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Island Hopping in Siargao: Sample Itinerary and Inclusions

Island hopping is probably the number one thing everyone would want to do or experience when they set foot in Siargao island.

When guests would ask what island hopping packages are available, our top of mind response is always “tri-island” hopping.

Alright, we have gone a little lazy about naming the islands, but hey it’s convenient and quick. ūüėÄ

Okay, basically, tri-island hopping is just our shortcut for Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island tour in one day. Tree islands, hence, tri-island.

These three islands are strategically close to each other and easiest to access, near General Luna which is our jumping point, and generally the most convenient — or shall we say, “chill” of all our destinations.

Unlike other tour operators, our Siargao Island Hopping is only available as a private tour, which gives our guests a more relaxed day. Why?

Well, for one, you have your boat and cottage all to yourselves. That means you don’t have to always wait for others who don’t necessarily have the same agenda as you. They might take more time swimming, or taking photos in the farther part of the island, which means you’d have to wait for them before you can leave. Of course, our tour guide will remind everyone to be on time.

Second — and we believe this is of primary importance for some guests — is that you don’t need to interact with strangers or feel the pressure to make friends with anyone. If is, after all, exclusive to your group.

Is private island hopping more expensive?

A little bit, yes, but it is worth the convenience. With a private tour, we will follow your preferred schedule. It’s really up to you when to start or end the tour, as long as we don’t end at night time, we’re good.

What are the inclusions for your island hopping?

For easier reference, we’ll just put it in a list below.

  • Pickup from hotel within General Luna
  • Boat and guide
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Cottage
  • Cooking fees
  • Entrance fees and docking fees

Basically, we’ll take care of all your needs. You can even upgrade your food if you want additional seafood such as crabs or shrimp. Just let us know beforehand. ūüôā

Ready to book an island hopping in Siargao? Visit this page to lock in your dates.

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Siargao 4D3N Package with Joiners Tour

4D3N Siargao tour package is what a lot of our guests inquire about, so we are quite glad to announce that we can now offer the package here at SiargaoIslandHopping.com.

What are the inclusions? You might ask. Read on to know more.

Accommodation

For accommodation, we have 2 choices: Homestay or Beachfront Accommodation.

Note: The price of the total package will depend on the type of accommodation that you are going to choose. Beachfront accommodation is of course a bit more pricey but you get to enjoy beautiful sunrise and sunset when you wake up or end the day in Siargao.

  • Stay is good for 4 days and 3 nights.
  • Check-in time is 2PM and checkout is 12noon.
4D 3N Siargao Package with Beachfront Accommodation. For questions, chat with us on Facebook Messenger ūüôā
4D 3N Siargao Package with Homestay Accommodation. For questions, chat with us on Facebook Messenger ūüôā

Day 1 Tour: Sohoton+Tri-Island Bundle

Join our daily scheduled tour to the famous Sohoton Cove (Bucas Grande), and cap off your adventure-filled day with island hopping at the Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Hotel pickup within General Luna area between 6 to 7 am
  • Boat and tour guide
  • Entrance fees and environmental permits
  • Paddle boat going to the stingless jellyfish sanctuary
  • Magkuku-ob Cave
  • Hagukan Cove
  • Freshly cooked lunch (pork, chicken, fish/squid, shrimp, vegetables, soda and water)
  • Entrance fees for tri-island tour

Day 2 Tour: Sugba Lagoon-Magpupungko with Side trips to Maasin River, Pacifico and Malinao

Your adventure in Siargao continues as we explore Sugba Lagoon, Magpupungko Tidal Pools, and side trips to other destinations on the second day of your tour.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Van transportation going to Del Carmen port
  • Boat going to Sugba Lagoon
  • Cottage fee
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Entrance fees and permits in all destinations

Got questions? Chat with us on our Facebook Page. ūüôā

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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.