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Please Enjoy This Siargao Tour Video from Our Guest

This time, we let the video speak for the beauty and vibe of Siargao. Enjoy!

Need a quick look of what Siargao is like? Watch this 3-minute video created by our guest, @mikapaddy, during her stay in Siargao. ūüôā

You can follow her on Instagram, too.

And of course, should you need a Siargao Tour Package, feel free to reach us on e-mail, FB messenger, or SMS.

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Magpupungko Tour Advisory 2019

magpupungko rock pools

For anyone who is looking to book a Sugba Lagoon-Magpupungko tour between February 15-March 15, 2019, we regret to inform you that Magpupungko will be closed on these dates for renovation.

The dates could be adjusted depending on the progress of the renovation, but for now, this is the timeline given by the authorities.

We apologize for the inconvenience as this was only made official early this month.

In lieu of Magpupungko, we will be offering the land tours instead, namely:

  1. Sugba Lagoon
  2. Tayangban Cave
  3. Malinao Beach
  4. Pacifico Beach
  5. Coconut Plantation

Transportation will still be on a van with pickup service from your hotel or homestay.

All the other inclusions will still be the same, namely:

  • Van transportation
  • Boat to Sugba Lagoon
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide

Price per pax is Php 1800.

You may book directly through our online booking system.

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Why Book a Siargao Joiners Tour Package

Siargao tour package for joiners

Looking to book a Siargao joiners tour package?

Well, you came to the right place. SiargaoIslandHopping.com offers affordable joiners tour packages for some of Surigao Del Norte’s most popular destinations namely, Sohoton Cove, Naked Island, Guyam, Island, and Daku Island, as well as land tour packages going to Sugba Lagoon and Magpupungko. In addition, we also offer tours to Corregidor and Mam-on Island.

What is a joiners tour anyway?

Simply put, a joiner is a person who joins a group of people who are doing the same activities together. In our own case, it’s going on a tour with people from different parts of the country, sometimes even from other countries. (Yes, they’re open to trying Filipino food, beach-style, which is what we serve during the tour, by the way. :D) Families, friends, office-mates…even people who just met in the island. You’re all welcome to join.

Below are some of the benefits of getting a Siargao joiners tour package, in case you’re wondering what you’re booking! ūüôā

Siargao Joiners Tour Package: The Pros

Save on travel costs.¬†¬†Anything that’s exclusive or private to your group will always cost you a premium. The minimum number of guests to convert into a private tour is 8. Below that, you’ll have to shoulder the cost of the remaining number of guests. With a joiners tour, you only pay for the persons who are actually joining or present during the tour. Pooling resources with other guests who have the same schedule as yours is a great leverage to reduce your travel costs.

You save energy planning for destinations. Your visit to Siargao is supposed to be a vacation, not a job or a list of tasks to be checked out.  Chill. Enjoy the Siargao vibe. Let us worry about the food, the transportation, and the whole tour thing while you enjoy the beach, the food, and the whole experience.

Of course, for those who really want to follow their own itinerary, we can create custom Siargao tour packages at reasonable rates.

You get to meet (and be friends for real) with fellow travelers.¬†The point of traveling is adventure. And adventure is not just about the mountains you climb, the oceans or continents you cross, or the strange food you eat. It’s also about breaking inner barriers, a sort of inertia that you usually encounter in a familiar territory. For example: making new friends. Sometimes it’s easier to make new friends when you’re traveling than when you’re all confined in a closed space such as an office. New friendships can be instantly forged during adventure and sometimes it can last. Backpackers, for example, are no strangers to meeting new friends.

Siargao Joiners Tour Package: The Cons

Admittedly, a Siargao joiners tour isn’t for everyone and we would normally discourage people to join if sitting with strangers on the boat or sharing lunch is an issue for them. Not everyone is comfortable with that situation, and to some it could be a reason why they won’t enjoy the tour.

Likewise, a joiners tour is already pre-arranged with fixed destinations, so you won’t be able to explore other tourist spots you might have planned to visit. If your own itinerary is important to your group, we would not recommend getting a Siargao joiners tour package.

We all respect that so instead of joining, we would recommend getting a custom or private tour package that is exclusive only to your group.

Whatever Siargao tour package you’re booking, we hope you enjoy it.

Till next post! ūüôā

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Travelling to Siargao: When is the Best Time to Travel to Siargao?

a beautiful July weather in Siargao

Thinking of travelling to Siargao? Well, it might help to know when the best time of the year to do so, especially if you are looking to avail of our Siargao Joiners Tour Package.

