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SIARGAO AIRPORT ( DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL )
The best way to get to Siargao is via Cebu (Philippines). There are international flights from Hong Kong, Singapore and Kota Kinabalu to Cebu. For affordable flights from Manila to Cebu, please see www.cebupacificair.com & www.philippineairlines.com .
1.) Chartered flights from Cebu DIRECT TO SIARGAO
are available any time, although bear in mind that the Sayak Airport in
Siargao is NOT night-rated and therefore has a sunset limitation for
take-offs and landings. Aviatours offers charters (2-4 passengers;
flying time of about 1 hour & 10 min.) Please contact us
for more information about chartering a plane from cebu. There are no
taxis at the Sayak Airport (Siargao) and transfers have to be arranged
2.) Commercial flight to Siargao VIA SURIGAO
a. From Manila: PAL Express has daily flights from Manila to SURIGAO (not to be confused with SIARGAO). Current schedule is as follows:
- ETD Manila 0930H
- ETA Surigao 1115H
- ETD Surigao 1145H
- ETA Manila 1313H
b. From Cebu: Cebu Pacific Airline The
Cebu-Surigao flight is scheduled four-times weekly
(Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday/Sunday) starting November 13, 2008. It
departs for Surigao at 10:20am and lands at 11:10am. It leaves Surigao
at 11:30am and arrives in Mactan Cebu International Airport at 12:20pm
you to connect with the last ferry from Surigao to Siargao. You also
have the option of chartering one of our boats for the crossing to Dapa,
Other airlines have expressed their intention of
flying to Surigao and Siargao. We will update you on developments as
soon as there are any.
Contact details of charter companies and airlines are as follows:
- AviaTours: +63-32-341-2268, +63-32-495-2268,+63-919-637-6097,+63-919-359-2858;
- Opulent Aviation: +63-32-340-4579, +63-32-495-6982, +63-917-623-1717, +63-918-909-1495
- Cebu Pacific: www.cebupacificair.com ; +63-2-702-0888
- PAL Express: www.palexpressair.com ; +63-2-855-8888
Other Activities in Siargao Island
There are enough clubs and discos about to keep you very inexpensively
entertained and occupied and offering the opportunity to meet locals of
from swimming, diving and snorkeling at any of the countless unspoiled,
virgin reefs are favorites. And then there’s surfing. Numerous breaks
of different varieties in different areas welcome surfers of every level
of ability and lessons for beginners are available from a number of
local operators. For the already-expert, of course, there is the
challenging world famous “Cloud Nine” break at General Luna, site of an
annual international competition attracting surfers from all over the
can be a delight for nature lovers. Hiking, hill climbing and just
beach-combing and shell collecting or wildlife watching in the rain
forests can all bring their own special surprises. For even more
pristine, unspoiled nature several sparsely inhabited easy to reach
nearby islands such as Casulian offer quietude and natural beauty
unrivaled anywhere in the world.
Sometimes, when the weather's not so good or the fishing is a bit
slow you may feel like doing something different & we can provide
the following options free of charge to our guests:
Birdwatching. Although we are not really very clued
up on this activity we do appreciate that there are some residents here
that you wont see anywhere else in the world.
Surfing. Again, not really our scene because we're
way too old & fat but once again those in the know rate some of the
waves, breaks?, etc as pretty exceptional. Best time seems to be
September & October when there are several competitions. We can
usually arrange a lesson for those wanting to have a go.
Island tour. A road trip around the island, taking in some of the amazing scenery.
River tour. A boat trip up the Coconut River, one
of the two rivers near our base in General Luna. A chance of seeing a
Saltwater Crocodile, several species of rare bird, a Tarsier, and a
variety of other unusual examples of flora & fauna. A friend gets
very excited by the Orchids. Also an opportunity to fly-fish for a
variety of small fish around the mangroves.
Fishing Accomodation in General Luna, Siargao
Simply the best place to stay on General Luna, Siargao Island
during your fishing trips. The views over the lagoon is breathtaking and
resort’s gardens and surrounds are meticulously maintained.
The fishing lodge has been built with consideration for all budgets.
Rooms range from deluxe aircon to standard fan rooms, with all rooms
having spectacular views over the Cloud 9 surf break.
|The Fishing Lodge also boasts a brand new
restaurant, completed late 2008, with exceptional views over the lagoon.
