siargao part 1: going there

Day 1: Sunday
March 30, 2008

582 Php – Cebu Pier to Surigao
From 7pm to 8am (13 hours)

We arrived in Surigao at around 8am (13-hour ride) but the roro (boat) to Siargao wouldn’t depart until 12 noon (great). We just strolled downtown to kill the clock. We went to a barber shop and got my head shaved just for the heck of it; and now I look like a shaolin with a helmet on. Ate at Chowking, purchased some stuff at Metro Surigao, and bought pizza at Greenwich. We used up the remaining time at the Surigao terminal.

Montenegro Lines
259 Php – Surigao to Siargao Pier (Dapa)
12 Noon to 4:00pm (4 hours)

When the roro departed, we took the seats inside where it’s air-conditioned since it was freaking hot. Also since we had to rest and sleep. Outside though, you can just gaze at the many islands from left to right. Now I don’t have to wonder why most of the foreigners chose the seats outside the roro as there are many nice islands to view outside. It took 4 hours for us to arrive and we were already pooped.

When we got to the pier (Dapa, Siargao), we were fetched by Cholie’s dad to their house where we rode a habal-habal (motorcycle). After 48 minutes of ass-numbing travel, we were met by the sunset on the place we were going to stay. We ate fresh grilled fish for dinner and we went on a courtesy call (that’s what Cholie’s dad likes to call it) to the mayor of Pilar, Siargao. We ate again and we slept after a weakening day. I just realized after that we were already in Mindanao, which is why it took so long to travel by boat.

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Cebu pier

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Sea gypsies

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at the pier

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terminal fee



seats at the plaza

another school

Montenegro Lines: boat to Siargao island.

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we're here! Port of Dapa

We turned left.


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going and going

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water and trees

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sunset, yey!

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