Climate in Siargao may not be the coldest in the country but it has one of the longest and most pronounced maximum rainfall period, which usually starts from November to December, and could further extend to February. However, rains could even start to become frequent in October such as last year (2018).

And it’s not just rains. Typhoons start coming in, too.

This month, January 2019, we really had lots of cancellations on our Siargao Tour Packages, especially Sohoton+Tri-Island tour. (Our refund policy, however, ensures that guests get refunded 100% if their tour is cancelled due to weather.)

Quite understandably, Sohoton is far from our drop off point, about 2 hours boat ride from General Luna. Siargao’s Coast Guard has to ensure that no boats are allowed to go when the weather is bad, because we’ll be in the open ocean for 2 hours.

Big waves and strong current will not be safe for travelers at all.

Of course, some of us avail of airline promos and oftentimes, those promotions are targeted towards the slow months of the airline, too. When the weather forecast is bad, the airlines also have to cancel their flights. That would cause a lot of stress on your part as well because all your other planned schedules now have to move. Even your filed vacation leave now needs to be adjusted.

The best months to visit Siargao is between March to September. Of course, there could be rains as well but it’s not as frequent as between November to January. These were the months when we had the fewest tour package cancellations due to bad bad weather.

September is also the month of annual surfing competition and the waves are quite beautiful, even at Jacking Horse which is the surfing area for beginners.

So next time you see an online ad or promo for a Siargao tour, you might wanna check if it falls during the wet months.

You’re welcome! ūüėÄ

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2% Transaction Discount Offer

siargao tour package disount

Starting January 16, 2019, we will be offering 2% transaction discount to all full payments made through bank deposits.

Our bank accounts are BPI, BDO, PNB. Recently, we’ve added ING, and CIMB digital banks for those who prefer digital banking.

This transaction discount covers all tour packages availed and paid before the tour date.

Credit card payment are not covered by this discount.

Last minute or on-the-day bookings paid through cash do not qualify for discount, either.

To avail, just send us an e-mail, text, or chat with us on Facebook.

Thank you and we hope you enjoy your Siargao tours!

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A Couple of Things You Can Learn While in Siargao

things you can learn in Siargao

People come to Siargao not just for vacation but also to experience what the island has to offer: beautiful islets, wonderful waters, and adventure among others. Others simply to tick it off from their bucket list.

Those are the primary motivations but for some people, Siargao made them realize more than just that. Proof? A lot of city dwellers have moved to the island for good.

We think Siargao is more than just a vacation place. Below are some things vacationers might have realized on their sojourn.

You Can Slow Things Down

When asked how they would describe Siargao, most would normally say “surfing”. That’s what the island became known for in the first place. Others, however, primarily feel its chill vibe is its defining characteristic.

They come to Siargao to chill out and forget about life in the busy city. Here, you can can sit and watch the sunset or people surfing with the sunrise in the background, without any expectation on how the day would end.

Here you can find some restaurants with signs that say “If you’re in a hurry, please eat somewhere else” or something to that effect. More or less, it just means “don’t rush things.” Chill. 

That may sound a bit off or rude to a city dweller who is often in a rush — to catch the train or bus, or be on time in the office — but it just make sense if you try to adapt to the life on the island.

You can’t force locals your ways, and if you can’t, you are forced to let go of control. You learn to throw worries and anxieties out of the window, and begin to learn to savor and appreciate every moment you are on the island.

Letting Go of Expectations

Expectations are happiness killers. When you expect things and they don’t go your way, you get frustrated.

Siargao promises nothing, except its beautiful waters and warm people.

Prevalently, it’s a backpackers’ place where you can’t always expect 5-star hotel accommodations or high-end resorts. If you can find them and you’re willing to pay, then good for you.

A lot of the accommodations you’ll find, however, are hostels and nipa-styled shared spaces without air-conditioning units but visitors find them good enough. They don’t pay the cost of a 5-star accommodation, in any case.

You Can Live in the Moment

Just like any other vacation place, you cannot enjoy Siargao if you are always looking forward to the next thing that you are going to do. If you are always attending to whatever is preoccupying your mind.

When you are in a place but are just busy looking at your phone, you are not really there. If you seem to be watching the ocean but is actually thinking of something else, you are not really there.

You are virtually somewhere. You are physically present but mentally absent. You are not in the moment.

Those fleeting yet beautiful moments just passed by without you noticing them.

Tip: During tours, have your camera or phone with you but put it away after, and enjoy the rest of the moment.