The restaurant serves a variety of Western and Filipino food; based
around fresh seafood, chicken, beef and pork dishes served with a
variety of vegetables. Our fresh salads, selection of tropical fruits
and fruit shakes are always available.
A view of the the judges platform for the annual surfing competition taken from the restaurant.
by Paulo Alcazaren
Last month I was hijacked by my better half Twink and bunso
and taken to paradise. I flew back to Manila from Bohol (my article the
other week) and within a few hours I was flying with them and our gang
of adventurers back to the Visayan Islands. Our destination: Siargao and
its most famous resort — Dedon.
I’d heard about Siargao, and its fantastic surfing. I’d also been aware
of the resort set up by the energetic young German wunderkind Bobby
Dekeyser, whose line of chichi outdoor furniture Dedon is a must-have
for high-end estates and hotel developments. Dekeyser had set up a
factory in Cebu a few years ago to take advantage of wonderful Cebuano
craftsmanship and his furniture is now taking over the world.
On one of his early visits Dekeyser ventured to nearby Siargao. Located
in the province of Surigao del Norte, northeastern of Mindanao, it is
the country’s next Boracays. He fell in love with the island and the surf
and started to plan a resort there. Dekeyser rebuilt the tropical
refuge from an older existing facility. He envisioned it as an extension
of his brand. He thought if the best resorts in the world were using
his furniture, then he should build the world’s best resort as a
showcase of his pieces.
Dekeyser brought in a whole team made up of French architect Daniel
Pouzet, industrial designer Jean Marie Massaud, and Filipinos Garrick Yu
and Maritess Lampert. The aim was to craft a resort “village” with room
for only a handful of luxury villas and a limited number of guests.
Each visiting couple or family was to be pampered and waited on hand and
foot. They were not to be treated as “… just a room or villa number.”
In the four days we were there, we can say all that was achieved.
We arrived at Siargao with our regular travel companions Dindo and
Aileen Litonjua along with Oli and Penny Laperal. The seven of us were
quickly ushered to a stretch jeepney. The jeepney was furnished in Dedon
material (which uses a synthetic fiber that replicates the look and
texture of rattan) and was definitely way more comfortable than your
ordinary rust bucket ride. The ride was smooth and we were treated to
local organic sweets prepared by the resort’s kitchen.
We arrived at the resort and were greeted by the entire staff! The
resort has only nine villas in two clusters of five and four and we were
guided directly to our respective villas. I love the fact that all the
villas take on the best aspects of vernacular architecture, all are
raised from the ground, have natural light and ventilation (although
air-con is an option) and use local materials. The roofs are of nipa bound together with Dedon material. The insides were commodious with a number of the villas having lofts.
Once we were settled in we met for lunch at the dining pavilion, one of
four structures at the center of the resort. All are open and expansive
and clustered around a pool fronting the beach. The menu was superb and
everything was made from scratch. The Siargao resort has its own organic farm
and the resort’s co-managers Matthew and Morag Koerner told us they were
starting to raise their own livestock.
The service at the resort was great. Our adventure guide quickly drew
up four days of island hopping, snorkeling, paddle board trekking,
kayaking and, of course, surfing. Yes, at 58 years old, I was “forced”
to surf. I tried to put it off but everyone in the group, including
10-year-old Chocho was gung-ho about it. We motored down half an hour
from the resort, got a quick lecture and practice on the beach and it
was off to the waves. We all managed to get on the boards after a few
tries and I eventually got the hang of it. Hey, we were surfing!
The rest of our stay was a cycle of good meals and good treks around
Siargao. Our favorite stop was Naked Island not far from the resort by
the Dedon boat. It is a spectacular white sand bar a kilometer or so off
the main island. We swam and snorkled in the crystal clear waters while
the boat crew set up Dedon chaise lounges and our refreshments on the
beach. We also loved the mangrove pavilion behind the resort. The
mangrove treks on paddle boards and kayaks start from there and we had a
Tapas night there too. I also enjoyed taking photographs of the resort
and the island (aerials by LIPAD Aerial Photography). Everything about
the island is photogenic, from the air or on the ground.
The rest of the time we spent at the resort was a mix of pool
cocktails, delightful dinners and meanders about the extensive grounds.
