Lazy Island life
Siargao Island Travel Blog› entry 129 of 658 › view all entries
People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)
Siargao Island is famous for its surf, but if you don't surf, like Julia and I, then the second most popular past time is doing nothing, which suits us fine! We arrived on the island and went to stay at Ocean 101 Beach Resort, which came recommended to us by friends. The views from our balcony were sublime, the only problem was that the room smelt of paint and $13 a night was over our budget for a fan room. We therefore spent one night and the following day moved 50m inland to the Drop Inn Resort, which was only $6 a night.
After moving resort, we decided to walk to the nearest town called General Luna, which was 45 minutes away.
Lalays is set on the promenade facing the sea, with the white beach and palm tree Robinson Crusoe-esque Island of Guyam a tantalising few kilometres from shore.
Within a couple of hours we were ordering Pork chops ($0.60) and Fries, which was absolutely delicious, especially when accompanied by 50cent San Miguel Pilsen. We were joined by an Aussie guy called Mack and Filipino Tony and shared stories and drinks for several hours before it was time to head back to the resort. Been quite a distance to walk and with no lighting on the road, Tony was adamant he would drive us on his motorbike.
We spent the next couple of days waking up late, heading to General Luna to eat at Lalays and having the occasional stroll down the beach. The food of choice tended to be Pork, Chicken and Marlin, all of which were delicious and a complete bargain. To stick my neck on the line, i will say its the tastiest and best value food in the Philippines, if not Asia!
On Thursday night after a few beers by the beach, we decided to head home for a drink and a game of cards.
Friday was our last day on the island and after our usual rendezvous with Lalay, we spent the evening at the island disco, which was quite the highlight of the social calendar. Boys and girls got dressed up, with the results that some boys became girls for the night! It was quite strange to see so many lady boys in such a small community, but everybody seemed to get along, and i'm sure many communities could get a lesson in social tolerance from this island. It all ended up quite messy with a litre of beer only costing 40p ($0.
We got Tony to drive us the 20km journey to the port on Saturday and after paying him, we were left with just enough cash to get the ferry back to Surigao... or so we thought. To our surprise we were informed that it actually costs triple for the fast ferry and the slow boat had left at 6am. After speaking with the captain and explaining our predicament, we were relieved that he would take a US$ deposit and we could get some money out when we arrived in Surigao.
After sorting our payment out, we set off to find a hotel, any would do as long as it wasn't Dexters! We managed to find a nice place called Metro Pension, where we enjoyed the luxuries of air con and a TV for the night.