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Sugba Lagoon-Magpupungko 2019 Tour Advisory

sugba lagoon to magpupungko

For anyone who is looking to book a Sugba Lagoon-Magpupungko tour between January 10-February 10, 2019, we regret to inform you that Sugba Lagoon will be closed on these dates for renovation.

The dates could be adjusted depending on the progress of the renovation, but for now, this is the timeline given by the authorities.

We apologize for the inconvenience as this was only announced by the local government in the last quarter of 2018.

In lieu of Sugba Lagoon, we will be offering the land tours instead, namely:

  1. Magpupungko Rock Pools
  2. Tayangban Cave
  3. Taktak Falls
  4. Pacifico Beach

Transportation will still be on a van with pickup service from your hotel or homestay.

All the other inclusions will still be the same, namely:

  • Van transportation
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide

Price per pax is Php 1800.

You may book directly through our online booking system.

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Siargao Tour Packages: 3 Reasons Why it Pays to Book Your Tour Early

Siargao text written on the sand

Siargao Tour Packages  make planning your trip to Siargao so much easier.

Some of our previous guests, however, took planning for granted and suddenly contacted us to join in one of our tours…at the last minute.

While we try our best to accommodate and help them, it still causes stress on their part when they realize that the tours start early, or they thought they can combine whichever destination they want (which doesn’t work that way). Or they realize that they need a much much cheaper tour.

Here are some other reasons why it pays to book tour Siargao tour package before your flight to Siargao.

Avoid Stress on Your Budget

A family of four once called us at past 8 am asking if they can join our Sohoton + Tri-Island Tour. The problem is that our group — and most of the group tours in Siargao — already leave for Sohoton at 7 am because the boat ride is going to be at least 2 hours.

They didn’t want to pay for a private tour, so they had to wait the next day for our next group tour. I hope they were able to find a way to join a tour at 8am. Otherwise, they had wasted a day which they could have spent touring around Siargao.

Although our Siargao tour packages are convenient, we still recommend booking your tour early to avoid the kind of stress the family of 4 had, especially if you don’t have the budget to get a private tour. 

Avoid Complicated Planning

Our Siargao tour packages are already planned out to maximize your day. We have arranged it in such as way that you’ll save more time and money.

Most important, you’ll be able to focus more on enjoying your tour, rather than spending on hours of complicated planning. 

For example, some guests would ask if they can have Sugba Lagoon and Sohoton in one day. Our straightforward answer is no. 

It’s just not ideal, it’s more expensive, and the time it takes to transfer between these destinations will eat up the time you would rather enjoy spending on the nearby spots.

Although, our Siargao tour packages are available every day, we still need at least one day to ensure that we have planned for the number of guests we accommodate because we also account for transportation and food for everyone. 

No Need to Carry Cash Around

As you have paid for your tour in advance, you don’t need to worry about running out of cash in the island, especially that ATM machines are not always available.

You carry around less valuables while you are out there surfing or swimming. You’ll have less stress worrying if your cash is still there. This is not to scare you out but the island, unlike before, now has so many visitors so it pays to be extra careful.

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How to Book a Siargao Tour Package

Booking a Siargao Tour Package on our website is now so much easier.

We have released a major update to our website to make booking a Siargao Tour Package a seamless process. The experience is now the same as buying a t-shirt online.

How to Book a Siargao Tour Package

  1. Head over to our homepage or go directly to our tour packages page and select the tour that you want to book. Click on the orange button that says “Read More.”
Choose a Siargao Tour Package

2. Fill out the required fields to see the total cost.¬†Indicate the number of persons and the date of your tour. Beside the label “Booking Cost”, you will automatically see the total amount of your tour package.

input your tour package details on the required fields

3. Click on Book Now to add your tour to your cart. A green highlighted text will ask you to View Cart. Click on it. You’ll see a summary of your selected tours and the costs.

pay for your selected siargao tour package with either bank transfer or credit card

4. At this point, you can either “Proceed to checkout” which will give you the option to use a bank transfer method of payment, or you can click on the credit card buttons to pay using your credit card.5. If you choose to h

5. If you choose to checkout, you’ll be asked to input your personal details. Make sure to agree to the terms and conditions.

6. Finally, click on PLACE ORDER. You will be directed to a page with the complete details of your Siargao tour packages as well as the bank details where you need to make the payment (if you have chosen bank transfer).

If you have chosen credit card payment via PayPal, you will be redirected to a custom confirmation page, and you’ll receive the official receipt on your mailbox.

wait for a confirmation message that your siargao tour package has been booked

That’s it, basically. We will then confirm receipt of your payment, and will send you a reminder of your tour 2 days prior.