Probably if you plan to go to a beach you would wish that it will be high tide. Right? Who would enjoy the beach if the waters are all gone? Well, it might be a different case if you plan to go to Magpupungko Tidal Flats and Lagoon in Pilar, Siargao Island. You’d wish it is always a low tide. You can only appreciate the beauty of the beach much when it is low tide.
Right after we checked out at The Boardwalk Resort in Cloud 9, we immediately headed to Pilar to visit this place. And yes, we already made sure that it was low tide. We arrived at around 1PM. It was raining the whole time so the weather was not cooperating that time. As posted at the gate, there is an entrance fee of PhP 50.00/head. We did not really take much of our time since we just did sightseeing and a short splash so they only charged us PhP25.00 for the whole group. Plus, the amenities were not so good. The showers were not working, good thing it was raining so my friends only used the rainwater and rinsed themselves.
Around 5PM Feb. 9, 2012 we checked in our things at the Boardwalk Resort. We rented two of their rooms for a total price of PhP 3,350/night (I am not sure if there were names of the rooms we stayed). The staff were friendly especially the owner named Rhoda. The resort is a perfect place for surfers since it has close proximity to Cloud 9. According to their website http://www.surfingsiargao.com/, The Boardwalk is the original Cloud 9 resort. And I believe so.
Feb 9, 2012 Around 1pm. We were ready to go to our next stop: Cloud 9, General Luna, Siargao. The place is best known for its surfing waves where the annual Siargao Cup is held.
Based on the signs I saw on our trip, the picture on the left shows the route we went through. It was a long journey that could cause pain on your butt for sitting so long inside the vehicle. About 60% of the roads we passed by were cemented. We were so blessed that Ivan’s relative let us borrow their Isuzu Crosswind because if not we would end up riding in a habal-habal (motorbikes). I think the whole land travel (Sapao, Sta. Monica – Cloud 9, General Luna) took about 3 and a half hours.
Before we left Sta. Monica. Around 1PM, Feb. 9, 2012
One of the not cemented roads we passed. That was somewhere in San Isidro, Siargao. The carabao is indeed a farmer’s best friend.
Taktak Falls in Sta. Monica is the only waterfall in Siargao
At around 845AM of Feb 9, 2012 after we ate our breakfast, we headed to Taktak Falls located in Sayug, Rizal, Sta. Monica. About 3kms away from Sapao. The place is well hidden and surrounded by indigenous plants. The waterfall was like waiting for us to arrive and said “Hey guys! I am lonely and glad that you came” and the water was inviting.
Feb 9, 2012 6AM. We were awake and felt the tranquility of the morning. Cool breeze felt my skin… not so ordinary for me. Yeah, this is really a vacation. I thought that a short jog was a great way to start my morning. I wanted to buy some bread and so I asked Ivan if there was a bakery open nearby. Maybe jogging all the way to the bakery would be fun. But then Ivan suggested that we could take a walk and explore the neighborhood around Sapao, Sta. Monica. By that Ivan led us to the shoreline of Rizal, Sta. Monica. It was like 1.5km walking distance.
We walked from Sapao to Rizal (both are barangays of Sta. Monica) and discovered Gat-Taro Beach Resort nestled along the shoreline of Rizal.
Okay… so… guys, I just went to Siargao last week. Interesting? Hope you are excited to read my story because I can’t wait to tell you my whole experience. Duh. lol
It was my first time to visit there. Lucky or maybe God is just so good to me because He gave me a friend/co-worker who hails from Siargao. Yeah, everybody wants to experience Siargao since the place is coined as the surfing capital of the Philippines. When Ivan (the co-worker I just talked about) invited us to visit their place, I had no second thoughts of going. He was willing to accommodate a room at their house for us for free. So I thought this trip would not be a pain in our pocket. They booked a flight from Cebu to Siargao at a promotional rate. I was told late so I was not able to book that same flight. Okay, that did not stop me. Days passed after they booked their flight, I instead booked a flight Cebu to Surigao City for myself. It was a promotional rate still. PhP 912.00 back and forth. Thanks to Cebu Pacific Air! I just love their promotional rates!
Feb 8, 2012 After our shift. 7:00AM We headed from our office to Mactan International Airport. The trip began. The schedule of my flight was different but I had to join them just to save my taxi fare. I don’t know what time they departed Cebu but I received a text telling me that they just arrived Siargao at exactly 10:00AM.
We were 7. 6 of them took the Siargao flight. I took this picture right before we separated at the airport.
The schedule of my flight was 11:45AM but we departed Cebu as early as 11:30AM. I then arrived in Surigao City airport at around 12:10pm. Fast huh?
I hurriedly picked a tricycle that would take me from the Airport to Punta Bilang Bilang. Pakyaw I paid the tricycle driver PhP 150.00
Punta Bilang Bilang is a place where small sea vessels that travel Siargao – Surigao City route usually docked. I expected to catch up a fast craft that would take me from Surigao City to Del Carmen, Siargao at 1:30PM but when I arrived locals at the said place informed me that there were no more sea crafts available. Next trip would be the 6AM in the morning. I guess the information I read at this website: http://www.surigaoislands.com/fastcraft.html is not updated.
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