We traveled by air, by sea, and by land just to get to Siargao. I mean I have no problem with travelling but experiencing all in one day? aarrrgh gives me so much pain in the butt! We traveled almost 2 hours by plane from Manila to Butuan. Another 2 hours by land on a van from Butuan to Surigao. 3 hours from Surigao to Sta. Monica and more than 1 hour to Gen. Luna where our accommodation was located. In short it took us the whole day just to get to there. Though there's a direct flight to Siargao but kinda expensive for us budget tourists.
I love the fact how helpful the locals were. Naiwan kami ng boat going to Dapa port and they were so nice enough to help us find another option. We were like celebrities when they have to brought us from a small paddle boat to the large boat that would carry us to Sta. Monica because it already leaves the port.
I hate the habal-habal ride. Imagine me wearing a summer dress and have to ride a motorbike, how awkward was that?! Its not my first time to ride a motorbike but riding it for more than an hour was a lot different plus the ride was so bumpy. I had to ask our driver to stop and rest a bit. I remember myself blurting to our driver, "kuya dahan dahan, masakit!" then Arvin and Empi laughed out loud and Im wondering why.
On our second day, we have to travel more than two hours to reach Sohoton Cove where the stingless jellyfish and caves were located. Few minutes after we leave the shore the boat suddenly stopped. Oh yeah we got stranded! It was raining and the waves were getting bigger. I can see Manong was trying so hard to start the boat. Im scared but Im praying hard. Moments later and after Manong gave his best, the boat finally started, thanks God and we go on.
On our third and last day, we woke up as early 2am to travel to Butuan for our flight back to Manila. This time we didnt ride the habal habal, instead a van took us to Dapa port to catch the 5:30am boat trip to Surigao. Another long and butt ache sea, land and plane trip back but was all worth it!