We introduced Chocho to Shirley Temples because all the adults had
martinis or margaritas at happy hour. Evenings brought out magical
fireflies and because we were a distance from the town, it was ideal for
all the stars to come out and treat us with nightly displays
Siargao is a must-visit destination; its surf, beaches and surrounding
islands offer a variety of treats catering to the active, along with
those that want to chill without being crowded out by hordes of people.
Finally, Dedon should be in everyone’s bucket list, so you can say
Siargao and Surfing … been there Dedon that!
is now famous as a Surfing
Capital of the Philippines
and one of the Top 10 Best Surfing destinations in the world,
but only a few know about its marine riches, underwater beauty and the
rare bill fish species that can only be found in the Siargao Island's
waters. Deep-sea fishing is top notch here. The sailfish and blue
marlin season, really hums from March to early May, when the big fish
(sailfish, marlin, MaiMai) cruise the deep water. But you could fish
for coral trout, and other reef fish anytime as well as large deep sea
snappers. You can join local fisherman for a one day or even a two
day/one night fishing adventure to take you out to the Payao, a
floating fish attractor about five miles beyond Guyam, and troll for
bolis (skipjack) or Barilis(yellow fin tuna). You can catch Tanguigue
(Spanish mackerel), huge Pacific Tuna, and Morang (dolphin fish).
6th Siargao International Game Fishing Tournament
Pilar, Siargao Island
April 11-15, 2013
Surfing Capital of Philippines
Game Fishing Capital of Philippines
Siargao & El Nido of Palawan among 46 ‘must-see places’ in 2013—New York Times
MANILA, Philippines—A surfing mecca and a luxury island getaway in the
Philippines are included in the 46 must-see places in the world based on
a list published online by the New York Times.
In the list, ”The 46 Places to go in 2013″, Siargao and El Nido of Palawan were chosen by editors of the internationally-read broadsheet.
“Idyllic white sand beaches, secluded, little-known surf towns, and
pristine reefs are among the natural draws of this country,” it said.
The article raved about how “luxe” the country’ surfing and beach destinations are.
“The new Dedon Resort in Siargao, for example, is close to one of
the world’s best surf breaks, Cloud 9 (Kelly Slater is a fan), and has
an outdoor cinema along with spa and paddle board classes. And the
private island resort of El Nido Pangulasian opens this month in the
Unesco biosphere of Palawan, right by some of the world’s most pristine
diving spots. ”
Aside from the Philippines, only two other Southeast Asian nations were
included: Singapore and Thailand (which appeared on the list twice). Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil’s capital, topped the list. “Because the whole world
will be there in 2014 (World Cup)” it said.
Idyllic white sand beaches, secluded, little-known surf towns, and
pristine reefs are among the natural draws of this country made up of
over 7,000 tropical islands. Now in addition to the more upscale choices
cropping up in former backpacking enclaves like Boracay, there is a new
generation of luxury hotels opening even further afield. The new Dedon Island
resort on Siargao, for example, is close to one of the world’s best
surf breaks, Cloud 9 (Kelly Slater is a fan), and has an outdoor cinema
along with spa and paddle board classes. And the private island resort
of El Nido Pangulasian
opens this month in the Unesco biosphere of Palawan, right by some of
the world’s most pristine diving spots.
Siargao Kid in Awe
fourty-six anglers from Japan, United States of America, Singapore,
Sweden, Hungary, Philippines, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain
and Russia who joined in the tournament, ten of them won in the
following categories and they received trophies and total cash prizes of
P350,000 or approximately US$8,000.
Biggest Billfish Category
a. Main Category:
First Placer - Roger Sarmiento (Singapore) - 31.50 kg
Second Placer - Daniel Hogberg (Sweden) - 26.55 kg
Third Placer - Yuri Saminsky (Russia) - 25.8kg
b. Open Boat Category: Dave Sharpe (Canada) - 45.5 kg
a. Main Category:
First Placer - Yuri Saminsky (Russia) - 9.95 kg
Second Placer - Paul de Ruiter (Hungary) - 5.5 kg
b. Open Boat Category: Mike Kennedy (United States of America) - 5.20 kg
Biggest Dorado: Noli Manas (United States of America) - 14.20 kg
Biggest Total Catch per Boat
a. Main Category: Noli Manas (United States of America) - 14.20 kg
b. Open Boat Category:
First Placer - Carlos Morales (Spain) - 55.90 kg
Second Placer - Mike Kennedy (United States of America) - 49.10 kg
Biggest Others Individual Catch for Main and Open Boat Categories
First Placer - Robert Salahug (Philippines) - 9.9 kg
Second Placer - Mel Dilag (Philippines) - 5.5 kg
Liplipan Cooking Contest and Food
Demo with Chef Eric Rusillon and resident Chef of Kawili Resorts,
Pinoy Games or Laro ng Lahi, Bikini Fashion Show and nightly live band
with San Miguel Corporation were also held to make the event more
festive and encourage local community involvement.
