| GETTING HERE |
Guide to Siargao!
Below are some of the most common and easiest ways to get here:
When you arrive from abroad in the Philippines, there are two major entry ports namely MANILA and CEBU. From both ports are excellent connections to travel to Siargao.
Travel Tip! SURIGAO and SIARGAO are two very different places. Surigao is a city on the mainland, and Siargao is a beautiful, tropical island (approximately a 2-3 hour ferry ride away from Surigao).
We are happy to assist you with your travel plans including buying your tickets. To best assist you choosing the fastest and least expensive connection please let us know the City, Date and Time of your arrival.
If you can not obtain a ticket and/or reservation, we are happy to help you and purchase the ticket(s) for you. Many times we can get promo airline tickets that are a lower price than the regular tickets. In that case we need ‘name’ and ‘date of birth’ of each person traveling.
| More Information |
FLY to SURIGAO CITY then take a FERRY to SIARGAO
There are daily direct flights to Surigao City serviced by Philippine Airlines (www.philippineairlines.com) and Cebu Pacific Air (www.cebupacificair.com). Make sure that the flight you take arrives at Surigao at least 30 minutes before noon as the last ferry to Siargao departs at noon…otherwise you have to overnight in Surigao.
SIARGAO DAPA/PIER PICK-UP and TRANSFER SERVICE
We can meet you inside the port. That will avoid a lot of hassle carrying the luggage and finding the driver. Our “Welcome Patrick’s on the Beach” sign is easily spotted. For groups up to 10 people we charge P1200 For Patrick’s guests, we offer a special price. Single person P400 only 2 to 5 persons P250 per person,6 persons and more P200 per person
Datsco, City bus ; A cheap way to travel from Dapa to General Luna and back, is the city bus called Datsco. Very clean and comfortable with aircon.
From Dapa to General Luna, trips starts at 6h00AM and ends at 5h30PM.
From General Luna to Dapa, trips starts at 4h15AM to 4h30PM.
There are trips around every 2 hours. The cost of a ticket is around P30. You can visite their facebook page for more informations. https://www.facebook.com/datscosiargaoofficial
FERRY from SURIGAO CITY to SIARGAO ISLAND
There are many ferries that travel from Surigao to Siargao. Most of the connections are to Dapa Port on Siargao Island.
Montenegro. This Roll-on-Roll-off (RoRo) vessel is a large Ro-Ro ferry accommodates cars & trucks and also has a basic canteen & air-con room.
Departs at 11:00 – 4 hour ride.
Departs Surigao at 11:30AM – 2.5 to 3 hour ride.
Departs at 9:00AM – i2 hour ride.
The ferry tickets one way range from P210 to P350 depending on the type of ferry. If you want to charter a boat privately it will cost you between p8000 and p12000….So plan your trip in such a way that you don’t get stuck in Surigao overnight!
Attention: If you travel via Surigao, we recommend that you Contact Us in advance to purchase your boat tickets to make sure that you have a seat. We are happy to assist you in purchasing your tickets prior to your arrival in Surigao. Simply email us your request with the name and age of each passenger. Our representative will meet you at the point of your arrival in Surigao to give you the tickets and help you with the transfer to your connecting boat.
Problems: Make a note of our cell phones at Patrick’s (see our Contact Us page for up to date contact details). If you encounter any problem simply call us and we will do our utmost best to help resolve any problems. We have friends in Manila, Cebu, Surigao and many other places that can render assistance – from picking you up at the airport, taking you to the hotel or Cokaliong Ferry in Cebu. We can even assist you in obtaining ferry tickets for you.
FLY to Butuan then BUS to Surigao City then FERRY to Siargao
Some of our guests travel from Manila via Butuan City. Butuan is serviced daily with Philippine Airlines (www.philippineairlines.com) and Cebu Pacific Air (www.cebupacificair.com). The problem using that route is that you still have to travel to Surigao (approx 2 hour ride). Most of the flight schedules do not give you enough time to reach Surigao on time to catch the last ferry to Siargao at 12 noon. We do not recommend this option.
Once you arrive in Butuan take a taxi to the Bus & Van Terminal and take the bus or a van from Butuan Bus Terminal to Surigao Bus Terminal. This is a three hour scenic bus or van ride 2 hours. Price for the van or bus fare is around P150. You need no reservation, simply ask for the next van or bus leaving. Once you arrive at the Surigao City bus terminal simply take any available transport to the Surigao Pier or we can meet you there to take you to the next ferry.
