Read part 1 here.
I think our third day in Siargao was, by far, the longest I’ve been in water. We spent the whole day on motor boats, crystal and luminous water, and different islands– definitely one of the best ways to relax and soothe one’s soul. Naks!
Day 3. 31 July 2018 (Tuesday).
Kuya driver picked us up past 6 AM. We anticipated a long voyage ahead so we stopped by a bakery and the wet market (to buy food that will be cooked on the island) before setting sail.
Travel tip: you might want to bring earplugs to protect your ears from the deafening sound of the motor boat engine. ❤
It took about an hour and a half to reach the Sohoton National Park, where we had to register, pay various fees (not sure about the price tho, sorry~), and transfer from our motor boat to individual paddle boats. We were lucky because we’re one of the firsts to arrive.
Our first destination was the Jellyfish Sanctuary, home to Siargao’s stingless jellyfishes. I mentioned earlier that I’m a bit wary of the ocean and one of the reasons why is the jellyfish sting. Buuuttt, our experience totally made me adore those cutesy and fragile marine creatures. The jellyfishes in the lagoon are totally safe: safe enough for people to swim without freaking out of having a jellyfish sting. Pero dahil hindi naman ako marunong lumangoy, hindi na ‘ko nag-attempt. Huhu.
After a few minutes of admiring the jellyfishes and the calm water, we went back to the registration and waited for a few minutes for another boat ride going to Sohoton Cove. Prior to embarking the motor boat, we were given helmets and were briefed shortly. Our guide, April Z, immediately caught our attention because of his witty and creative style of tour guiding. Delicious!!!
We finally reached the horse shoe — the “sea”mark that we are approaching the sohoton (meaning to pass through a small opening). The gateway to Sohoton Cove is a low cave, which is inaccessible during high tide.
There are two main attractions at Sohoton Cove: the Hagukan Cave and Magkokoob Cave.
We first visited Hagukan Cave. Going inside is already a challenge as we had to swim (or more like, we had to hold our breath and let April Z and Ken (our boat man) pull us) underwater to be able to pass through.
Tip: relax. Just relax and let the guides pull you out. Don’t try to struggle and think of anything else. Hehe.
At first, I thought they were only exaggerating when they said luminous water. But true enough, I was mesmerized with what I saw. I wasn’t able to take pictures because I was totally flabbergasted by the overall experience. I believe we came at the perfect time of the day as the tide was just right to let the water majestically glow from the sunlight’s reflection… wow, just wow. ❤
I wish I could’ve taken pictures to show you, but…
Anyhow, we visited Magkokoob Cave next. April Z warned us that we have to decide early if we will be jumping from the cliff or if we will go out from the same entrance of the cave. Because once you climb up, there’s no turning back and the only way out is to jump.
Towtie and I were hesitant because of the unfamiliar place and depth of the water. That time, the only encouragement I had was my Sugba-dive the day before. But thanks to Tita Liz, who have decided that she’ll jump, Towtie and I have no other choice na rin. Chos! Haha! #peerpressure
Unlike Hagukan, the entry to Magkokoob was a bit effortless. It was really dark inside so April Z had to use flashlight to show us the amazing stalactites and stalagmites, and even some bats hanging over us. Since we all have decided to dive our way out, we proceeded to climb the rock formations towards the exit. I’ve always been a mountain-person (laking Los Banos), so I was more excited to climb those rocks than the jump off after. Mas mahirap ma-fall. Ayokong ma-fall. HAHA!!!!
We finally saw the light upon exiting the cave, and it.is.time. Since April Z will be jumping last with Tita Liz, we asked Ken to look out for us (and save us!!) in case we drown.
Finallyyyyy. We survived!!! See short clip here.
Off to our next activity: island hopping! We were sooo hungry after all of our morning activities. I think it was already 1 PM when we got back in the registration area of the Sohoton Park. What is this area specifically called, guys? Huhu
Before going to Daku Island, where we were supposed to have our lunch, we decided to hop-in first at Naked Island since it’s already along the way. We had a few moments to take pictures and admire the view. We didn’t stay that long since there are no trees or any form of shade in that small island. It’s just the ocean and its white sand. Naked talaga.
We landed next on Daku Island. We gave the ingredients we bought in the market that morning and had them cooked. While waiting for the food, I made some canine friends, (again!!): Night, Twinkle, Butterscotch, and Eclipse (I think I named him Eclipse because of his color haha!). Guys, bakit ang chill ng doggos sa Siargao? Hihiihi~
After a while, the food was finally served. I wasn’t really expecting much (since they only had to use the ingredients that we brought, which may not be enough), but I was really happy with the food. I was overly satisfied with the grilled pusit and liempo, because it was seasoned perfectly. And oh, I’m not saying this because I was just hungry at the time. Masarap talaga. 🙂
After eating, we observed that our boatmen were also helping with the clean-up and were totally accommodating since the beginning. You can see how they work well together with the locals on the island. Idk, but it’s a rare sight for me. Parang you won’t expect them to do things that are not part of their job. I find it amazing. I’m shookt. Char!
After a few minutes, we decided to go on the last island on our list: Guyam Island where we had our mini pictorial.
We ended our island hopping, and reached General Luna around 5 PM. Unfortunately, Kuya van driver was not available at that time (which he mentioned naman not once, not twice, not thrice, not even four times, and not even five… but six amazing times, wow!! Huehuheue), so we just took a tricycle back to Hanigad.
Read part 3 here. Thanks!!