BALER ACCOMMODATION: Cheap Lodges, Rooms, Homestay, Pension Houses, Hotels and Resorts. The town of Baler, specially Sabang beach in the province of Aurora, has now become a favorite summer and weekend destination of tourists and surfing enthusiasts. In case you are looking for place to stay in Baler, here’s a list of Baler accommodation which might help.
Unless you are visiting Puerto Galera during, or two weeks before or after the Holy Week, you may simply go to Puerto Galera without any room reservation. There’s plenty of accommodation in Puerto Galera, especially at White Beach. First timers need not worry because after alighting the ferry, resort employees, and local agents would approach the passengers and offer assistance in looking for a place to stay in White Beach. They don’t charge the tourists for this. Local agents would get a commission from the resort instead. You may however give them a tip if you wish. This was how I found VILLA DEL CAR/LENLIE’S RESTAURANT– the place I consider “home’ in Puerto Galera.
HOW TO GET TO SIARGAO, SURIGAO DEL NORTE. The quickest way to get to Siargao is to fly from Manila to Cebu, and then take a flight to Sayak Airport in Siargao. CebuPacificAir.Com has daily flights from Manila to Siargao via Cebu City. From the airport, ride a habal-habal (motorcycle) to take you to General Luna. The trip takes about an hour and costs approximately Php400, which can be shared by 2, or sometimes by 3 persons. Resorts and hotels also provide pick up service for Php300-Php400 per head.
FROM SURIGAO CITY. Whether you’re coming from the airport or the bus terminal, ride a multi-cab, a jeepney, or a tricycle going to Pantalan Uno or Pier 1 (travel time: about 10-15 minutes | fare: Php9), then ride a ferry going to Dapa port (travel time: about 2.5-3 hours | fare: approximately Php250.) From Dapa port, ride a habal-habal or a tricycle to go to General Luna (travel time: about 30 minutes fare: Php200 per motorcycle.) Some habal-habal drivers may offer you a ride for Php50 each. There are also tricycles parked a short walk away from the port that go to General Luna. Fares costs Php30 per passengers. These tricycles won’t leave though, until they’re full.
SCHEDULE OF FERRIES FROM SURIGAO PORT TO DAPA PORT
MV LQP. Surigao to Dapa – 5:30AM | Dapa to Surigao – 10:00AM
M/V DCL. Surigao to Dapa: 7:30AM | Dapa to Surigao 1: 30pM
DAPA EXPRESS. Surigao to Dapa: 10:00AM | Dapa to Surigao – 5:30AM
FORTUNE ANGEL. Surigao to Dapa: 11:45AM | Dapa to Surigao – 5:45AM
RORO MONTENEGRO. Surigao to Dapa: 12:00PM(noon)| Dapa to Surigao 6:00AM
There are also public boats from Surigao City going to Del Carmen in Siargao that are scheduled to leave at 8AM and 1:30PM. To get to General Luna from Del Carmen, one may hire a habal habal for Php400. Travel time is approximately 1.5 hours. Another option is to ride a tricycle going to Dapa port for Php40 each. If you don’t want to wait for other passengers, you can simply hire the tricycle for Php320.00. To get to General Luna from Dapa port, please refer to the information mentioned earlier.
Note: Schedules or ferries and boats are sometimes unreliable so it is best to get to the port at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure. Please click here for updated schedules, current fares and other information you might need. >>> http://www.surigaoislands.com/fastcraft.html
BY LAND. You may also go to Surigao City through land transportation from Butuan (travel time: approximately 2.5-3 hours | fare: about Php205,) Davao (travel time: approximately 7-8 hours | fare: about Php600) and Cagayan De Oro (travel time: approximately 6-7 hours travel time | fare: about Php570.) Flights are available from Manila to Surigao City, Butuan City and Cagayan De Oro City daily.
BY SEA. If you opt to take the ferry from Cebu, Cokaliong Shipping Lines has only one trip daily (except Sundays) that leaves at 7PM. This is an overnight trip that will take about 12 hours. Fare starts at Php825. Please refer to their website for more details http://www.cokaliongshipping.com/schedules&rates.html
MAGPUPUNGKO ROCK POOLS AND BEACH, SIARGAO SURIGAO DEL NORTE. Magpupungko beach and rock pools should definitely be on top of the list of places to visit in Siargao. While getting there from General Luna could be a bit too long (more than an hour,) one shouldn’t be discouraged by the long ride because it is well worth it. This spot is such a rare and unique nature site. Cliché as it may sound but the rock pools are really amazing. Prior to my visit, I’ve seen how pretty they are in pictures. In reality, the rock pools, as well as the scenery, are incredibly awesome.
To see the natural pools at their prettiest, it is best to go there during low tide. The rock pools are actually a part of a large reef which separates them from the sea. As the water level goes down, the reef as well as the rock edges of the tidal pools become more visible, defining lovely natural swimming pools with crystal clear and deep water that is great for swimming and diving. Low tide usually occurs early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
One needs to be very careful when walking though, because the rocks can be slippery, irregular and razor-sharp. I slipped and fell during my visit. Luckily, I only had a few minor cuts on one of my legs and the camera I was holding was waterproof.
Magpupungko beach compliments the rocky shores where the pools are located. The beach has soft and powdery creamy white sand. There are picnic huts available for rent and you can buy food from the restaurant managed by the caretakers or bring your own.
Magpupungko is a great spot to spend a day on the beach. In our case however, we left before lunch time since one of us needs to catch the 1PM flight to Cebu.
Entrance Fee: Php50 | Habal-Habal with Driver: Standard rate is Php1,000. Haggle a bit and you may found someone who would give you a ride for Php700. Don’t forget to treat your driver to lunch. MAGPUPUNGKO ROCK POOLS AND BEACH, SIARGAO SURIGAO DEL NORTE