This event was brought to you by the
Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte, Office of the Congressman
for the First District of Surigao del Norte, Municipality of Pilar and
Philippine Surfing Federation in cooperation with the Department of
Tourism, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority, San
Miguel Corporation, Team Nonino and Nature Spring.
Ceremonial Breaking of the Surfboard to signify the official opening of the
Roxy Siargao Internatioal Surfing Cup at world-class Cloud 9 on Siargao Island:
(L-R) Tourism Director Letty Tan, Surigao del Norte Carlos Egay,
Roxy's Marketing Executive for SEA Holly Monkman
and General Luna Mayor Jaime Rusillon. (Photo by Tim Hain)
Dedon Resort: Back to the land that time forgot
By Marge Enriquez
THE NEST REST, inspired by the
bent coconut trees and the African bird’s nest, is Dedon Resort
signature in SIARGAO PHOTO BY STANLEY ONG
Dedon Resort in Siargao is all
about the essence of travel. It’s all about spontaneity, childlike
openness to new experiences, and bringing home happy memories.
AT DEDON Resort, the understated design gives way to nature, the real focal point. PHOTO BY STANLEY ONG
“You come on a holiday and see things you’ve never learned as opposed to same old, same old … You come here and learn
something new, you go away and reminisce that you learned to do this
when you were staying at Dedon,” says Sean Hartley, the adventure
This new beach getaway in the southeastern border of Siargao is
formerly the Pansukian Resort, owned by French businessman Nicolas
Rambeau. Pioneer staffer and resort supervisor Erlinda
Escosura has been working in the property since the beginning.
Twenty years ago, Rambeau built a vacation cottage on the beach.
Then he put up four more cottages to invite his friends. In no time the
sprawl evolved into a nine-villa resort.
THE TIERED roof pagoda—an interesting lounge at night. PHOTO BY STANLEY ONG
The villas stood out for their swooping, multitiered thatch
roof lines associated with Thai and Balinese architecture. Rambeau
himself trained the local folk to deliver refined service.
Although it was under the radar, the resort attracted upscale
clients such as the Zobels, the Aboitizes, the Lopezes, even former
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and well-heeled foreigners.
CHEF Nico gives Filipino cuisine a twist. PHOTO BY STANLEY ONG
Bobby Dekeyser, the German founder and chairman of Dedon
(accent on the first syllable), the global outdoor furniture company,
would make a side trip from the factory in Cebu to Pansukian. Dedon’s
CEO Hervé Lampert also came with his family to enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Siargao.
Rambeau rarely entertained the press. We were among the few whom
he took to the nearby islands and the mangrove, regaled us with
stimulating conversations, and read Baudelaire at night. We couldn’t
forget watching the sea, looking at the infinite changes of patterns on
the surface and shifts of color from cerulean to celadon.
Weary of running a resort, Rambeau put Pansukian resort on the
market. Dekeyser grabbed the chance to acquire it. It took two years of
full renovation and rebranding to turn it into Dedon Island.
Hartley, the adventure manager, teaches guests how to paddle-board, the
most popular water sport in the island. PHOTO BY STANLEY ONG
The place was designed by French architect Daniel Pouzet,
industrial designer Jean Marie Massaud and local counterpart Garrick Yu.
Cebuana decorator Maritess Lampert helped source the artisans and
the soft furnishings. With some 350 styles from Dedon, the resort is a
showcase of world-class Filipino craftsmanship.
“Bobby and I have been going to the resort for the past 10 years.
