The Philippines - Siargao Island, Chapter One

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"My face was practically glued to the airplaine window as we landed - this island was unlike anything I've ever seen. I instantly fell in love with Siargao."    

「  Siargao Island, The Philippines  」

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Siargao, The Philippines
Monday, 22 October 2018

The wonderful Siargao and its palm tree-lined roads

The morning of the flight had finally arrived. I'd been waiting for this day for what seemed like absolutely months and finally it was here. In another timeline, I would be heading to Taiwan today, followed by Korea. But not in this timeline, oh no. In this one, I decided to go with my gut and forfeit my flights that I had already paid for - all for the island of Siargao. I didn't make this decision lightly, and it put a certain expectation on the island that it didn't have before. Would it be better than a trip to Taipei and Seoul? Would I have a better time, and would it be more relaxing? Was it worth it? All those questions were coursing through my mind as I put the seatbelt on in our tiny propeller plane and we left the runway at Manila - straight for Siargao. Flying in the Philippines is usually quite cheap, but Siargao is usually rather expensive as its not an island that has many flights to per day. However there are some promotions that you can snap up if you're subscribed to the Cebu Pacific mailing list - the flight should have been about £120 ($150) but instead I nabbed it for a measly £40 ($55)!

Ready to land our tiny propeller plane!

In all honesty, I would've paid even £120 for the flights just to get to this island. As we started to descend, it was clear that this was going to be a spectacular trip. I looked out the window, and gazed at the crystal blue ocean - and suddenly Siargao island came into view. First the white beaches that lined seemingly the entirety of the island. But what got me was the palm trees... hundreds, thousands... no tens of thousands! Lining the entire island, each of them casting beautiful shadows on the palm tree behind it. I thought I knew what paradise was, but clearly I was wrong. This was it. Suddenly my feet were getting restless - I needed to get off the plane. We finally landed and I was given the opportunity to be free on this island, I was like a kid in a candy shop. A companion I met on the plane and myself joined together and hired a van that took us into General Luna from the airport, which was the main town located approximately an hour away. It was still early, and the sun was shining down onto the palm tree-lined roads that lay before us. I didn't know where to look, where to turn my head. Everything about this place was gorgeous and utterly bliss and I was at that moment lost for words.

The roads of Siargao at sunset. Bliss.

We finally arrived at my hostel and I bid farewell to my companion as the van dropped her off at her own hostel. I had arrived. On the road were bikes with surfboards driving past, almost every 10 seconds, alongside tricycles dropping off locals in the town. It was bustling, and people seemed very relaxed as they sauntered down the road, some with surfboards under their arm ready to catch their first wave of the day. However I didn't want to surf today, that was for next time. Today, I wanted to drive. And drive. And keep driving. One, to get some good photos of the palm tree forests while the light was good. Two, to get used to the roads while I was here. And three, simply to explore what this amazing place had to over. I headed onto my hostel, which was located down a pretty narrow alleyway but not too far from the main road. I arrived at huge blue gates with a sign "Footprints Homestay" - I was finally here. Before I could knock, two guards, each wielding a shotgun (very surprisingly!) opened the door and let me in, and in a matter of seconds I was welcomed by the staff there. Christine, who worked as a tour guide there, showed me to reception where I paid the very cheap $10 per night (and $5 per day for the motorbikes) to stay in one of their dorm rooms. She then showed me to my bed and met my hostel mates for the week, who were some very cool, relaxed people. Then I heard the roar of an engine outside, my chariot awaited. Without wasting anymore time, I hopped on the motorbike and drove around the town, my smile beaming cheek to cheek as I struggled to comprehend how beautiful this place really was. I mean... look at it!

A happy Stephen ready to explore! Look at those treeeees

Flying my drone through the palm trees.

There is so much to see in this place, but I really just wanted to feature the striking palm trees before I said too much. This was truly a jam-packed trip and I want to write about it as much as I can, but for now I want to leave you with these pictures.

P.S. I apologise for how excited I am for these trees.... I mean look at them, do you blame me??


