Welcome to our Siargao travel experience. We’ve been eyeing Siargao and finally we’re here! Look at that coconut trees engulfing the island.
Day 1 itinerary is (as what our tour guide describes it) Land tour. From Maasin river, Coconut farm, Magpupungko rock formation to Sugba lagoon. Our tour van picked us up at around 7am. As we started our journey, I noticed that there are no jeepneys around. Only tricycles and private vans used for the tour.
First stop is Maasin river. So this is where the bending coconut tree with kids freely swaying around. We just take a full stop on the bridge and have the locals guide us through the river gleefully. What a warm welcome! Even kids join the fun by voluntarily jumping from the coconut tree. Fun!
Next is Coconut farm. It’s a vast of coconut trees, actually, the whole island is filled with coconut trees though haha.
Enough of the dry land and off we go to the water. You’ll be mesmerized and honestly, this is the place where we enjoyed the most – Magpupungko Rock Formation. And surely, this is where we started to get tanned. It’s exactly 11 am and this is where we also had our group lunch. The water is so clear and you cannot help but appreciate what nature has to offer.
We’re just at awe how beautiful Magpupungko is. They should definitely add this for their Siargao campaign. There are a lot of deep areas and the wave is strong coming from the beach side. As clumsy as I may be, I didn’t notice that there’s a deep hole from where I’m about to walk to and … I just got my first scratch in Siargao huhu. So be wary of where you’re walking.
There are also vendors roaming the area for lifebuoy rentals.
And as part of our itinerary package, lunch is included. We feast on some seafood, grilled pork, fresh fruits and buko juice of course.
Last stop for our first-day itinerary is Sugba Lagoon. You’ll have to ride a boat in Del Carmen to reach Sugba Lagoon. But first, you should register your name in Mangrove Protection and Information Centre. The good thing about the travel package, the entrance fee is already included as well 👍🏼. But if you’re doing DIY, you only have to pay P100/ person.
And there’s even a skinned alligator outside for display only hehehe.
As soon as we get to Sugba Lagoon, we were surprised by the moss green ambiance. Unfortunately, it rained lightly when we got in Sugba Lagoon. But that didn’t stop the travelers of course :p. Also, plastic bags are prohibited upon entry.
But before we get into the activities, we’re introduced first of the safety precautions in the area. There’s a built-in house as a stopover for travelers where they could leave their belongings. However, it’s not safe to just leave it there of course since it’s open to all.
Activities are offered by different rate. But if you don’t want to rent any boards, you can freely do cliff jumping (and shout while you’re at it) with an estimate of 4 meters high; take photos from the second floor or just do some swimming (it’s rocky though). Life vests are also for rent.
And that’s how we wrap up our first itinerary! And remember, be a responsible tourist and bring all your trash with you. Happy lamyerda.