That spot has something magical. It takes you away from thinking about
the busy life. The waters are calm—there are no waves on that side. The
colors of the sea keep changing every five minutes. We said the
experience is important. It shouldn’t just be a bedroom and restaurant,”
DEDON Daydream bed, inspired by Arabian beds, and the hangingNestrest
are some of the iconic pieces from Dedon that dot the resort. PHOTO BY
“In other places, it feels too commercial,” he adds. “You go
to a hotel with 50 to 100 rooms. Although they try to make you feel at
home, at the end of the day, you pay for this and sign for that. We’ve
created a place where you pay in advance. When you’re there, it’s your
own. Jump on the beach, or take the amphibious boat. No need to swipe a
credit card. All transactions are banished.”
The Dedon Island experience starts at the Cebu International
Airport where Gen. Escaño, the liaison officer, takes care of your
In Siargao, the Dedon Mobile Lounge, a long jeepney done in
minimalist style, awaits us. Inside, we are given cold towels infused
with sampaguita essence, and dried mangoes, pineapples and shredded
coconut, sweetened in their natural juices and baked in a dehydrator.
We are given a familial welcome at the entrance. A queue of
foreign managers and the executive chef warmly greets us. Matthew and
Morag Koerner, the general managers, specialize in running yachts and
small exclusive resorts. Hartley organized safaris in Kenya, where he
Ivan Alvarez, the guest relations officer, was Dekeyser’s
masseuse in Ibiza. Executive chef Nico Mordhorst is touted to be among
Germany’s 10 best chefs. He came to the island with his significant
other, Christina Hoetzl, the German food and beverage manager.
Bobby (Dekeyser) would travel with his wife, sister and
brother-in-law. That’s why Dedon Island is about creating memories and
new adventures with the family, explains Hartley.
“It’s also why Dedon is like a family—a group of like-minded
people getting together. That’s the concept: Let us find like-minded
people to come here.”
Matthew adds, “It’s not like going to a branded resort where you
don’t get to meet the GMs. The staffers don’t know who people are
because you’re just a room number.”
Fortune plants, red palms, bird’s nest ferns, tiger plants,
bougainvilleas and hibiscus fringe the villas that sport trademark
The room has a tropical decor—Siargao-carved headboards depicting Dedon’s pagodas, abundant coconut trees and sea life.
The resort showcases Dedon furniture and accessories—from the loungers to the shower heads.
Lending the resort a sense of place are the coastal features such
as the handwoven slippers, mat-woven tote bags, herbal soaps wrapped in
banana leaf, and a seashell.
The Dedon style is about comfort
and contentment, and embracing the genuine hospitality that comes with
the island lifestyle. “The Dedon look is luxury in natural
surroundings,” says Hartley.
No set menu
There is no set menu because the dishes are prepared depending on
the fresh produce of the day. The chef can take as long as four hours
scouring the island for the right ingredients for the day.
The resort also has an herb garden and organic vegetable farm. Its string beans are said to be tastier than those in the market.
For lunch we have mango and mandarin orange juice whole wheat bread with hummus, fresh lettuce salad, fried rice, crispy mahi-mahi, chicken adobo with boiled egg.
Instead of drenching the chicken in soy sauce which tends to
overpower the taste, the fowl is pan-fried separately and flavored
A waitress in clean white sarong brings our dessert of chocolate hazelnut ice cream and banana bread.
Dinners are plated like fine dining meals. The kinilaw is marinated in vinegar, calamansi and honey.
Instead of tossing the fish and the vegetables together, the prime ingredients are artfully composed.
The carabao meat is braised for eight hours and cut into bite-size pieces, breaded and fried to bring out the beef flavor.
The tofu steak and pork legs are served with colorful vegetable purées.
As the adventure manager, Hartley insists on taking guests out of
their comfort zone. They learn to paddle-board or surf, explore the
islands and visit Cloud 9—the surfing capital of the Philippines.
Visitors explore the various coves and inlets and are mesmerized
by the sculptural coral formations, monkeys playing around and the
variety of sea creatures. The water is so clear that you could actually
see the bottom.
“It is taking you back to the land that time forgot—the
undisturbed, natural beauty. Here, you can sit on the islands and see
nobody. You hear the sea and listen to the birds,” says Hartley. “We’ve
got the gadgets that follow us around. We can take you away from that,
and bring you back to yourself. The rest of the world is going on, but
it can go on without you.”
Sunset in Pilar, Siargao Island (Photo by: Zeny Pallugna)
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