F I N A L  P H O T O G R A P H S
Siargao Island, The Philippines


D E T A I L S
🌏 | Siargao, The Philippines
📷 | Canon PowerShot SX730 HS/DJI Spark
🎨 | Lightroom Mobile edits used


Over the next few weeks I'll be trekking through The Philippines and I'll be sharing with you my stories, emotions, advice and tips about this wonderful place. I will be doing this while sharing my photographs with all of you too. I sincerely hope this inspires you to go out there and travel!

Please do follow if you want to keep up with my journey through this country <3

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Holy shit can someone help me out i would to go there please let have some unforgettable experience and memories have never been outside my states because no financial power

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Hard work and dedication. Where are you from? I'm sure there are stunning areas in your country too nearby.

wow. Your trip seems so cool and interesting.

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@introvert-dime thanks hugely, it was a beautiful trip! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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I totally understand your excitement over those palm trees... They're amazing! We've travelled around the Philippines this year too but didn't get the chance to go to Siargao unfortunately. I think we were just as taken by what we saw as you were by Siargao. The Philippines are really worth it :)

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Aw thats awesome where abouts did you get to? So glad you enjoyed the Philippines, it's becoming a true backpacker destination!

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We went to Palawan, Cebu, Malapascua and Bantayan. Bantayan was our favorite, but we need to go back to see Siargao and other places :)

great gifs!

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Thanks! I thought they'd be more useful than pictures

very cool island wold love to visit it some day will be adding to my bucket list

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Glad you're adding it on the list!

Very good, i love yours posts.

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Thanks so much.

waoo grandiosas imágenes,meda ganas de viajar a filipinas me alegro por ti.

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Cool thanks!

Great. It seems so cool .Interesting and i hope really it was a beautiful trip.

I agree! It's more fun in the Philippines! I just visited Palawan and I fell in love. Will definitely go back and explore more places in the Philippines.. Siargao is also in my bucket list! Thanks for this bro!

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Literally that's the slogan of the Philippines! Glad you want to explore more of it, I don't blame you :)

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I love the Philippines and the people too are very hospitable and friendly :)

Indeed! Siargao Island is so beautiful. This is the perfect place to go for a holiday. I want to go there :)

Wow! My own country, but never been yet in Siargao. I heard to Siargao is really paradise. I've been 2 yrs. ago in Bohol(Panglao) & Davao from Germany with my family. My husband & our daughter was the first they visited Philippines & they fell quickly really inlove in Panglao Island & in Davao. And they really want absolutely that we go back in Panglao when we will be in the Philippines again. Really wonderful felt like we were in paradise. With over 7,000 Islands that Philippines has, there are really abundance of wonderful islands to visit. And I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

seejc 😊

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Panglao is gorgeous too, I agree with you. I've been there twice now (and even got hospitalised in Tagbilaran on Bohol Island!) but I really hope you get to visit Siargao. There are a lot of new "Boracays" as you say as there's so many islands, but there really is endless beauty in this place. Salamat po for your comment though and nice to see a Filipina here!! Hope you get to go there again :)

Wonderful place.

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It is indeed, love it.

Are those trees just decor or they have a coconut for coconut juice? Ugh! I wanted to go there. How did you discover the place?

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They all have coconuts actually, its awesome. And I just overheard it and looked it up, was well worth going to!

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Wow! I very like this bright photos!

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Actually for the most part unedited, I'll reserve my edits for Steepshot I think but I'll put some here too :) Glad you like them!

Nice story. Whole Asia is so beautiful. Wonderful views with untouched nature.
You should check out my diary-like story from travel to Gdansk, Poland.
https://steemit.com/travel/@wiseman91/how-wonderful-was-in-gdansk-poland-and-why-we-were-in-a-little-trouble

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Wow is a very special and really lovely place
Well done, my dear

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Much appreciated, it truly is a special place. Thanks!

that beauty! I love photos, fllow me @odrys190294

great story and photos, really live the propeller gif, looks like the blades are detached :)

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Haha yeah it does, weird how the framerate of the phone recording matches the propeller RPM to create that weird effect!

