There’s no dull moment when you’re entertained by aerial views from Cebu to the surfing capital of the Philippines, Siargao.
Excitement filled me as the plane descended at the Sayak Airport of Siargao. The architecture of the holding area of Siargao Airport was very reflective of Mindanao.
We found our way out of the airport easily as it was small. As soon as we exit from Siargao Airport, van drivers were already inviting us to ride their vans but riding a van would slash a big amount from the budget. Hence, we opted to ride a habal-habal (motorbike that can carry 3 or more passengers).
I approached the tourism desk, where I was asked to register. I also asked for maps.
A few steps away from the desk, we saw a tarpaulin with the standard rates of riding a habal-habal. Whoa! Standard Rates are very expensive! But these habal drivers were accredited by their Tourism Office. They wore orange shirts.
From Sayak Airport to Dapa Port, we paid Php 100 each. The ride from Sayak to Dapa per habal-habal is Php 200. Dapa Port is where we’ll be riding a boat to Soccoro Port.
Good thing, the habal-habal has a cover like that of a tricycle’s hood. It was a 30-minute breezy ride amid lush greens in Siargao. Our habal driver dropped us off at Mem’s Pensionne Hauz & Restaurant.
It was already lunch time. Our stomachs were craving for food. Mem’s has seafood, chicken, pork and veggies in their menu.
From the outside, it doesn’t look inviting. But when you get inside, the restaurant is fairly comfortable. It’s airconditioned and the best of all, it has FREE WIFI. hehe
The only thing that I disliked was their comfort room. Nonetheless, it’s a good stopover while waiting for the boat to Soccoro. The boat to Soccoro was scheduled to leave Dapa Port at 2:00PM.
This is the entrance to the main DAPA PORT. But upon talking with the locals, I learned that the boats docked here are the boats bound for Surigao.
I was then led to another gate beside this one. It’s more of a port for cargo hold than passengers’ port. Loads of goods were being prepared for shipping. Most of the passengers waiting at the port to Soccoro were locals. We’re the only tourists.
The vessel arrived at past 1 pm. Though we were scheduled to leave at 2PM, the gloomy weather delayed our trip. We left Dapa Port quarter to 3 PM.
The picture above was not the actual vessel. It only served as the bridge since the assigned vessel for Soccoro can’t dock directly at the port.
- Travel time from Sayak to Dapa: 30 minutes via habal-habal
- Habal-habal fare from Sayak to Dapa: Php 200 per vehicle
- Lunch at Mem’s: Php 300 for 2 pax
- Schedule of Boat Ride from Dapa to Soccoro: 7:15 AM, 2PM
- Passenger Boat Fare from Dapa to Soccoro: Php 100.00