If ever you are wondering how much money you need to be able to visit the surfing mecca of the Philippines aka Siargao, then you are definitely on the right place!
Okay, let’s get to the highlight shall we? The table below shows the summary of my expenses:
And here is the promised detailed breakdown of where my pocket money went:
For more visuals:
Obviously, I was in the mood to create visuals hehehehe
Tip on how you can save money in Siargao:
- Go to Siargao in large groups! For example, the boat that we rented for the island hopping costs Php 1500 and can accommodate up to 6 people. We were only 4 in our group so we paid Php 375 each. If my other friends joined us, we could have saved Php 125 each! That’s already one meal in Siargao. So if you are planning to go solo in Siargao, prepare to spend a lot for transportation fares going to the must visit places because you have no one to share the transpo fares with.
- From the airport, you can choose between a van (Php 300 per person) vs a habal-habal (Php 500, can accommodate up to 4 people), to go to Dapa or General Luna. You can save money on the habal-habal if you are in a group.
- SIDENOTE: We chose the van over the habal-habal because the weather is so hot and the van is air-conditioned. If you are already exhausted with all the flights, the van is the better option.
- DO NOT RENT A SNORKELING GEAR FOR THE ISLAND HOPPING in Naked/Dako/Guyam. The immediate waters surrounding these islands are not suitable for snorkeling, all you can see are a bunch of seagrass. No corals or fishes whatsovever. Reserve your snorkeling money for Magpupungko instead 🙂
- Upon searching, there is only one daily flight from Cebu to Siargao (during our trip, there were two daily flights). If you are coming from Manila or any part of the world, book your flight to Cebu and make sure it arrives 3 hours before your Cebu – Siargao flight so that you do not need to stay for a long time at the Mactan airport aka spending less on airport food and 1 night of accommodation in Cebu.
- We spent Php 627 (3 people shared 20 kg going to Cebu and Siargao and shared 35 kg going back to Manila) each for baggage fees. If you can pack light, lucky you!
- SIDENOTE: The weather is quite bipolar, our clothes took a long time to dry. Expect to have a few wet clothes on your way back, better buy checked-in baggage in advance.
- Saving money on tricycle rides within Siargao is also possible if you opt to walk to the places or restaurant that you wish to visit. But at night, there are no streetlight so it is your choice if you want to venture into the darkness 😛 HEHE
- SIDENOTE: Tricycle is your only method of transportation within Siargao and are usually priced at Php 20 per ride. If the distance is short, probably maximum of 500 meters, some tricycle drivers charge Php 10 only.
Questions or things that you think I might have missed? Leave a comment below! 🙂