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Wow, what a great article. Loved to read it!

HOLY. Siargao looks UNREAL!! Thanks for putting this together. Getting super keen to visit!

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This is just the tip of the iceberg too! I have a lot to share, this island honestly changed me and its the first time I've ever though of quitting my job and just living here seriously. Glad you enjoyed!!

The pictures you took from the plane are really awesome. Such kind of pictures is really difficult to take. amazing green place in the planet earth. Please accept my gratitude for offering such a treat to the eyes. Love green lush green @seetheworl.sgp

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Thanks so much. Glad you liked it!

have visited siargao months ago and it really is a beauty... i tried surfing as well :D

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Ooo you surfed! How did you like Siargao??

need to get the philippines asap 😍

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Nice views
Off course everyone wants to go there.
Man! The earth is so huge.
A lot of place to visit.
Keep on postin’

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Thanks so much buddy, I will definitely keep on posting so long as you guys keep enjoying the content! There's nothing more humbling than people eyeing up the Philippines to visit because of the blog, I'm just glad to have shared the experience. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Awesome place! Very good photos. Thanks for sharing.

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Much appreciated bud, thanks for stopping by!

I ve been on a surf trip to Siargao Island in 2010, loved this little island, great waves, friendly locals.

Wow. Those are amazing palm trees and great drone shots. Thank you for sharing.

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You're welcome, thanks for stopping by!

Wow. Those are amazing palm trees and great drone shots. Thank you for sharing.

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Thanks so much, friend.

This is really such a wonderful place. Good photography!

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Thanks so much - much appreciated!

Beautiful picture .. You made this place a center of attraction for tourist... I'll plan visiting..!
By the way.. You never told us if you ate coconuts... Hahaha

So many palm trees, I love it!

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Hehe I know right!

Never apologize for loving trees / nature. Nor for expressing the beauty of nature or your love of it.

I always remember riding on a narrow rode through jungle to get to my guesthouse on the far tip of the Moalboal peninsula (Cebu). And, another time, hiking into the jungle to get to a quaint but comfortable, govt-sponsored village for tribal residents.

It seems like everywhere I went, there was lush greenery.

Enjoy your trip!

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No you're right - I think I was almost giddy from excitement when I arrived and I just had to share it with everyone here.

Ooo Moalboal, I've been! But never by narrowboat, that must've been an absolute adventure wow. And you went right into the jungle? That's impressive, how do the locals find visitors? I'm sure they welcomed you with open arms. I really have to do that too one day, that'd be so cool to be right in the nature.

Thanks for giving me your experience, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the Philippines!

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The tribal village was just a 30-40 minute hike from the end of the road. The people were very pleasant and interesting. Their homes were simply structures, but quite new, neat, and clean. They also had electricity and some water lines.

There was a simple school, and I met one of the schoolteachers, a pleasant lady who was clearly adored and respected by her students. When I went back to the nearby city, I came across a used-book shop, where I found a stack of children's books in English. I bought a small stack of books, and brought them to the school.

Hope you're still enjoying the lush greenery.

I totally get your excitement about this stunnig place!. Is just breathtaking! I been living this year in Bali, indonesia but I didn't get the opportunity to go to this place. Is the next on my list! I think that Philippines is one of the best places for traveling.

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Bali is a really good place to live - really cheap villas right!? I had an amazing time there, where abouts do you stay? And yesss defo visit and ask me for advice when you do go if you want! Happy to help.

Oh wow this are some pretty beautiful images you have here. 😍 If only I knew what holidays mean I would love to go there in holidays lol

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Glad you liked them man!!

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Yeah. Had to Resteem them because they are really beautiful

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Truly alluring!

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Hehe thanks bud!

Awesome vacation documentation!

Keep it up!

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Thanks :) I will do!

A typical tropical paradise! The aerial view looks great. Can't wait to finally have the chance to visit this place.

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Tropical paradise just about sums it up. Hope you get the chance to visit too!

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I've already listed it as one of my itinerary. Any pointers that I should keep in mind? Would appreciate that. :)

absolutely un real!

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