FERRY from Cebu or Manila to Siargao Island (via Surigao City)
From Cebu by sea via Surigao: Cokaliong Shipping Lines (www.cokaliongshipping.com) offers a daily service from Cebu to Surigao except Sundays. This overnight ferry leaves from Pier 1 and departs Cebu at 7PM and arrives Surigao City in the morning at 3:00AM. These large vessels are like cruise ships and you have a choice of accommodations: 1. Private aircon with TV Suite/Cabin or 2. Tourist class (sharing large aircon room with bunk beds and clean bed sheets) or 3. Economy non-aircon with bunk bed (nice sea breeze and you travel like most locals – you may have some roosters or chicken sleeping right next to you). We can purchase the tickets for you (our service charge per ticket is P500) or if you want to purchase the tickets yourself simply ask the taxi driver (only use white meter taxi) in Cebu to carry you to the Cokaliong office. When you arrive Surigao City take the next Ferry to DAPA/SIARGAO Island.
Cebu Ferries Corporation also has a Ferry Service between Cebu and Surigao City. Check out their schedules at www.cebuferries.com.
From Manila by sea via Surigao: Manila Superferries (www.superferry.com.ph) has a big cruise ship servicing the Manila to Surigao route. The trip is long (approx 30 hours) but rather comfortable with cable tv, clean bedding etc… Once you get to Surigao, you must jump on another ferry to Siargao (approx a 2-3hr ride).
BY LAND from Davao & Cagayan de Oro via Butuan and Surigao City
There are 24 hour Bus services to Surigao City by Bachelor Express buses traveling from Davao. Once in Davao or Butuan, get to the bus terminal to check out the daily schedule.
List of Hotels Patrick’s recommends in Manila, Cebu & Surigao City:
MANILA OVERNIGHT STAY:
NEAR AIRPORT - The Nichols Airport Hotel (www.nicholsairporthotel.com.ph) is approx 5 minutes from Manila Airport. Address: 484 Quirino Ave, Tambo (near Baclaran) Parañaque City, Metro Manila – Tel (632)851-8348 or 853-1848 – email firstname.lastname@example.org – The Nichols Hotel is very clean with a Restaurant and a Rooftop Bar, Free WiFi in the Lobby. Rates are between P1800 and P2000.
IN MAKATI or METRO MANILA – Right in the heart of Makati close to the Rockwell Mall Shopping area, Glorietta & Greenbelt Malls, Makati Financial Business District as well as the night action. Another good hotel is the ISABELLE ROYAL HOTEL & SUITES (www.isabelleroyalemakati.com) on Valdez Street, Barangay Poblacion – Very quiet, clean and friendly. Rates start at P1500 and you can ask for a 10% discount. Free WiFi in the Lobby.
CEBU OVERNIGHT STAY:
METRO PARK HOTEL – (www.metroparkhotelcebu.com) – St Laurence St., Laguardia, Lahug, Cebu City. Tel (032) 233-0130 or 233-3887 – Manager is Stephen Yap – email: email@example.com
Only a 2-minute drive to Cebu Waterfront Hotel & Casino and JY Square Mall, only 10 minutes away from Cebu Business Park and Ayala Mall and only 10-minutes from Gaisano Country Mall and SM Mall. When you book ask for the special rate for Patrick’s guests P800 Standard Air-con for two persons with TV and Refrigerator. The Hotel also has an excellent Lady Dentist Clinic on the premises.
CEBU OVERNIGHT STAY:
METRO PARK HOTEL – (www.metroparkhotelcebu.com) – St Laurence St., Laguardia, Lahug, Cebu City. Tel (032) 233-0130 or 233-3887 – Manager is Stephen Yap – email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOnly a 2-minute drive to Cebu Waterfront Hotel & Casino and JY Square Mall, only 10 minutes away from Cebu Business Park and Ayala Mall and only 10-minutes from Gaisano Country Mall and SM Mall. When you book ask for the special rate for Patrick’s guests P800 Standard Air-con for two persons with TV and Refrigerator. The Hotel also has an excellent Lady Dentist Clinic on the premises.
SURIGAO OVERNIGHT STAY:
The Tavern Hotel (www.hoteltavern.com) is closest to the pier. The Tavern has been newly renovated and they have evening entertainment. They have an indoor and outdoor restaurant. Free Wifi in the Lobby. Rates start at P1500 per room that includes breakfast for 2
Borromeo St., Surigao City
Tel. (086) 231-7300 or 826-8566 – email email@example.com
Philippine Gateway Hotel (www.gatewayhotel.com.ph) is located near the airport – very clean and quiet – good restaurant and has a large swimming pool – This is a business hotel starting rate P1300
Km.3, Surigao City – Tel. (086) 232-4257 or 826-1285
E.Y. Tourist Pension Surigao City Philippines Navarro St. ,Surigao City, Surigao del Norte – a new very clean pension house in the heart of Surigao. Rates start from P800.
Metro Pension Plaza (rates start at P600 aircon and TV) Navarro St., Surigao City – Tel. No. (086) 826-6468
Note: The tricycle taxis are everywhere in Surigao City and cost around P20 per person from anywhere to anywhere within the city center.