Sugba Lagoon

Sugba Lagoon, Siargao Island: Address, Sugba Lagoon Reviews: 4/5

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Manila, Philippines277 contributions
Dec 2019
First and foremost, I saw 'expeditions / tours' from Gen. Luna charging as much as USD150 per person for a day trip in the lagoon... I strongly suggest that you simply go there by yourself and ask the counter to provide you with a boatman (max 6 per Bangkas). There's plenty of boats and you can join others if needed. We were 4 adults and paid PHP2,800 total.

Second, the 1-hour ride in Bangka from Del Carmen to the lagoon would have been lovely if it wasn't from the excruciating noise the engine was making. I would recommend bringing ear plug to circumvent this unpleasant experience. To tell you how bad it was, the four of us had blocked ears for at least 30 minutes when we arrived at the lagoon.

Once there, you need to expect a typical Southeast Asian tourist attraction: everything cost something; overcrowded and not sustainable; selfie addicts everywhere on the platform; no trash collection; coral is 90% dead. Nonetheless, we manage to snorkel outside the crowds and saw small schools of needle fish, cardinal fish, parrot fish and clown fish - nothing you cannot see anywhere else in the Philippines.

The next islands included in the tour were even more touristic, and notably had a price for a table / hut that can easily make you hate the Philippines. Nonetheless, the food was decent and the seafood fresh.
Written January 2, 2020
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Cebu City, Philippines115 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
We have been to Siargao a lot of times and it was our first time to visit this place. It was raining cats and dogs in GL and it was very bright and sunny in Del Carmen. We went there after lunch on a weekday which was a good decision. Only a few boats and people were there. We were the last ones to leave. We had the whole place all to ourselves. We absolutely loved our time paddling the serene waters of the lagoon. There's no phone reception there and you can only hear the sounds of birds from the lush vegetation surrounding the lagoon.
Written October 23, 2017
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Pasay111 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
Well.... the trip took almost an hour to get to the ferry that would take you to the lagoon. We took a tricycle from the General Luna to Del Carmen that costs only Php1000. No need to do package tours in you plan to see Sugba Lagoon. Just take a trike and pa the boat fee. Find a group you can join so you can share the boat fee (boat can accommodate up to 6 pax), No entrance fee in the lagoon but if you want to do the activities, pay extra. I recommend the paddle board. Overall, it really isn't anything special. The trip was almost as long as the time that we spent getting there. But heck, if you go to Siargao might as well see this place.
Written January 6, 2019
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Singapore, Singapore7 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
it was a painful 4 hr boat ride to and from, with a P4,500 price for the boat ride. To find out it's under renovation when we got there was a bummer.

No food, can't even swim there. so the trip was useless. we left 5 mins after we arrived.
Written August 12, 2015
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24 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
Siargao is no Mauritius or Fidji Islands. Not yet. But they already want the same prices.
There are plenty of islands to be visited north of Del Carmen, some with population, some without.
What we found is that some are full of plastic dirt and they still collect an entrance fee. Others are clean and no fee. At the main attraction, the Sugba lagoon, they start grinning as they recognise us tourists and permanently watch you for the next moment to open your wallet.
After return people suggested us to rent a private boat that would do a full day tour for a cheaper price and to show more islands. Maybe we will try this.
Written March 28, 2017
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Singapore, Singapore65 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
We took a van (Php3500 two-way) from our resort (Sandy Feet) to the jetty (about an hour). Then we took a boat (Php1600) to Sugba Lagoon (about 35 mins). The entrance fee is Php100/pax and we also paid a flat fee of Php50 for the use of the cottage at the lagoon. There is no food at the lagoon so we bought packed lunch at the jetty.

The mangrove swamps is supposed to be home to some of the world's largest saltwater crocodiles but we didn't spot any (Thank God!). I enjoyed the beautiful views during the boat ride as well as at the lagoon. We brought a paddle board from our resort and had a good time paddling around the lagoon. You can also rent rafts at the lagoon. It is nice to swim at the lagoon but you have to be careful of jellyfish. Apparently the small ones are harmless but the big transparent jellyfish with long tentacles do sting. We would do this tour again.
Written June 24, 2016
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Tim S
Bozeman, MT44 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
Sugba Lagoon is great! We booked a trip for 2000 pesos per person ($40 USD) through Kermit's in General Luna. It was 1 hour van ride to Del Carmen then about 30 minutes by boat to the lagoon. At the lagoon you can hang out in the two-story building that is built in the lagoon, dive off the two-meter diving board, snorkel, stand up paddle board and swim. It is paradise. If you chose a to do a DIY trip you should know that you must arrange your snorkel gear, stand up paddle boards and lunch on your own. It can be done I'm sure, but it was worth having Kermit's do all that for us. Oh, and the only reason I say this was 'almost' perfect and not just plain perfect is because the boat was super loud. It sounded like sitting next to a jet engine for 30 minutes. My ears were ringing after we got off. Definitely bring some ear plugs if you have them.
Written April 3, 2017
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Cagayan de Oro19 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
The trip starts at the Port of Del Carmen. The tourist office is behind the Krocodile Restrant on the left side of the harbour. The office is very clean and well organized. They will ask you what you want to do and how many in your group. Do all the activities as the price is very resonable. The will organize a Banka boat and you will be away in a short time for a great 3-5 hours. The last two time we went, we requested to go to a small island after we went to the lagon. It is a fantastic place but bring all your own food and drink as there is no services there. The first time we went the island had lots of litter all over. We told the tourist office, and the next time we went they place was cleaned up somewhat but still needs for cleaning. This is the only place on Siargao that I saw and trash. If they cleaned up this island I would give 5 stars. Still a great trip, but please keep insisting to the tourist office to clean up the island !!!!
Written July 13, 2015
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Breda, The Netherlands67 contributions
Dec 2014
To get there, drive to the small port of Del Carmen town. You can get some decent lunch to take out at the Krokodeilo restaurant. You'll need to pay a fee to enter the mangrove area and organize a boat (ask around).

The boat trip takes 45 minutes and is half of the fun. It takes you through the massive mangrove area, past fishermen, to the offshore island that consists off bumpy rocky hills. You'll pass through a narrow passage, after which a new world opens op of a large bay with small villages with houses on stilts on small islands with tiny sandy beaches. After some wonderful scenery you'll reach a two storey floating pavillion for your picnic. It is set in a lagoon with green-blue water and surrounded by jungled rocky islands, not a single other soul in sight.

It is a nice place to relax in the hammock, swim a bit, have lunch and return.

Watch out, the pavillion is aging and some of the planks are loose.

On the way back we stopped to see "Japanese cave", an eery cave with dripping eater, lots of bats, and the remains of Japanese soldiers of WW2. We dis not gind out their story unfortunately.

All in all it was a very nice half day trip, especially because we only saw two other (Filipino) tourists!
Written December 27, 2014
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Manila, Philippines269 contributions
Aug 2019
as part of our package tour, we came around opening time, 9am-ish. had to ride a boat for about 30mins? the famous plank looks high from the pics you see online but in reality it's really not that high unless you're scared of heights. but the jump is worth it. must try. i didn't try the stand up paddle because you have to complete the 1 hour. so we just rented the diving stuff, which turned out to be unnecessary. fun place for group of friends. :)
Written September 30, 2019
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