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The pier at General Luna

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.

Some kids walk down the beach at General Luna
Along the way we saw people riding buffalos, which i found strange and wondered how they managed this. I got the answer when i saw a man start kicking a buffalo in the ribs when it wouldn't let him get on it! Our second surprise was that every small shop along the road didn't sell any soft drinks and by the time we arrived we were dying of thirst. After asking around, we eventually managed to buy some water and coke and then set out to find somewhere to eat. 'Sorry we're closed' was the general consensus and we began to wonder what we had to do to spend our money on the island! Just as we were planning on spear fishing, we hit the jackpot. A place that not only served food but drinks too, a real rareity!

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.

Guyam Island
Not only were the views breathtaking, but the food was pretty sublime too. Stoking the barbeque with dry coconut shells, he was soon cooking us 2 chunks of Black Marlin to be accompanied by vegetables and rice, all for under $1.50 each. After eating, we took a walk down the sandy beach and along the pier so as we could work up an appetite to head back to Lalays!

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.

Julia and her beloved palm trees on the beach at General Luna
I asked whether 4 on a bike was possible, he looked at me strangely and said 'of course', then offered an Irish girl a lift too, just for good measure! With 4 of us on the back and the Irish girl between Tony and the handle bars, we were off! We got back to the resort and after some Filipino Rhum as a nightcap, it was truely time for bed.

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.

Julia drinking sweeeet coconut juice
Sat on the bed, we began to feel a bit itchy, but didnt think too much of it. When we went to bed though, it was pretty hard to sleep as i felt like i was been constantly bitten. I had this feeling other nights, so we had put up a mosquito net that day. If it wasn't mosquito's then there was only one culprit... BEDBUGS! After an extremely restless night, including a period where i tried to sleep on the floor amongst the ants, we saw some movement outside, so decided to see if we could move room. I showed them all my bites, which they tried to claim were mosquito's and they seemed pretty against the idea of us swapping rooms, which didn't surprise me as every room always looked occupied. It wasn't until now however that i realised that all the rooms were actually occupied by Filipino's who were friends with someone who worked there.
An island night out
They were staying for free as the owner had gone back to Australia. What made it worse is they had all the best rooms, including hot water! As we were leaving the following day and had very little cash left to move anywhere more expensive, we moved rooms and left it at that.

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.

A view from our hotel balcony
80). On top of this there was a bucket comprising of a litre of rhum, litre of beer and small bottle of coke that was available for 90p ($1.80), which seemed to be the local choice. We made our way home as the party fizzled out around 2.30am, knowing the following morning wouldn't be a pleasant one!

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.

crazychictraveller says:
no worries..wish i can there one of these days..
Posted on: Apr 12, 2011
Deats says:
Thanks a lot :)
Posted on: Apr 12, 2011
crazychictraveller says:
great blog and love the pics.. :)
Posted on: Apr 12, 2011
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The pier at General Luna
The pier at General Luna
Some kids walk down the beach at G…
Some kids walk down the beach at …
Guyam Island
Guyam Island
Julia and her beloved palm trees o…
Julia and her beloved palm trees …
Julia drinking sweeeet coconut jui…
Julia drinking sweeeet coconut ju…
An island night out
An island night out
A view from our hotel balcony
A view from our hotel balcony
Julia relaxing at our hotel
Julia relaxing at our hotel
The beach at General Luna
The beach at General Luna
The coast at General Luna
The coast at General Luna
Julia swimming at General Luna
Julia swimming at General Luna
The boat ride from Surigao to Siar…
The boat ride from Surigao to Sia…
A view of some islands just off Si…
A view of some islands just off S…
Partying at the Friday night disco
Partying at the Friday night disco
Julia having had a few too many...
Julia having had a few too many...
Manya and Julia at the disco
Manya and Julia at the disco
Siargao Island
photo by: Deats