there for 11yrs before deciding to quit and stay in Siargao for good. She promised to accompany me and go 🚴♀️ around Siargao in my return. 🙌 Sa kanya ko din nalaman na mas mahal pa bedspace rent sa Siargao kesa sa Manila.
😴 Had to sleep in port area and ferry⛴ ride going Dapa port (2hours terminal sleep)
330am- boarded ferry ⛴ going to Dapa Port (3hours sleep after boarding). Had to wake up for sunset 🌅 though. Ferry ⛴ food 🥘 and coffee ☕️ cost me💰40.
730am- arrival in📍Dapa port where I will meet kuya Stephen for Siargao Solo day tour💰2000. You can contact him in this number +63912 706 3323 wala yata syang fb kaya message or tawagan nyo nalang sya mabilis sya mag respond saka inaccept nyang itour ako kahit super limited lang ng oras ko. Inasikaso nya din ferry ⛴ fare ko pabalik (around 130pm💰300 kasi 1.5 hours lang travel time nito to Surigao kaya mas mahal) para sure na hindi ako maiwan ng flight ko sa Davao the next day. Highly recommended!! 👍
🍛🍴Breakfast💰98 na daw ako ng malupet kasi baka wala ng chance kumain sa iksi ng oras ko to stay in Siargao.
📍First stop ✋ Cloud 9!! 🌊🌊🌊 where we are able to take pictures and watch the last leg of surfing 🏄 competition.🙌
📍Next stop ✋ Island hopping 🏝🏞 (Naked island, Daku island and Guyam island). Nagpaluto kami sa Daku island for lunch 🍛🍴which cost me💰509😱😱😱 na surprise ako besh! Pero keri lang masarap naman 😋.
📍Last stop ✋ Nagpupungko rock formation 🏞 kung saan di na nakisama fone ko. Ayaw na akong pagkuhanin ng pictures. Sobrang layo din mula sa pinagdaugan ng island hopping namin. Ayun medjo nagtagal kami sa usual na time allotment saka doon na din ako nagbanlaw at nagpalit kasi diretso na kami pabalik ng Dapa port para sa 130pm na alis ng ferry ⛴.
Ending….Inabot ba namin ang scheduled ferry ⛴ departure?
Hahahaha 😂😂😂 HINDI!
Pero ayus lang! Iniexpect ko na hindi na talaga kami aabot nong nakita ko na malapit na kami sa Dapa port. Nagmadali talaga umalis yung ferry kasi mga 145pm kami dumating dapat magkakarga pa yun ng sasakyan bago mga tao so dapat inabot namin talaga kaso hindi. Pero lucky me ☺️ dahil may special trip ng 7pm.
📍Kaya nagpunta muna kami sa bilihan ng Siargao shirt💰220. Nagpunta din kami sa mga niyogan at nag sunset 🌅 viewing pa. Super sulit na rin sa pagka delay. It’s all worth it.
10pm- Actual departure from Dapa port/Siargao.
🌤Day 4 Sept.30 Sunday
Commute back to Davao not to missed my 830pm flight back to Manila.
1am- Arrival @Macapagal seaport Surigao City. Ride a tricycle 🛵 to Surigao City bus terminal💰20.
2am to 5am- Surigao bus terminal boarding bus 🚌 going to Butuan bus terminal💰226 as the signage shows. 📝Wag ka agad bumaba kasi dalawa ang 🚌 terminal doon sa Butuan City. Sabihin mo sa driver doon ka pa sa terminal ng mga bus pa Davao.
5am to 2pm- Butuan bus terminal to Davao City via bus 🚌 (9 hour drive💰520).
🌭🌯 Snacks and cr fee on bus stop💰35.
🍛🍴Lunch @eatery inside📍Davao Int’l Airport💰90.
Few things to add:
✅Bring snacks for the long drive so you don’t need to buy on every bus stop 😉
✅Pack light and complete as you are always on the go.
✅Bring your powerbank with you- super helpful for the entire trip.
✅Check regular ferry schedule to avoid flight delay. I was just lucky enough for the special trip. I might not have make it on time if none.
✅Enough cash to spend on the island.
✅Malong has a lot of help in all chances of sleeping time.
✅Street smart ka lang at marunong magtanong di ka mapapano.
✅Bago pumasok ng Davao may security check so sumunod ka nalang pag nagbababaan ang lahat except senior.
Total spending w/o airfare- Php.6,800
Airfare- Php.1,600 booked on a seat sale
On the last note! Mas ok saken ang ganto kahabang byahe doon kesa naman dito bahay lang maratating mo at office abutin ka din ng syam syam.🤣🤣🤣