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Itinerary & Expenses: Siargao, Dinagat Islands, Surigao Del Norte & Butuan Trip

By Wanderingjoshua
I spent around a week exploring parts of Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, and Dinagat Islands. It has been a wonderful experience discovering what these provinces had to offer. Most of the beaches and places I've been to are local secrets and have yet to be tainted with tourism because of its relatively remote location and lack of development. But these places' natural and raw beauty are their greatest strength.
Itinerary & Expenses: Siargao, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte & Butuan Trip
Expenses
Itinerary & Expenses: Siargao, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte & Butuan Trip
Surigao City
P500 - Aircon room Firma's Lodge
P200 - Non-Aircon van to Surigao City from Butuan airport
P957 - Food and water
P48 - Internet
P204 - Transportation
P100 - Lantsa to San Jose, Dinagat Islands  
P2009 - Total for 1 night and transit
Itinerary & Expenses: Siargao, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte & Butuan Trip
Dinagat Islands
P1000 - 2 nights in Pink Lodge
P100 - Transportation
P185 - Food and water
P25 - Internet
P1500 - Tour to 4 islands
P100 - Lantsa to Surigao City  
P2910 - Total for 3 days and 2 nights
Itinerary & Expenses: Siargao, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte & Butuan Trip
Siargao
P250 - Ferry from Surigao City to Siargao
P300 - 1 night in MNRB Pension non-aircon room with cable TV
P1000 - 2 nights in Mems aircon room
P696 - Food and water
P170 - Transportation
P37 - Internet
P203 - Dapa to Socorro boat trip round way
P50 - Magpupungko Rock Pool fee
P800 - Island hopping to Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island
P10 - Guyam Island fee
P550 - Habal-habal rent
P265 - Ferry from Dapa to Surigao City  
P3061 - Total for 4 days and 3 nights stay
Butuan
P205 - Surigao City to Butuan aircon bus
P500 - Wayfarer's Inn 1 night
P60 - Transportation
P60 - Internet
P401 - Food and water
P75 - Terminal fee          
P1301 - Total 1 day and 1 night stay
I would have loved to stay longer in each place but I only had a week to explore these places. There's definitely more to see in Butuan and Surigao City. I only managed to visit a few places in these two places.
Itinerary 
For this trip I was more interested in exploring more of Siargao and Dinagat Islands that is why I stayed longer in these places. I used Butuan and Surigao City as transit points to Siargao and Dinagat. In Surigao City I only went to Marble Beach which was a different kind of beach compared to the ones I've grown accustomed to. In Butuan, I just visited the museum of the balanghays that were used by the Filipinos way before the Spanish conquistadors came.
In Siargao, I went to Magpupungko Rock Pool, and three islands namely Daku, Guyam, and Naked. I planned on seeing the stingless jellyfish in Socorro. But I aborted my trip because it was too expensive for a solo traveler. I went to Socorro town looking for other tourists that wanted to go but there was no one going.
In Dinagat Islands, I went to some islands namely Cab-ilan White Beach, Biray-Biray, Bita-og, and Lalaking Bukid. I also visited places that were on San Jose proper such as Islander's Castle and Sta. Cruz beach, where all the locals get some sun, sand, and just have a good time with friends and family. I would love to return to Surigao and Agusan del Norte to explore more of its beautiful places.

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